Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War is a 4X, turn-based strategy game available on the PC. The game was originally released on the 12th July 2018 and is developed by Proxy Studios, a team known only for their previous game, Pandora: First Contact, a game that’s very similar in design to Warhammer 40,000: Gladius. Playing just like any of the previous Civilization games, Gladius has the player take control of one of 4 factions, in a bid to take control of land and conquer the planet for their faction.
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You can download the game from GOG or Steam. To start, click on the Download button at the end of this review. If you like the gameplay and the setting of Warhammer 40k be sure to also download and check out also Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr, which is an RPG game.
The Game Review
Located on Gladius Prime, a planet known for its archaeological interest, but as time has gone on, this once peaceful planet is now known only for war. On this planet, there are a vast number of useful resources for each faction to make use of, but the only way they can take over this planet is through war, death, and destruction. By picking Necrons, Space Marines, Orcs, or Imperial Guards, the player must fight for their faction until only one may reign supreme!
With Gladius, the game starts off with the player picking from one of the 4 factions that are available to them, with each one having their own distinct rules, requirements, and units. For instance, the Space Marines do not set up farm and resource points, instead, they acquire requisition at a steady rate and use that to purchase new units and the like. Gameplay in the game involves the player creating units, upgrading their cities, and moving those units around the map to find new resources, defeat enemies, and eventually eviscerate the enemy from play until they are the victor.
Since the game is on PC, pretty much everything in the game simply requires the player to click on what they wish to interact with, and then click on whether they want that unit to move or that building to do something. As per usual, with the game being a turn-based affair, all players in the game take their singular turn to make their decisions, and once everyone hits end turn, the turn ends, and all actions are then taken. With the combat, it plays just like Civilization and its games by having the player pick a unit, click on the enemy unit they wish to engage in a fight, and then watch the outcome.
Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War takes its biggest inspiration from games like Civilization or Warlock – Master of the Arcane. Civilization, however, is clearly the big inspiration for Gladius, hence many of the same mechanics and systems are available to the player from the very offset. While it may have much fewer factions than Civilization and many of its other games, the completely unique nature of all of the factions makes them a nice change of pace for the genre.
Anyone that’s found themselves losing hours upon end in Civilization will find even more to love with this game, especially so if they’re a fan of the Warhammer 40K universe, that’s for sure.