Warhammer 40000 Battlesector Review (Steam)

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only our Warhammer 40000 Battlesector Review. Experience every bone-rattling explosion and soul-crushing charge in Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector, the definitive battle-scale game of turn-based strategy and fast-paced combat that takes you to the battlefields of the 41st Millenium.

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Warhammer 40000 Battlesector Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 7.13GB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics – full screen, resolution, motion blur, v-sync, graphics preset, max framerate, and UI particle FX.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders for the camera.
  • Four game modes – campaign, skirmish, multiplayer, and tutorial.
  • Remote play together support.
  • Tutorials are separate and optional.
  • Full camera control where you can rotate, zoom in/out, and reset the camera.
  • Can change which way your units face.
  • Every action is governed by AP (action points).
  • Click on enemy units to see what they have weapons and stats-wise.
  • RTS action gameplay.
  • When you select a unit you get a handy Hotbar showing any abilities, stats block including action points remaining.
  • Commanders are bigger better units and earn command points that allow you to call in reinforcements like airstrikes.
  • The campaign has four difficulties – Initiate, Astartes, Lieutenant, and Company Captain. You can further tweak settings for reinforcements, weapon upgrade cost, enhanced enemy units, reduced HQ token rewards, reduced army point caps, increased enemy momentum, reduced momentum and CP gains, units provide cover, enemy Ai difficulty and last chance revive HP.
  • Handy button to jump straight to any units still with action points remaining.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Highly detailed authentic locations.
  • Damage and health bars show.
  • It looks like a tabletop game.
  • Slick animations.
  • Any modifiers like momentum, critical, etc pop up as it happens.
  • Turn-based combat.
  • When moving or shooting the playfield creates grids to show what you want to do.
  • Satisfying combat.
  • General controls are smooth and easy to pick up.
  • On enemies’ turn, you can fast forward or skip their turn animations.
  • Army management – in between levels you can hire/fire squads who each have unit points on them so that dictates what or who you can have in your army.
  • HQ upgrades are points you earn in-game to buy unlocks on the vast skill tree. Recruit more HQ characters to get more tech trees.
  • Save and load when you want.
  • Skirmish – set any unlocked campaign level, army (Blood Angel or Tyranid), and the difficulty.
  • Multiplayer – three modes that are live (both online at the same time), Asynchronous (both players don’t need to be online at the same time), and Hotseat (local multiplayer).
  • You can search or create your own public/private lobbies.

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Warhammer 40000 Battlesector Review Cons:

  • Has its own game launcher but only shows as game adverts.
  • Small text.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Online requires login with either a Slitherine or Steam account.
  • Only two factions at the moment.
  • Locations are cool but start to feel the same.
  • Waiting for enemy turns can be a chore.
  • The camera sometimes gets erratic.
  • No controller support.
  • Skirmish mode is kinda basic.

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Warhammer 40000 Battlesector:

Official website.

Developer: Black Lab Games

Publisher: Slitherine Ltd.

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Steam

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Warhammer games have always been a mixed bag in terms of quality or authenticity. Today we check out Warhammer 40000 Battlesector and I must say it is one of the best Warhammer games to date. What you get here is an RTS game that stays faithful to the lore, makes it accessible with its controls, and is so much fun to play. I don’t know how they do it but at the start of the game it always feels like you are at the table about to play Warhammer 40000 in physical form, that feeling stays throughout but the initial feeling is that of joy. The game mechanics at a base level are ones you have seen before with your unit controls and overwatch dependency along with any environmental factors like cover. They add in Commanders who allow you to do more devastating attacks like air strikes or better performing units, it does add a new layer as you can earn points to put into tech trees for them and customize how they play. All in all, I found Warhammer 40000 Battlesector to be a really good solid strategy game that Warhammer 40k fans will love and deserve, Strategy fans will like the new unit types and locations, it’s a game that I hope keeps going with more locations, more factions. Battlesector is great as it is but it needs more variety.

Jim Smale

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