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  • Summary: Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach is a 3D turn-based strategy game like you’ve never seen before: fast, immediate, deep, impressive to look at and incredibly fun! Fight through a dark era of carnage and endless war and lead the Space Wolves in a struggle to defend the last bastion of mankind.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Oct 23, 2018
    80
    Sanctus Reach is a classic turn-based strategy game, full of good ideas and with a high number of campaigns that guarantee many hours of entertainment. The three levels of difficulty ensure that it is suitable for both experts in the genre and for beginners.
  2. 80
    Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach provides deep gameplay with a simple recipe: easy-to-learn combat rules and units… lots and lots of unique units. Despite minor bugs and a lack of flair – no cutscenes, little narrative, not much in the way of physics – Sanctus Reach is a solid entry in the Warhammer franchise, and an excellent turn-based tactical game to boot.
  3. CD-Action
    Mar 6, 2017
    80
    Sanctus Reach does not offer scale or presentation comparable to Total War series, but it has the charm of an old school turn-based strategy game and seems to be a great basis for future Warhammer 40,000 titles. [03/2017, p.46]
  4. Jan 19, 2017
    70
    Sanctus Reach is a cool and fun turn-based 3D wargame that fans of Warhammer 40K will no doubt lap up. I had a lot of fun with it and I'm certainly going to be stepping back into our dark human future for more.
  5. Feb 1, 2017
    70
    Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach is a good turn based strategy game with the essence of the original table board game.
  6. Jan 25, 2017
    70
    It's hard to deny Sanctus Reach a certain aura, peculiar to clashes of miniature figurines on meticulously assembled tabletop battlefields. So, if you feel like devoting your life to the Emperor and have no buddies who'd fancy a tabletop session, or you're just not interested in collecting figurines, you should definitely give Sanctus Reach a try. Just remember--it's for hardcore strategy fans only.
  7. Feb 9, 2017
    40
    These flashes of satisfaction aren't enough to hold up a game that’s mediocre at best and vexing at worst. Together with a host of minor annoyances, they add up to a long, dull stint with a bad game from a great franchise that deserves far better treatment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Feb 23, 2017
    9
    Wow, I've been waiting since Dark Omen for a good warhammer turn based strategy. This game has some flaws, but they're all easily fixed, andWow, I've been waiting since Dark Omen for a good warhammer turn based strategy. This game has some flaws, but they're all easily fixed, and the core mechanics is good. As long as the devs keep working on it and adding content, I see a bright future for it. Expand
  2. Jul 2, 2018
    8
    Essentially not a good solo game, it is repetitive and becomes boring very quickly. However get online with your mates and go multiplayer. ItEssentially not a good solo game, it is repetitive and becomes boring very quickly. However get online with your mates and go multiplayer. It feels as if that is what it is designed for. Some player on player, Orc on Marine Whaaa! Solo game a 5, Multiplayer 9 overall 8. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2018
    8
    Good game. At launch it was just ok, nothing to make Emperor proud. But now, after 3 dlc campaigns, it's very easy to recommend.

    Pros: +
    Good game. At launch it was just ok, nothing to make Emperor proud. But now, after 3 dlc campaigns, it's very easy to recommend.

    Pros:
    + solid core gameplay mechanics (cover, morale system, flanking, XP, skills)
    + HUGE selection fo units (you decide what units to bring before mission starts)
    + the most accurate representation of Wh 40k board game
    + graphic - avarage but attention to details on units and scenery is great
    + great XP/leveling system but in some cases units can become a bit OP (I'm looking at you teleporting Dreadnought with master-crafted weapon and void shield)

    Cons:
    - minor bugs (some are very annoying)
    - graphic is just ok, like I said above
    - all on one planet / not much variety in landscape
    - first campaign is a bit boring
    - no real story

    Overall, still good turn-base strategy game. Just don't play it on easy. And if devs will add more races it will be must have for every Warhammer 40k fan.
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  4. Apr 6, 2017
    8
    Review after finishing the single-player game.

    For me this game was a very strange experience. The first 2 missions didn't get me
    Review after finishing the single-player game.

    For me this game was a very strange experience. The first 2 missions didn't get me interested in the game. The first few times that I sat down to play it, it was not exiting, I just had some time and got bored of Civilization, Panzer Corps or Crusader Kings. Once I got playing I could not stop and was fully engaged. Now that its finished I cant wait for expansions.

