Warhammer: Battle March
Good Game, Bad Controls
To all of you out there who like to play hardcore strategy games this is the one for you. But I would recommend that you buy this for the computer. Right now I still haven't mastered the controls, but it is getting in a better and better game the more I learn them. So if you are not interested learning the controls on the Xbox for a game made on the computer then just get it for the computer. Though the graphics are good and the gameplay is similar to a mix of Rome Total War and Age of Empires, this game will seem like it's the worst game ever for a day or so if you get it for Xbox. All you need to do is dedicate yourself to learning the controls and I promise you will like this game. Another good idea is to rent the game first. If you can't stand the controls then don't play it. But if you do then go buy it. What I am trying to say this is a very good game, but it would have saved me a few hours if I had got it for computer. It is a good game either way, computers just easier to learn.
Great translation of an excellent game
This is an excellent translation of a great strategy game to the 360. Some have complained about the controls, but if you play the tutorial and practice with only a few units, as you can in the opening chapters of any of the 3 campaigns, you will quickly get used to the controls. After about 1 hour of playing, i was able to issue all commands effortlessly. The graphics and sound are excellent and the gameplay is very deep. For skirmish mode you can completely customize your army from something like 6 races and over a dozen factions (each race has about 3 factions with unique units and bonuses). You can further customize each unit with weapon, armor, champion, banner, and other such upgrades. The heroes can be further customized with magic items and dozens of skills via three skill trees for each hero type. I highly recommend this game. It has a little bit of a learning curve since the controls are complex, but this allows you to quickly give many different types of orders to your units on the fly.
First off you need to understand this is a Strategy game, not Halo, not GTA, not Call of Duty, a STRATEGY game. It's not designed for you to pop the game in and just start mashing a couple buttons and running through enemies like a god. With that being said, there is a learning period to get used to the controls. If you do the tutorials youll be good to go. I've only put about 2hrs in so far and am loving it. It really makes you use the ole brain to achieve victory. The campaign part of the games starts you off slow and easy, with only about 3 armies to control. You can upgrade your armies weapons, armor, morale and some other things. There are also a good selection of troops to pick from such as swordsman, archers, spears, etc. After a battle in campaign mode you get a chance to go to towns and upgrade, heal and many other things to your army. You also get to distribute hero points. Hero's are a character you can associate with an army and they have special attacks. You get to upgrade these guys pretty heavly as well. The game play is pretty straight forward. Command your armies to achieve victory. However it's easier said than done. You have to be crafty to get a victory, while keeping the majority of your army alive. If you like strategy games along the lines of Warcraft (not WOW), but the original, I'd say pick this up.
I have had this game for a week now and I have to say it is a great game. The Challenge is excellent and the story will grab you and not let go. I have been playing as the Chaos in the campaign and I have to say. It is really good. The battles are a challenge, you have to outsmart the AI and out maneuver it. Also the hero's and their abilities are good. I also like the duels they can have against each other. Again this is a great Strategy game. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes a good challenge. The controls are a little hard to get used to, but that is what the tutorial is for. To teach you how to play with the controls, but after a while you get used to it. Also, I love the massive battles you can have and the unique units at your disposal. If you're a range person you have the range units, but if you like to get up close and personal, then the infantry is for you. Again I would recommend this game to anyone who likes a good strategy game.
Great gameplay, complicated structure.
Ok, this game is based off of a tabletop strategy game, so don't expect yourself to be able to jump into the campaign and start kicking booty. Since its on consol, they controls are VERY complicated, I would say get it for PC, but if you don't mind learning them, then go ahead and get this. No the graphics arn't that great, but the gameplay and the story make up for it.
Made for real Hardcoregamers
This game is the type where you have to savor units and pick them wisely. Best thing to do in a game like this is actually try to be strategic not like Gears of war where you barge into a new level and bayonet some guy, you really have to think out your plan before you play. Each unit is good against something else such as pikemen are good against horsemen and so on. Another thing you need to take into consideration is your hero. The hero is the tank in a match, but still the hero can be over run that is why you need to use the special abilities or powers then you might have a chance. Overall this game ( in my opinion ) is not made for kids with a trigger finger if you really want a strategy challenge this your game.
Rent it first
First off I'll say RENT this game. don't buy it! If you like it after you rent it then buy it. The user interface is extremely over-complicated. In order to select a troop, you have hold the right trigger down, while pushing the left stick in the direction of it's picture, and push the 'A' button. Using abilities can sometimes be more over-complicated. The army customization menu is a decent feature, but it doesn't make the game any better. You can change the banner, color, and slightly change the look of your unit. As far as the game-play goes, it's pretty boring. There are no buildings, or strategies. all you need to do is make sure your army is stronger then your opponents. Just group your units together and walk around the battlefield until you find them. No buildings to create more units either, what you have when you start the battle, is all you get. Heroes duel each other, but all you do is hold down the right trigger, the left D-pad, and hit A, B, Y, or X, every few seconds. I'm disappointed and upset that I spent the money to buy this game, before I rented it.
Warhammer: Battle March is a Great Game
Warhammer: Battle March is a Great Game, I picked up this game at EBGames in Saint John, the day that it came out, and brought it home, went through the tutorials , read the manual, then started to play the game, I love this game, the story draws you in, the missions are a lot of fun,they are challenging, but very good. I am not that far in one of the campaigns, as I don't have much time to play the game,just a couple of hours after work each evening, and have enjoyed every minute of the game so far. This game is highly recommended by me ,if you like strategy games, pick this game up, you will not regret it. I do not have a computer system that can play any of the newer games that come out for the computer, and am quite happy that this game was released for the xbox 360 system.
Do you guys remember those great NES Warhammer games like Shadow of the Horned Rat? Well, sadly this one misses the mark. Instead of taking the simplicity of those previous games, and combining better graphics and an engaging story. They went for the overcomplicated controls with a very poor GUI. Guess what that means in real time strategy? Disaster! Most battles, I just group my guys together and send them charging around the battlefield. You would think, with a widescreen LCD TV in 720p, I would be able to make out the unit commands on the GUI. The commands just look like blobs. Even worse is the terrible Hero duels. To use a item hold LB, while squeezing RT, aiming to item with leftstick, while depressing A. Yeah, I exaggerated, but it's that stupid. Don't look to the manual for any help either. I will be in mourning, for the loss of my hard earned dollars.
OH WOW I CANT WAIT!
It is better to get something than nothing. Being a fan more towards WHFB than 40k ill take this. This game from what I have heard and read is suppose to be improved and better than its counterpart on the pc and well being a dark elves player myself I couldn't be more excited. i guess one of the things I'm eally hoping for, is if they throw in tomb kings, vampire counts, Skaven etc. it would be a great idea for down loadable content but i think thats just wishful thinking. so heres to hoping for the release date to come quicker!