Battlefleet Gothic: Armada description
An adaptation of the classic tabletop game from Games Workshop, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is a RTS videogame developed by Tindalos Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive, released on 21st April 2016.
A Sci-fi confrontation between Orks, Chaos, Imperium and Eldar, the game presents visually enhanced space-battles in a visceral manner. With multiple mixed opinions and reviews regarding the gameplay and issues, BGA remains a game rewarded by Eurogamer.de, so let’s further discuss the multiple aspects of this quite controversial game.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Story
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada’s story is set in a dark future that seems to be so far that it practically becomes alien. More exactly, BGA takes action in a universe where a religious civilization has spread to the stars and inhabited a million worlds with such a powerful population that it was able to defy every other world in counting.
All the time, the borders of your ship are under the threat represented by other alien factions that are actually elves, orcs, undead and so on. Players take the role of a man whose name is Spire and who is a new admiral and commander of Battlefleet Gothic, in a 12th Black Crusade in the Gothic Sector, when a Warp Storm has set in and has cut off the sector from the rest of the Imperium. Your batlefleet has to hold as much ground as it can on its own and therefore, BGA is a game of combats and gigantic battleships, fully customizable, a game of performance and special abilities of captains, crews, weaponry and systems, of defense and support, of gaining experience and constantly improving for further battles. As the leader of your fleet, you will have to fight on a flat surface, surrounded by a detailed and well-designed background, with vibrant colors and unique designs. Eventually, you either defend a world or you lose it, and the game ends with you defeated only after losing 50 worlds.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Mechanics
The game provides six factions to play with, by choice, slightly different in abilities yet quite similar in fighting styles and game-play. During the game, you’ll have to climb upon ranks, and with every ascension in Elite ranks, the artificial intelligence of the game will increase by 1%. The game difficulty has also raised some challenges for most of the players, as BGA seems to be quite difficult even in easy modes. Yet, a good consequence for the diversity brought by maps and obstacle randomization is the impression that, apart from the scripted missions, you won’t be feeling like you’re playing something similar.
To explore further opinions, reviewers of the game stated that game mechanics are poorly designed and battles, although beautifully represented with appealing visual graphics, go incredibly slow.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Modes
A plus of this game, partially compensating its cons, is the fact that, apart from the single player mode, it comes with an extensive multiplayer mode, where the battles can be held by up to 4 players at a time. This expansion also has a story expansion of its own, setting the players in the middle of Gothic War from the 12th Black Crusade, a war between Abaddon the Despoiler and Imperium. In this mode, the center of every fight will challenging every player to command the fleets of the huge ships.
A popular mode of the game is Skirmish, which features and Elite mode and allows the player to fight randomized battles of any race in any combat.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Technical Issues
As it is an initial version, complaints about bugs and technical issues didn’t miss from the reviews of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada. Players have reported basic obvious bugs and poor polish and design. Crashing problems, getting stuck in the main loading screen and sound effects overcome by the music and voices are only a few items from the list of other plenty issues presented by the game.
The artificial intelligence of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is also not the best, sticking to fighting styles with their own tactic in certain situations even if that specific strategy doesn’t fit in. The enemies are also not so clever, as they tend to rush to objectives and completely ignore the player, which can be quite disturbing for a player looking for strategy and challenge of mind.
Available on: PC
Game Platform: Steam
Publishment year: 2016
Gengre: Strategy, RTS, Sci-fi