Look, the Space Marines are pretty cool, even if all their space fascist rant makes me feel a little uncomfortable, but they’re everywhere. I can’t open a door without stepping on one (which suggests I really need to get dressed after playing the board game). A little change is always good, which is why the inclusion of necrons in Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector is excellent news.
In fairness to Battlesector, even before the release of today’s Necrons DLC, it lets you play as more than just the bulky cosmic authoritatives. You can take control of tyrants too. But as they are one of the most difficult armies to paint, I was never a fan. Necronics, however, well, they’re silly to paint. Grab some silver and green paints and you’re done.
Of course, Battlesector necrons don’t require you to pick up their brushes, but that doesn’t make them any less seductive. We’re talking about a species of immortal machines that were conquering the galaxy, fighting space lizards and befriending frightening star gods before the rest of the 40,000 species were even born. So they took a nap for 60 million years – like you do.
In Battlesector, you’ll have access to 14 new units, from Doom Scythes to Hexmark Destroyers, all with unique weapons and abilities. In tabletop play, they are particularly tricky clients because of their ability to regenerate after being taken out, allowing you to be much more aggressive. This very useful skill will also appear in Battlesector.
Released alongside the DLC is a free update that introduces the Planetary Supremacy campaign, a singleplayer conquest mode that pits all three factions against each other on a procedurally generated map, although you’ll need to own the DLC if you want to play as the necrons. in this mode. It’s also just the first version, with Black Lab Games planning to expand on it in the future. What this will entail will depend on player feedback.
Jody called Battlesector an “evocative” and “quick tactics game”, giving it a 74 in his Battle sector review. If that sounds like your kind of thing, but you’d like more evil robots, you can pick up the DLC today.