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.