A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This fantasy story revolves around heroes and villains waging vicious war primarily for the sake of glory and destruction, respectively. Simple concepts of good and evil (or order and chaos) permeate the narrative, with strong themes of courage and power.
Positive Role Models
The main hero is a battle-hardened warrior who lives for battle. She has no other apparent interests. She respects her comrades, but is willing to sacrifice them for victory. Players can also take on the roles of clearly villainous warriors in other factions.
Ease of Play
It's relatively simple for a strategy game, and plenty of text instructions are provided as necessary as players move through early missions. But it doesn't take long for combat to become challenging and demand serious tactical thinking. Players will need at least a little perseverance as they repeatedly lose and are forced to start over again.
Violence & Scariness
Godlike warriors and monsters wage turn-based combat using medieval-style weapons, including swords, hammers, and bows, as well as magical attacks. The action's viewed from a raised perspective making it hard to discern much detail. Some enemies emit small splashes of blood-like fluid that quickly disappears, and some monsters' bodies are decaying.
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Products & Purchases
This game's part of the expansive Warhammer franchise, which includes both tabletop games and video games, along with films, books, toys, and other media designed to appeal to fans.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is a downloadable turn-based strategy game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Play is entirely focused on tactical medieval style combat, but the action is viewed from a raised perspective without much discernible detail and only small, occasional splashes of blood, which quickly disappears. The simple fantasy story is more or less focused on the clash between good and evil (order and chaos), without much in the way of narrative detail or motive behind a lust for glory and/or destruction. The main hero is a born and bred warrior who apparently lives for battle and nothing else. She respects her comrades in arms, but doesn't hesitate to sacrifice them in her quest for victory. The villains are similarly singular of purpose, seemingly existing simply to do battle and sow death and devastation. Parents should be aware that this game's part of the expansive Warhammer franchise, which has given rise to movies, books, and plenty of other games.
Is It Any Good?
Designed primarily for fans of the tabletop game, this straightforward, fast-paced strategy game probably won't hold much of interest to those who aren't familiar with the source material. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground's campaigns are relatively threadbare in terms of storytelling, relying primarily on quick snippets of dialogue to progress their plots. But there's opportunity to dig into the backgrounds of individual unit types, along with their unique skills and weapons via the text found on their corresponding cards, which provide the sort of color and lore that Warhammer fans tend to eat up. It's another node in an ecosystem designed to enrich players' experience with the tabletop game.
As for the combat, it will feel pretty familiar to those acquainted with the genre, though with the twist that failure forces players to restart the campaign. Victory often depends as much on your unlocked units and gear as your strategic ability. That means some battles are simply unwinnable until you've powered up enough to be able to take on the enemy. It's a turn-based strategy game with an unavoidable grind-to-win element that hardcore fans of the genre may not enjoy. To be fair, the campaigns are quite short, as are individual battles, so the loss of progress isn't all that frustrating. And the fun here is supposed to come from gradually amassing large and customizable armies and cleverly using them to get a bit further each time you initiate a new campaign. Just remember that Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is a game meant primarily for fans of the miniatures game, of which there are legions, rather than traditional turn-based strategy game lovers. Make your purchasing decision accordingly.
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