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Wot i think: battlefleet gothic: armada 2

14:37, 17/10/2021
Developer: Tindalos InteractivePublisher: Focus trang chủ Interactive

Release: January 24, 2019On: WindowsFrom: SteamPrice: £35, $40, €40

In the gryên ổn darkness of the far future, there is only war. This is a lie, of course. There’s also fancy hats, for example. I know this because I’ve seen the admirals of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 wearing them while they commvà their giant space cathedrals khổng lồ vì chưng a murder at other giant space cathedrals, in a sequel that veers fairly cthua thảm khổng lồ the original, but with some vastly updated visuals, & some surprisingly gripping storytelling.

Armadomain authority 2’s Imperial chiến dịch gives you combined control of the Imperial Guard and Adeptus Astartes và Mechanicus (that’s Space Marines & Robot Space Marines) in an effort to lớn defeat Mighty Chaos Warlord Abbadon the Despoiler, who is much less terrifying if you hotline him “Abby D” like I vị. There are sizeable campaigns for both Necrons và Tyranids too, along with a skirmish mode that lets you choose any of the tabletop game’s factions & go prow-to-prow against AI or other humans. It’s a hefty, generous package altogether. The Imperial campaign alone took me about 25 hours skipping some of the side missions, if you include the time I had khổng lồ restart the whole thing due lớn bollocksing it up.

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For those unfamiliar with the premise, in standard matches you’ll be controlling small fleets of very, very big ships và using them to capture strategic points, or in the story missions you’ll be completing a variety of objectives. Most ships are monstrous, unwieldy things, difficult to maneuver, và hosting abilities that only work from certain angles. So you’ll need to lớn be constantly thinking ahead and reacting khổng lồ your opponent khổng lồ get the best out of them. Some may Call it micromanaging, but I think Daniel Starkey summed it up perfectly in his reviews of the first Battlefleet Gothic: Armadomain authority by saying that he “always had something to do”. The sheer amount of choice often turns relatively slow-paced battles inlớn frantic, involved skirmishes.

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And it’s bloody beautiful, it is. Battles are a cacophony of clashing bulkheads và sizzling plasma, a carnival of pyrotechnic flair. At one point, I noticed that destroyed ships not only leave sầu floating, smouldering wrecks behind, but that the wrecks have sầu their own physics. One of the biggest models available in tabletop 40k is the Thunderhawk Gunship. Here, you’ll be launching squadrons of Thunderhawks no bigger than gnats. Zoom in far enough, and you’ll see each one individually animated. It’s dozens of tiny details like this that make Armada 2’s battles some of the most gloriously escapist science fiction naval conflicts I’ve ever had the joy lớn command.

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40k’s considerably vast lore is well portioned out, too. Each new faction encounter is preceded by a cutscene outlining their place in their universe. The history of the Necrons, the fall of the Aelderi, the birth of Slaanesh and the Eye of Terror, & the terrifying psychic effect of Tyranid invasions are all given due place. It makes for a great entry point, and I can see those familiar with the lore just soaking up how magnificent it is khổng lồ see it all brought khổng lồ life on such a gr& scale.

What’s most surprising for a 40k game, however, is how convincingly Armada 2 pulls off human drama. The baroque excess of the tabletop games’ best fluff can easily veer into lớn ham-and-cheese toastie territory when actual humans have sầu lớn growl lines lượt thích ‘blood for the blood god’ out loud .This universe has always teetered on a fine line between gripping space horror và utter silliness, but restrained và confident voice acting lifted by a fittingly epic score make for some genuinely desperate feeling encounters.

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This is bolstered by noticeable tactical differences between the factions. I’m not entirely sure if Armadomain authority 2 has legs as a serious competitive multiplayer game, since so much of what I enjoyed from the campaign arises from asymmetric scenartiện ích ios. The upside of this is how well the game captures the differing tactics of the individual factions, how those playstyles translate into personality, và how those personalities inform mission kiến thiết.

