Eat Plutonium Death, You Disgusting Alien Weirdos!14 May 2015 0
Eat Plutonium Death, You Disgusting Alien Weirdos!
Or put another way, a quick look at what Slitherine’s upcoming Starhammer: The Vanguard Prophesy looks like it’s going to deliver. We have just been given a press preview version of the game and so we thought you’d like some (very) initial impressions of the game.
The version of the game we currently have is a slightly cut down version of what is going to be released. Apparently some features are still being finished and so they have been omitted from what we have so we aren’t distracted by things that will be different on release day.
What we have is a turn based tactical space battle game, however, just to be a touch different it is WEGO turn based rather than the more usual IGOUGO system. For those who haven’t encountered this before what it means that for each turn each side gives its orders at the same time and then these are executed by the game whilst the player watches what happens. This can make trying to predict what the enemy is going to do a bit trickier than under IGOUGO …
Looking at the game there is an ongoing campaign in which your battles take place, and this is going to be a story driven campaign.
The meat and drink of the game will be the battles, and it must be said that the 3D art does look rather nice with a fair amount of detail on the ships.
Movement of ships in combat is really easy, you just drag a “shadow” version of the ship you want to move to where you want it to go. The movement (obviously) then happens along with all ships of both sides when you choose to end the turn. There are also a number of options you can choose to fiddle around with that will affect how well you do. Things like the relative distribution of power between weapons, shields and engines, choosing targets for missiles, repair of damage, and the like.
Your ships crews gain experience from the battles and they carry over throughout the campaigns.
All in all this looks to be a fun game and we look forward to exploring it in more depth before and after its release.
Finally we note that Slitherine are streaming a gameplay demonstration on their Twitch channel tonight at 20:00 CEST / 18:00 UTC / 2:00 PM EDT – if you’re interested head over to their Official Channel and have a look.