Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a digital board game based on the Talisman rule system and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, during the cataclysmic events of the Horus Heresy.
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Mostly Positive (104 reviews) - 71% of the 104 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 22, 2016

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June 27

Talisman: The Horus Heresy now in Polish!

If you go to the options menu you can now turn the language in Horus Heresy from English to Polish.

Enjoy!

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June 20

Isstvan Campaign Expansion Available Now!



The Isstvan Campaign expansion has been added!

The expansion includes 7 new playable Warlords, many new Stratagems and Dataslates plus the whole Isstvan System region to explore.
The new Warlords are -
Fulgrim, Perturabo, Armillus Dynat, Ferrus Manus, Nathaniel Garro, Saul Tarvitz plus 18 Chaplain variants.

Plus many bug fixes and other improvements.

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Reviews

“This game is a great addition to the Talisman family. If you are looking for the boardgame experience but your friends are too far away, then check out Talisman: Horus Heresy – you won’t be disappointed!”
4/5 – Bell of Lost Souls

“The Horus Heresy offers a wonderful, local (and online) multiplayer experience for up to four players, and its simple gameplay offers an oddly relaxed approach to galactic warfare.”
7/10 – Brash Games

7/10 – IGN Russia

About This Game

Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a digital board game based on the Talisman rule system and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, during the cataclysmic events of the Horus Heresy.

Up to four players will be able to take control of one or more of the galaxy’s greatest heroes or most notorious villains. Taking the side of either traitor or loyalist, these Warlords will form vast companies of Space Marines, battalions of tanks and battlefleets of Spacecraft. They are the most powerful beings in the Galaxy and their followers are legion.

The new combative team play will appeal to fans of Talisman and the Horus Heresy alike. It’s a unique adaptation of Talisman that has been tailored specifically for digital platforms.

In Talisman: The Horus Heresy the player’s experience of Talisman is scaled up exponentially, exploring not a kingdom but a whole galaxy in the 31st Millennium. No longer will you be fighting for the Crown of Command, but for the very future of humanity…

  • Command one of the eighteen Space Marine Legions that fought during the Horus Heresy
  • Play as one of eight of the galaxy’s greatest heroes or most notorious villains such as Roboute Guilliman or Angron
  • Multiplayer for up to 4 players
  • Challenge or team-up with your friends locally and online
  • Play against AI opponents

Includes free Erebus DLC
Erebus is one of the most prominent members of the Word Bearers Legion and a member of the Dark Council of Sicarus. He was the harbinger of the Horus Heresy, instrumental in converting first Lorgar and then Horus to Chaos. He has recently been added to the game, so try out his special abilities right now!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x768 resolution on board graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On board
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x768 resolution on board graphics
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On board
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Mostly Positive (104 reviews)
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Jacq
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I'm a fan of Talisman but haven't had much to do with Warhammer, however it was on sale so I thought I'd give it a go. Although the graphics are better, it seems fairly clunky to play without the oldschool "charm" of the original talisman game. The board set up was forgettable without any obvious labeling or strongly defined graphics short of having to click on each square individually. I guess you'd remember eventually after playing the game for a while but still a bit annoying. Your own character's account seemed difficult to access and check at times and some squares seemed to be difficult to tell what you're going to be up against until you've already been there. Characters can acquire large amounts of resolve quickly under certain circumstances making them fairly impossible to kill. If you're already a warhammer fan you might like it. I'm going to have to give it a miss.

Edit: Just so you know, you can only get a steam wallet refund for this game (not a paypal one) if you try it and don't like it because of "consumable content?!" (Even though I didn't buy anything extra) :(
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DARKKi
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
DARKKi's Dark Star Reviews - Talisman: The Horus Heresy

This game uses Talisman's rule system and is set in WH40k universe, it's not just an reskin but there are multiple things added too. Biggest chance is that this game is co-op loyalists vs traitors (Emperor vs Horus). Normal stats and other things like goals and board is taken from basic Talisman but brought to life in fantastic WH40k setting and graphically is much more better looking than Talisman.

