The Warhammer 40,000 franchise has arguably one of the most well-crafted lores in popular culture. It is complex and deep in all the right ways, which makes it ripe for exploration in a variety of different mediums—be it on the table top, in literature, or through video games. Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus may very well be one of the most interesting entries into the long-running multimedia franchise. Combining XCOM style strategy gameplay with the world and lore of Warhammer 40,000 proves to be a winning formula for Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus.
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus is now available on the Nintendo Switch and it actually finds itself perfectly at home on the console. The game plays like a faster paced XCOM-style strategy game and lends itself nicely to quicker gaming sessions—compared to other gaming entries in the Warhammer series which can be more time demanding. That said, it doesn’t mean that the game itself has been simplified or dumbed down; instead the Warhammer experience has been streamlined through a turn-based strategy game format—to superb results.
For those uninitiated into the world of Warhammer, its world, story, and rich history may be somewhat overwhelming. The game doesn’t exactly spend much time trying to introduce the concepts and scenarios of the world, instead trusting that the player has a working knowledge of the Warhammer series and its terminology. This may be somewhat of an entry gate for those who are new to the Warhammer series, but once you overcome that initial hurdle you are sure to find the gameplay rich and fulfilling—even if the story is very much targeted at the hardcore Warhammer fans.
The real draw of Mechanicus is in the game’s combat scenarios and dungeon-crawling missions. The battles are fast paced, and mistakes could prove deadly. You command your squad of tech-priests and underlings to attempt a variety of tasks and goals. You will need to store Cognition Energy throughout the match by draining it from Cognition sources, which proves to be an interesting additional element to the strategy of the gameplay—keeping you on your toes as you balance conserving and storing Cognition while taking on a slew of enemies.
As you progress through the game, you’ll come to find there is an insane amount of customisation options available for your tech-priests. So many in fact, that it may be somewhat overwhelming; still the amount of customisation available is simply incredible. There is so much possibility available and Warhammer fans are sure to get a real kick out of it.
Overall, if you are a Warhammer 40,000 fan, Mechanicus is a no-brainer purchase. The game explores an exciting aspect of the Warhammer lore in the Adeptus Mechanicus, which is sure to please any Warhammer fan. However, if you are new to the series, Mechanicus really doesn’t try to make itself accessible to those out of the know when it comes to Warhammer. The game runs on the assumption you have some working knowledge of the Warhammer universe; so bear that in mind. That said, the game is a lot of fun and is definitely worth a look if you are fan of similar games—like XCOM.