Critic & User Reviews
The shooting man's tactics
posted by 8bitkokoro (CANDIA, NH) Feb 6, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Great game, but difficulty goes up a bit quickly
posted by jlevitsk (POMONA, NY) Feb 2, 2008
Member since Jan 2004
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
My only complaint was that the level of difficulty goes way up really fast. It took me a couple of hours to get through the 3rd level. Still the game was really fun so it was worth trying. Some levels feel simply impossible to complete, but if you are willing to work at levels then it feels good to complete levels when you finally get through them.
If you're a fan of Warhammer, it's worth a try...
posted by TheRoQ (GLEN ELLEN, CA) Jan 2, 2008
Member since Dec 2007
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
The sound is average to just below average. If you listen with headphones you'll quickly tell that the soundtrack has been overcompressed and downsampled to save space, but at the cost of sounding like music played inside a tin can. The sound effects are decent, if limited and repetitious.
Visually, the game suffers from a lack of perspective. Once again, for players of the PC-based Dawn of War series, this is a big letdown. It might be a limitation of getting the game to work on the DS, but the isometric perspective of maps is fixed, meaning you can't rotate the camera to any angle in order to properly target enemy units. They do offer a "camera tilt" feature that let's you temporarily swing the viewpoint by a limited amount, but it's not enough to be useful.
Usually, when one of your units, or one of the enemy units is behind a wall or structure, that obstacle goes partly transparent. Unfortunately, this doesn't always work! More than once I had to fake it and hope my aim was good enough, because the unit I was targeting was behind a column or wall that refused to be seen through.
If you can overlook those shortcoming, the game is enjoyable, and as you progress you can change weapons on your units to emphasize certain tactics (including the chainsword, my favorite!) You also get to play with infantry units (like Predator tanks) to pound the bad guys with artillery! The game is also reasonably re-playable, since you can alter tactics and destroy just about any structure on the map to change how the AI responds. Didn't score so high? Try it again and see how different actions can finish them off quicker!
Overall, definitely worth a rental for most of you, and a buy for Warhammer fans.
Warhammer 40,000: squad command
posted by kocherbu (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Jan 3, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
2 out of 4 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
posted by zealot73 (WOODBRIDGE, VA) May 7, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
Not for die-hard RTS fans.
posted by Spoott (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Apr 24, 2008
Member since Jun 2005
A Good Xcom like Space Marine Squad game
posted by GozerTC (BARSTOW, CA) Jan 5, 2008
Member since Dec 2007
As all squad based turn based games you have to relate this to the granddaddy of them all Xcom. (Or Laser Squad if you want to go a bit earlier, or Laser Squad Nemesis if you want to talk today) In the pure combat portion of this game it stands up well to the classics, unfortunetly overall if falls far short of the great one.
First off the story line here is THIN thin thin. Which if you know anything about the 40K universe is just fine since they have so much meaty story there. For those NOT familiar with the universe you'll really find nothing here to make you understand why you're fighting or what not.
Another downside to the way the game is set-up is that there is no character progression. You have nameless faceless grunts at all times. To add to this problem is that in the single player game you can't choose which units to bring, only what secondary weapons they're carrying.
In the end though the game does a good job of doing squad based tactical combat. Everything from overwatch to increased time to aim and destructible terrain is there. While the AI isn't the smartest in the world, it does a good job for the short (only 15 missions!) single player campaign. I've seen the enemy come out, shoot, and duck back to cover more times than I like. Luckily you can always blow up the cover with lots of fun weapons from Warhammer 40K.
Final Verdict: It's a 7 overall because it is a good start for what I hope would become a series of Squad based games. If they'd add the ability to choose your squad, make character growth, and the like you'd have a real contender. Add a less linear storyline and you've got a major player in the turn based strategy market.
If you like this type of game ?
posted by lancelot (MIDDLETOWN, CT) Dec 29, 2007
Member since Dec 2007