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SPACE HULK: TACTICS
Watch out for Genestealers.

REVIEW
By JAY TEE
16/10/18

Space Hulk: Tactics is a polished, feature rich title that places the world of Warhammer 40,000 front and centre. It can feel a little overwhelming to the uninitiated at times, but its stylish presentation, impressive production values, and pacey interpretation of turn based action make it a winner.

The story content is dense with lore. Thankfully, strong voiceover work sells the narrative, even if some of the script is a tad verbose. A lot of the characters refer to each other by their full titles, which seems forced and grandiose. Thankfully, each mission is structured to offer evolving objectives with surprising twists in the tale, and with two full single player campaigns on offer, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.

Gameplay wise, Space Hulk: Tactics is absolutely brilliant. The mix of first person shots, quick fire cutscenes, and a more traditional isometric tactical perspective, meld together to create a big budget feel.

THE BASICS - Turn based tactical shooter set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

PLATFORMS - PS4, XB1, and PC

PLAYERS - Offline - 1, Online - 2

CO-OP? MULTIPLAYER? - PvP multiplayer, alongside a robust map editor.
 
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT - None announced.

TARPS? - At the bottom of all our reviews, you’ll see a series of absurd looking images (with equally stupid, in joke laden names). These are the TARP badges, which represent our ‘Totally Accurate Rating Platform’. They allow us to identify specific things, recognise positive or negative aspects of a games design, and generally indulge our consistent silliness with some visual tomfoolery.

REVIEWS KEY:

The Look - Art style, graphics, and overall presentation.

The Feel - Mechanics, controls, and learning curve.

The Sound - Music, sound effects, and dialogue.

The Experience - Anecdotes and random thoughts.

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The BREACH ON ZULU badge is awarded for a game that consistently demands intelligent strategy / tactics.

The COLLISION COURSE badge is for a game that gives you more than one way to succeed.

The COMMANDER DATA badge is for a game where death has a profound impact on your experience.

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The JOHNNY FIVE HOLE badge is earned for a game where you are likely to get destroyed in multiplayer if you're new to it.



4

Space Hulk: Tactics is a rewarding and feature rich experience, totally accessible to franchise newcomers, and rewarding for long term fans. This is definitely worth a look.

*PS4 review code provided by Focus Home Interactive*

TARP BADGES:

DEAD SPACE

The bleakness of the world really comes across in the visual design, with excellent framerate performance throughout.

TAP TAP DONE

You’ll master the controls almost immediately, lowering the barrier of entry and letting you simply enjoy the experience.

EDITOR’S WORD

The script could have done with some trimming here and there, but the voice acting and sound design are both great.

COMBO PLATTER

Two single player campaigns, competitive multiplayer, replayable skirmishes, and a map editor. Awesome.  

THE FINAL SCORE:

REVIEW POLICY:

We use a simple “out of 5” rating criteria for all reviews.

4 out of 5 is GREAT.

You’ll have a fun and varied experience, with plenty of reasons to invest. Even if it’s just shy of perfection.

OUT OF 5

THE BREAKDOWN:

THE LAST WORD:

The grid system forces intelligent play, as you have to consider positioning as well as the direction you’re facing when moving your troops. You’re also allowed to initiate plenty of actions per turn, something which is often unnecessarily restricted in turn based titles. You’ll find yourself quickly overwhelmed after one or two missteps, and the difficulty ramps up pretty fast once the (very well made) tutorial is over. The console controls are superb; we’re reviewing Space Hulk: Tactics on a PlayStation 4 Pro, and the default set up has been smartly optimised for a DualShock 4.

It’s a feature rich title, with a robust map editor that allows you to snap together skirmish maps which can be shared online. 1v1 battles are also supported; it’s a generous inclusion in an already stuffed package. Performance wise, gameplay is silky smooth, but load times are a bit long, especially the initial boot up. Some further optimisation in future updates wouldn’t go amiss.

Despite the heavy emphasis on the established lore of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and being a relatively hardcore turn based shooter, Space Hulk: Tactics manages to be welcoming to first time players, and rewarding for those already soaked in its backstory. That in itself makes it a huge success.