Frontline Gamer reviews Dust Warfare

By Polar_Bear
In Fantasy Flight Games
Jun 29th, 2012
13 Comments
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Frontline Gamer seems to always have another game to review. I’m not sure when they eat. But anyway, here’s another one. This time it’s Dust Warfare.
Note: Having lots of reviews is a good thing.

From them to you:

Frontline Gamer finally gets his ass in gear and decides what he thinks of Fantasy Flight Games first foray into wargaming. It’s only taken him a few months and countless victories with both his Allies and Axis armies. God I wished he’d just hurry up and stop taking his time to come to reasoned conclusions.

I think he’s being too hard on himself, personally.

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  • SirAngry

    Well I promised the review would go live at the start of June. Last time I checked the 28th wasn’t at the start, but the end of June!!!

    I felt I needed the extra time though to make sure I wasn’t going to be the only person on the Internet who thought Dust Warfare was average at best because I just didn’t get it.

    I might not still get it but at least I’ve given myself enough time to formulate why I don’t get it and where I think the issues are. Hopefully it’ll add another voice to the mix and help people make informed choices.

  • blkdymnd

    Couldn’t get past the first paragraph. When you are so negative to start a review, it’s hard to take the rest of it seriously and hope for objectivity. No one has touted Warfare as the second coming or a 40k killer, there is no reason that Warfare can’t be just what it is which is a good solid wargame. Coupled with Tactics, if you end up liking both, you have two great, solid games that are completely different than each other. Is Warfare a 40k killer? No, GW does enough on its own to slowly kill 40k. But start off your review a bit more objectively than that and maybe more will wade through it.

    • SirAngry

      Plenty of people are wading through it 1800 views so far thanks,

      And yes people have been touting it as a 40K killer and I’ve read plenty of reviews and heard plenty of reviews where that has been the theme. If you don’t like the review then don’t read it like you aren’t doing. No problem there.

      I also state in the review that GW are the biggest threat to 40k so we at least agree on that. Terribly sorry I don’t think Dust Warfare is all that good, and I’m terribly sorry that upset you.

  • blkdymnd

    Didn’t upset me, just couldn’t get past the initial negativity. So figured the rest of the review would be about the same.

    • SirAngry

      The irony is I find the game fun… if flawed. For me the thing which annoyed me the most was people building the game up to be something it clearly isn’t. It’s almost a very good game, but certain things stop that from being the case for me. A fourth and maybe 5 faction might see me more interested in the game… but the lack of factions just compounds some systemic problems for me. It’s a really good first effort though, and is way more ‘complete’ than say something like Warpath.

  • Nivanti

    I personally really like warfare and get it completely!

    The thing is its all subjective, I find infinity to complex, war machine dull and malifaux to much of a card flick. Gw games are good but just too expensive for what they are, that’s just my thought. I’m sure other players love some of the systems I’ve just listed.

    Why do I like warfare, ummm I think it’s because its simple enough to learn with enough strategic elements to keep it interesting. The miniatures are great and good value and you get to use them for tactics as well.

    A shame you don’t get it but never mind, try saga, that’s my new poison 🙂

    • SirAngry

      Everything in life is subjective. I just feel Dust Warfare is mediocre, not good, not bad, just average. I can see why people love it, and in the case of the Walker I agree they’re awesome, and I own so much of the stuff now I will play it, because whipping those walkers out onto the board is fun, because they look cool.

      It’s just I prefer other games.

  • Marauder

    I really like the core mechanics of Dust Warfare. I love the basic troops and vehicles on both sides. Scenarios are cool as are the way army lists are structured.

    I am however not a fan of most of the heroes in the game. A lot of them seem quite silly to me, and not grim and brutal like you’d expect them to be in a world that has gone to hell. I suppose I can always just use their rules as proxies for the heroes from Secrets of the Third Reich, as those heroes were much more believable.

    -Tim

    • SirAngry

      I kinda like where FFG were taking the game… but for me I have an issue with the Initiative Phase being random, and how brutally important that is. I’ve played A LOT of games of this to make sure I wasn’t playing it wrong or doing things weird. I think the sides all three of them are actually nicely balanced. Although there are some character / unit combo’s that are a bit bloody mean.

      I’ll be keeping an eye on it and I’ll play it when people ask, because I’ve got a shed load of Dust Tactics stuff, so why wouldn’t I? Just not quite what I wanted.

  • thejughead

    I left you the same message in your blog…

    Thank you for the review. I love the game, but like anything it will have flaws. You mentioned page flipping for different stats and rules. Yes this is an issue solved by the gaming community. You can download and print all the unit cards and have them right in front of you, https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/13964498/1//Dust%20Warfare%20Unit%20Cards?h=52c0b1&p=2#/

    This will solve that issue. Why it was not offered by FFG is any ones guess, but they did allow us to create them. Yay!

    • SirAngry

      That is the best fan made thing for a game ever possibly… except maybe the Devil Teams Army Builder for Infinity. That’s a God send. Should make playing the game a hell of a lot easier on my book!!! 😛

  • Art Vandelay

    Could not get past the childish condescending tone of the review.

    • SirAngry

      See everyone’s a critic!!! 😛

      Cheer up, you might find a sense of humour one day.