Talisman has pretty steep learning curve but tutorial/tooltips explain good amount of things to get hang of this game. For those not familiar with Talisman (board game transferred to digital form) first you choose your hero which all have special abilities and six different stats: resolve (hp), fate (rerolls mainly), resources (money), close combat, ranged combat and strategy.

At the beginning of each turn you roll the dice to see where you move and every space has different kind of encounters (and usually need dice roll to determine what happens) and they also are different to each faction. You will travel around battling enemies and other players, buying gear, units etc. Board is divided into three parts: outer, middle and center and to complete the game you must reach the center of the galaxy. When combat happens it is usually done by dice rolls (with added bonuses of equipment and such) but there are some specific special abilities also.


Rating and Should you buy this game

8.5/10

If you do not like Talisman then you do not like this either! But if you are fan of WH40k universe and Talisman then this is your dream come true!

Pros:
  • Really good graphics for Talisman game!
  • WH40k with Horus Heresy!
  • Really great conversion of Talisman to WH40k world
  • Hotseat mode along with other online modes
  • Much depth
  • Co-op
  • Great artwork!

Cons:
  • DLC's cost too much and there are many of them (just like in original Talisman)
  • Not much online players

Hardware Information

HardwareType
CPUAMD FX-8350 @ 4,7GHz
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition - Overclocked
RAM16GB DDR3 1333MHz @ 1830Hz
ControllerXbox One and Playstation 3 Contollers
OSWindows 10 Pro 64bit
VRNone

Disclaimer:

Source of consideration: I got this game for review purposes but it does not influence my opinion
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TeeJax <3
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a great Steam addition to the Talisman and Warhammer 40,000K series with interesting gameplay and a fair amount of content.

Okay, I want to start by saying if you’re new to Warhammer/Talisman then I wouldn’t recommend you starting here. I wanted to try out the franchise and though I am giving it a positive review I had to invest a decent amount of my own time reading up on things and learning the basics. This is most certainly NOT an intro into the series and in my opinion is not newbie friendly at all but once you’ve learnt what you need to know the gameplay is very, very fun. (This is obviously a personal opinion and others may disagree).

General Gameplay
If you’ve played Talisman you’ll be familiar with the gameplay. You can choose a character (or randomly select one) based on your own playstyle. Each character has different stats, Resolve, Fate, Strategy and a few others and these stats determine how you play and essentially if you win or not. Resolve is health, once you lose it all you die. Fate is basically your luck and determines things like die rolls. Resources are your currency and are used to buy services and equipment as you progress. Each of your stats are explained to you when you begin so you’ll quickly grasp those if you're not played before.
You move around the board into different sectors and each sector has different effects/events that’ll trigger when you land on them. Once you’ve rolled your die you’ll be able to move to any sector that is highlighted facing whatever encounter might happen to be there.
The aim of the game is to find the Talisman get to the centre of the board where you’ll face the final battle to determine the fate of the planet. Whilst travelling to toward the centre you’ll face various battles that will (hopefully) make you stronger as you play.
You can play 1v1 or go 2v2 if you want to play with an AI on your side, though the AI isn’t programmed great in my opinion and will make lots of stupid mistakes that’ll end up annoying you.
The gameplay itself is fun, though a little complex to learn but it’s one of those games (like Magic) that once you’ve learn the basics it’s something you’ll never forget and will translate well into other games in the series.

Pros
--- A great digital adaptation of Talisman/Warhammer
--- Enjoyable in-depth gameplay.
--- Intense game sessions
--- Online, solo or local game-modes
--- 1v1 or 2v2 games.

Cons
--- Release date DLC
--- Hard to grasp interface
--- Not newbie friendly (personal opinion)
--- Issues finding online games

Summary
If you’re a fan of Warhammer games or Talisman then you’ll most likely love this addition to the series. Though I wouldn’t recommend it to those of you who are new, veterans will have a great time playing as it stays true to the non-digital versions. I’d say it’s worth buying when it hits a fair discount or if you really are a die hard fan i’m sure you’ll appreciate it at full value.
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⚔Baron Khazadson
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
I will start by saying that I own both the physical and digital versions of the original Talisman game and have also been a WH40K fan for close to 20 years.

