Excerpt: As something of a geek by nature there are certain things that I take to like a duck to water. Computer games, sci-fi books and obsession with pirates and ninjas? Check. Yet the one thing that you can't pin on that list is Warhammer, which I guess is pretty unusual for someone like me.
Excerpt: Warhammer: Mark of Chaos brings the popular tabletop game of fantasy warfare to PCs. The human, elven, and dwarven armies of the Empire and its allies clash with the monsters and demons of the forces of Chaos in a manner reminiscent of the Total War games. So how does a world crafted for a turn-based war game fare in the translation to a real-time strategy game? Well, I’m not sure.
Summary: Warhammer: Mark of Chaos came out in 2006 and delivered a solid RTS experience to the Warhammer faithful. Battle March expands upon that to add new playable races to the game. The expansion includes all of the original content with no alterations. While still capable of delivering a strong RTS experience to newcomers, Battle March doesn’t really have enough new content for people who already own the original title.
Conclusion: Audio in Test Drive Unlimited is superb. Vehicle sounds are authentic, with each vehicle having its own particular revving and gear change sounds. Car collisions also give an authentic metallic bang and scraping noises. Of course, if you were a good driver, then you would not hear these crash noises at all. Police sirens wail, and the sound of police radio conversations can be heard whenever the 'fuzz' are attempting to get you to pull over.
Excerpt: Being first doesn’t guarantee success. Witness Warhammer Fantasy Battles , nominally the flagship tabletop game from Games Workshop. Though it’s still around and doing reasonably well, GW made the error of creating Warhammer 40,000 , which has become infinitely more profitable, not to mention widely licensed. The last major WFB computer game was Dark Omen , and that was published in 1998. Mark of Chaos thus has a lot of expectations riding on its shoulders.
Excerpt: The Warhammer universe is one of the most developed fantasy worlds out there. In fact, one of the most popular computer fantasy worlds – the Warcraft universe, borrows heavily from it. At first glance it is a rather typical medieval place filled with humans, elves, dwarves, demons and other run of the mill fantasy creatures. A deeper inspection reveals several key differences however.
Conclusion: All things considered, these are all minor concerns. Ultimately, Warhammer: Mark of Chaos is a wonderful setting with an OK game attached to it. The lack of a skirmish mode is, frankly, shocking, especially since the tabletop game itself is more about the battles than it is the war. Duels between champions sound epic, but are little more than two units beating on each other in a most dreary way.
Pros: Great setting; solid voice acting; models look excellent.
Cons: No single player skirmish mode; limited replay value; performance issues in larger battles.