Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters: In this fast-paced turn-based tactical RPG, command humanity’s most powerful weapon, the Grey Knights. In a dramatic, story-driven campaign, you’ll use the tactics and talents of your own individualized squad of Daemonhunters to track down and eradicate a galaxy-spanning plague.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Plot
In this fast-paced turn-based tactical RPG, command humanity’s most powerful weapon, the Grey Knights. In a dramatic, story-driven campaign, you’ll use the tactics and talents of your own individualized squad of Daemonhunters to track down and eradicate a galaxy-spanning plague.
The Grey Knights‘ very existence is founded in mystery, enforced with mind-wipes and executions. Armoured in faith, shielded by devotion, the Grey Knights’ whole existence is rooted in mystery, enforced with mind-wipes and executions. In a story written by famed Black Library author Aaron Dembski-Bowden, experience life in the 41st millennium and follow the path of these elite warriors.
HELP SHAPE THE GALAXY’S DESTINY
To stop the spread, upgrade your base of operations, construct new facilities, perform esoteric research, and engage in war missions across numerous worlds. The Bloom corrupts all planets equally; your choices will determine which ones succumb… and which ones survive.
MAKE YOUR OWN CHAMPIONS
Command your own unique Grey Knights squad; learn a variety of skills and psychic abilities, acquire strong equipment, and specialize your champions into four different standard and hero classes. Voice, armor, and facial customization choices are available for each of your fighters, allowing you to make them uniquely yours.
TARGETING WITH PRECISION
The Grey Knights are a Space Marine chapter with a reputation for not making mistakes or missing their targets. The Precision Targeting system gives you complete control over your tactical decisions, allowing you to confidently plan your strategy, whether it’s taking shots from afar with pinpoint accuracy or dismembering and demolishing an adversary in savage melee combat!
MUTATING MONSTERS AND THEIR SERVANTS
Environments will change and erupt with lethal hazards and minions, cultists, and the famed Death Guard as The Bloom corrupts worlds. Chaos Pestilent boons and blessings will cause Space Marines to mutate, offering them new attacks and abilities. Adapt your tried-and-true tactics to defeat insurmountable odds against colossal enemies and their henchmen.
SLAUGHTER IN THE FILM
Charge headfirst into tactical warfare at a breakneck tempo. In grisly demonstrations of prowess, eviscerate and execute adversaries up close, or strike from afar with blessed bullets and powerful psychic forces. By tearing down pillars or ramming cars into unsuspecting foes, you may make use of the dynamically destructible landscape.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Review
The turn-based tactical XCOM-like Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is definitely unsubtle. A dash and a colon! “Daemon” is spelled with an a! The overabundance! There’s something energetic about this game, just like Games Workshop’s trademark pumped-up Space Marines. Daemonhunters’ aesthetic is thunderously loud, from the soaring cathedral spires of your battlecruiser HQ to your monstrous, Grey Knight supersoldiers.
My gruff squad of four Grey Knights is shoulder-barging through blast doors and into a demonic lair in slow motion only a few minutes into the tutorial assignment. I order a frag grenade to be thrown at the feet of a group of underlings who are loitering in the corner.
The top-down tactical perspective abruptly and deftly zooms in on the projectile, admiring the grenade’s outlines for a fraction of a second before doing a bullet-time spin and panning back out for a deadly overview. During the same turn, I instruct a second knight to slam into a pillar, toppling it and destroying another group of enemies.
I’ve seen these door breaching, grenade-throwing, and pillar-knocking animations countless times during my long war against the forces of Chaos, and I’m still not weary of seeing them play out after 40 hours. I’m still amazed at how quickly my fully equipped squad can teleport down to a planet in a flash of fibrous lightning.
I’ve also never grown tired of my favorite toy soldier, the Interceptor. He’s melee-focused, like many of the game’s classes, but he can also teleport.
He acts as a one-man army, sneaking behind enemy lines to slaughter smaller foes or using the Daemon Hammer’s knockback effect to hold larger targets away (he can also knock enemies off cliffs and into pits, which feels a bit like cheating in the best way possible).
Daemonhunters is an aggressive simplification of the XCOM formula, similar to Gears Tactics. The percentage-based miss chances have vanished, along with most of Firaxis’ massive sci-fi series’ complexity.
Instead, Daemonhunters uses a fast-paced system of stuns and executions, in which many attacks drain a meter, knock an enemy to the ground, and allow for a melee execution that rewards additional Action Points to everyone in the squad. It’s possible to keep your turn lasting virtually indefinitely if you use it well.
My Interceptor blinks from one quick execution to the next, letting the squad’s momentum build as they roll on and smash the enemy beneath them like an unstoppable juggernaut, psychically strengthened by his fellow Justicar and pumped with the Apothecary’s biomancy.
While the battle is fast-paced at the moment, the campaign as a whole drags. Daemonhunters, like XCOM, adds a strategic element on top of its turn-based combat.
This layer has you upgrading several parts of the Baleful Edict battlecruiser, from the Manufactorum’s industry to the Libris’ study (the Empire’s proper nouns are Latinized, as is common in the Warhammer 40K universe).
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Preorder
Pre-order now to get your hands on the limited-edition ‘Relics of Titan.’ The tome ‘Domina Liber Daemonica’ and the hammer ‘Destroyer of Crys’yllix’ are included.
Champion Edition of Castellan
Pre-order now to obtain the limited-edition ‘Relics of Titan.’ The tome ‘Domina Liber Daemonica’ and the hammer ‘Destroyer of Crys’yllix’ are included.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters, the Original Soundtrack, and the unique playable character Castellan Garran Crowe are all included in the Castellan Champion Edition.
The writing, story, and characters in Daemonhunters are easily the best aspects of the book. I went in anticipating meticulous turn-based fighting, but I came out wondering if one of the many tie-in novels was worth reading.
It’s just the kind of luxurious, over-the-top stuff I enjoy, with references to “ancient architect,” “astropathic whimsy,” and “ruinous algorithms.” Daemonhunters may only focus on one group, but by doing so, it masterfully explores some of Warhammer 40K‘s most unique and emotive components. This is the grimdark universe at its best, from notions like the “Warp” and “Cult of the Machine” to heavily laced themes like corruption and heresy.