Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is the latest Real Time Strategy Warhammer 40k game. Unlike other RTSes, Battlefleet Gothic takes the game to space, during the time of the 12th Black Crusade. This game, is developed by Tindalos Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive.

The campaign is unique compared to other games. The story is true to the original story written by Games Workshop and it is real time. As you, an admiral, you control the entire sector which is under siege by aliens, pirates and the forces of Chaos. Instead of conquering, this game is a crisis manager. Whether you should respond to a pirate attack here or deal with an alien incursion there makes a difference in the campaign. If you want to read up about the entire 12th Black Crusade, here is link .

Battlefleet Gothic boasts quite a few multiplayer modes. Escort Convoy, where you will either defend a convoy or attack it. Space Station Assault, where you will defend space stations or attack them. Assassination, where you have to defend your flagship or destroy your opponent’s one. Last but not least, the classic Planetary Assault, where you have to bombard on the planet below three times or prevent the enemy from doing so. In each mode there is one thing that is constant, every move you make matters. In basic, this is Chess made more advanced and harder, every mistake you make will have a repercussion on the game. Under such pressure and the need to make critical decisions makes the already tense game feel more pressurised. The decisions you make is not limited to the battlefield, even customising and choosing the ship to build can play a big part to your strategy.

The game, did stay true to its board game origins. Terrain advantages and disadvantages are a thing, along with the gorgeous background of the void. The planets are detailed and nebulae are vibrant. The ships, no matter from which faction consists of over 60000 polygons. The immense amount of detail and effort put into the aesthetics of the game is massive, and it paid off really well.

Overall, the game has breathtaking graphics but a difficult and steep learning curve which might falter new players to the game or the genre. Most upgrades however, requires a lot of Renown (currency) to unlock. The gem of this is the fact that even in defeat, the felling of pressure and enjoyment is usually present. The game is only available on PC costing $45 on Steam.

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Rome: Total War

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Metacritic Score: 92/100

Rome: Total War is a critically acclaimed strategy game developed by Creative Assembly released in 2004. It is set in between the late Roman Republic and the early Roman Empire where you control one of three Roman factions to conquer the playable map. However, later in the game you would be able to choose more factions to start your conquest with. The game is classified under two genres simply because it is a real time tactics game (Battles) within a turn based strategy game (Campaign Map). The game puts emphasis on war over diplomacy and deterrence, which would mean that one has to employ the right military tactics and decisions on the battleground. However, this do not mean that diplomacy and deterrence are not important in the game. Diplomacy is needed to ensure friendly ties against other factions that are much more powerful than yours. A strong army also deters weaker factions which are at war with you from attacking you. Making your populace angry will result in rebellion, which an be a nuisance to deal with especially when you have other enemies to deal with. There many elements that cause the populace to be unhappy, so you have to take the right actions such as building an arena or public baths to pacify them. One can choose to complete the short campaign which only requires you to capture 15 provinces or the long campaign which requires the player to capture 50 provinces to win the game.

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There is also a custom battle which allows for the player to take control of one of the listed armies to combat the A.I.: The Greek Cities States, The House of Julii (Rome), The House of Brutii (Rome), The House of Scipii (Rome), The S.P.Q.R (Rome), Egypt, Seleucid Empire, Carthage, Gaul, Germania, Britannia, Parthia, Macedon, Pontus, Armenia, Numidia, Scythia, Dacia, Thrace and Spain.

You would also be able to challenge your friends using the armies listed above in multiplayer battles to see whose tactics are the better. There are also real historical battles that are recreated in the game for your gaming entertainment. Some of these battles include the Battle of Telamon and the Siege of Sparta.

Overall, even though this game might be 12 years old, but it never ceases to amaze the players with its diversity and endless replay value. The amount of content and free updates it has easily puts games released in the 2010s to shame. Much can be learnt from this game such as financial spending to interesting military tactics to historical factions and events (not be entirely accurate). The game is sold at a price of $10.50 on steam which is relatively cheap for a game of such magnitude. Those who love real time tactics games should not miss this game.

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