For the first time, join your favorite factions in the fiercest and most authentic Warhammer 40,000 battles ever realized in a shooting videogame. This is Early Access, focusing mainly on the core combat experience and does not contain the MMO elements yet. This is Alpha stage and we update frequently.
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Release Date: Jan 26, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We believe in transparent and agile game development. Both rely on intense, regular and extensive playtesting and feedback from our community to help the direction and development of the game. This is not testing. Early Access allows us to be in close touch with our players and perform rapid regular updates.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Eternal Crusade's Early Access Program will last for a number of months. The MMO components such as character progression, the strategic layer and territorial conquest will be introduced during this period.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access focuses mainly on the core combat experience. As the development will progress toward the official launch date more content will be added.

For example:
  • Character Progression tech tree for each faction
  • Cooperative multiplayer fighting against AI
  • Strategic layer with a world map allowing players to pick their battles
  • New Playable Races: Eldar & Orks
  • Guild system and war parties

Visit https://www.eternalcrusade.com/ for more information about the full version of Eternal Crusade.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Limited maps featuring ranged and melee combat on foot and in vehicles

The following factions are available to play:
Space Marines featuring the Dark Angels, Blood Angels and Ultramarines chapters
  • 5 classes, Tactical, Assault, Ground Assault, Devastator and Apothecary
  • 3 vehicles: Rhino, Predator & Vindicator
Chaos Space Marines featuring the Word Bearers, Night Lords and Black Legion
  • 5 classes, Traitor, Traitor Assault, Raptor, Havoc & Aspiring Sorcerer
  • 3 vehicles: Chaos Rhino, Chaos Predator & Chaos Vindicator

Additional features include
  • Combat abilities such as psychic powers, jump packs, buff system, executions, heavy weapon modes, cover system, healing and more.
  • Extensive HUD for situational awareness, character status, scoreboards, squad elements, powers and buff status
  • In game map detailing deployments, waypoints, and objective status
  • Group systems, rescue systems, auto-barks and squad bonuses.

With a weekly patch schedule the list of new features is constantly growing.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Participating in the Early Access program will allow you to play now. The retail entry point price will be higher upon release, Early Access Alpha pricing is at a 20% discount. Beta will be 10% discount. This price is not reflected on the actual package prices as it is not possible in Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We use multiple avenues to involve, engage and gather feedback from our community. We have a weekly live stream with a production update from the developers and are active on our forums. We also use a number of more formal tools to gather information including game analytics, player behavior, surveys, focus groups etc.”
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June 21

Eldar race, EU Servers, Going Massive, Character Advancement! GET. IN. HERE. NOW!



We are going through incredibly interesting times as a game still in development that is moving to a phase, were our core "massively online" systems that have been in development for many months are starting to see the light of day.

With the start of the addition of the Eldar, the Orks counted in weeks to appear, Character Advancement trees beginning to emerge, variations of weapons, massive balancing run, Wargear starting to show up, more maps and other core systems coming online it's incredibly exciting. And all in now.

Will it be bugged? Yes, don't buy this Early Access if you are not interested in game development, affecting the direction and vision of a game in development, seeing all the dirty laundry and performance going back and forth, this game is not for you right now.

This is Alpha in Early Access. Sure, you'll be buying the full game and our expansions (or DLCs if you will) are all free but that doesn't mean it hasn't got drawbacks in our masochistic attempt to do transparent game development.

If you do like game development, interacting with a dev team that listens, is happy to do so, values your input and can tolerate that you're not playing a finalized product, get in here and over to our official forums.

We'll be seeing more Wargear changing your classes' abilities, survivability and so on, version 2 of older maps based on your feedback, new maps coming on and that followed by the weapon gradual induction of the weapon modification system. Yes, we've been very busy, at the cost of a slower update schedule to Early Access but now you should be seeing the new systems being added - and more importantly - we're filling them with content.

GET IN HERE WITH US. Unless you're expecting a finished game. Then this door is not for you and we recommend the vast assortment of new games already out, as well as picking up favourite if it goes on sale.

Thank you all, for staying with us and believing in us. I realize our ratings have been highly affected by balance and performance but don't think for a second we don't know, cause we read the reviews every day - and I even reply to some of them.