The game is based on the period in 40k history known, you guessed it,as the Horus Heresy. It began about 10,000 years before the regular timeline when the Emperor of Mankind's greatest Warmaster Horus became corrupted by Chaos which plunged the Imperium of Man into a devastating civil war that saw the rise of the Chaos Space Marines and the near-death of the Emperor along with the fall of almost all the Primarchs(the progenitors of the various Space Marine Legions) and deaths of trillions.

The game mechanics will be familiar to anyone who has played Talisman before:You pick or have a character randomly picked for you, but rather than fantasy archetypes these are heroes and villains of the HH era such as Primarch Vulkan of the Salamanders and Abaddon the Despoiler.Each character has a set of traits: Resolve (HP) Resources(money)Fate (like the original game, this allows you to spend a point to reroll a die) Ranged Combat score, Close Combat score, and Stratagem score:this is like Magic in the original game, stratagems grant your character special abilities.They also have different special abilities, much as regular Talisman characters.One interesting aspect and big change from regular Talisman is that this is a co-op game:You can have up to 4 players with 2 on either side vying for control.

You roll a die to determine where to travel, in this case between planets.The goal is to get to Terra,in the middle of the board, and the battle between the Emperor and Horus to determine victory. There are Loyalist planets, Traitor planets, and Contested planets.Like in regular Talisman you draw cards (called dataslates here) for encounters which may range from an enemy you have to fight, equipment you can pick up, events that unfold, or locations. In this game, rather than Followers you can attempt to add an allied unit to your cadre. Even if you fail, the unit stays there for your enemy to fight and adds its own combat scores to your own if you have an encounter there.

Overall I found this to be an enjoyable game, the mechanics make sense and the setting will be pleasing to 40k/Horus Heresy fans as they even use the same aesthetics from the Black Library novel series.I will say that watching your allied AI make illogical choices can be frustrating, but the Random Number Generator mechanic are also at play. You can prepare as well as you like, sometimes the dice just aren't in your favor.

I would heartily recommend this game to anyone who enjoys original Talisman, Warhammer 40,000, or both.
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The_Cpt_FROGGY
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Product received for free
Talisman: The Horus Heresy:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The galaxy is sent into chaos . . . the famous Horus Lupercal, first Imperial Warmaster, has his eyes firmly set on Terra, once the favourite son of the Emperor of Mankind, now the biggest traitor of all. Who are you going to support? Will you help Horus in his quest or will you assist the Emperor to successfully eliminate the greatest Warmaster and traitor of Mankind? The choice is yours!

Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a strategy/fantasy/board game set in the Warhammer 40K universe. At the start of the game, you will have to choose which side you will back up - the loyalist or the traitor? Then you will have to decide how many warlords (including yourself) will be part of the game - 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 2. After laying out how many players will be part of the game, it will be time to determine which warlord to be. All Warlords have different abilities, but share six statistics, which are – resolve, fate, resources, close combat, range combat and strategy. A number is attached to each statistic to determine which are the strengths and weaknesses of your warlords.

Now you will be presented with a board of forty nine squares. The grid, or galaxy, will be divided into three parts – the outer, the middle and the centre. Your goal is to find first the Talisman and to make your way to the centre of the galaxy; to board the Vengeful Spirits and eliminate either the Emperor or Horus. You will have to roll the dice to move your character (a Hologram) on the board. As you land on a square, you can investigate the sector and possibly find useful resources. Units might join your cause, find spies or assassins, and a lot more.

Eventually you will land on a square with either an enemy unit, or in the worst case scenario, an enemy Warlord. Sometimes it will be a close battle and other times it will be a long range battle. The winner of the battle will be determined with a roll of the dice, in addition to any modifying ability you acquired during the game.
When you lose a battle, one of your resolve points will be deducted. If it was your last resolve point and you are defeated in that battle, your hero will die. However, if you win, it will either increase the close or range combat statistics. If the result of the battle was not kind to you (in other words, you lose), you can re-roll the dice and hope you get a higher number. For that you must have a point in your fate statistics.

