EISENHORN: XENOS (BETA)
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 19, 2016
Hide! Get into cover quickly! Scan the environment! Blow your enemies away! No, I did not totally lose my mind; I played the beta version of Eisenhorn: Xenos last weekend, and what a treat it was!
Eisenhorn: Xenos is based upon "Xenos", the first book in Games Workshop's best-selling Eisenhorn trilogy, written by award winning author Dan Abnett and is set in the grim, dark future of Warhammer 40,000.
You play as Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn (voiced by British actor Mark Strong). After completing a mission, a high placed judge wants to know what happened during that mission. Or rather, he blames you for everything that went wrong. The cheeky bastard! Nevertheless, you still want to stop the ones trying to undermine the Imperium and remove all threats from without as well as from within, so you remind the high judge who exactly Gregor Eisenhorn is and what he stands for and all but order him to cooperate. The judge reluctantly agrees with your plan, but orders a loyal knight from his own ranks to accompany you. Hmmm... a party member; alrighty then!
Gregor has a vast array of weapons, which you can upgrade in the shop using gold that you find during your quest. I just love a character who has a melee weapon, but also has the option to attack enemies with a ranged weapon. Gregor has a sword and a gun, so I'm as happy as a pup with two tails. And if that isn't enough to convince you, there's more! Gregor also has the ability to use psychic powers which allow him to throw back enemies and even control their minds while interrogating them.
When you think you're stuck and you don't know what your next step is, always remember to give your scanner a try. Yes, you actually have a tech scanner, how cool is that? You can detect mines, open doors and read encrypted letters with it. It's a very useful piece of technology, which you will be happy to have! Reading the various tech-pads you'll come across on your travels will give you more and more insight into the world of Eisenhorn: Xenos and are definitely worth reading.
The demo offered us the opportunity to play through the first two chapters. The full game will contain eleven chapters. Personally, I think Eisenhorn: Xenos looks great and works excellent. In these two chapters there wasn't a single moment in which the game didn't live up to my expectations. Although the graphics aren't mind-blowing, they do look really good and fit the Warhammer 40K universe perfectly.
The big plus of this game is the smooth gameplay and controls. Especially the shooting is just a matter of pushing a button. And when you want to perform a stealth attack, you'll have to wait till you're close enough and push the appropriate button when prompted on-screen. The great thing about this technique is that the moment of attack is consistent throughout the game and works like a charm every single time.
I really had a blast playing Eisenhorn: Xenos. And although I'm not familiar with the books or other Warhammer games, this didn't seem to matter. Sure, if you're familiar with the Warhammer 40K lore, you will know more about the various characters than I do, but even without this knowledge, I understood what was going on and what was expected of me. And, let's be honest, it's far more easy to really get into a game when the controls are working like they should. And in Eisenhorn: Xenos, this was definitely the case! So, if you like a cool action / adventure game, featuring an immersive story, awesome characters, cool weapons, stealth and psychic powers; Eisenhorn: Xenos is most certainly a game you will want to play!
EISENHORN: XENOS (BETA)
Pixel Hero Games
May 19, 2016 (PC - full game)