Nathan Richardsson
Senior Producer and Destroyer of Worlds, Dreams and Unicorns
Warhammer 40,000 - Eternal Crusade



For those interested, here are previous posts on this update - the one that heralds the beginning of the "massively online" systems of our "massive online shooter:

http://steamcommunity.com/games/375230/announcements/detail/590349852841692163

http://steamcommunity.com/games/375230/announcements/detail/591476480765859770

http://steamcommunity.com/games/375230/announcements/detail/591476793687160753

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June 21

EU Servers! Edit: Patch 18's HOTfix #3 AND #4 have been released! - June 21

After a fair bit of testing and tweaking, we're happy to announce that we've added EU regional game servers to Eternal Crusade! Our friends in the EU region should experience better latency and results when on these servers.

Even most players from the US will have good latency according to our data. We'll be reinforcing the EU cluster and starting to try other regional servers. It won't work however till matchmaking takes fully into account geo-location as well but being in a War Party together always brings you together on a server.

-Fixed a particle-related crash that was likely the cause of a lot of the new crashes experienced in Patch 18.

-Increased the health of the Eldar Warp Hunter.

Hotfix #4 is brewing with more good stuff, balancing, fixes and improvements. Expect it later this week.

Actually we just deployed Hotfix #4 on Early Access. That was fast. Check it out.

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Early Access & Founders Offer

Early Access gives you full game access and the opportunity to be part of the direction and development of Eternal Crusade. The Early Access & Founders Offer includes:

  • Game Access at 20% discount (calculated in the displayed price)
  • 20,000 Rogue Trader Points already included for use in the ingame store
  • 3 Weapons for each playable faction, exclusive to Founders and Early Access Players.
  • Exclusive "Scout" Steam achievements only available in Early Access
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About This Game

War calls. Will you answer?

For the first time, join your favorite factions in the fiercest and most authentic Warhammer 40,000 battles ever realized in a shooting videogame.

Select one of four factions of the 41st millennium and fight for control of a persistent world at war. As you fight your way across the planet, claim territory in massive battles and earn the right to customize and improve your characters in a deep progression system from Warhammer 40,000 lore

This is Early Access, focusing mainly on the core combat experience and does not contain the MMO elements yet. This is Alpha stage and we update frequently. Click Read More to see the full game at launch.

Engage in massive battles

Take part in massive military campaigns between 4 factions for the conquest of a persistent world. Dive into the shifting frontlines and crush your foes! Engage in melee, take to the air with a jump pack or fire into the fray from one of the turrets of a fully armed Predator tank. Combat in Eternal Crusade ranges from a personal clashing of Chainswords to truly epic warfare.

Your faction is your family now

Victory is not a thing for a single warrior to claim. Whether you’re in PVP or PVE, your squad must work together to overcome constant resistance in their quest for glory. Face death side-by-side with your brothers as you defend strongholds or delve into the Underworld to cooperatively combat alien hordes of Tyranids.

Choose your allegiances and background

Pick between twenty different sub-factions, then earn hundreds of weapons and accessories drawn from 29 years of Warhammer 40,000 lore to craft your perfect warrior.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Operating Systems (Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 8.1)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 4170 or AMD FX-8120
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX11 Compatible GeForce GTX 460 1GB or AMD HD5850 1GB
    • Additional Notes: Minspec for release. See recommended requirements for Early Access
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Operating Systems (Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 8.1)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD FX-8300 or higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX11 Compatible GPU with 2 GB VRAM (AMD HD7800 or higher)
    • Additional Notes: Current Early Access Minimum Requirements.
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Dwarf-Lord Pangolin
( 60.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
Space Marine: The MMO

If you played Space Marine and enjoyed the multiplayer, you will like this. Gameplay is based largely on SM's combat system. It has its own additions and variations, but you'll still feel at home coming from Space Marine.

If you haven't played Space Marine, shame on you; go buy it. The combat is fast and brutal, both in melee and at long range.

One difference between Space Marine and this game (and I feel this is an improvement) is that cover is no longer for the weak. You will need to make use of cover in many situations or you will get shredded. The cover system improves the game by forcing ranged combat to become more cerebral and less twitch-based; victory tends to go to the side that manage to flank the other, or execute some other tactical maneuver to gain the upper hand, rather than to the side with the most spastic index fingers. On the other hand, if you select the right loadout and play smart, you can still get in people's faces with a giant axe and go to town.

