As a child, my grandfather once told me that a part of growing up is acquiring the ability to admit when you’re wrong. I wanted to preface this review by stating that, during one of the cutaway shots that you’re about to see, I was wrong. Units can not pivot without using an action. Matt was correct… but he’s still a bastard. What? My grandfather never said that I had to be nice about it.
With that little indiscretion out of the way, Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel (CoH:SoS) is a very enthralling wargame that succeeds in ways that many wargames do not. Like most games of it’s kind, CoH:SoS does include a significant rulebook, which does involve a considerable learning curve. However, it strikes a very comfortable balance between providing a deep war gaming experience, while still remaining accessible and fun for a demographic that may not typically be into playing meatier war games.
Being that we received our copy of the game directly from the designer (Uwe Eickert), we were initially concerned about the possibility that we wouldn’t enjoy this new edition to the Conflict of Heroes library – and ultimately have to disappoint with a scathing review. Thankfully, once the dice started rolling, we found ourselves engaged by the amount of intuitive complexity and ease of turn progression, that any worries were quickly tossed aside. All in all, Matt and I had a great time playing CoH:SoS, and we expect that it will see a considerable amount of table time this holiday season.
Without further ado, I present you with our review of Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel by: Academy Games.
Review Cast: Nicholas Cassidy and Matthew Falk.
Filmed / Edited By: Ashly Simmons
Production Notes: For this review, we have incorporated two camera production, increased the color saturation of the footage, and as mentioned, streamlined the review criteria by merging the presentation section into craftsmanship. Let us know what you think!
Craftsmanship: 4 / 5
Accessibility: 3 / 5
Gameplay: 4.5 / 5
Replayability: 4 / 5
Final Verdict: Buy it! – Especially if you’re a wargamer or are interested in wargaming.
Other CoH: Storms of Steel reviews that we enjoyed:
“[Video Overview] Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943“ By: Joe Steadman
“ Initial Impressions and Comparison to Awakening The Bear“ By: James Palmer