The Warhammer 40,000 universe has many games in a wide variety of genres. However, there are very few truly worthy projects from this large number. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2, like many others, is based on a board game and provides a good example of what a good strategy game in the known universe might look like. But let’s take a closer look.
13 Abaddon’s campaign
The storyline of the game covers the events that take place in the future of the world of Warhammer 40,000. As you might guess, they are all very dark and they certainly have a threat of a universal scale that can destroy all living things. The antagonist advances and prepares a campaign against the Emperor himself. Already fell Cadia, which acted as a protective fortress that held back all evil. Now the great battle of the forces of good and evil is simply inevitable. This battle promises the greatest battle, during which the forces of both sides clash in the vastness of space and will fight to the death of all the forces of one of the parties.
The plot of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 makes it possible to take part in the events that took place after the death of the great citadel. The game has 13 different factions, among which: the military fleet of the Imperium, Space Marines, the cult of the Adeptus Mechanicus, Chaos, Tyranids, Orcs and many others. In addition to the prologue, there are three solo companies in the game. All the narration in the game takes place in cutscenes between missions, and if you really want to feel the plot and the world of the game, as well as get more enjoyment from the gameplay, then it is highly undesirable to skip them.
The single player mode deserves all the praise. It has good voice acting, interesting missions, excellent plot delivery and the development of key events. In general, fans of the series and just fans of atmospheric strategies should be satisfied.
Think about your moves. Make plans. Make sacrifices.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is a turn-based strategy game. The main goal here implies the capture of more star systems and the parallel execution of story missions. Hordes of enemies will always be on the alert and want to attack an undefended planet or attack your fleet at the most inopportune moment. Sometimes you will come across unique tasks related to your faction. Systems develop depending on what resources you have invested in them and in what quantity. These same resources mean different planets that differ in their purpose. Some of them are needed to supply the fleet with resources, others to build new spaceships, others just make repairs and supply reinforcements.
By completing certain tasks, you increase the prestige of your faction, which, in turn, gives you the opportunity to build more advanced spaceships, improve them and increase the size of your fleet as a whole. But if you do not want to gradually increase your fleet, and you really want to launch a large-scale battle with the most powerful ships, then nothing prevents you from entering the regular battle mode and organizing a battle with many of the best ships.
Systems are controlled in the game quite easily and even those who have played little such strategies will master this process. It is much more difficult in the game to properly distribute all the resources and keep everything that you were able to capture. If you have a huge fleet, then you need to properly maintain it, spending a certain amount of resources on each ship. Key feature: you can only smash a fleet during an open battle, you cannot change ships in the game, and making new units is not the best option here. It is much more convenient here to invest the main funds in the protection and development of your conquered planets. Curiously, you can go through the company in the game and through the corporate mode. This makes the gameplay more varied, and the passage itself is many times more interesting.
Fights not for life, but to the death
The battles in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 are an important and interesting part of the gameplay. Each faction in the game has its own unique technologies in its arsenal. The Empire relies heavily on firepower, so it boasts huge shells, long torpedoes, and the work of interceptors and bombers. Chaos, on the other hand, emphasizes the versatility of its combat fleet. Therefore, here you can find not only powerful ships with powerful guns, but also quite mobile interceptors and reconnaissance ships. So out of 13 possible factions, you will definitely be able to choose the exact battle fleet that suits your playstyle best.
The game also needs to have a varied combat fleet. It is foolish to make it from only one of the largest cruisers. It is easy to surround the same cruisers with smaller ships and shoot it, inflicting a crushing defeat on you. Therefore, the game must always maintain a balance, and adding certain ships to the fleet must be very thoughtful.
Although battles in space are conducted in limited areas, their size gives you a wide choice for a variety of tactical maneuvers, thereby making your battles more varied. Gas fields and asteroids hide your fleet from enemy radars. Sometimes, in the vastness of space, you can meet huge monsters that can easily change the course of the entire battle. You can win a battle by capturing key control points, or simply by destroying the entire enemy fleet. Every ship in the game has its own abilities and characteristics. In the game, it is very important to use the strengths and abilities of a certain type of ship at the right time, as well as to successfully combine them with each other.
From the point of view of the visual component, any large-scale battle in the game looks very high quality. Explosions, flashes, laser shots and more leave the most enjoyable experience for any grip in the game and make it memorable. Tindalos Interactive has shown everything it is capable of and has made the most of its resources. The only aspect that causes any criticism in the game is the voice acting. Of course, there are no sounds in space, however, the same shots from various weapons sound very fake and ridiculous. One feels that, at times. The game lacks a larger scope, but Tindalos Interactive can be forgiven, because a small French studio does not have huge budgets of several million dollars.
Real battles with real players
In multiplayer mode, you can fight with both real players and artificial intelligence. Everything is pretty easy here: you select a suitable faction for yourself, choose which ships will be in your fleet and that’s it – go into a glorious battle. All the most simple in the online mode ends here, since the battles with real players are very difficult here. You need to be well versed not only in the advantages of the chosen faction, but also to know well all the key advantages of the ships in the fleet (the fleet itself must be balanced in this case). It is necessary to minimize all the shortcomings of each ship and race, as well as carefully think over the strategy for the battle. Moreover, in each battle, you need to be able to think over the tactics of the battle. And experience here comes with numerous defeats from which one must be able to benefit.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is a good game based on the famous universe. Given that the developers did not have many resources, they were still able to create exactly the game that would be interesting to play for a long time. Are there any drawbacks to the game? Of course, but, firstly, they are not so significant and do not spoil the whole impression of the game, and secondly, some of them can be attributed to the same small budget and limited developer capabilities. So if you love good and pretentious strategies, and even more so if you are fans of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, then feel free to purchase the game and go into battle!
LID2PRO reviewer verdict
Colorful and interesting battles in which it is pleasant to participate and which are always distinguished by variety and individuality. Add to this the quests for each of the races and the need to create your own system from the captured planets, and you will get a good and well-thought-out strategy for the known universe.
The small studio Tindalos Interactive did its best and the battles in the game look good even with a small budget. In general, battles are not only pleasant to take part in, but also just to look at them.
If the soundtrack and cues in the cutscenes between missions are not satisfactory, then the sounds of guns and firing sometimes sound very ridiculous. Of course, this is not a fatal flaw, but sometimes it hurts your hearing.
It is very difficult to play online with real players, and therefore it is worthwhile to meddle in the network mode only after going through a single company and having studied in detail all the features of the race and each ship.
Three different single-player companies, 13 types of factions to choose from, a wonderful plot and pathos of what is happening – is it really necessary to have something else to play based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Despite the fact that in the game it is necessary to control the whole system of planets by distributing resources, and to lead a huge fleet of ships into battle, the developers were able to make the control convenient and understandable, so that even those who are far from strategies can easily figure out what is here and how.
A good strategy for the cult universe, for which it is not a pity to spend several weeks, both in single player mode and in multiplayer, if you manage to get used to it well.