A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Positive notions of loyalty, honor, heroism, but spotlight also is on less-than-desirable traits, such as betrayal, conquest, blind servitude under penalty of punishment.
Positive Role Models
Introduces strong heroic characters, loyal to their cause, courageous under fire. But these characters are surrounded not only by obvious evil but by those who secretly work only to rule others, prey on weak.
Ease of Play
Setting up, controlling a fleet of starships in real time is a daunting, complicated task. At any given moment, lots of variables to track, adjust for. Still, despite overall complexity, does a good job of walking players into their role.
Violence & Scariness
Main focus is combat, so violence is prevalent. But all action is ship-to-ship combat, meaning that despite large number of explosions, there's no blood, gore. Only carnage is wreckage of ships, some violent images in cut scenes.
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Occasional use of some strong language in the game's dialogue, but nothing overly offensive.
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Products & Purchases
Part of Games Workshop's popular Warhammer 40,000 franchise, which features a large amount of merchandise, including tabletop games, miniatures, video games, books, pen-and-paper role-playing games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is a downloadable, real-time strategy game based on Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 franchise. Players control warring factions' fleets in space-based ship-to-ship combat. The game's story and controls may be a bit too complex for younger gamers. The story in the game's Campaign mode offers background and character development, with themes of loyalty and betrayal set in a universe where nothing is quite as easy as black and white. The focus of the gameplay is combat, meaning there's a steady stream of violence. But all the combat takes place from the fleet perspective, and all violence is directed at the vehicles, without any blood or gore shown, although there are some violent images shown in cut scenes. The Warhammer 40,000 franchise sells merchandise from T-shirts and figurines to tabletop and video games.
Is It Any Good?
This epic space combat game captures the most exciting moments of warfare that energize science-fiction fans. Lasers and torpedoes pepper the background as ships of all sizes dodge and weave through the firefight. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada does an amazing job of putting players right into the thick of this action. You genuinely feel in command as you order your ships into battle, execute deft maneuvers, and make the hard choices to either sacrifice a ship or send it out for repairs, leaving the rest of the fleet vulnerable. The tension builds once you realize that the actions you take and the choices you make have real consequences, as your character and ships carry over from battle to battle.
Running off the Unreal 4 engine, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is a beautiful piece of eye candy. While it's usually best to keep a wide view of the action, it's hard not to zoom the game in close to see just how intricately detailed the ships are. Detail also applies to the environment, not only for appearance but for function as well. Vanishing into a gas cloud or using the wreckage of a defeated ship as cover are valuable tactics to use in battle. In fact, the sheer number of abilities and tactics available are almost overwhelming. It's also not a very fast game, as cruising through the vastness of space happens at an almost glacial pace. But Armada is a complex game with a steep learning curve, where it's much more important to have a sharp mind than sharp reflexes, which should appeal to strategy and sci-fi fans alike.
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