Necromunda: Underhive Wars, the tactical RPG adaptation of Games Workshop’s legendary tabletop game, comes to Xbox One today. Before you hurl yourself into the brutal gang wars of the Underhive’s endless halls, factories, and slums, here are 8 tips you should keep in mind to help you crush the competition and rise to the top.
1 – Jump into the campaign to learn the ropes
Learn the ins and outs of destroying your enemy through the 15-mission story campaign. You’ll be introduced to all core game mechanics and the three playable gangs, along with their strengths, perks, and more at your own pace. You’ll get your fair share of allegiances, backstabbing, and utter bloody carnage as well, courtesy of Necromunda-veteran and Underhive Wars writer, Andy Chambers.
2 – Take full advantage of the gridless Movement System
Before you rush off and get ambushed by an Orlock, chopped up by an Escher, or squashed by a Goliath around a corner, consider where you’re going. Thanks to its gridless movement system, Necromunda: Underhive Wars gives you considerable freedom in where you go, how you go there, and the precision of your positioning.
3 – Use the Underhive’s environment to your advantage
The Underhive is a huge and inhospitable place, full of deadly traps and hazards. Use them to gain an edge over the enemy. Lure foes into deadly gas vents before ziplining to safety, or make use of barricades to make your gangers harder to hit… The possibilities are endless, so always look out for interactive objects, natural choke points as well as cover opportunities, and make the most of them.
4 – Secure the high ground whenever possible
In Necromunda, reaching the top is both a figurative and literal goal. High ground grants you significant bonuses to both ranged accuracy and resistance. Some skills also require gangers to be more elevated than their target to be usable. Once you’re up there, you’ll want to defend your advantage and prevent the enemy from reaching you, by using tools like the stances described next.
5 – Controlling enemy movements: Overwatch and Ambush
On their turn, your gangers can adopt defensive stances like Overwatch and Ambush. This will cause them to automatically attack moving enemies that might later come into melee or firing range. Foes caught off-guard by these will also be interrupted, forced to lock the movement points previously allocated to get them to their current position – a very efficient way to make sure your opponent has to commit to a position where you have the advantage.
6 – Special Weapon Skills
Make sure to make full use of your special weapon skills, such as Trick Shot, Heavy Barrage, and Aimed Shot. These will let you take down several enemies, cover a large area with a hail of bullets, and cause debuffs and massive damage to priority targets. Also keep your gang’s particular perks in mind, changing your gameplay to suit their strengths. Escher, for instance, will cause extra poison damage in melee combat, further weakening their opponents.
7 – Sabotage & Tinker
The Saboteur and Lay Mechanic classes can turn the machines and hazards of the Underhive to their will. Sabotage an interactable object to make it ineffective or dangerous to unsuspecting enemies, or repair it with Tinker skill. Control over interactables like elevators, ziplines and health dispensers adds another layer of tactics to the battlefield, so make sure you don’t overlook them.
8 – Upgrade and Synergize your Fighters
Your gang is yours to mold to your needs. Start by recruiting a leader, then customize the loadouts of your gang’s 15 fighters down to the smallest detail, choosing the way you want to fight. Prioritize complementary skills and passive abilities, as your forces rank-up and grow in power, choosing from 5 distinct fighter careers as well as numerous weapons, armour pieces and consumables. As your gangers develop, they will also gain injuries and various natural talents, which you’ll also need to manage in order to build the right team to complete your objectives.
We hope these tips will help you in your many upcoming battles for survival and domination of the Underhive. Pick your gang, recruit fighters, customize them, and then lead your forces to brutal and endless gang conflict on Xbox One.
Welcome to Necromunda. Welcome to the Underhive Wars.
Necromunda: Underhive Wars