Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Escalation Pack Review.

The Escalation Pack is DLC for the four-year-old Warhammer 40,000: Gladius, and it’s commendable that fans are still remembered so long after the base game’s release. Of course, The Escalation Pack is not free and is now yet another expansion pack for the game. Still, it’s nice for Warhammer fans, who can’t get enough of Gladius.

The base game is still rock solid, with a lot of attention paid to the balance of the whole. This turn-based strategy game unfortunately starts a bit unclear, but after you put in some time, an entertaining game opens up that is very close to the addiction limit. The concept is largely classic; build a base, train troops, attack and defend and do it all again. There are several factions, all of which differ from each other in certain areas. These differences are mainly in construction options or the way resources are gathered.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Escalation Pack Review

Many expansions have appeared in recent years, including unit packs, where the new units give you even more variation in the way you play. This all coincides with an extensive tech tree, which you can climb at your own discretion.

You better have bought all the dlc

The question is, of course: what’s new in this expansion and is it worth diving back into the game? First of all, each faction gets a new unit, but you immediately run into a problem. If you only have the base game and have not purchased any other expansion packs, you will see that you cannot use all units. That has to do with the fact that the base game has four factions and the rest of the factions came via DLC, so you can’t even use the units added in The Escalation Pack.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Escalation Pack Review

So in practice you buy a package, most of which you can only use if you have also bought the other packages. And so you pay for content that is unusable, without throwing even more money at it. This is of course not a problem for the real Gladius fan, because he has simply purchased the other packages and therefore gets the most out of this package.

Added Units

Let’s talk about the units added to the whole by The Escalation Pack. This is how the Space Marines are assigned scouts and they have their advantages, because they can make tiles visible that you couldn’t see before. In addition, these can also shoot from three tiles away with sharp. The Astra Millitarium faction gets the Devil Dog and we’re not talking real dogs here, we’re talking tanks. These tanks are very strong, but also very fast.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Escalation Pack Review

The Ghost Ark is added to the Necrons and gives you the option to treat your units when damaged, but is also strong and can transport units. Of course, the Orcs are not left behind either and Megatrakk gets Scrapjets, which you can do a lot of damage from almost any distance.

The other factions were unfortunately unplayable for us, but know that the factions of Tyranids, Chaos Space Marines, T’au, Craftworld Aeldari and Adeptus Mechanicus will be expanded to include Hive Guards, Forgefiend, Tiger Shark, Hornets and Skitarii Rangers respectively.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Escalation Pack Review

A winner (but…)

Personally, I have a lot of fun with the base game and the playable factions, equipped with new units and chances are that you will also have fun with it. However, you will get the most out of it if you have also purchased the previous packages. The new units are very nice and useful, but in the end only add small things, while with previously purchased packages you will notice much more change in the whole.

The game itself is still very entertaining after four years and still looks great. The UI is effective and despite the rough start, you notice that you play longer and longer sessions and can’t get enough of the intensive matches.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Escalation Pack Review

That’s Gaming

  • contents 8

  • Impact 7

    Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Escalation Pack Review
  • Accessibility 6

  • Replay 7

The Goods
  • New units add depth
The Bads
  • Many units not usable without other expansion packs

7.0 3.5 5 Average Score