Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

47%

Critics Recommend

Based on 17 critic reviews
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61 / 100
Jul 13, 2018

A plodding and predictable 4X strategy game that's relaxing in its own way, but rarely challenging.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2018

Gladius – Relics of War is a 4X game that relies only on one of those X: eXtermination. The combat is the most polished and deep aspect of the game, offering a war experience that fits so well the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

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8.7 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2018

A great addition to the 4X offer. There are only four factions, but each of them is well thought out and offers a unique playing experience.

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7 / 10
Jul 19, 2018
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7.7 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2018

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War is a quite enjoyable 4X strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, featuring four unique factions, each with its unique campaign, randomly generated maps and an engaging multiplayer mode. With an experience that's focused on war, however, the game can get a bit repetitive after a while, as diplomatic options might have made both single and multiplayer more varied.

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8.4 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2018

Proxy Studios has done subtraction work from the 4x genre and, for every element of this vein that has been eliminated, greater depth to the strategic components has been infused. Some technical limits are still there, but W40k Gladius - Relics of War remains a great game.

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3 / 5.0
Jul 18, 2018

Under-cooked is actually a really good way to describe Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War. It’s got all these good ideas, but they’re not combined in the right way.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2018

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War is a solid 4X, with some little defects, but it is a real pleasure fighting with Necrons, Orks, Space Marines and Astra Militarum.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2018

A pretty and novel use of the 40K license, brought down by uninspired design and plain bad game balance.

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6.8 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2018

Ultimately, Proxy Studios has stripped away some of the complexities commonly found within the 4X genre and distilled Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War to an Ork-infested blood-fest. It's a bold decision, and to some extent, it works. There's a reason why folks created the Nuclear Ghandi meme from the Civilization series; at the end of the day, it's fun to make guns, destroy opponents, complete research, and make bigger guns is fun. However, in Gladius' case, the guns don't come without a few hiccups. Performance issues, counterintuitive visual design, and lackluster sound are prevalent concerns. It makes for a strategy game that is so close to succeeding but falls short of something special. After spending roughly 30 hours with Gladius and getting familiar with each of the factions, I'm comfortable recommending the game to fans of the genre who are desperate for something new or for those looking for a 4X game they can enjoy at a more relaxed pace. What's more relaxing than smashing Space Marine skulls on a Saturday morning with a maxed-out Warboss? Waaaaaghhh!

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