Wargamer Weekly: Kriegsmarines, Elves, and Aircraft Carriers
By Marcello Perricone14 Apr 20170
Look who's back! And guess who's away? If you guessed "me" and "Joe", you're weird, because you're not back, I am! Enjoy your Easter bank holiday with some tasty news about games where you kill people.
The long awaited The Operational Art of War IV has officially entered it's final stages. With a completely revamped naval warfare system, a enhanced supply system, the new Battlefield Time Stamp feature, TOAW4 brings a new array of exciting features with more flexibility than before, allowing players to relive the most iconic battles from the dawn of the 20th Century to modern day, including the ones that never occurred. More than 200 scenarios like the Battle of Marne, Dien Bien Phu, the Batte of Arnhem, and the Falkland Invasion will forge your strategy skills and ability to master all kinds of troops and terrains. More info can be found here.
Naval turn-based expansion Order of Battle: Kriegsmarine has set its release date on the 20th of April, bringing along the German Navy in a series of exciting and hard-fought battles. It innovates the naval gameplay of the base game by adding plenty of new units and mechanics, including new rules for submarines. Jeff is working on its review right now, and the beta is currently on -- you can join it here.
Lastly but not least, Heroes of Normandieis coming to the Xbox One! Not a lot of details about the launch yet, but you can read our review of the PC and iOS versions right here!
Fantasy Flight Games' Runewars is getting a Miniatures Game Essentials Pack, an expansion that gives you all the non-figure components you need to field an army. Including tokens, templates, references, cards, and dice, the Essential Pack gives new players a starting point for new players -- or extra components to veteran ones. There is also a Latari Elves Army Expansion incoming, bringing beasts, archers, and scyons tree creatures that add a womanly touch to your game -- after all, Elves are anything but manly.
The new Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire has a new faction too, in the form of Death models. The Sepulchral Guard are the former warriors of the city of Shadespire, a town damned by the Lord of Undeath. Unlike many of the mindless shambling automata of the Mortal Realms’ undead legions, these once-proud warriors retain shards of their memories from before the cursing of their city, and each is a unique individual in their own right. Lacking the damage of the Bloodbound and the resilience of the Stormcast Eternals, this warband instead favours numbers and strategic tricks to achieve victory. The Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire game is coming later this year, so check back often here at Wargamer for more news.
On the subject of Warhammer, Warhammer live is back this week, so check it out!
The new update, packing an improved AI, a better camera, and a new Southern scenario, includes includes several improvements. The AI in both the main 1775 scenario and Quebec has been made more challenging, the camera moves smoother and towards where you are pointing the mouse to when you zoom in, and the new Southern Theatre scenario bits the British versus Americans and French on Virginia in 1781.
The v2.0 update is available now for PC and Mac, and it's coming to iOS and Android soon -- however, the Southern scenario will be foolishly paid DLC on mobiles. HexWar.com is also having a 20% off sale until the 19th April 2017 with the code '1775SALE'.
Arma 3 Jets DLC
Coming on May 16, the first 2017 DLC package for Arma 3 brings new features focused on aerial warfare. It adds three new air-superiority fighters, a UCAV, and a air-to-air and air-to-ground combat Showcase scenario. The full list of vehicles are:
F/A-181 Black Wasp II - The F/A-181 Black Wasp II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter jet. The aircraft was designed primarily as an air-superiority fighter, but also has ground attack capabilities. Its additional external hard points enable the aircraft to carry a wide variety of weapons configurations. The Black Wasp is fitted with the required equipment for carrier operations.
To-201 Shikra - The To-201 Shikra is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter jet. The aircraft was designed by a CSAT and Russian joint syndicate with the goal to build a highly agile and maneuverable air-superiority fighter. Similar to the F/A-181, the To-201 also has ground attack capabilities, and is able to support various weapons configurations via its conventional pylons, but also its internal weapons bay.
A-149 Gryphon - The A-149 Gryphon is a fourth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, and all-weather tactical fighter jet. The aircraft was designed as a multi-role platform at an affordable cost, and unlike some of the larger air-superiority jets, it can also perform well in low-altitude flight. Despite its aging platform, the A-149 has still been upgraded with the newest sensors and weapons systems.
Sentinel - The Sentinel is a fifth-generation, state of the line, twin-engine, all-weather tactical Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV). The Sentinel was designed primarily as a reconnaissance platform, but can also perform precision ground attacks. It typically operates from an aircraft carrier.
As usual, the new DLC also brings along a free patch to all players. The main highlights of this update are the ‘sensor overhaul’ to improve targeting and target detection, an upgraded fixed-wing damage model with more hitpoints and new damage effects, dynamic vehicle loadouts, and various other jets-related improvements, but the real show stealer is the CVN-83 “USS Freedom” Aircraft Carrier. This nuclear-powered aircraft supercarrier, which will be available for free to everyone who owns Arma 3, serving as a naval main operating base and carrying various aircraft and helicopters on board. In terms of in-game functionality, the ship is a static object that can be positioned across the map via the 3D Scenario Editor, but cannot be 'driven'. The carrier supports catapult take-offs and tailhook landings, and features functional autonomous defensive weapon systems.
The Jets DLC is available for pre-order now for with a 10% pre-order discount off it's original € 9.99 / $ 11.99 / £ 8.99 price. You can also get all planned upcoming DLC via the Arma 3 DLC Bundle 2 for € 22.99 / $ 24.99 / £ 19.99 and save yourself over 25% off the upcoming Jets, “Orange” (working title), Tac-Ops, and Tanks DLC.
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