Do bear in mind that the game is still undergoing development; they warn you about this multiple times, but a lot of people don't bother reading stuff like that. Bugs WILL happen; stuff WILL break. Don't get the game if you're not in the mood to deal with that.

The game has come a considerable distance since I started playing it, and is continuing to develop despite some rough times. Three of the planned four factions are in the game already; two of them (Space Marines and Traitor Legions) are starting to get pretty solidly fleshed out. Eldar were added very recently, but they already play differently from the other two.

I bought this game to help support its development, and I don't regret doing so. I've enjoyed the time I've spent in the game so far, and I have confidence that its development will be completed successfully, with the result being a stellar game.
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Jakins
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
Overall the game has a nice idea behind it and if you like the idea of having a melee brawler then this would be the game for you.

Though the huge down side is guns are crap and melee will always 1-2 shot you, no matter if you are a guy with a sword/board, a medic, a heavy. 80-90% of the fights i've been in are melee rushing you while you empty a clip into them only to be 1 shot. The balancing system in this game needs a huge overhall...not every person with a melee weapon should be able to 1-2 shot you. For example a medic can carry an offhand melee weapon which does just as much as any other one.

The mechanics of the game are garbage. For example shooting over a ledge...easy for a heavy that can place the gun on the railing but other than that shooting over a ledge results in 50% of the rounds hitting the railing itself. The second insane mechanic is the stagger effect when struck by a melee weapon. If by some wonderful miracle you survive the first hit the stagger will ensure you die to the next hit.

Overall the guns are just bad...the flamethrow is more of a laser stream that overheats in 2-3 seconds and does nothing for damage. Someone can run strait through it and hack you to death. The heavy bolter is garbage as it requires you to be med range and unless the person isn't at the keyboard he will be able to turn around walk over and hack you down. The only gun that MIGHT give you a chance vs the melee spam 9000 is the plasma gun. Fully charge will 1 shot a person BUUUT that's if you can hit them through the lag, random jerks side to side and after the 3 second charge up. Even if you do manage to nail them right in the face with it...lag may prevent you from getting the kill.

End result, pick up a hammer and get to swinging.

Overall game play 1/100 and very sad mechanics/gun choices. The Original doom had more replay value.
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Sideras
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
Don't get the early access verion if you want an actual game, this barley resembles one.
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AlexKmZ
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
Battlefield ♥♥♥♥s Minecraft in the ♥♥♥ in space.
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Deryago
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
I was so excited for this. I got it early on as a founder.
Most of my gameplay is not shown as a result.

It's absolute garbage. It hasn't improved at all.
Don't bother unless you want to support Nurgle.
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R4mmR0d
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
I've played a lot of EA games, but this one seems unsalvageable. Moronic game mechancics (melee, invincibility frames instead of a block) mix with clunky gameplay. Its a lot like the Dawn of War cinematics, where one space marine absorbs hundreds of bullets, and another gets oneshotted through the shoulder. Expect a lot of that. I wish i could get my money back, but i gave this game three months instead.
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Wile E. Weavile
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
You know something's wrong when in the middle of playing you find yourself wishing you were in Space Marine's peer 2 peer, barely alive multiplayer lagfest instead.

I cannot recommend this to fellow battle bruvas in good faith. It simply does not deliver. It might one day, given the time it needs. How the devs plan to release this September is beyond me; They need at least another year or two. Prevalent balance issues and optimization problems plague Eternal Crusade worse than a host of Nurglings. I already regret buying a founder's pack, but maybe things will look up when Orks come out.

Until further updates, do not buy.
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Ryan Mitchell
( 28.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
I will start by saying im a huge warhammer 30k-40k fan so with that established i wouldnt reccomend this game to anyone i really want this game to be great but if things keep going how they are this game will never be great the concept is amazing the gameplay leaves a lot to be desired though. I pray to the emporer that i can come back and write something nice about this game later but i encourage warhammer fans to look past the rose colored glasses we are wearing (and you are wearing them if you're a true 40k fan) and wake up and smell the recaff then glasses off recaff firmly in hand look at this game and make a review based on the actual game rather than the fact that you are a fan of the wh40k universe because this game could hurt the franchise if it sucks there likely won't be another large 40k game like this one in a long long time not ten thousand years i hope but you never know with these things.

