We’re playing Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters, the most brutal tactical RPG in the Warhammer franchise
Carrying out an intense demonic purge that will guide the Gray Knights, humanity’s greatest weapon, through the cosmos is a wild plan, however you look at it. Warhammer 40,000 fans have been quite obsessed with Warhammer 40,000 for more than three decades through all sorts of experiences, including a generous playing career. Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters takes that prolific testimony and adds an extra responsibility: living up to one of the best video games in the franchise. Because it’s a remake, yes. But a brutal one.
A spectacular year for fans of the Games Workshop factory (the amazing Total War: WARHAMMER III was only recently released) and even more so for those passionate about tactical roleplaying in all its forms and dimensions was Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters It’s a solid bet in what has been a truly exceptional year for PC gamers. We’ve revived the Random Games classic and, as you’ll see in our gameplay, we’ve given its fights even more power and new emotions.
And it so happens that the Warhammer universes and the tactical roleplaying experience is a combination that’s too sweet to pass up, but the truth is that it’s also something that we’ve more or less grown into over the years got used to. Without going further, Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector was released by Black Lab Games in July 2021. But as you may have seen from the aesthetic and our playthrough, this is what Complex Games and Frontier Foundry are on a whole other level. They’ve even enlisted the legendary Andy Serkis to step into Grandmaster Vardan Kai’s armor!
At VidaExtra we have also dressed for the occasion, anticipating the fight. How could we resist the invitation to participate in this spectacular 41st millennium nightmare? An intense tactical experience where the importance of every turn and movement is contrasted with truly visceral moments. And as the name suggests, demon hunting in Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is tantamount to throwing the gates of chaos wide open.
The Demonic Purge every Warhammer 40,000 fan will want to delve into
Attitude is an absolutely essential aspect of Warhammer 40,000. The Empire’s relentless purge of chaos and every demonic threat preserves the essence of the franchise and sets it apart from any alternative or replacement in the form of a video game, where armored troops face the unknown. Complex Games is fully aware of this and comfortably immerses the player in Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters. Always use the Games Workshop universe reverently and for the benefit of the project.
The playable premise isn’t all that different from current tactical RPGs. Turn-based battles in conveniently defined scenarios full of detail and possibilities. A small squad, but armed to the teeth against absolute evil. A threat known in this case as the Outbreak that spreads across the worlds, corrupting everything it touches. And while the premise of Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters throws us squarely into these twisted and lazy environments, it also allows us to go big when conducting the Purge.
Because if there’s one thing that sets Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters apart from other tactical RPGs, it’s the way it embraces brutality and integrates it into its identity as a game. There will be exploration rounds that involve discovering the environment and taking up positions, but when it’s time to pull the trigger, the real experience you’d expect from a Warhammer 40,000 video game erupts onscreen Life.
Regardless of the role and class of our Gray Knights, each of them is willing and ready to slaughter, burn and blast into a thousand pieces anything that stands between them and your mission, only to rip them into entrails and chunks of blood-soaked, filthy flesh disassemble . Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters’ most glorious intentions culminate in explicit and visceral cutscenes.
Something that complements beautifully with the rumble of our squad’s every step as they advance between crumbling, decadent Gothic Revival cathedrals and toxic industrial landscapes. Next up is the ultra-powerful alternative to ranged combat: ferocious melee attacks that see the Gray Knights unleash their swordsmanship, causing deadly effects or conditioning their targets’ attributes.
And beware, destruction also applies to the scenarios on both our side and our enemies’ side: we can kick down doors to advance, but we’ll also witness powerful enemies walking through walls while attacking against us. In addition, in addition to studying our layout and coverage in the scenarios themselves, we must also take advantage of the scenery when wreaking havoc: knocking down a pillar at the right angle will allow us to crush the enemies in its shadow.
On the other hand, as the corruption of the outbreak spreads, the environments also evolve, so we will see how the scenarios will evolve alongside the progressive arrival of all types of new enemies and the mutation of those already in the game part of the threat. Luckily, and as we shall see, in Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters we will always take the initiative when wreaking havoc.
Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters: much more than a remake
As already mentioned, Complex Games’ new Tactics was born as a remake of Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate, a tactical role-playing game released in 1998 and one of the classics that is a must for fans of the franchise. You can currently find it on GOG for under €10, although – to be fair – the passage of time hasn’t been particularly kind to it. Luckily for everyone, Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters takes up the baton, keeping its essence and updating each and every one of its achievements until they become their own merits.
Because we’re not just talking about an ambitious and detailed visual set-up that leaves the technical and artistic part of the recently released Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector in its infancy, but also a deeper and more interesting approach to the other big nuance of Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters: its RPG essence. By far the item that Warhammer 40K fans will love the most.
- First of all, because the game concept is based on an odyssey of cosmic proportions through different star systems that we must gradually reconquer. Our chosen destinies will determine which planets will be spared and which will perish, and if the eruption spreads far enough in a sector, the very gates of chaos that gave the game its name will open.
- But also, and as expected, due to the extensive equipment customization system, armor and above all skill improvements that will have a greater impact on the gaming experience. Strengthening the role of each member of our team more and better, ultimately giving us a chance against the biggest threats and huge bosses.
The way Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is designed, or at least as we were told, precludes that we can deal with all the threats that take place in each system, so it’s comfortable with our moderate to be picky goals, study which Space Marines we want to go on the mission with and what skills we might put into practice or need.
Despite the reality, the desire to destroy and the motivation to test our new improvements always overwhelms everything else. They invite us to eliminate the omnipresent chaos on all levels with all the means at our disposal.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters manages to bring emotion to every match, its combats have a measured rhythm and visceral charge, rounding out its own character with generous layers of well-distributed fanservice for the recurring tactical role formula.
Elements that already made us feel good given the luscious appetizer we had access to, and which make May’s entry far more interesting for PC users. Especially the ones with Warhammer 40K figures and books on the shelves.
Prepare yourself, Gray Knight: The fight begins in May 2022
This begs the question: how faithful is Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters to the Games Workshop franchise and the 1998 game? Aaron Dembski-Bowden himself has been involved in the project from the start.
One of the most renowned writers in the Warhammer 40K universe created the game’s characters and wrote its screenplay, which are big words. But beyond that, Complex Games has a shared history with Games Workshop and a declared devotion to the classic Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate playing in its favor.
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