Warhammer: Dark Omen

Strategy 1998 Windows Electronic Arts Fantasy Real time

Unleash hell in the Warhammer World

Drawing on the rich inspiration provided by Games Workshop's legendary Warhammer Fantasy universe, Dark Omen is a fine example of the real-time strategy genre that mixes a gripping storyline with deep, tactical gameplay. Similar in style to Command and Conquer, the Total War series or GW's own Dawn of War, Dark Omen offers armchair generals the opportunity to face off against some of the Warhammer World's deadliest races, including the barbaric Orcs and the vengeful Undead, in a lengthy single player campaign. Players have access to a wide variety of units, including infantry, cavalry, artillery and magical support and all must be managed strategically in order to overcome your deadly foes. Battles are tough, with impressive AI opponents which will really test your tactics, while the branching campaign forces you to think about the repercussions of your decisions and adds greatly to the replay value. Graphically, the Warhammer World is well represented with lush and highly detailed environments, and characterful units, heroes and villains. The user interface is slick and intuitive, with units readily accessible and orders easily given. The multi-player option is a fantastic addition to the game, and it is immensely satisfying taking on a human opponent to test your skills. There are a few minor niggles with Dark Omen, such as your own units' limited intelligence, but these do not get in the way of what is a superb and action-packed strategy game that does the Warhammer World proud.

Units! In formation!

When you think of Warhammer, your mind goes to marines and space and sci fi adventures. But this little gem is pure fantasy. Hello to elves, warlocks, undead and lots of other otherwordly races in this game (much like my favorite, Heroes of Might and Magic). This game is the sequel to Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat, and surpasses it hugely in terms of graphics and visuals. The game is excellent in tactics and strategy and will be a treat for all strategy fans out there, especially those with a sweet tooth for the supernatural. The combat system is also very nicely made and organized. The battles are not repetitive and they are pretty tough - the game won't go easy on you. This game is all that a great strategy game should be - exciting, challenging and fun. With a pinch of fantasy. Just the way I like my games. For another fantastic Warhammer gatme, try Chaos Gate.

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