Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command (Nintendo DS)
- Compelling single player game consisting of 13 unique missions and 9 unique multiplayer maps for Local or Global games.
- Fully destructible, real time 3D battlefields mean that no two games will be the same.
- Pick from two Space Marine chapters or two Chaos Space Marine Legions to play as in Multiplayer games.
- Over 20 ranged and close combat weapons taken directly from the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
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Warhammer 40,000(tm): Squad Command(tm) marks the first time that the brutal, war-ravaged world of Games Workshop's (LSE: GAW) Warhammer 40,000 universe will be playable on the Nintendo DS and PSP. Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command features fast, action-packed combat through turn-based strategy and an engaging, authentic single-player storyline. Gamers play as the elite Space Marines of the Ultramarines chapter and strive to combat the encroaching evil of the ruthless and daemonic influenced Chaos Space Marines through 13 cinematically-tied missions. With a robust multiplayer mode featuring 9 unique missions, gamers will team up and go head-to-head with other gamers worldwide as either the Imperium of Man or Chaos Space Marines, ensuring hours of unique replayability. Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command will also fully utilize all the portable functionality of the PSP and Nintendo DS, including the dual-screen and stylus, bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe to life on handheld.
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What it is, is great fun. Every decision could be the one that lands you in trouble. Should you duck and cover or race ahead to see around the next corner? Spend those last action points on moving behind a wall or take a long range shot at a chaos cultist? If you're a Games Workshop fan then there is enough detail to satisfy you and the turn based approach is far closer to the table top games that inspired it than Real Time Strategy versions. If you are new to the world of Warhammer then don't despair; the units and weapons are easy to grasp and great fun to use.
The game is not perfect though. I bought my DS seduced by its unique stylus control system. Sadly, it isn't much good in this game. Using the D-pad and other buttons is far easier and more intuitive.
The destructible landscape is good to a point but it does mean that with enough heavy weaponry you can just crawl accross some maps blowing up everything that crosses your path, be it enemy or building.
Finally in an ideal world I would like a greater choice of races/units but must face reality. This is still a handheld with limited screen size and functions when compared to a PC. With a squad limit of 6 SPace marines make the obvious and most adaptible choice. By selecting the right secondary weapons you can arm them for close combat or long range fire fights. What is missing is any kind of individual unit progression. Given that every mission is linked through the storyline I would like to see units gain experience as they go, gain more HP or AP maybe. it would make losing a trooper that much more significant if you had spent five missions beefing him up first only to walk into a missile. Chaos Gate had such a system ten years ago and was until now the best Warhammer computer game ever made.
Well worth your time despite a few minor flaws
It's simply a great game; relatively hard campaign, good use of things like cover and it gives each unit strengths and weaknesses. The graphics arn't bad at all, and the environment is destructible - as long as you avoid using the stylus the controls are fine.
the micro management is cool,too. You get to decide the weapons and ammo of each unit before deployment. However i think it is a missed oppertunity that they didn't give you the choice of what units you use before each mission. they could have introduced a cost-based system and let you decide whether you want two Terminators and a Land Speeder or 5 Marines, for example.
But the ting i like most is how it gives you tactical freedom in each mission, and the game makes you feel like you are really in charge and makes you care for every unit. personally, i restart the mission if i lose a guy - but that was bloody hard so i don't recommend it. Multiplayer is also good, i use single card play with my friend and it really pits you against eachother.
To Sum Up - Buy It, i'ts my favourite DS game so far, and well worth a tenner!
-No camera angle options mean that it can be hard to take in the surroundings. (This leads to moments where your guys shoot walls you did not notice were in the way)
-Poor range of sound effects, and very limited rubbish unit speech.(Example, Marines shouting 'I'M MOVING', well duh..)
-Units do not gain experience like they did in Chaos Gate. Gone is the need to value your guys. Arming your given men is the only area where customization exists and this seems to be almost pointless because special tinkering is not at all needed to win missions.
-Character graphics are generally pretty shoddy, although vehicles and dreadnoughts look great.
All in all I can bear these flaws and just enjoy the game for what it is. The great price means that Squad Command is a nice little buy, and it's even fun to play in the most part. However, I imagine that once I have completed it there won't be much replay value.
Theres a good game in there somewhere, hopefully they'll get it right next time.
As a professional game developer I dispair at the criticism levelled at the game below - rating it lower because theres no music to listen to during gameplay? Really?
If anyone remembers the Incubation games on the pc then the gameplay is more less the same as this. The graphics and sound are not that special apart from the cut scenes but I am new to DS games and cannot really compare to other ones.
If you liked the Incubation games then I am sure you will enjoy this although it lacks the atmosphere of the PC games. I find the missions addictive but I do enjoy this type of game. If you are looking for fast paced action then it is probably best you avoid this.
The lack of atmosphere, graphics and specific characters lets down the overall game.
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