Ultimately, this is a really good board game based, and whether or not you know about the Warhammer 40K universe, I am sure you will enjoy it!

Positives:
~~~~~~~

- Nice graphics
- Good content and gameplay
- Solo, hotseat and online modes
- Achievement and trading cards

Negatives:
~~~~~~~~

- Hard to find an online game

Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a really interesting board game! If you are a fan of the Warhammer environment, I am sure you going to like it! If not, it is worthwhile trying it!

Key provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own!

7.5/10

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CountElmdor
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
One of the only games out there using the Horus Heresy sub-section of Warhammer 40,000. It's very similar to the original Talisman, some of the minor differences being how you play on teams, 2 v 2, and are able to help your partner to some extent. More than anything, though, it's just the classic game with a cool new theme.
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KingJunkalunka
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
It's lots of fun but wish they had a game mode that took less time... games often last 3 hours. Also I want the soundtrack!
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xNewDealx
( 57.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Pros: Better artwork and game pacing than Talisman digital. More fights built into squares that give you experience and more squares that give permanent stats. Less cards that jam up the game and make things take forever. 2v2 is good if you enjoy coop. Trading equipment adds a new dimension to the game which is fun if you have a human ally. They released a new character for free in the past couple weeks which was a good addition.

Cons: 2v2 is the only mode to play. Content seems bare bones compared to Talisman digital. Only a single ending which consists of winning a fight five rounds in a row. Relatively small starting number of unique characters and already charging for extras. Very difficult to get a game online, hopefully the release on iOs and some marketing will help that.

Overall I enjoy Talisman THH and would recommend to loyal Warhammer 40k and board game fans. It is not without its flaws and I suggest having a friend to play it with.
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PotatoXmasheR
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
A nice twist on Talisman! :D
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Wrayyth
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
I am going to keep this very short...

I am stoked! This game is more fun for me than Talisman because of my knowledge in 40k and the various items, units, and such that I am familiar with. If you are a fan of Talisman and a fan of the Space Marines, this game is worth paying for. What little time I have played has been well worth it and I will play more. I want more character options and will gladly pay for them. Get a gear Devs, the players are waiting for expansions!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
I will start by saying that I own both the physical and digital versions of the original Talisman game and have also been a WH40K fan for close to 20 years.

The game is based on the period in 40k history known, you guessed it,as the Horus Heresy. It began about 10,000 years before the regular timeline when the Emperor of Mankind's greatest Warmaster Horus became corrupted by Chaos which plunged the Imperium of Man into a devastating civil war that saw the rise of the Chaos Space Marines and the near-death of the Emperor along with the fall of almost all the Primarchs(the progenitors of the various Space Marine Legions) and deaths of trillions.

The game mechanics will be familiar to anyone who has played Talisman before:You pick or have a character randomly picked for you, but rather than fantasy archetypes these are heroes and villains of the HH era such as Primarch Vulkan of the Salamanders and Abaddon the Despoiler.Each character has a set of traits: Resolve (HP) Resources(money)Fate (like the original game, this allows you to spend a point to reroll a die) Ranged Combat score, Close Combat score, and Stratagem score:this is like Magic in the original game, stratagems grant your character special abilities.They also have different special abilities, much as regular Talisman characters.One interesting aspect and big change from regular Talisman is that this is a co-op game:You can have up to 4 players with 2 on either side vying for control.

You roll a die to determine where to travel, in this case between planets.The goal is to get to Terra,in the middle of the board, and the battle between the Emperor and Horus to determine victory. There are Loyalist planets, Traitor planets, and Contested planets.Like in regular Talisman you draw cards (called dataslates here) for encounters which may range from an enemy you have to fight, equipment you can pick up, events that unfold, or locations. In this game, rather than Followers you can attempt to add an allied unit to your cadre. Even if you fail, the unit stays there for your enemy to fight and adds its own combat scores to your own if you have an encounter there.