Im not going to list whats wrong with this game there is so much in my mind but if you think that seems unfair ill tell you why exactly i wrote a negative review so there i was living room its raining i just ate lunch it was pretty good :3~ pasta and i was looking at the store page on steam i clicked the down tab and saw a beautifull image of all the things are developers had promised us and i looked and i looked and then it hit me either the features promised wern't in the game (at all) yet or they wer'nt fully fleshed out for instance the weapons 100s of weapons to choose from! (actually i don't even think there are thirty yet and although i could be wrong BUT <(big but) i know there are not 100s of weapons in this game, after that most the factions or all maybe idk are missing atleast 1 sub faction or arent in the game at all there are no armor customizations yet or blah blah i could go on but im tired of typing now i want to watch tv!

last words this game isn't in alpha if the devs are going to give us what they promised its still in BETA and will not be released this summer or this year for that fact not at this rate and if it is heed my words it will not be the game you want it will be a steam ing pile of nurgleites and we all know the nurgelites are bad enough at room temerature.
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Guybrush
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
So far I'm really disappointed with the game.

-performace getting worse with each patch (constant micro freezes)
-ingame store items are ridiculously overpriced
-even though you play space marines, you die extremely fast
-boring, repetitive maps
-overall lack of 40k athmosphere
-close combat is completely broken

I personally think that Space Marine is a much better game (which is kinda sad) and after 6 months of early access I lost all faith that I will ever have fun playing Eternal Crusade.
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Nechayev
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
It might be finished by the year 40,000.
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Not Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 17
To preface, I've sunk numerous hours into this game before it was released on Steam that are not reflected by my Steam playtime. Also, I'm not a mindless hater. I want this game to succeed and I would like to recommend it but unless bE makes some major changes, it will fail. That said, I would happily be proven wrong.

What the devs (bE) promised YEARS AGO...and what they have currently delivered long past the dates they promised to deliver them are two vastly different things. It was originally announced this game would launch in 2015. 2015 came and went.

A pile of broken and retracted promises, and what as of now is practically an empty sandbox where you can stomp around and fire bullets into the air.

"But it's an Alpha! It's going to be great! It's really promising!" Yeah...that's what I said too but it's getting harder to keep making excuses.

And after changing the refund policy numerous times, from we will refund if the promised product isn't delivered in 12 months...to 18 months...to "You have 14 days from date of purchase to request a refund."

The founders, the people who have supported this game from the beginning, many purchasing "exclusive" packages, are now out of both luck and money. The only thing I can do, is tell other people don't buy this. I'm not saying, "Don't buy this now." I'm just saying, don't buy this.

Maybe at some point in the future, if bE delivers on even half of their promises, then maybe consider purchasing it. But don't buy it based on the claims of what it WILL be, because bE has already let down backers and gone back on countless promises.

When I first heard the phrases "Early Access" and Warhammer 40k, I was so excited. Now, I've become a bit jaded when I hear those words.

This game is deader than the Emperor and nothing is going to bring it back to life, unless bE makes some massive changes.

bE, prove me wrong and I'll change my review. I would LOVE for you to prove me wrong. I will gladly change my review and write, "I was wrong." But first...you have to actually prove me wrong.
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Not Recommended
123.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18
Will Eternal Crusade be worth buying? Maybe... Is it worth buying now or in a few months? Definitely not.

The game is in early access.
Is it finished? - No.
Is it still Work in Progress? - Yes.
Does that mean we can't judge what they've done with it for a years til now? Or whether we can't burst that comfourt bubble the early access games have because "they are going there"?

OF COURSE NOT - The game is for sale. You can buy it. The moment Eternal Crusade started asking people for money, they are responsible before them for actions they do with their money. But let's get to the Review, why the game is not worth your money:


First of:
Trust:
- Open World. The real reson I bought this game. It got cancelled for indefinitive time cause of problems developers had with it. Sure the s#$t happens, but THE main marketing point? Come on, no one did math and came to conclusion that it will be impossible? Why giving false or not-checked-right information..?
- Game was supposed to be released in 2015... Didn't happen? Ok, I understand that, tough luck. In that time only 2 factions of 4 were ready so again s#$t happens. It's half a year later, and... one faction released i n c o m p l e t e. There are still Orks to go, and the game is supposed now to be released in the summer... not gonna happen. Just... not.

