E3 2008: Warhammer: Battle March Impressions

We checked out Battle March, the upcoming action RTS for the 360 at Namco Bandai's E3 booth.

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Warhammer has made a natural progression from table-based to console-based games over the years. The company's latest, upcoming action real-time strategy game for the Xbox 360 is based on the PC's Mark of Chaos, and we popped in to Namco Bandai's E3 booth to see it in action.

Battle March throws away the resource-management hassles and lets you focus on the action.

The Xbox 360 version of the game includes the original Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, in addition to the new Battle March expansion pack. As well as a single-player campaign and skirmish modes, there is online multiplayer support for two to four players on the Xbox 360 (down from six on the PC version). Since we last saw the game, Namco has added an extra faction, bringing the total to six, although only three of them are playable: Empire, Chaos, and Orcs & Goblins.

Hero units will play an important emphasis in Battle March, in that they'll not only help your team's morale but will also perform magic attacks. However, watch out, because losing a hero will be an immense loss to your army. Once a hero dies in battle, it might not be impossible to complete a mission, but it sure will be an uphill battle.

In addition to the regular factions, you'll be able to create custom armies. Although they're based on the existing factions, you'll be able to customise colours and banners for your custom fighting force if you so desire. Given that soldiers are randomly generated with a wide combination of options (including their individual uniform, body, and facial type, as well as headdress), making a custom army will take your side's unique look to the next level.

We're happy to report that Battle March looks quite promising visually, with richly detailed humans, orcs, and other creatures, vivid environments and terrain, and plenty of good effects on explosions and flames, which you'll no doubt be seeing a lot of through the course of the game.

They have a cave troll...oops, wrong fantasy universe!

Warhammer: Battle March should have something to offer both hardcore Warhammer and casual RTS fans alike when it arrives this September. GameSpot will bring you more coverage of Battle March as it nears completion.

Discussion

20 comments
RMorris101
RMorris101

I am looking forward to this game. I am only worried about how well the controls work. The Xbox is yet to have a RTS type game that feels good to control.

jamesaphillips
jamesaphillips

this does look very good especially since i like the total war series, but i think ill be too pre-ocupied with the likes of sacred 2, fable 2 and if i can afford it guitar hero 4 :D

zbiggie
zbiggie

Looks fun, but I never really got into this series, We'll see about this one

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

i am wondering how this game will come together

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

I really hope they sort out a decent control system for this as it looks promising, but any game will fail if it is without a control system up to the job.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I hope it's better than the expansion pack that came out for the pc..

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I do like the level of detail in this. The second screenshot is full of win. :D

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Looks niice. Looking forward to more coverage.

km1498
km1498

Might be good, I'll keep an eye on it.

Vrygar777
Vrygar777

I agree with Lord_Tik, Fallout 3's got my attention the most.

grambyte
grambyte

This looks and sounds amazing!

-Twilight-
-Twilight-

Also on the PC? Great, might have to pick this one up.

Bigg_Boi
Bigg_Boi

I might get this game if it gets decent reviews.

Lord_Tik
Lord_Tik

With Too Human and Fallout 3 on the horizon.. I'm sad that I won't be able to spend as much time with this game as I would like to.