Developer: Bulwark Studios
Publisher: Kalypso Media Digital Ltd.
Platforms: PS4, Switch, X Box One, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Release Date: 17/07/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
It’s the forty-first millennium in this war torn future, one of the Imperium of man’s greatest foes the Necrons are rising again. It will be up to the more metal than man Mechanicus to quell the Necron uprising. Where every decision made will affect the mission outcome. May the Omnissiah bless you.
Mechanicus is X-Com with a Warhammer skin and praise to the Omnissiah it is glorious. If you are a fan of turn based style games, this is a must buy. The game is based around exploring nodes on the map where decisions matter to the mission and grid based combat. Each battle starts with a ready phase this allows the player to set the units available to them in a starting grid. Making it close to the table top counter part. Once set it plays out like all tactical game in the X-Com vein, each unit moving and taking action one at a time until the battle requirements are met.
Where this varies will be upon the actions you have taken to get to the battle. For example, the mission could start with two Necron units, as the player interacts with the nodes and alarm may have been triggered increasing the amount of enemy units, or just moving about can increase the enemy count. So each action needs to be weighed up as to not get overwhelmed by Necrons.
The Mecahnicus being technologically advanced beings boasts a large array of units to unlock each with the own movement range and health points. Along with deep customisable units and skill trees that will dramatically change how a unit will operate in battle. This means one unit could case devastating long range attacks while a heavy armour unit going in for melee damage and everything else in between. Making for an experience that is unique and different with each mission.
Two things to note is the difficulty spikes be that your own fault or the game its self. There are times I struggled with missions, epically when the Necrons do not stop coming. So be prepared. Also, the Mechanicus themselves. As they are a strange amalgamation of religion and cyborg in that works. However, this could be a turnoff for some players.
Over all this is an amazing game, one that all Warhammer fans need to play along with tactical RPG fans will enjoy. I would highly recommend Mechanicus, I enjoyed every moment I had with this one.