Sunday, 18 October 2015

Eisenhorn: Xenos (Video Game Preview - Exclusive)

Two outsiders approach a towering door of plated gold carved into the visage of an Aquila. Its custodians fail to greet the new arrivals, only for their bloody corpses to be found moments later.  Drawing weapons, the two advance inside as the dying screams of thousands of innocents begin to resonate through the gothic corridors.

“Come,” Eisenhorn narrates, “and let me show you how I killed Eyclone.”

It’s a scene almost every fan of Warhammer 40,000 would recognise, iconic to one of Black Library’s most venerated trilogies. Often serving as the story all future novels are to be measured against, the character arcs and gradual downfall of its protagonist allows it to remain in high regard over a decade after its official release. As a result of this reputation however, there was naturally some resistance when a mobile video game adaptation was announced. Having been handed over to a relatively unknown studio, the lingering memories of Storm of Vengeance and other misfires led many fans to immediately write this off as Deus Ex: The Fall 40,000. Thankfully, upon being offered the chance to sit down to play a pre alpha of Eisenhorn: Xenos, it was quickly evident this couldn’t be further from the truth.

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