WARHAMMER 40,000: MECHANICUS
A DIET XCOM IN A FASCINATING TECHNO-CULTIST SKIN. US$29.99 | PC |www.mechanicus40k.com
THE ADEPTUS MECHANICUS are, in many ways, the perfect encapsulation of what Warhammer 40,000 is about, a bizarre gothic fusion of technology and religion. Mechanicus translates this unusual faction into a turn based tactics game, and does so wonderfully, oozing character from every pore.
The story is framed by a group of highranking tech priests who are constantly debating each mission. They’re all wonderfully quirky characters: Scaevola has removed so much of their humanity they new speak entirely in equations, and they’re excited to recover alien technology, while the devout Videx believes ignorance is strength and anything outside the Imperial dogma must be destroyed.
There’s no such thing as cover, which makes combat fast and lethal, initially for the tech priests and then later, after a few upgrades, for the Necrons. Combat revolves around a currency called cognition, which can be earned by scanning obelisks and corpses, as well as lots of other methods, and can be spent on things like extra movement or more powerful actions.
An actually GOOD 40K game is pretty rare...