WARHAMMER 40,000: MECHANICUS - HERETEK
By Alex "Scorpidvenom" Adriaens on July 23, 2019
Warhammer 40,000 is one of the awesome table top games that are originally designed by Games Workshop and have made their way to our PC. The game features a Sci-fi / fantasy setting that presents a bleak image of the 41st century, a time in which technology is like a true religion and everything seems to revolve around one thing: war.
This dystopian future is brought to PC and Mac by Kasedo Games, who have developed the turn-based strategy game that goes by the name of Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus. And, as of today, it's time to welcome a brand new DLC to this already expansive universe into the fold. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, may I present to you, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus - Heretek!
I haven't really played Warhammer in the past but was nevertheless willing and able to give it a try. The problem I noticed right away when coming to the series quite late is that you (ideally) have played the Warhammer 40,000 game for quite some time before will you understand the lore and the characters of the game. But I also realised that this is definitely not the first in a mayor line-up of games that Warhammer has produced so far, so there's a lot to tell. For a new player like myself this is a lot of information to absorb.
When I first launched the game, I liked the way the story is told and how the universe is presented. The game truly gives you the feeling that you are part of this futuristic army with big guns and other assorted bad-ass weaponry. You really feel techy and strong as you make your way through the more than perilous world of Warhammer 40,000.
When you start playing a mission, you will see a top view of the map that is divided into several rooms. You can decide in what direction you want to walk. But pick wisely because each room might contain a number of enemies fort you to battle and decisions for you to make. I didn't see this decision-making coming and I must say it is exactly what made the game even more fun for me. For instance, in one particular room I had to decide whether to help a damaged robot or let it die and harvest its disease in order to research it further and learn more about the disease that way. It's kind of a hard decision but, well, that's the future for you. Robots think differently, I guess.
When you encounter enemies in one of the chambers, the view of that room changes and you will be provided with a view that gives you a much better scope of the turn based strategy action that is to come. The player and the AI take turns in selecting what moves they want to make in order to vanquish the enemy. Move into a tactically superior position or simply pull out your guns and start firing at the aliens you encounter. However you choose to approach these situations, the main thing is that only one of you can survive. And if it isn't you, then the aliens will blast you into space, so you better make damn sure that you win!
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus - Heretek has more than plenty of Robots and Aliens to recruit for its armies. And let me tell you, these are some fine-looking armies; even the weapons are designed so beautifully. To be honest the entire game is graphically stunning! You do actually feel like you are battling an alien race and not some sprites. This was a mayor plus to keep me entertained. Also the guns are real bad ass like lasers and bombs or mayor axes. And having an arsenal of said weapons is always a very cool thing if you ask me. The world itself feels real futuristic, a feeling that is furthermore supported by the alien voices that accompany the text that tells you the story of the game.
I'm not going to lie; at first, I didn't think that Warhammer 40,000 was a game for me. Turn-based strategy just isn't my genre, something I know since I last played a similar game on pc some years ago. But Warhammer makes turn based games feel real bad ass, with superior graphics and a lot of gear to unlock. There is a wide variety of environments for you to explore and you just feel that a lot of time has been invested in this game to make it look extra gorgeous! So, if I might make a suggestion; create your own squad to battle those aliens and feel awesome when doing so. I, for one, seem to have gotten myself a little hooked on this game, as I am still playing and have trouble putting the damn thing down!
WARHAMMER 40,000: MECHANICUS - HERETEK
July 23, 2019