    The Bad:
    - very simplified briefings. Much could be improved here
    - the maps and the environment are graphically very simple
    - need more in game explanation of what each unit does
    - some balancing is needed
    - some small bugs
    -weird controls; they didn't feel logical even after playing the whole game
    - missions are unbalanced; some skirmishes can be difficult now that the time to finish has been shortened. On the other hand some of the later missions are easy to finish with minimal losses

    The Good:
    - good looking units
    - feels like a good translation of the Table Top game to PC's
    - its WH40k
    - nice choice of units
    - a semblance of unit progress; would be nice if we could make some choices here but at the moment its random
    - some epic battles where you really are not sure you can stop the ork waves
    - once you get into it and understand the rules it becomes really fun
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  5. Feb 3, 2017
    7
    Sanctus Reach
    A turn-based tactics game, that plays like a mix of other Warhammer 40k titles.
    From Battlefleet Gothic, we have the mission
    Sanctus Reach
    A turn-based tactics game, that plays like a mix of other Warhammer 40k titles.
    From Battlefleet Gothic, we have the mission structure: occasional story missions, linked with optional ones. This time, the optionals have 3 versions: defend victory point, take victory point, or both. Maps and objectives are randomly generated, so you might get 7 defensive missions in a row, taking away the edge somewhat. Still, these missions are quick and sweet, unlike the story ones. Well, let us say "story" instead, for there is none here. It is about Space Wolves hunting orks, that's it.
    From Armageddon, we get the point allowance system - you build your army from set amount of points, with each unit having a score, based on their value. Logical, well working system, too bad, that before each mission, you have to chose from a pool of given options. The game offers you units, but not necessarily the ones you wanted. For example: you get to take 4 bolter squads. If you have units you used before, they will be available for you, but even if you have some well seasoned terminators, you can not bring them in, if the game did not allowed it for you. Armageddon also lends the repetitive dull mission objectives too: it is always about taking victory points - or defending them.
    From Chaos gate, here are the unit leveling up, and mild, but fun rpg elements. If a unit takes enough scalps, they advance a level, and get a random boon from a pretty big selection. Some are more useful, than others, but it is a nice feature, and it makes it important, to keep the troops alive.
    Finally the first Dawn of war lend us hte graphics. All right, that is not true, but it certainly felt that way. Still, I don't care for looks, so the plain, outdated quality wasn't an issue for me.
    The biggest positive was the unit pool: I find a use for all troops from the weakest to the strongest, and none of them became outdated throughout the campaign. It is always clear, which unit can do what, and choosing who to engage and how is the real challenge. Overall, the gameplay, while it can be sluggish on later missions, is still fun and engaging, even if it is a bit too easy. However the boring mission objectives were a detriment of this enjoyment. The only level I remember fondly was the penultimate one, where I had to make a last stand using only low level squads against the full might of the ork hordes. The whole game should had been like that. The side missions were more fun, since there, point allowance is lower, and there is a turn counter, so there is a sense of urgency - even if it isn't as restrictive, as in Armageddon.
    As a summary: the units are quite varied and useful, well rounded, the leveling up adds some depth, and they even managed to find a better solution for melee, than Armageddon did - now you can tie down ranged units. Sanctus reach adds up to be a solid, pretty fun game.
    7/10 Good.
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  6. Feb 8, 2017
    6
    This is a good turn based tactics game but doesn't do any special in the genre but is a good fan service for warhammer fans ( i like warhammerThis is a good turn based tactics game but doesn't do any special in the genre but is a good fan service for warhammer fans ( i like warhammer games but not fan ).Especially by the many units and rpg elements but missions are repetive . My opinion : kinda boring Expand
  7. Nov 30, 2017
    2
    Am amateur piece of sofware with weird gameplay choices and with a poorly designed user interface. The AI is either completely stupid or isAm amateur piece of sofware with weird gameplay choices and with a poorly designed user interface. The AI is either completely stupid or is cheating by having unlimited reinforcements (especially in the Red WAAAGH DLC campaign the AI has overpowered ork units and gets reinforcements in most missions this is extremely annoying and not fun). Most of the missions are extremely repetitive along with poorly designed maps. it also comes along with mediocre sound effects most units sound dumb there is nothing epic about them. I wish a better company made this game. Expand