The RPS Advent Calendar is upon us, but as we open the first door of our end of year countdown, I get the feeling something terrible is waiting on the other side.
I can hear the clanking of metal boots in the distance, accompanied by laser fire and the gurgle of orc laughter rubbed raw by some nasty disease Dare we enter and embrace the chaos lying within.
Swipe up to watch the video
Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters has been one of the biggest surprises of the year for me.
It wasn’t on my radar heading into 2022, but the more I heard about it being a kind of angry XCOM in space, the more I thought, Hold up now, this sounds like 100% my kind of jam.
Discovering new games that come in and completely sweep you off your feet continues to be one of the best parts of this job, but I was also taken aback by just how much I dug the whole 40K-ness of it all as well.
I’m probably about as far as you can get from a diehard Warhammer head, but if someone had told me it was full of sassy tech priests, big chonky metal lads and ridiculously ...
...over the top warlords sniping at each other from opposite ends of the universe, I’d have probably thrown myself into its Gothic space fortresses a lot earlier.
A large part of that is down to its brilliant Warp Surges.
On the face of it, Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters incorporates everything you know and love about XCOM, easing you in with all the classic staples ...
...like crouching behind cover, setting up overwatch cones and smashing bits of scenery to smithereens with your honking great space marines.
Using your Grey Knights special abilities quickens this process as well (thanks, Nurgle), creating a thrilling tension of risk and reward as you contend with ever-changing battle conditions.
Let chaos reign in your strategy games library for a while and see if you don’t come back a full, indoctrinated convert to the laws of Nurgle.