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Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Review: Aggressive Chess

/ Sep 14th, 2015 No Comments

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

Chess has a long standing tradition as a game of tactics and patience, Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is the same but with guns. The concept of battlechess uses many of the traditional rules of chess, such as attack direction, but adds animations to the killing. The complexities of basic ranged attacks and abilities for each troop are also featured in Regicide. While a pawn can immediately kill one square diagonally from itself, it can also pop off shots with its machine gun. Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is not the fast paced strategy game fans of the universe will be used to, but it brings the violence and storylines Warhammer 40K fans will be expecting.

Back to War With Honor

Orks are stupid, Space Marines protect honor and the emperor and heresy must die. The usual fanfare is trumpeted in Warhammer 40,000: Regicide as players control Space marines investigating a disturbance of the Orkish variety. A presumed more intelligent group is pushing the orks to lure the space marines and disrupt the cosmic balance, but that’s all for players to find out.

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

When you care so little about why you’re killing that you don’t even look at them.

Fans of the 40K universe will be at peace with the premise of this game and players new to the series will be filled in quickly. While Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is by no means a suitable place to start learning the 40K mythos, it won’t leave gamers utterly confused and more importantly, uninterested, in the game’s plotline.

One Space To Victory

As noted battlechess plays a lot like regular chess. Each piece has their own movement/attack pattern. Players who utilize strategy well will be able to lure in the enemies and then one-hit kill them with their respective movement based attack. A bishop moves in a diagonal manner in chess and attacks in a similar fashion, should an enemy unit move into the “bishop” units path in Warhammer 40,000: Regicide, it’s a one-hit kill. The basics of chess are meshed well with the battlechess rules. Using each units weapons to aggravate, lure and otherwise damage opponents can be used to lure them in for easier kills, or kill them outright if multiple units are sent after an individual.

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

The pawn has grenades? At first you had my curiosity, now you have my attention.

It’s a lot to take in all at once, especially if players don’t know chess or battlechess rules, but luckily Warhammer 40,000: Regicide comes complete with a tutorial that will catch gamers up. Few games feature tutorials that are both comprehensive and engaging, but Regicide succeeds in this endeavor. Missions can all easily be replayed as well, which allows for quick retrys and testing of strategies by players, this sort of easy experimentation will help more kinesthetic learners.

Blood, Blood, You’ll Never Get Enough

Kills in Warhammer 40,000 Regicide are thoroughly rewarding and the best use of the graphics. Every single movement kill is accompanied by a video showing off how that unit brutally slaughters the other. Mini-cinematics are specific depending upon the unit doing the killing and the unit being killed. Glorious gore aside, everything in the game looks good. Troops are easy to distinguish yet still look uniform as an army should. The Orks rag-tag appearances stand-out by showing the details of their patchwork armor, while the war-worn armor of the space-marines shows off gritty scuffs and battle-marks.

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

Sometimes it’s okay for a single game image to get you hard. Back to war.

Hearing the brutal slaughter and gun-play is enjoyable as well. While a bit on the quieter side, it won’t bring down the raw energy of the in-game animations. Each sound is specific and shows the love and care of the development team as battle will be a varied experience to the ears, as opposed to a static and repetitive endeavor. Voice acting in Warhammer 40,000: Regicide also should be noted for being robust and clear. A range of voice actors are utilized well to bring the world to life and mixed in well with the in-game sound and music to not over-power nor be over-powered. Music serves it purpose of creating an atmosphere for looming combat and fits well across varied battlefields and scenarios.

Heresy and You

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is an incredibly well-done game. The story will come off as a tad familiar to any long-time fans, but will keep players drawn in. If nothing else the in-game movement kill animations sell this game by themselves as there isn’t a group of gamers alive who could argue they don’t want to see chess pieces brutally murder one another. As they say; heresy grows from idleness, so it’s better to pick up this game sooner rather than later.

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide was reviewed on PC using a code for the game provided by the publisher


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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While a bit complicated, a helpful tutorial and familiar chess mechanics take Regicide an incredibly enjoyable play.


Watching Orks and Space Marines get ripped asunder by one another will never get boring in Regicide.


Solid choices for voice acting and some well-done, but quiet, battle sounds mixes well.


A fitting story in the Warhammer 40K universe, but nothing new is brought to the table by Regicide.

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