Mordheim: City of the Damned is the first video game adaptation of Games Workshop's cult classic tabletop game Mordheim. Set in the Warhammer World's decimated Empire city, Mordheim: City of the Damned is a turn-based tactical game where you lead warbands into bloody and lethal skirmishes. The game blends RPG elements, fast-paced tactical combat and intricate unit customization in a time wrought by chaos and rivalry where only the strongest survive.
After a twin tailed comet crashed on Mordheim, the City of Damned turned into a terrifying battlefield where rival warbands fight fiercely for the control of key neighborhoods, looking for glory and fortune by acquiring the very valuable Wyrdstone fragments.
Choose from iconic Mordheim warbands - Sisters of Sigmar, the Cult of the Possessed, Skaven, Mercenaries from the Empire - and lead your troops to battle. Recruit new units, equip them with enhanced gear. Evolve and customize your warband with the experience gained from each successful mission, transforming them into a terrifying force on the battlefield.
Devise the best strategy to annihilate your rivals. If you fail, some of your units might lose a limb... or worse. Keep in mind that in Mordheim: City of the Damned, a dead unit is lost forever! Consider the environment when formulating your battle strategy, exploiting the unique buildings, ruins or the layout of the streets. Deploy your troops carefully and anticipate the actions of your adversaries to set up ambushes! Organize ingenious battle plans where the talents of your units will be as important as your own luck during key moments of combat.
Loot items and weapons hidden in the ruins, or steal those of fallen opponents. Survive the dangers that abound in the City of the Damned and collect as many Wyrdstones as you can, but remain ever vigilant. Mordheim is one of the most treacherous places in the Warhammer World!
In these epic battles where fame and glory await, your strategy will definitely be your best ally! Visit the four corners of the City of the Damned to complete multiple missions in the solo campaign, or challenge other players in enthralling multiplayer modes.
Fully customize your warbands
Choose from a multitude of classes with unique abilities to create unique strategies
Take your troops to battle and test their synergy on the field
Gain experience to unlock Player's special abilities
Spend the Wyrdstones to acquire powerful items and unlock more choices and features
Face other Player's Warbands in head to head skirmishes
I enjoy Mordheim a lot, and heartily recommend it, but ... it is not a game that everyone will have fun playing. In Mordheim, you cannot eliminate risk, only manage it.You can plan and prepare, carefully choose skills and equipment, even pick and choose which battles you fight ... but you *will* at some point suffer a crushing defeat despite everything. Just as you will at some point, in an inspired moment of tactical brilliance, shatter a vastly superior warband and win plunder and victory that is all the sweeter for how difficult it was to achieve. Sometimes, you'll collect a huge haul of loot, and crush the enemy warband with barely a scratch on your own soldiers. And sometimes, the enemy will do that to you. Mordeheim is unforgiving of mistakes, and requires careful consideration of risks. The game doesn't fudge anything to help you win. Difficulty indicators start at "Normal", and swiftly escalate through "Hard" to "Brutal". There are no do-overs. Nothing is guaranteed. The cruel vagaries of statistics reign unimpeded, and favour neither you nor your enemies. Losses of men and materiel are inevitable. Soldiers that fall in battle are "out of action", and with treatment can often recover to near peak condition. Permanent injuries can and do occur, but sometimes your soldiers can draw lessons from their defeat, emerging stronger from their brush with death. And there's always the need to salvage more wyrdstone, to satisfy your sponsor and keep your warband supplied. Get too greedy, and your warband might get caught out of position, unable to support each other. Get too cautious, and you might struggle to keep your soldiers paid and equipped. Gauge the risks well, combining preparedness with planning and a few smart gambles ... well, you might just have a fighting chance. Welcome to Mordheim :)
If you're looking for a direct translation, this is not the game for you. If you want a great tactical skirmish and management game, this should be on your wishlist. The important part is to keep both sides of the game in balance: tactical and management. Your Warband can quickly find itself out of money if you lose matches, or get your Warband members skills without a cushion. Adding Wyrdstone shipments to the mix, and you have an adequate representation of life in Mordheim. It may not be true to the game, but it has Mordheim's spirit down. While playing against the AI is fun, it's even better when you are playing against a human opponent... although one might be hard to come by at times. You can do both with the same game, switching back and forth as your friends hop on, or playing against the computer to get that last bit of Wyrdstone in before the shipment's late (miss three and the game's over). There is one piece of advice before playing against human opponents: get used to playing against the computer first. The game is frustrating when you start out, as you don't know the lay of the land that well. True to its namesake, Mordheim is merciless when someone doesn't know the layout of each map as well as their opponent. You will find yourself flanked, and a great skirmish game will find itself shelved. Manage your Troops. Manage your Gold. Manage your Time. Manage your Temper. Do all these things, and you might survive Mordheim... for a while.
Do you like Xcom ? Do you like Warhammer ? Well, buy this game so ! In this game, you will manage a band. This band (at the moment) can be selected between humans, templars, skaven and chaos ! At the beginning, your band is low level and not very effective but after a few mission, it goes better. Be careful ! This game is addictive ! Why ? Permadeath and wounds. The members of your band are not immortal. They could lose some members and also... life ! When your best hero dies, believe me, you are not very happy at all. Of course, when one is hurt, he needs treatments and also some resting days. This guy is not available ! So, be careful ! Who are the opponents ? Others bands and neutral bands managed by the AI. You can loot your opponents but your opponents can do the same ! Very exciting ! A lot of items are available in the game : weapons, potions, armors, etc... depending of your loots or the market. Your team have also a level. After 5 level, new heroes are available, new slots of recruitment for members. Cons : Only 4 races Not enough missions but the game is updated regularly so I cross the fingers !
What Mordheim sparked my curiosity was the map design. Unlike many video games of today, the atmosphere isn't in broad, shining daylight. Instead, it utilizes quite diverse and unsettling environments, such as fog which is a rarity to see now. This helps players to move away from their usual safe zone and be more immersed in Mordheim. Combat in Mordheim is turn based and not necessarily fast paced. It's about strategy and careful planning. Those who want an adrenaline rush from fast paced combat and/or combat realism may not appreciate that. The game, however, is derivative of MMORPG games, most prominently, The Elder Scrolls: Online. However, if one is a fan of those games, that will not be an issue, though the long loading times will be problematic. Finally, the game can start out as quite difficult for newcomers and some annoying gameplay aspects are present, such as ambushes and a darn announcement every few minutes or every time a certain amount of items are collected. I give this game a C for having stunning visuals but the technical and gameplay issues plague the game's current state.
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