Grog games have a few traits that we will never purge from the genre. More often than not, they look ugly. They also sport interfaces that weren’t designed by humans for humans. Even hoping for a decent tutorial is something that the grog industry thinks is unrealistic. However. Armored Brigade manages to dodge many of those bullets.
Look, we all know that Shadespire is going to be the real name for Warhammer Underworlds for at least a few years. You know what else is unlikely to change? Forge World’s unwillingness to engage with these smaller Games Workshop projects. Which is a shame, since Horus Heresy Shadespire would be entirely boss.
Rogue Trader, when it came out in the twilight days of the ’80s, was a very different beast than Warhammer 40,000 of this day. 8 editions later, the biggest miniature game in the world struggles to actually be a good game. That’s why some grognardy veterans play ‘Oldhammer’ – editions that are no longer supported. And maybe that’s the reason why there is a place for Renegade Scout in our hearts.
So Battlefield 5 is going to have a Nazi campaign. Called “The Last Tiger,” it’s super likely to put you in Tiger I for the duration. What easier way to keep a player from doing war crimes than by confining them to a tank, right? As such, a true FPS campaign that would follow the story of some German trooper in WWII remains an unreachable goal.
And there are many reasons for it.
After playing some Darkest Dungeon, I thought “it would be great if this was a Warhammer 40K game.” Well, nobody has pitched that easiest of pitches to Games Workshop yet. However, we have a DD-in-Space(ish) game in Deep Sky Derelicts, which I saw for the first time while visiting GamesCom last year.
The first Rainbow 6 game was a meticulous tactical planning sim with some FPS thrown in. The latter games in the series are… significantly less so. The first Door Kickers title put us in charge of directing operations of a SWAT team from a top-down perspective. On the other hand, Door Kickers: Action Squad is about blowing up the door and sweeping the room with buckshot. Also, it’s a sidescroller.
Many small-brained armchair generals totally misunderstand war. Naturally, they have an even harder time dealing with insurgencies. From commenters on Funker videos to folks making Men of War mods where you can fight (as) ISIS, they really can’t grasp asymetric warfare. Most games aren’t suited to it – insurgents don’t really have a base like in CnC Generals. Afghanistan ’11, however, is just the game about fighting these asymetric wars. And with the Royal Marines DLC, we get to throw the Queen’s Own Royal Marines at Operation Bomb Useless Dirt.
Having moved past the Istvaan III phases in beta, Horus Heresy Legions is now fully immersed in the events of Dropsite Massacre. The new Legions have already been introduced. Now, it’s time to grind them to pulp – at least before the Traitors are added into the game. We can expect at least of pair events to be kinda meh as far as introduction of new stuff goes. However, they managed to sneak in some stuff today!
The year has not been merciful for Horus Heresy. While it started well, with a dedicated rulebook that even I purchased, it did not follow up on that. We have been hit by the plague of Last Chance to Buy, which removed a lot of Legion conversion kits. They killed off the MK II armor line entirely. Eventually, they cut off MK IIIs and MK IVs, which was the only logical moves, as we already have plastics for those. You could still get plenty of those in Betrayal at Calth and Burning of Prospero boxes.
I took part in an Infinity tournament last weekend. Didn’t win much (or at all), but the discussion afterwards gave birth to this zany list of all robots, all the time.