System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £13.99
Comfort Rating: Red
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers, Keyboard & Mouse
Best Playing Position: Standing
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 75
Description: The first shots have been fired in the conflict that will change the future of mankind. Brother Legions of Space Marines taking arms against one another. The noble Ultramarines are betrayed on Calth by the zealous Word Bearers bent on tearing down the Imperium. A dark ritual ignites the system’s star, sending both Legions underground to battle for their honour, their belief, the fate of the Imperium, or just to survive.
The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth is a game of turn-based skirmishes between the genetically altered warriors of the 31st Millennium, The Adeptus Astartes. In the campaign, players control units of Space Marine Legionnaires, guiding them through the underground arcologies of Calth. Fight alongside units of Ultramarines ranging from basic Legionnaires, Veterans, and Sergeants, to elite units of Terminators, and the most venerable Contemptor Dreadnought. Dispatch the foul heretics of the Word Bearers using a mighty arsenal, from the ranged accuracy of Bolters, Plasma Guns, Flamers, and Rocket Launchers, to the close combat might of Chainswords, Power Fists, and Lightning Claws.
The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth also includes several Multiplayer maps allowing players to fight as Ultramarines or Word Bearers in either objective-based missions or deathmatch. Bring the full arsenal of your chosen Legion to bear against friends with private matches or against opponents across the world with built-in matchmaking. Multiplayer mode is available to both PC and VR players, allowing both formats to play against one another.
Review: While this probably isn’t the Warhammer 40,000 we all wanted for out VR headsets this VR experience is sure to get fans of the game series whipped up. To walk about the ruined streets of Calth was a joy and I felt surprisingly free even if the game is very linear. While graphically the game looks good it is the animation that does let it down a little bit, but overall I was quite happy with it given the lower asking price. When it comes to content there are 5 missions including one from the board game which should keep you amused long enough to give you your money’s worth, but this is not a game for beginners nor is it a game for people just looking for a strategy game. But for fans of the Warhammer 40K series, it’s a must-own.