Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command review

Command an army of space marines with your stylus


  • Fresh strategic gameplay on the DS
  • Nice use of stylus control and top screen
  • Inclusion of Wi-Fi multiplayer modes


  • Maybe not hardcore enough for some
  • Visuals a step down from PSP version
  • It's no Advance Wars

Dec 17, 2007

If you're looking to pamper a pixellated puppy or perform a simulated surgery the Nintendo DS has got your back. However, if turn-based tactical gaming is your thing, you'll be hard-pressed to find many choices on the dual-screen, touch-friendly platform; hell, it's been over two years since Advance Wars: Dual Strike satisfied are strategic cravings.Thankfully,THQ delivers some cerebrally satisfying gaming to the DS with Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command, a strategy title set in the rich, futuristic Warhammer universe.

This ain't no Advance Wars, but it just might hold strategy-starved gamers over until the next great turn-based title arrives. Based on the table-top gaming phenomenon, Warhammer is an incredibly layered and complex universe that could (and actually does) have volumes written about it. If you're familiar with the property then this game will be all the more enjoyable for you. However, if you don't know Warhammer from Arm & Hammer, that's cool too, because this title doesn't get too bogged down in narrative exposition.

All you need to know is this: you're in the future fighting an epic war with bad-ass Space Marines that make Master Chief seem about as threatening as a kid in a Halo Halloween costume. Unfortunately, the DS's graphics don't pack the same visual punch as Warhammer's PSP cousin, so you'll have to use your imagination to truly appreciate the ass-kicking attitude of your tiny, blocky soldiers. 3-D destructible environments and some pretty cut-scenes partially make up for the lackluster character design.

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DescriptionSquad Command should please any strategy fan - especially those tiring of the Japanese RPG dominance in this category - while also offering an accessible pick-up-and-play entry for newcomers to the genre.
PlatformPSP, DS
US censor ratingTeen
Release date12 November 2007 (US), 23 November 2007 (UK)