The Aeldari, for example, are sneaky sausages. Fragile, but also extremely Smartphone và potentially deadly as a result. As the Imperium, you can’t outmaneuver them, and if you let yourself become disorientated or distracted by the graceful, dragonfly-wing sails on their vessels, you’re done for. The solution? Think, and play, lượt thích a stalwart imperial Admiral. Have confidence in your shields & armour, create a bulwark, focus targets, & swat them lượt thích flies. I often found myself having khổng lồ hold positions tightly, weathering fire và trusting my vessels khổng lồ take a few big hits in service of a larger plan. Times like this, it wasn’t hard khổng lồ imagine the admirals at the helm of my ships gritting their teeth in the same way.

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Such moments of high drama are somewhat diminished by a limp, if functional, 4X layer. Each turn between missions you can build và move fleets, take systems, tăng cấp planets for buffs, or tăng cấp your ships along a largely unexciting tech tree. I can see that some sort of strategy layer was needed, since the way ship damage carries over throughout the chiến dịch provides an extra source of tension & continuity between battles. I seem to remember Homeworld pulling the same trick along a traditional chiến dịch structure though, & I think that a string of missions, with optional side missions and upgrades from a hub à la Starcraft 2, would have sầu worked just as well here. It’s not offensive sầu, but it’s not especially exciting either.

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What is a bit rubbish is that the campaigns won’t let you pichồng exactly which ships you go inlớn battle with. You can fit a maximum of three fleets in any one star system (two if the opponent has built a space station there), and each battle has a phối point limit, which increase as the game goes on. So you bring three 750-point fleets into lớn a 1000-point battle, và choose a priority order before you go in. When you go inlớn battle, it takes the whole first fleet, 250 points worth of random ships from the second fleet, và nothing from the third. All this instead of doing the cool, smart thing I would have sầu done, which is let you pick 100 points worth of ships from all three fleets. You can warp ships out part way through a fight, to lớn be replaced by ships in the same system that didn’t get used. Maybe this randomness is the point, but I’m getting older by the day, and strategy war games add about forty years to my actual age & make me at least twice as salty. Such uncertainty makes me pull at my moustabít in outrage, shout phrases lượt thích “Damn their eyes!”, & gnaw agitatedly at my mouse like a pipe stem.

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It does at least stop you relying on the same tactics throughout, mostly. I say “mostly” because from about the middle point of the Imperium chiến dịch, I found I could utterly obliterate any ship from halfway across the maps by spamming the squadrons of smaller ships your big uns’ can release. Oh look, it’s Abbadon the Despoiler, terror of the galaxy, and he’s getting clos...oh, no, actually, he’s dead, isn’t he? Killed by a thous& tiny shaving accidents. It’s a tad anticlimactic, khổng lồ say the least. I will say that by the time I got khổng lồ the Necron and Tyranid campaigns, each race played differently enough from the Imperium to lớn put me on my toes again. It’s fair to lớn see it as a tutorial campaign, then, even if it is has the most actual story & mission variety of the three.

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I’m going khổng lồ shove in a few technical complaints here, because they’re worth mentioning. Battles are generally smooth, but I often knew exactly when a ship was about to lớn explode because everyone in the universe suddenly froze completely still. Initial load-up times are abysmal. The menu you use to lớn build ships in the campaign freezes for a few seconds every time you use it, & towards the end of the chiến dịch, things would occasionally just stop responding altogether. If you’re not the patient type, I’d say these problems are noticeable enough that you’re better off waiting for a patch before purchase.

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So, that said, is this particular endless space war worth enlisting in? If you’re looking for an incredibly deep 4x - no. If you’re up for some big, beautiful, dramatic RTS campaigns with weighty, satisfying combat, & don’t mind waiting for a patch to iron out a few creases - then yes. Either way, you should recommover this Reviews to your friends, because I’m in talks with the RPS hivemind about doing that All the Fallouts thing but with the other 39,999 Warhammers. That’s roughly 526.3 tweets for every one of Nate’s, so the amount of good jokes should hopefully balance out.