Overall I found this to be an enjoyable game, the mechanics make sense and the setting will be pleasing to 40k/Horus Heresy fans as they even use the same aesthetics from the Black Library novel series.I will say that watching your allied AI make illogical choices can be frustrating, but the Random Number Generator mechanic are also at play. You can prepare as well as you like, sometimes the dice just aren't in your favor.

I would heartily recommend this game to anyone who enjoys original Talisman, Warhammer 40,000, or both.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Product received for free
Talisman: The Horus Heresy:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The galaxy is sent into chaos . . . the famous Horus Lupercal, first Imperial Warmaster, has his eyes firmly set on Terra, once the favourite son of the Emperor of Mankind, now the biggest traitor of all. Who are you going to support? Will you help Horus in his quest or will you assist the Emperor to successfully eliminate the greatest Warmaster and traitor of Mankind? The choice is yours!

Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a strategy/fantasy/board game set in the Warhammer 40K universe. At the start of the game, you will have to choose which side you will back up - the loyalist or the traitor? Then you will have to decide how many warlords (including yourself) will be part of the game - 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 2. After laying out how many players will be part of the game, it will be time to determine which warlord to be. All Warlords have different abilities, but share six statistics, which are – resolve, fate, resources, close combat, range combat and strategy. A number is attached to each statistic to determine which are the strengths and weaknesses of your warlords.

Now you will be presented with a board of forty nine squares. The grid, or galaxy, will be divided into three parts – the outer, the middle and the centre. Your goal is to find first the Talisman and to make your way to the centre of the galaxy; to board the Vengeful Spirits and eliminate either the Emperor or Horus. You will have to roll the dice to move your character (a Hologram) on the board. As you land on a square, you can investigate the sector and possibly find useful resources. Units might join your cause, find spies or assassins, and a lot more.

Eventually you will land on a square with either an enemy unit, or in the worst case scenario, an enemy Warlord. Sometimes it will be a close battle and other times it will be a long range battle. The winner of the battle will be determined with a roll of the dice, in addition to any modifying ability you acquired during the game.
When you lose a battle, one of your resolve points will be deducted. If it was your last resolve point and you are defeated in that battle, your hero will die. However, if you win, it will either increase the close or range combat statistics. If the result of the battle was not kind to you (in other words, you lose), you can re-roll the dice and hope you get a higher number. For that you must have a point in your fate statistics.

Ultimately, this is a really good board game based, and whether or not you know about the Warhammer 40K universe, I am sure you will enjoy it!

Positives:
~~~~~~~

- Nice graphics
- Good content and gameplay
- Solo, hotseat and online modes
- Achievement and trading cards

Negatives:
~~~~~~~~

- Hard to find an online game

Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a really interesting board game! If you are a fan of the Warhammer environment, I am sure you going to like it! If not, it is worthwhile trying it!

Key provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own!

7.5/10

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a great Steam addition to the Talisman and Warhammer 40,000K series with interesting gameplay and a fair amount of content.

Okay, I want to start by saying if you’re new to Warhammer/Talisman then I wouldn’t recommend you starting here. I wanted to try out the franchise and though I am giving it a positive review I had to invest a decent amount of my own time reading up on things and learning the basics. This is most certainly NOT an intro into the series and in my opinion is not newbie friendly at all but once you’ve learnt what you need to know the gameplay is very, very fun. (This is obviously a personal opinion and others may disagree).

General Gameplay
If you’ve played Talisman you’ll be familiar with the gameplay. You can choose a character (or randomly select one) based on your own playstyle. Each character has different stats, Resolve, Fate, Strategy and a few others and these stats determine how you play and essentially if you win or not. Resolve is health, once you lose it all you die. Fate is basically your luck and determines things like die rolls. Resources are your currency and are used to buy services and equipment as you progress. Each of your stats are explained to you when you begin so you’ll quickly grasp those if you're not played before.
You move around the board into different sectors and each sector has different effects/events that’ll trigger when you land on them. Once you’ve rolled your die you’ll be able to move to any sector that is highlighted facing whatever encounter might happen to be there.
The aim of the game is to find the Talisman get to the centre of the board where you’ll face the final battle to determine the fate of the planet. Whilst travelling to toward the centre you’ll face various battles that will (hopefully) make you stronger as you play.
You can play 1v1 or go 2v2 if you want to play with an AI on your side, though the AI isn’t programmed great in my opinion and will make lots of stupid mistakes that’ll end up annoying you.
The gameplay itself is fun, though a little complex to learn but it’s one of those games (like Magic) that once you’ve learn the basics it’s something you’ll never forget and will translate well into other games in the series.

