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  • Summary: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command features fast, action-packed combat through turn-based strategy and an engaging, authentic single-player storyline. Gamers play as the elite Space Marines of the Ultramarines chapter and strive to combat the encroaching evil of the ruthless and daemonic influenced Chaos Space Marines through 13 cinematically-tied missions. With a robust multiplayer mode featuring 9 unique missions, gamers will team up and go head-to-head with other gamers worldwide as either the Imperium of Man or Chaos Space Marines, ensuring hours of unique replayability. Compelling single player game consisting of 13 unique missions. 9 unique multiplayer maps for Local or Global games, with small, medium and large map variants to cater for games from 2 to 8 players. Fully destructible, real time 3D battlefields mean that no two games will be the same. Pick from two Space Marine chapters or two Chaos Space Marine Legions to play as in Multiplayer games, in battles between Imperium vs. Imperium, Forces of Chaos vs. Forces of Chaos, or Imperium vs. Forces of Chaos. Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Overall, Squad Command is an excellent pickup for a strategy fan. You get a nice and difficult campaign to play through with a wide variety of weapons to rain destruction upon your enemies.
  2. Its turn-based tactical squad battles are a pleasure to master, even if they tend to be a bit short and shallow.
  3. It could and should achieve so much more - but frankly it achieves enough by making a specialist subject matter and a specialist genre as fun and accessible as it does.
  4. Turn-based strategy played safe. It won't offend but won't astonish. [Jan 2008, p.76]
  5. The gameplay had the potential to be really quite good, but its limitations – i.e. the interface – seem to be borne of the PSP’s shortcomings, which rather defeats the purpose of this being a handheld game. The best feature of Squad Command we have found is the multiplayer.
  6. So, if it wasn't for the frustrating camera, Squad Command would have been a recommended PSP purchase for all. As it is, it's only recommended for die-hard Warhammer fans and turn-based enthusiasts.
  7. 54
    Warhammer fans: the ability to control classic Warhammer units may make this game more appealing to you, but anyone interested in the title should be extremely cautious before investing the time and money. The positive elements just barely outweigh the bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. TomR.
    Nov 24, 2007
    10
    One of the best turn-based strategy games I have ever played. Once you learn the game, its super exciting, and addictive. Really surprised on the low ratings, think this game is something else completely. Expand
  2. AlvinC.
    Nov 19, 2007
    9
    Form your own opinions and download the demo from playstation.com. The retail version is same (but with more challenging missions), plus online infrastructure mode. Up to 4 vs 4 matches are supported. Expand
  3. BrianK.
    Nov 17, 2007
    9
    Incredible, smart, well paced turn-based strategy. Easy to pick up and learn and a blast to play. Makes great use of the PSP screen real estate and hardware. Wish there were more games like this out there. Best Turn Based Strategy Game for the PSP. Expand
  4. AdamD.
    Dec 4, 2007
    9
    Great game. Plays like fallout, but with destructible terrain. Pros: Graphics, Interface,well designed maps, Mass destruction caused by plasma cannons. Cons: Short single player, Some guns feel over powered but don't negatively effect game play (you can clear a room with one shotgun blast), Camera controlls takes some dexterity to look over rubble (its turn based so theres no rush, no problem). Expand
  5. Kon
    May 14, 2008
    8
    this game wow-ed me on the first go, it carries the warhammer 40k universe pretty well and impressive accuracy, even better than the WH40K series on PC (which i have been playing since it's first release till now) i might say, but it's a pity that most of the missions are pretty straight forward kill-em-all runs. other than that, the voice-acting is average, nothing impressive can be expected from a hand-held console, but the cut scenes are excellent, probably the one of the best around in warhammer. It seems like a trail in this release to me with the apparently undeniable huge potential Squad Command has - more races, units, mission types, and maybe more depth down in it's gameplay. Expand
  6. JoshB.
    Dec 10, 2007
    7
    A solid turn based strategy game that has a very X-Com feel to it though it is lacking the depth of it's predecessors in the genre. This game has two glaring problems that keep it from being a top ten game on the PSP. 1. Camera, it's fixed the whole time and after playing similar games with better camera options like Jeanne D'Arc there is no excuse that the system can't handle it. 2. Character growth. In this type of game, a solid RPG element can be added where you develop individual soldiers with different skill sets. This would add tremendously to the intense battles if you are worried about your favorite characters surviving. Instead we just get generic_military unit_101 here. Add those two things to a sequel and your going to have a game that gets a 9.5 instead of a 7. Despite these flaws, the game is still a solid purchase for a fan of Warhammer or the RTS genre. Expand
  7. Tony
    Dec 6, 2007
    5
    This game could have been great but instead it turned out average. I'm a big fan of Warhammer 40K and developers of Red Lynx had big boots to fill after the fantastic job from Relic on the Dawn of War series. Let's get one thing straight, this game isn't bad. But, it's not great either. The controls are poorly considered, and the A.I. should be re-classified as Artificial Stupidity after the number of times my own squad members decided to blow up half my squad on occasion. Then again, it's not all bad, as more often than not the enemy decides to do the same thing to themselves. The game lacks polish and gives the distinct impression of being rushed in order to get on the shelves before xmas. The cut scenes are nice, and it's obviously where most of your effort went unfortunately. Sorry, Red Lynx and THQ, but you get a big F for Fail in the eyes of Warhammer 40K fans everywhere. Expand

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