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Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command (DS)

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Manufacturer: THQ / Genre: Action & Adventure

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      09.07.2009 23:40
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      If you can get used to the controls, you'll enjoy the game

      This a video game based on the Warhammer 40,000 turn based wargame, using minatures & a board, that is sold by Games Workshop. The Vidoegame is set in a war-torn future where Mankind's forces battle the minions of chaos.

      In single player you progress through the game by defeating the enemy on each level. You command your units. Move them around & take out the enemy. Before you start you get to pick which units & what weapons they take to the field. The further you get into the game the more choice you have. Once on the field you can move your units about either with the stylus - this can be very hit & miss, and result in units ending up in the wrong place or firing on the wrong target. The other option is to use the buttons. Shoulder buttons to scroll between units & direction button to move them or select targets. If you move your units this way, you should be able to control them effectively. The Single player mode is challenging & you do have to field your units as a squad, or in two groups to progress. If your tactics for each level aren't good. You will probably get beaten.

      Multiplayer has three different main options. Single card download play for two people fighting each other. Multi card play for 1-8 people playing in co-operative mode or vs mode. Online mode can be played with between 2-6 players & is lots of fun. Each player controls a squad of six units. You win & lose experience points based on your performance & as you gain points, your rank rises. The more players that are involed the better.

      The game is a challenge in one player but once beaten only has replay value in multi-player. If you can get used to the controls which can be tricky at first, there's fun to be had here.

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      05.05.2009 23:43
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      Doesn't hold the attention, looks like a quick port from another console

      Warhammer 40,000 Squad Commander is a military game for the Nintendo DS. You fight against other armies by moving your troops and fighting, working through the various missions in the game.

      The game is turn based and I found the game play easy to pick up and start playing the game. In essence the point of the game is to move your armies a certain number of positions, then make fighting decisions about what to do with those armies, and then you let the computer respond with its move. This whole process is controlled by action points, which you can either use to move or fight.

      Graphics wise, I wasn't impressed with the game. The second screen of the Nintendo DS should have been a positive feature for this game, but it is in my view wasted with a different to comprehend map feature. There are times where it isn't possible to really see what's going on in the game, which is frustrating and seems to just be lazy programming.

      Although the game might be relatively easy to pick up, controlling the game isn't always as easy. The game uses the stylus and touch pad to control the armies and movement, but it's easy to select the wrong item and end up making a move that you didn't intend to make. It doesn't really get any better after playing the game for a few hours, it's just all a bit clunky.

      Really the game to me just seemed a little pointless and repetitive. With no additional effects to add to the game, it felt very dry and really felt like a port from another console. Little effort had gone into the controls and what is a very good concept just became monotonous very quickly to me.

      The sound in the game is very limited, and is really limited to just a few sound effects. There is no interesting background music, sound between levels and other effects that might enhance the game, just the occasional sound of gunfire and similar minor sounds. All very disappointing, and this certainly takes away from the atmosphere of the game.

      You can link up the game to play with others, which does to a degree lengthen its game-play, but I only tried this once with one other player. You should however be able to play with a total of eight players or build up your own ranking system with the Nintendo DS ranked matches. The frustrations of the game's controls do still though kick in, and there are just better games to play in two player mode.

      The game is currently available new on Amazon for 13.39 pounds, but can be found much cheaper second-hand on eBay for example. The game is rated 12+ so isn't suitable for younger children.

      Overall, the game is interesting for a while, but I just felt that there wasn't enough to the game to maintain my long-term interest. If you can pick the game up quite cheaply and are a fan of this genre of games, then I'd advise getting this, but otherwise it's probably not worth getting in my opinion.

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    • Product Details

      THQ's Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command (DS) marks the first time that the brutal, war-ravaged world of Games Workshop's (LSE: GAW) Warhammer 40,000 universe will be playable on the Nintendo DS and PSP. Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command features fast, action-packed combat through turn-based strategy and an engaging, authentic single-player storyline. Gamers play as the elite Space Marines of the Ultramarines chapter and strive to combat the encroaching evil of the ruthless and daemonic influenced Chaos Space Marines through 13 cinematically-tied missions. With a robust multiplayer mode featuring 9 unique missions, gamers will team up and go head-to-head with other gamers worldwide as either the Imperium of Man or Chaos Space Marines, ensuring hours of unique replayability. Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command will also fully utilize all the portable functionality of the PSP and Nintendo DS, including the dual-screen and stylus, bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe to life on handheld.