Pros
--- A great digital adaptation of Talisman/Warhammer
--- Enjoyable in-depth gameplay.
--- Intense game sessions
--- Online, solo or local game-modes
--- 1v1 or 2v2 games.

Cons
--- Release date DLC
--- Hard to grasp interface
--- Not newbie friendly (personal opinion)
--- Issues finding online games

Summary
If you’re a fan of Warhammer games or Talisman then you’ll most likely love this addition to the series. Though I wouldn’t recommend it to those of you who are new, veterans will have a great time playing as it stays true to the non-digital versions. I’d say it’s worth buying when it hits a fair discount or if you really are a die hard fan i’m sure you’ll appreciate it at full value.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
DARKKi's Dark Star Reviews - Talisman: The Horus Heresy

This game uses Talisman's rule system and is set in WH40k universe, it's not just an reskin but there are multiple things added too. Biggest chance is that this game is co-op loyalists vs traitors (Emperor vs Horus). Normal stats and other things like goals and board is taken from basic Talisman but brought to life in fantastic WH40k setting and graphically is much more better looking than Talisman.

Talisman has pretty steep learning curve but tutorial/tooltips explain good amount of things to get hang of this game. For those not familiar with Talisman (board game transferred to digital form) first you choose your hero which all have special abilities and six different stats: resolve (hp), fate (rerolls mainly), resources (money), close combat, ranged combat and strategy.

At the beginning of each turn you roll the dice to see where you move and every space has different kind of encounters (and usually need dice roll to determine what happens) and they also are different to each faction. You will travel around battling enemies and other players, buying gear, units etc. Board is divided into three parts: outer, middle and center and to complete the game you must reach the center of the galaxy. When combat happens it is usually done by dice rolls (with added bonuses of equipment and such) but there are some specific special abilities also.


Rating and Should you buy this game

8.5/10

If you do not like Talisman then you do not like this either! But if you are fan of WH40k universe and Talisman then this is your dream come true!

Pros:
  • Really good graphics for Talisman game!
  • WH40k with Horus Heresy!
  • Really great conversion of Talisman to WH40k world
  • Hotseat mode along with other online modes
  • Much depth
  • Co-op
  • Great artwork!

Cons:
  • DLC's cost too much and there are many of them (just like in original Talisman)
  • Not much online players

Hardware Information

HardwareType
CPUAMD FX-8350 @ 4,7GHz
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition - Overclocked
RAM16GB DDR3 1333MHz @ 1830Hz
ControllerXbox One and Playstation 3 Contollers
OSWindows 10 Pro 64bit
VRNone

Disclaimer:

Source of consideration: I got this game for review purposes but it does not influence my opinion
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
180 of 214 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This game both looks gorgeous and has a rather nice feel to it. I've always been a bit reserved when it comes to the original Talismans playstyle remedied a couple of my concerns with the original. Even though it heavily borrows from Talisman it feels as it tries to do its own thing with it and those efforts are, at least in my opinion, successful.

That said, the game feels rather bare-bones sadly, even though the store page says that you can play all 18 Space Marine legions in their struggle to stop/help Horus from dethroning ol' emps this isn't exactly true. Out of the 18 Legions only 9 are actually given any sort of flavour at all. The Ultramarines, The Raven Guard, The Salamanders, The Sons of Horus (although with both loyalist and traitor versions), The Imperial Fists, The World Eaters, The Death Guard, The Night Lords and the Word Bearers, the rest are DLC or coming as DLC.