Gameplay:
- Performance. Almost wish it would return to its state of the 2015. The amount of bugs and glitches with every patch is bad. It's getting fixed after a while - true, but what's left is an optimization joke. Eternal Crusade works fine only if you have monstrous equipment. I updated my computer's ram so I could play this game on high. 7 months later I can only play on low. I didn't waste money (hurray for witcher3) but it shouldn't have happened.
- Unfairness. Let's face it, games are not fair, but if some aspects of the game are just plain wrong it just gets to you and you rage... In Eternal Crusade money matters, example: Striking Scorpion ability to cloak and become invisible... but only to other guys playing on less pricy equipment. One player won't be able to see sneaking Scorpion from two metres ahead, while the other will see him from the other side of the map very easily, and shoot sneaker dead with plasma.
- Balancing. It's not that developers don't balance, and focus on adding more content. There are updates that change game's elements, meaning they are trying somewhat to balance factions, weapons etc. The only thing to hope for is that they are doing it with little to no effort. Cause the results are awful.
- Melee. State of melee is so confusing... Melee is stronger then ranged: Bullet (or a bolt/shuriken) literally is several times weaker then a strike from bladed or blunt weapon. In a point-blank range! When shooting from a few metres to a charging in straight line warrior! Still the melee is constantly getting fixed... at least trying. To a no luck at this point, only managed to make it confusing, so most players just randomly hit buttons, sometimes doing defensive bash when they feel like it.
- Tactics. No tactics, matches are a clusterf#$k with random maps made by someone who never seen a proper line of defence, choking point, who never seen a future warfare movie... or even ww2 documentary. With ineffective ranged weapons, the only exception of a plasma which behaves like an energy loooong range grenade, players are running wild all around the map. The more experienced side will use the one and only tactic available: human wave attack - just assault everything in a big @ss concetrated group...

Content:
After 7 months I see very little new content.
- Unbalanced unfinished new faction bugged and lacking 2 of 7 classes - Eldar.
- Some new maps that use the same terrain and objects as the first four - not one new map is original compared to that "basic 4". And one Fortress map.
- Few items from Store.
- Axe for SM and CSM.
- One vehicle for SM and CSM (its the same of course), 2 for Eldars (still bugged)

PvE
NPC - Tyranids are not coming, and no chance of coming on the big release... For some time you still won't be able to go somewhere underground or dark, and shoot alien like bugs with your friends.

And Illogical Ideas that made me lose faith in devs reasoning:
- Eldar tank is weaker and less tough than Predator (SM, CSM tank), because "its faster and more maneuverable"... Though not as fast and maneuverable as Predator's turret cannon... sooo yeah...
- Lascannon. The weapon that nobody is using, even after half a year, since its the only one you got when you equip it. It can literally only be used to destroy vehicles (after many shots), each shot needs point-laser aim for few seconds. When you are aiming at players they are warned by the signal that they are targeted... meaning the only people you can kill with it are deaf, ones that are very distracted by something, or afk. Whose idea was it..?
- Melee system: Rock x Paper x Scissors ...
- Damage of ranged weapon when hitting targets in a distance. Bullets lose that velocity faster then plastic balls from ASG...

Player Base:
- Huge amount of fanboys on forum. Meaning there are never bad decision by bEhaviour. Everything is taken with zero critical thoughts: "We understand it's tough, keep doing great job!", "You work too hard! Take a vacation, don't worry about us ;)", "You're doing the best you could, don't be too hard on yourself!", "Noone could do this better! no biggie!" . The community seems like a giant Care Bears convention... until someone (mostly new recruits) say anything critical about game or developer's actions -> then its just nasty. Grumpy Bear gets cought, crucified and buried deep in the clouds by the rest of the happy bear family.
- Criticism of steam reviews: there are tons of threads where loyal players complains how on steam there is way too much negativity. How it's a crime that there is not as much love for the game as on the game's forum. Don't mind constructive arguments or valid points, if you say something bad about the Eternal Crusade you must be a troll rendering all what you said invalid.

