Directed by Nader Auikhani. With Mark Strong, Bea Holland, Charlie White, James Macnaughton. F’rinstance, this is my first time hearing of Eisenhorn: XENOS, a “fully 3D adventure game” based on the novel series of the same name by fondly- regarded. Metacritic Game Reviews, Eisenhorn: XENOS for PC, Set in the grim, dark future of Warhammer ‘Eisenhorn: XENOS’ lets you.
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Xenos is a project with lots of crazy ideas. Take a successful tabletop strategy game like Warhammer 40kthen adapt it into a sci-fi detective novel, then adapt that novel into a video game that eisfnhorn no strategy. Certainly someone could make a terrific game based on them, but the game that was released this month is probably not what fans were hoping for.
In the grim darkness of game design, hope is the first step on the road to disappointment. The Warhammer 40k games are about armies fighting endless wars in a distant future. But Gregor Eisenhorn is not a space marine, and he spends little time on actual battlefields.
He is an Imperial Inquisitor for eisenhron Imperium of Man. Eisenhorn and his band of associates are investigating a vast, interstellar conspiracy; each time he gets to the heart xenow a mystery, he discovers that there is yet another, grander scheme behind it.
Xenos covers the events of the first book in the trilogy, with a prologue and epilogue that tie into the later ones. The developers at Pixel Hero Games were handed a fun story, an interesting set of characters, and a fully developed universe.
They combined all of this with a superbly voiced protagonist.
Unfortunately, the story, acting, and aesthetics are bogged down by the mushy combat, some poorly animated cutscenes, and bland mission design. The game uses a lot of the dialog from the books.
Writer Dan Abnett nails the hard-boiled inner monologue of a classic detective, and also dishes out the eisrnhorn of man whose authority comes from the God Emperor of Humanity.
Eisenhorn is a religious fanatic. The God Emperor has lain silent for ten thousand years, but Eisenhorn is certain that the Emperor has a benevolent, infallible plan for humanity.
Surely that plan will be revealed… someday. In the game, he is voiced by Mark Strong, who is known for his many villainous film roles, and also a previous Warhammer 40k game.
As Eisenhorn, Strong is intimidating, grizzled, and world-weary. An excellent choice for this complex protagonist. Eisenhorn is utterly devout in his loyalty to the Emperor, but the player understands that this perspective is just one point of view in the larger, more complex, Warhammer universe.
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Alas, just about all of the other characters have lackluster voiceovers. Some are so lifeless that it seems like placeholder sound files have been left in.
This is particularly disappointing because, in the books, Eisenhorn gathers an entourage of unusual companions eisenhofn him over the course of the story. Most of them receive little development in the game.
These companions will follow Eisenhorn around on missions, occasionally commenting about environments, but they play little part in the adventure. In the books, Eisenhorn fights demons, matches wits with psychic criminals, and unravels cosmic mysteries.
In this game, he spends most of his time running down corridors, crawling through ventilation shafts, and jumping over ledges. Many of these eiisenhorn are only vaguely based on things from the books. Every couple of minutes, there is something for Eisenhorn to hack, or a telepathy minigame, or a simple puzzle to solve. Eisenhorn has a Psychic sense, and an electronic scanning device, so the designers often put players in situations that require the player to look around the environment with each of these vision modes until they locate something to click on.
Other missions involve maze-like eisenhotn, and unclear objectives. One mission plops Eisenhorn on a huge xdnos, then forces the player to run around until they find the one rock that can be used to climb up a cliff. A chainsaw fight against a giant Chaos Space Marine sounds fun, but Eisenhorn: Xenos has a sub-par combat system.
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Despite this feature, button mashing gets the job done just fine. Enemy guards are also woefully easy to bring down with a stealth kill. The overall effect is a failed effort to mimic the gameplay of the Batman Arkham games, while ignoring the distinct features of the Warhammer universe and the Eisenhorn novels.
Many sequences in the book seem perfect for a video game adaptation, but the designers have cut out, or highly abbreviated, some of the most exciting moments. A gladiator pit fight against giant space cats is turned into a single QTE event that lasts mere seconds. A nigh-unstoppable daemon who is defeated by a holy flamethrower gets similar treatment. This is a game that eizenhorn only be appreciated by a laser-targeted group of players.
The story is the real draw. However, to fully understand the story, players need to have already read the books. This game is made almost exclusively for people who know who Gregor Eisenhorn is and are dying to hear Mark Strong recite his dialog.
For sci-fi fans who have not explored Warhammer 40k yet, the Eisenhorn books are a great way to get started. Only after reading them would this game be worth eisenhoorn look. By Charles Battersby This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page.