Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters is now on consoles
via Complex Games/Frontier

Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters heads to consoles

Destroy the enemy! When it's your turn.

A previously PC-only turn-based strategy game, Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is now available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles. PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One owners can now play the Warhammer universe-based adventure for the first time. I’ve spent some time playing it on PC already, so here’s what you’re getting, console players.

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What console players should expect

Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is a turn-based strategy game developed by Complex Games. It takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, like Darktide, Space Marine, Rogue Trader, and Boltgun, for example. This simply means it uses characters, creatures, environments, and lore from the franchise.

You don’t need any previous knowledge of the extensive lore or other games to understand the story and characters of Chaos Gate. Additionally, the story isn’t too important, you’ll mostly just want to make your army of knights awesome and (strategically) take out every enemy in sight.

Overall, the game plays as you’d expect a turn-based tactical game to play. If you’ve played a game like XCOM, for example, it’s a very similar style. You’re in command of a group of ‘Grey Knights’, capable of dismantling enemies using a host of rad weapons and abilities. Knights are class-based, so you’ll bring a healer, tank, mage, and soldier-like characters into battle.

It’s full of fun but challenging battles

Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters now out on consoles
via Complex Games/Frontier

One thing to note is that Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is very challenging. In my time playing it on PC since it came out, I’ve definitely had my fair share of struggles. However, there are multiple difficulties to choose from. If you’re new to the turn-based strategy genre, or don’t want an exceptionally hard challenge, I’d recommend playing on a lower difficulty.

Combat feels much more exciting than many turn-based games. I’m not a particularly huge fan of the genre, but enjoyed my time blowing things up and performing big melee executions. The after-mission parts of the game are its weakest area for a few reasons:

  • Upgrading your ship and other attributes is a little tedious, and takes in-game days to complete.
  • If your units take heavy damage or die, the only way to get them back in fighting shape is to wait more in-game days.

In other words, you’ll be using the button to pass time and waiting to get back into the battle fairly often.

Building a team of Knights, upgrading them, and equipping them with awesome melee and long-range weapons is certainly the highlight of the game–if you’re into that sort of thing. Fun and interesting abilities, like teleporting behind enemy lines to execute them with a sword, help it to stand out among others in the genre.

Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is now available on consoles for $44.99.


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Tim has been playing games for over 25 years and tries to play as many as possible to completion. From FPS games, survival horror, RPGs, and platformers to soulslikes, he likes to dabble in everything. He's also played every Call of Duty title since Call of Duty 2 came out in 2005. His favorite games of all time include Banjo-Kazooie, Gun Star Heroes, Bioshock, God of War Ragnarok, and far too many more to choose.