Warning or no warning, decide for youself. Read the reviews, read the forum's threads http://forum.eternalcrusade.com/, if you are really interested watch huge amount of twitch shows https://www.twitch.tv/40kcrusade . If you still wanna buy it, maybe you'll feel just great in that... thing. I no longer do.
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Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
It might be finished by the year 40,000.
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36 of 53 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18
Decided to give this game another try today. Put 4 hours into it. During those 4 hours most of the experience involved moving up the battlefield and then dying in 1 second, in a lagfest. During those 4 hours i also had 5 crashes. During those 4 hours i had no fun. Not worth it in its current state.
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31 of 50 people (62%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
219.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 17
Still a year out from being worth it, their patching/updating is slow and when they do, it creates a mess of more problems everytime. they have a possiblitly of being good but thats a long ways out.
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26 of 41 people (63%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Eternal Crusade is an overly-hyped up mess, one where the devs flaunt a new particle effect for one item for one class as a major update. It's a game where fanboys consistently deny reality, lest their precious game be slighted. It's a game with the most toxic community I have ever encountered. To keep it short, stay as far away from this rubbish as possible.

Let's have a short storytime. Originally, the game was proposed and set to be a mass-combat 40k version of Planetside 2, with guilds, a weapon/item/cosmetics shop, a Tyranid PvE mode, great community-dev communication, a one-world server, and, of course, open world. The hype was monolithic once the game started to get attention. Everyone eagerly anticipated any morsel of info the devs gave to us, and we, being blinded by the hype, devoured it like there was no tomorrow. Fast foward a bit and founder's packs were added, with an early access supposed to be available by Christmas of 2014, if memory serves me.

And that's as far as the original concept got. It slowly devolved into people finding out a lot of the BS the devs were starting to send out. First, it was no terminators, people weren't happy. Then, early access got pushed back. Next, Miguel Caron left the dev team, a bunch of other big guys who people really had faith in left too. Things were starting to beat down the hype. To add fuel to the fire, Early access got pushed back again. Then again. And again. And then, it was decided they only wanted 50 people to be in the initial test wave, which didn't go over well. But still, a bunch of people defended it. Oh, and a one-world server? Hah, that didn't get anywhere.

Now the game is a piece of trash you ought to pay no heed to. That will conclude our story, now for the game itself.

Graphics suck. Terribly. It still lacks any graphics options beyond a graphics slider that goes from low to medium to high, really bE? And when you're in game, the textures load in super slowly, if they load in at all, and they are all very poorly shaded. Models lack much by way of detail, although this is mainly due to the art style the devs have chosen. Throne, it isn't grim, and it isn't dark, and it definitely doesn't belong in a Warhammer 40k game, just look at Abbadon! https://bhvr-ec-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/1j9i6xhi3ra47/source.jpg What the ♥♥♥♥? Are you kidding me?

Animations and voice are ok at best, they have a neat little thing with the heavy bolter running animation, but that's about it. Voices are really cringey and stereotypical sounding, I hate to use cringey, but all the space marine voices are nothing more than cliches. Not to mention the dialogue is all stupid, Eldar go like this: "Blablablabla (devs are like, hmmm we need something good... oh I know! throw in random 40k terms and things!) RANA DANDRA blablablabla." It's hard for a hardcore 40k guy like me to watch and listen to this junk.

Balance? What a joke. Boltguns are no more effective than a 9mm SMG, I don't see what's going on with 40k game devs always making the boltweapons NOT the rocket propelled .75 Cal. HE round flinging devices they are. Here's another great thing. Eldar move at the same speed as space marines, and they have weaker armor to compensate. Want to try flanking the Space Marines if you are outgunned and outarmored? Good luck, if anything they'll flank you with those Assault Marines and Raptors.

More importantly, is the game STABLE and does it WORK? NOPE! The devs decided they didn't want to work on little, trivial things like 'optimization,' because the game is in alpha. How are we supposed to test, play, and help you improve your game if we cannot even run it? Because these frame rates are absolutely atrocious, it's really sad when Arma 3 Tanoa runs significantly smoother than this game. Not to mention absolutely terrible servers, and crappy hitboxes. It's a mess.

Perhaps most importantly, if only to the old guys like me who got on the official forum hype train all those years ago, the community that we once loved for being considerate and optimistic is now a cesspit of Chaos fanbois, game fanbois, rabid ork users, mods failing to enforce basic rules and picking fights with people they disagreeed with, then censoring the whole thing. It goes on and on, just like the 20k page spam thread in the Off-topic section. Oh, I forgot to add how becoming a mod is all about popularity and nothing else. Half the mods are just people who know how to kiss up to their section of the forum. Word Bearer crazies deny reality and assert their own, like how Horus apparantly won the Horus Heresy, how Chaos daemons are going to stop the 'nids, and other crazy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Every thread gets de-railed by page 2, because some fanboy has started praising the game like the drone he is, or starts the ever-present forum rp that spread EVERYWHERE. Throne, it does go on and on, sadly it's too much to type, otherwise I would gladly share my tales. Oh, one last thing. This game can never be bad, because it's in Alpha, and it's going to become a full release summer of 2016.

