It feels like ages since I played a good turn-based strategy game. While the genre is one of my favorites only a few greats come to mind: the XCOM series, Final Fantasy Tactics, Front Missions 3, and Vagrant Hearts.
I’m hoping to add Mordheim: City of the Damned to that list. The game is from Focus Home Interactive, and I’ve seen that more than anything they know how to do strategy right (seriously, try the Wargame series).
And even more than that, it’s a Warhammer game. And by Warhammer, I don’t mean Warhammer 40,000. I mean the medieval Warhammer that seems to have been largely ignored in the video game world. Really, I think the last one I played was Shadow of the Horned Rat back in 1995, unless you count the Warsword Conquest mod for Mount & Blade Warband (which I also highly recommend).
Check out the early access trailer:
Anyway, it may be worth keeping our hopes up for. The graphics, characters, and environments all look great. It takes place on the barren and war-torn streets of Mordheim, and has you leading warbands into skrimishes. According a press release, it “game blends RPG elements, fast-paced tactical combat and intricate unit customization in a time wrought by chaos and rivalry where only the strongest survive.”
You’ll apparently be fighting for key neighborhoods, which sounds similar to the Warhammer 40k RTS games that have players fight for control points. There will also be plenty of factions, including the Sisters of Sigmar, Possessed, Skaven, and Mercenaries from the Empire. You’ll be able to customize gear and enhance gear, and recruit new units.
Failing in combat also seems to have lasting consequences. The developers state “if you fail, some of your units might lose a limb… or worse.” One-legged giant war-rats? Sounds like my kind of game.
The game is launching soon on Steam Early Access.