PETER HOSKIN reviews Necromunda: Hired Gun and Warhammer Age of Sigmar for the Daily Mail

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A man and his dog spring into action: PETER HOSKIN reviews Necromunda – Hired Gun and Warhammer Age of Sigmar – Storm Ground

NECROMUNDA: Rented gun (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, £34.99)

verdict: Wonderfully dark

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War hammer! With apologies to any medieval blacksmiths in the room, it’s no longer really a weapon.

Today, the word is inseparable from a hobby that consists of collecting, painting, and fighting armies of miniature orcs and elves.

And now that hobby is spreading from tabletops and into other media.

Two video games from the Warhammer universe were released this week.

One, Necromunda: Hired Gun would be one of the best of the year if it were a little more refined.

Necromunda: Hired Gun (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, £34.99) would be one of the best of the year if it was a little more refined

Necromunda: Hired Gun (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, £34.99) would be one of the best of the year if it was a little more refined

Necromunda: Hired Gun (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, £34.99) would be one of the best of the year if it was a little more refined

It takes place in a dark corner of Warhammer’s dark future: an industrial planet populated by gangs of spiky armor. You are a bounty hunter trying to solve a mystery by shooting as many people as possible.

For all its violence, the world itself is a joy.

You prepare for missions in a bar full of mercenaries that are both funny and gruesome.

You will then be sent to areas with lots of detail and options: different pipes and platforms that you can jump between.

Hired Gun lets you run bounty hunter along walls and struggle with the skull-themed architecture, followed by his trusty attack dog.

It’s an exciting experience. Except when it isn’t.

This game could have used more investment, time… or both.

Basic things, like the in-game menus, feel half finished. Bugs will stick your character to the floor or make your screen funny.

So here’s an urgent bounty. Wanted: corrective updates.

WARHAMMER AGE OF SIGMAR: Storm Ground Storm (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, £32.99)

verdict: Solemnly strategic

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The second game this week is set in Warhammer’s high fantasy universe and suffers from it.

Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Storm Ground (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, £32.99) is only outdone in ominousness by its lantern jaws that say things like, 'I will strike you with my wrathful vengeance!'

Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Storm Ground (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, £32.99) is only outdone in ominousness by its lantern jaws that say things like, 'I will strike you with my wrathful vengeance!'

Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Storm Ground (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, £32.99) is only outdone in ominousness by its lantern jaws that say things like, ‘I will strike you with my wrathful vengeance!’

Its name, Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Storm Ground, is only surpassed in ominousness by its lantern jaws that say things like, “I will strike you with my wrathful vengeance!”

Still, it’s a distracting way to spend a few hours moving your troops around a battlefield like a digital version of the original Warhammer, knocking down anything that moves.

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