Yeah, if you see this game, run like hell!
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
32.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
TL;DR: game is unbalanced, laggy and a bit clunky, i didnt realise the COD player base liked 40k so much. Can be fun but has some issuses that make the game straight up frustrating. i want this game to be good but at the moment its not quite there.

i like this game i really do but in its current state i dont recommend buying this game, right now the game has some issuses that at first dont seem too bad but after extended amounts of play become the most annoying issuses that can break the gameplay of the game. the performance isnt too great at times either but im not that picky because ive got a good computer.

The balance of the game is not very good at the moment, the spacemarines are quite balanced and you can have some really good fights against the eldar but as soon as you face off against chaos the balance goes to hell (no pun intended). The chaos faction have some of the most overpowered (not majorly overpowered but very noticeble) stuff in the game at the moment. if you try to have a conversation in chat about it your just called a salty scrub and told to get good or kill yourself while they skip around with their auto cannons that kill in 3-4 shots (2-3 shots against eldar), posion that bypasses your shield and goes ridiculously far and a health buff that can be equip to any of the chaos classes (which use to only be for the ground assualt class) which can turn an even 1 on 1 fight into a 2 on 1 especially for the eldar (i dont think ive seen eldar win a match against chaos).

Melee can be so frustrating, there are many times when ive gone to use defensive bash which is suppose to stun someone for a short amount of time and its done nothing. Melee interrupts a lot of actions that it shouldnt, such as dodging which is something that you use to get away from the guy who is trying to shove a chainsword down your throat yet multiple times ive found im halfway through the dodge animation and i get hit by a melee attack and it pings me straight back to the spot i was before i started dodging. i guess you could blame that on the hit detection?

which is also bad, i have 62ms on alot of the matches i play and yet i find myself still taking damage even after ive broken line of sight from the guy who was shooting at me, ive see this when shooting people myself, they run around a corner and i stop shooting yet a second or two later it will tell me i killed him even though i stop shooting at the guy before he even rounded the corner.

overall the game can go pretty well and ive had my fair share of awesome matches but theres still these issues that can completely ruin alot of matches, Ive heard some good changes are coming soon but until they arrive i would say save your pocket money. but hey its alpha and you shouldnt expect a perfectly polished game from early access should you? im only tough on this game because i want it to be good and people dont learn if you dont say anything.

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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
So I'm just waiting for Inquistor, Dawn of War III, and Death Wing because so far those look more promising now. I was able to run this game when I first got it and now I can't even run it on low settings. It drops frames like crazy and almost any time I am using Assault class attacking with melee the game will freeze and when it comes back I'm dead. What happened in the updates that made this unplayable.

I would also like to point out I'm not entirely sure these devs know what a ♥♥♥♥ing melta gun is. It uses shotgun-like bursts of like plasma/fire the weapon your calling a melta gun in this game is a ♥♥♥♥ing Flamer how do you not know this. Have you ever played the table top game? If that's to nerdy for you just look at Space Marine cause that game got it right. Honestly I was hoping this would have been more like SPace Marine but larger scale and with more factions but it's not turning out to be that way. When the Eldar were released the game would glitch up and lag even more in the presence of any of their melee units. Not to mention while playing them it ran even worse.

I would love for this to actually be good when it's finally done but time and again early access games just fail to deliver. And maybe it would be better if it was better optimized. Also concerned when they incorperate new weapons and faction specific vehicles in the game that they will get the lore wrong on all of it but hey what do I know right?
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
Can't recommend it in its current state. Maybe when its out, but right now it lags, is unbalanced, and the devs seem to break it more with every patch. Not to mention community is all fanboys who deny that it has issues.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
So far I'm really disappointed with the game.

-performace getting worse with each patch (constant micro freezes)
-ingame store items are ridiculously overpriced
-even though you play space marines, you die extremely fast
-boring, repetitive maps
-overall lack of 40k athmosphere
-close combat is completely broken

I personally think that Space Marine is a much better game (which is kinda sad) and after 6 months of early access I lost all faith that I will ever have fun playing Eternal Crusade.
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