Mordheim: City of the Damned Review

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By: Thomas Riccardi (@ThomasRiccardi1)

One of the things I love to do in my spare time is play board games. One of the games I used to love to play was a skirmish game called Mordheim. This game put you in charge of a warband as you went up against other players in a ruined city. Sadly, Games Workshop let the game lapse into ruin and it seemed that all was lost of this iconic game. However, the folks over at Focus Interactive have brought us the experience to our consoles as well as our PCs with Mordheim: City of the Damned.

The game takes places in the city of Mordheim after a twin-tailed comet comes crashing down in the middle of the once-sprawling city. The comet was made of a rare resource called Wyrdstone and four factions vie for the comet’s bounty that is now strewn across the city’s landscape. You will be able to play as the human mercenaries, the sisters of Sigmar, the cult of the possessed, and my personal favorite: the Skaven. Each of these factions has their own single player campaign so with each one, you get a unique experience every playthrough. As you progress through the campaign, you will be able to take on side missions in order to get some extra Wyrdstone. These missions are unlike the regular story missions as they are generated at the time of acceptance. Send out scouts and manage the upkeep on your warband in order to fight your way to victory.

The game is completely turn-based as you will move your units on the battlefield and deal with any enemies you encounter along the way. Not only will you be able to just move and attack enemies, but you will also climb walls, shoot with ranged weapons, use magic, etc. There are also different stances you can use against your opponents such as ambush (attacks a unit as soon as it is in range) or dodge (increases the ability to dodge incoming attacks). You will need to choose wisely in your warband to make it balanced, as a heavily armed and armored force might not be the right strategy for this game. You might want to have a mix of light and heavy units to get good spots on the initiative ladder. This ladder shows you whose turn it currently is, as well as the up-and-coming units. Poor judgment will have your character low on the ladder, which makes that unit vulnerable to incoming units.

Multiplayer has groups of up to four people playing in a variety of multiplayer modes. You will be able to fight against four people on 16 different maps that can differ with various options set by the host. Winning is as simple as destroying the opposition or causing their morale to drop so low that they will be forced to flee. Your units will gain experience in your warband like they do in the single player campaign, but be warned. You will need to take care of these units and nurture new units into the warband. Failure to do so might result in a veteran unit winding up dead and with no replacements, it can make the warband harder to attain victory.

If you have never played any of these games before, fear not as there is an in-depth tutorial system that you can play through. There are four tutorials that cover all the aspects of combat and eight that cover your hideout/campaign. I recommend everyone to play these tutorials before starting the game because it will give you more than a bit of an edge while playing the campaign mode as well as multiplayer. The tutorials are easy to learn and explain everything that you will need to know in clear and concise terms. For example, while starting the first tutorial, I had no idea you could select other options with the Q and E buttons. This was explained in the second tutorial and soon I was using other weapons and stances with ease.

Graphically, this game is gorgeous, rivaling some of the bigger studios in the industry. The models and environments are nothing short of breathtaking and you can see the detail that went into each and every character is mind blowing. This looks better than the tabletop game ever did and if you remember the way the tabletop game looked, this is more than a worthy successor.

So whether you played the original game or are familiar with the Warhammer universe, you need to at least check out this game. With amazing graphics, excellent multiplayer, and an in-depth customization system for your warband, Mordheim: City of the Damned has hours of content waiting for you to unlock. For more information on this game, point your browsers over to www.mordheim-cityofthedamned.com and just remember, your doom is coming, man-things.


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