Normally this wouldn't be this much of an issue for me, but coming as this is a social game that I'd prefer to play with friends, and playing board games on a PC hot-seat isn't as popular as it used to be, this means that the game instantly becomes much less attractive as people don't only have to get the core game but also the DLC that they want to play their favourite characters etc.

Speaking of favourite characters! This game adheres rather strictly to the book series it seems and many of the primarchs are replaced with champion stand-ins, neither Rogal Dorn or Lorgar Aurelian are playable at this time which is a bit of a dissapointment but not a major concern. The Luna wolves/Sons of Horus are naturally represented by Garviel Loken and Ezekyle Abaddon since Horus is one of the the bosses of the game.

There are a few more complaints that I have, for example you're unable to switch sides, heretics can't redeem themselves and loyal space marines can't go traitor, characters can very easily get ridiculous amounts of resolve so they become impossible to kill (there doesn't seem to be any realistic upper cap), the UI is a bit convoluted so reading about different effects and bonuses is something that, at least I, usually just skip and let the game determine the outcome.

In closing I'd like to say that the game is probably pretty enjoyable as a fan of the setting and even though I'll probably play it some more, the incredibly greedy business model with a majority of the cast cut out to sell the 4€ DLC for 2 characters each makes the game earn a negative review.
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190 of 262 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
They just released the game for full price and already they're paywalling off characters for 20 percent of the games asking price (packs are 2 characters in each). These are nothing more then some sprites and a few different scores.

This while they only have 6 of 17 primarchs available to play in the base game. (As Horus is an end boss)

I'd hoped they learned it was ♥♥♥♥♥♥ business with Talisman. but apparently not.

I want my refund. Any business that breaks the main game into chunks, then charges you to piece together the whole experince when you already paid full price, deserves to be shut down.

edit: some clarification
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52 of 77 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Now this is a really nice game!

The gameplay is really similar to Talisman (oh rly?), which is a good thing, since Talisman is a good tabletop game.

It's pretty easy to learn to play (I learned it in my very first match, with the tutorials and tips that appear mid-game), and it's really fun!

You start with your Warlord and must strengthen yourself and your forces, through many "event cards", equipaments, troops, fleets, or through combat experience, when you defeat an enemy. You may also fight against enemy Warlords, if you get in the same sector (place) as them.

You must get a Talisman through a quest you get in one specific Sector, and get strong enough to fight your way to The Vengeful Spirit, the place where the final battle will take place.

You will have to defeat Horus, if you're Loyalist - or The Emperor, if you're a Traitor.

One of my favorite features of this game, it's the possibility to play hotseat with any number of players you want, AND with the AI. The Online Multiplayer is also a good thing.

Don't mind the dlc. Yeah, it's day one DLC, which is never a good thing, but I really think it's unnecessary to have it.
It just adds 2 Warlords for each faction, and some dataslates (cards). The base game already have plenty of both.

So, if you like Talisman, tabletop games, or even if you just like Warhammer 40k, get this game and have some good fun!
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
117.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Talisman with a 40k (30k) skin and some awesome gameplay tweaks.

Pros:

Faster and more fluid gameplay.
Team based.
Amazing artwork.
Encounter a unit of the same faction gives you a chance to recruit them (Follower)

Cons:

Multi is a bit sluggish right now
Harder to find games than Talisman DE.

Honestly, if you enjoy Talisman and the 40k Universe, this is the version for you.
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
If you like Talisman and you like 40K. There you go. Not much more to say. I would like to see a hotseat mode and release on iOS and Android, where I feel this would really shine. Overall positive experience.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Hey there Heresy fans, This is a good game, much better than the fantasy Talisman pc game. Try it, and I would almost say that is is worth full price. I ponied up for the instant dlc character add-ons and I strongly recomend that you wait for them to be on clearance. They are just fluff with very little tactical benifit. It is kinda insulting that they were not included but everyone needs a new car right. Nomad be sure to buy red cars so you can donate your monies to your local police force. Oh, by the by the damn game crashes on my Surface 3 constantly. That is a bummer. I had hoped for a fun tablet game, no such luck.
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