The Warhammer universe has spawned untold tons of media, from books to video games. The futuristic offshoot Warhammer 40,000 is no different. The newest goodie for Warhammer fans to gobble up is a mobile game from Pixel Toys and Games Workshop, known as Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade. Centering around a once proud knight of a fallen kingdom, the game features fast action, graphics that will strain all but the most modern phones and heavy customization. The game has been blazing up the iOS charts since last year, even managing to nab a spot in Apple’s Best of 2015 countdown. On Wednesday, Freeblade finally made its way onto the Play Store.
While it has many elements of an on-rails shooter, Freeblade manages to be a bit deeper than that by offering an engaging storyline, boatloads of mech customizing goodness and a myriad of weapons that all operate differently and have a distinct feel to them. From slicing through baddies with a weighty chainsword to blasting hordes in the intro stage with a giant machine gun cannon, you’ll be hard-pressed to find some part of this game that isn’t visceral and able to really be felt as the action unfolds on screen, something that’s quite difficult to get right in action games. As for the customization, while not as deep as something like From Software’s Armored Core series or building Gummi Ships in the flagship Kingdom Hearts titles, customization nuts will not be left wanting.
Like any free to play title, microtransactions are the name of the game when it comes to monetization. Expect an annoying energy system and more than a few available “boosts” to be on offer, which is par for the course, for the most part. If you can look beyond all of that, there is a great action game here that satisfies on a basic level while shining with technical brilliance. Thus, if you’re a fan of giant mechs, revenge stories, chainsaw swords, any combination thereof, or just a fan of Warhammer in general, you’d be remiss not to head over to the Play Store to give the game a whirl.