Posted: December 11
Brutally hard and yet there is something about it that keeps you coming back for more. When you complete the later missions you feel as if you truly earned the emperors respect because along the way you have to push forward against unimaginable odds, guard your key areas, and you WILL need to sacrifice many of your units just to get that one guy through that counts. I even sent a heavy flamer who ran out of ammo in the opposite direction as a decoy to lure the enemy away, he didn't get very far, but it was far enough that I could get the rest of the guys in a good position and win. That mission left me with 2 survivours out of 10 and 130+ of the enemy dead (If you've played this, you KNOW that's unheard of).
Sure, it's not perfect, there are no cutscenes, and the narration gives you very little to run on in terms of story. It's also overly dependant on luck which means you can have the best strategy and still lose (which I hear they vixed in ascension?) but most of the time you can "undo" your last move that missed and try again to even the odds a little (I only figured this out on the last campaign, wish I had known earlier).
I got the ultimate pack with all the content while on special so I'm not sure what is original or DLC but the full package has at least 20 hours of game here if you're man enough to stick with it. Some of the later missions (harbinger of torment for example) have an absolutely insane difficulty and a single mission can take you over 4 hours to get right. Thankfuly you can save any time you like but trust me, it doesnt help as much as you think it would, especially if there is a turn limit on the mission.
Note: Ascension is not the same missions with a new engine, it's a totally different game with no links to this one. I'm currently waiting for it to come on special but you can be sure I'll pick it up when it does. If it's even half as good as this, I'll be happy, and it's supposed to be better and with a lot more missions!