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Heresy has never felt so good!,
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This review is from: Horus Heresy Board Game (Toy)
Horus Heresy is an arguable contender for best game in my collection.... and I own quite a lot of games.
It's quite a heavy game, it takes about 2 or 3 hours to play, but it's worth every minute.
You'll need to find a game buddy who is willing to sit and learn the rules with you - but they are not insurmountable.
This is a game that rewards strategic thinking and forward planning, and the tension escalates as the game goes on.
The crux of the game lies in the "initiative track". Players can play cards from their hand to the strategic map for a low cost, but it will not be certain that these plans even come to fruition, but if it does, the action will gain a strategic benefit. Or players can play the cards directly from their hand at a high cost, foregoing the strategic affect of the card in order to implement their plan in the 'here & now'. Each time I've played it, it's came down to the last round, with victory still uncertain for either side.
The most enjoyable thing about this game is the balance that is struck. One player may decide to spend his turn making long term strategic plans, only to have them foiled when the other player decides to recklessly take an action straight from their hand... but this then gives the first player some extra time to do more on their turn.
The component quality is superb, if not very well designed. The map has 3D elements that look fantastic on the table, but cause some problems when you are trying to balance the miniatures on the 3D features.
You don't need to be a Warhammer 40k enthusiast to enjoy this game... it would suit anyone looking for a really meaty 2 player war game.
That said, the game is dripping in theme, and the narratives that emerge through play are fantastic.
The price may be off-putting, but you won't be sorry when the gigantic coffin box arrives. You may need to reinforce your shelf first.
I would recommend this to any Boardgame enthusiast.
All in all, an outstanding game... standing head and shoulders above the competition. After all, aren't Space Marines supposed to be 9 feet tall?