I'd like to preface this by saying: I am in no means a professional and I am basically winging it when it comes to reviewing this game. On a scale of 1-10, measuring both my experience in RTS games and skill, I'd say I'm a 2.
That being said, I can still write better reviews than IGN. HA! However, if you'd like to bribe me to change information or my opinions on the game, I won't turn it down.
I'll go ahead and start this review with a TL;DR (Too long; didn't read) summary for the lazy ones among us:
THIS GAME IS AWESOME. If you like RTS, Warhammer, or achievements, this game is all three combined. Go buy it, you fool!
I've always had a thing for RTS games. I remember playing Starcraft and Warcraft 3 so much on my old computer, and I still have the Battle Chests with strategy guides for both games. Ah, the good days. Despite my "experience", I am nowhere near skilled at these games. I could probably recite quotes from The Art of War
by Sun Tzu, and yet my strategy consists of:
1. Start amassing an army
. Fortify the base with as much as possible and recruit as many fighters as I can possibly hold.
2. Repeat this step while enemies kill each other
, defending against anything they throw at me.
3. Release the flood gates!
Highlight every single character I own and grossly outnumber the enemy, flooding their base with hundreds and hundreds of troops, leveling everything in sight.
5. Profit, or in this case, victory!
I can tell you a solid strategy in real war is to hold the high ground. The person holding high ground will have both the advantage of cover, and the enemy below has to work to even get up to you, tiring them out before the battle begins. Yet my strategy in any RTS game is "Overpower and crush them all, no matter what. Sheer numbers = victory".
From what I have played, this game is fantastic. I have nothing to compare it to, but maybe that's good? I hate reviews saying "X is better than this game". That's great, but I didn't buy that game. I've landed, ready to eliminate Skykilla and his "green skins"
It's like any RTS-type game, except as far as I've played you can't just build bases and more troops. You're given a certain number of men that can be replenished by capturing control points, and that's it. I like that aspect of the game. It makes it feel more important. You can't just send waves of people in and rebuild anything you lose. It gives you more of a purpose when you have more to lose.Personally, I'm a huge fan of the cover system. Both sides behind cover, firing at each other:
I love the feeling that the troops are actually helping each other, instead of just being a bunch of faceless people carrying guns to hurl bullets at each other. My commander (Me, basically) is overpowered and valiantly leads the battle each and every time. And I don't mean he's the guy screaming "Fight harder, men!" He is the guy leading every charge. When I highlight all of my characters, he's the one running ahead of everyone to hit the bad guys first.The big blue lines sticking out of my men are actually important. They are the cover system those guys specifically (they carry mini-guns) provide, and that is the range they cover.Notice how everyone is behind cover, and my commander is the guy sprinting out ready to fight. The big red arrow is pointing to him.
Ultimately, from what I've experienced this game is awesome. I definitely got sucked into it and hours later recovered from what appeared to be a Warhammer coma. I would get drawn into a battle and only realize how much time has passed after the battle ended
. So gameplay-wise, this game is great.
If you judge a game by it's level of graphics, fuck you. And what I mean is that if you look at gameplay and say "Those graphics look bad", you need to be smacked in the mouth, especially if you decide whether you'll like the game based on that. Look, I understand graphics are important given you can't play a game entirely based on sound
. But on one end of the spectrum, it's amazing that games even look as good as they do these days. I'm only 20 years old and I can say that compared to games I played as a kid, the games released now are absolutely insane. And on the other end, there are many great games with graphics considered "sub-par" that are out. (See Minecraft
, etc) Hell, some games still used pixelized sprites. So I refuse to even grade this game based on graphics.
If you're interested to see if your computer can handle it, here you go.
Here is the important one for me. I play games almost entirely for achievements. And before you say "Wait, we can't judge based on graphics, but you can judge based on achievements?" I still play other games. I own a PS3 and though I don't play much, I have a lot of the exclusives because their games kick major ass. Whether you're an Xbox or PS3 fanboy, there is no denying PS3 has the upperhand in exclusives. But let's not get into that. Yes, I can judge based on achievements because achievements actually are a big factor in a game. I'll get into this more tomorrow. Back to the review:
This games achievements are hard as hell. Story-based achievements are very limited, as there is only a few hundred points you can get out of 2000 total. Multiplayer is a HUGE part of the achievements, which is another peeve of mine. Not multiplayer itself, but the fact that there are MP achievements. Again, I'll elaborate tomorrow.
That being said, it's a PC game. It has achievements that count towards Gamerscore, and that's awesome. I love PC games with achievements. There is some hard stuff and I never intend to complete a game of this size, but it's awesome to me that I can still get Gamerscore and play the game.
This game is awesome. If you love achievements, RTS games, or Warhammer, go pick it up
. It's cheap as hell and for such a great game, how could you pass that up? Campaign at least is easy, as I'm playing on Normal and doing just fine. I can't speak for MP yet or co-op, but if you would like to play co-op with me I'd be more than ok with that. I need someone to run through co-op with. Anyways, I'm needed in the world of Warhammer, so I must leave this review. I apologize for the somewhat scrambled thoughts and unprofessionalism. I tried, but don't take it too seriously, ok?
P.S. Forgot to mention who won the random drawing for The Maw. LSC MrSandman
won. I'll send you the code in a PM, man.