Should I be excited about… Confrontation (PC)
Confrontation is the upcoming game from Cyanide Studio, the fellas that brought us the Game of Thrones game and the PC and console adaptation of Blood Bowl. It’s to no real surprise then that Confrontation is based on another miniature tabletop game. It is a tactical role-playing game where you control a group of single units and venture around the world of Aarklash.
The main story of the game revolves around the war known as Rag’narok, but it is made up by four separate stories, one for each playable faction within the game: the Griffins of Akkylannie, the Scorpion Alchemists of Dirz, the Jackal Orcs of Bran-O-Kar and the Wolfen of Yllia.
The game starts you off with a fairly well thought out tutorial introducing you to your starting characters and their abilities one at a time and explaining the gameplay mechanics. The tutorial takes the perfect amount of time before they threw you into the action. I wish other games took a leaf out the same book.
Although you only start with four playable characters, as you play through the story you will gain other characters with a wide range of abilities allowing you to come up with many combinations of fights which becomes a lot of fun. There are the very obvious combinations that make the game slightly easier, but I had a lot more enjoyment playing some slightly less obvious and unconventional teams as it not only increased the difficulty, it was interesting to see if the AI responded to it the way I thought it would.
There was lots of little touches I loved about this game. For example I think this is the only game that has offered full-screen or borderless windowed mode (which although sounds very insignificant, little things like this add up). If I had to say anything negative about the game, it would be that I felt the models were a little lacking, but this is only when compared to the quality of the rest of the game. If you enjoy unit based strategy games you should look out for Confrontation, but even if you don’t you’ll get some good fun from this game.
Feature by James Simpson