Mordheim: City of the Damned Review – Showing Great Promise

Mordheim: City of the Damned is available for the PC and has a lot to offer. It is a tactical, turn-based game that is set in the Mordheim realm. The game plays like a third-person Valkyria Chronicles. The movement system seems like it was designed to be for a controller and not with a keyboard. Therefore, players might have to opt for getting a good gaming controller for the PC to get the most out of the controls of this game.

Mordheim: City of the Damned Review – Showing Great Promise

Mordheim: City of the Damned Feels Like a Third-Person Valkyria Chronicles Than Something Like X-Com

Control systems for the Mordheim: City of the Damned feels a bit stilted, even when using a controller. However, a few hours into the game and players might get accustomed to the controls. Still, the game feels slow instead of being tactical; but don’t get this wrong. Its slower pace means that every action you take will weigh heavy on the overall outcome of the battle. Each movement has to be precise so that your team will be able to hack, slash, and dodge oncoming attacks in this beautifully-rendered world.

One major feature that sets City of the Damned apart from any other turn-based game, or many other videogames for that matter, is its permanence. What does this mean? It means that each wound, no matter how severe, will carry over through levels. If a character loses an eye, or a limb, then those characteristics will carry over to the succeeding battles.

This game is downright brutal, even for a turn-based style videogame. This brutality is not just for the depiction of the characters of losing limbs, but with the difficulty itself. Even in the earlier levels, many will find themselves getting overpowered by enemy forces through either number or ability. Therefore, this game gives players time to think about their upcoming actions to attain victory.

When you lose, there is no “Game Over” screen, simply a dark screen that says “Do Better Next Time.” This may not sit well with some players, especially for those who have little patience. Those who tend to rage quit may find themselves uninstalling the game just about after an hour of gameplay.

Mordheim: City of the Damned is a game that has been thoroughly planned and it will reward players greatly for achieving victories. It needs careful thinking, strategizing, and pulling off tactics at the right moment. For those who want more action-packed games, it is best to look somewhere else. But for those who like a clever mix of brutal yet gorgeous scenery, coupled with an insane number of ways to make you think, then this is the game to pick up.


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