Space Hulk Tactics PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Space Hulk Tactics by Cyanide Studios and Focus Home Interactive.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game through Terminals.io for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Space Hulk Tactics is a strategy game that’s based on the Warhammer themed board game of the same name. The game has you taking control of a team of Space Marines as they infiltrate a newly discovered Space Hulk (A hulking amalgamation of numerous ships) to destroy it, and the Genestealers that inhabit it.
The game features 2 unique campaigns to play through. The first focuses on the team of Space Marines known as the Blood Angels. The other is based on the Genestealers that inhabit the space hulk.
The game also features a skirmish mode where you can create your own custom missions to play through. There’s also a mutiplayer mode where you can go up against another player in battle.
When you start a campaign, you’ll be taken through a tutorial which will teach you the basics of the game. Once the tutorial is complete, you’ll be able to play through your first real mission. After mission success, you’ll be granted equips and cards which you will use during the game.
When not on a mission, you’ll be able to explore a section of the ship using a map. This map has various nodes on it where you’ll be able to collect resources or battle enemies. At the end of each section there’s a difficult battle that you’ll need to complete in order to progress to the next section of the space hulk.
The map screen also houses a squad management screen where you can equip your squad with new weapons, cards and modules.
During a mission there’s a lot to keep track of. As the space marines, you’ll first need to deploy your space marines. Once deployed and your first turn is completed, you’ll have various objectives that you’ll need to complete. These objectives include defending a position, collecting an item, reaching a teleporter and many more.
You’ll be faced with a great many enemies as you progress through a level and only 1 hit from a genestealer is enough to kill a unit. Your character’s base hit rate is incredibly low as well and it’s a good idea to utilize your cards whenever you attack. Your beginning cards are pretty weak but as you complete missions and collect resources, you’ll unlock better cards for your squad.
If you happen to run out of AP (Action Points) to move your squad around or give them actions, you can convert a single card to AP. The better the card that you convert, the more AP you’ll receive but you need to decide if it’s worth sacrificing your best cards to gain a little AP.
The game also features a first person mode which can enhance the immersion in the game but it limits how much you can see. I recommend using it if you want a real challenge. The default is an isometric view so you can see the entire map to carefully setup strategies.
I will admit that the first person mode can be a little glitchy at times but that’s an issue that’ll be fixed with a patch in the future so it’s not too much of a problem right now and it’s only a cosmetic issue really.
Overall, Space Hulk Tactics is a pretty challenging game. It requires a great deal of strategy in order to actually win. I was also pretty impressed with the enemy AI as well. It puts up a good fight and it’s outmaneuvered me on quite a few occasions. It’s difficulty may deter some players but if you’re a fan of the board game and are looking for a new Warhammer based game to play, then Space Hulk Tactics is a pretty good option.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my review for Space Hulk Tactics folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
Space Hulk Tactics$39.99
Features of Interest
- Challenging, Yet Fun Gameplay
- 2 Well Done Campaigns
- Great Atmosphere, and Voice Acting
- Challenging AI
- First Person Mode Is A Bit Glitchy As Of Writing This Review (Should be Fixed in the Future).