I’ve been writing about V-Commandos on this web site for over 5 years now. The WW2 techniques sport, and its a number of expansions, are a number of the greatest expressions of stealth in all of board gaming, and for these 5 years it has remained one in all my most-played co-op experiences.
In 2022, although, it’s time for some adjustments. For one, the sport is now not referred to as V-Commandos. Authorized wrangling with the house owners of the Commandos sequence of video video games have made positive of that. The sport, and its expansions, are actually often called V-Sabotage.
Extra importantly, 2022 can be the yr the sport lastly received a much-deserved glow-up. See, for all the fun to be present in taking part in the sport—and I actually can not stress sufficient how good it’s—it was at all times slightly primary, with easy artwork and tokens that had been purposeful, but in addition a bit drab, and laborious to make out from throughout the desk.
Now, because of some improve packs, the sport has a ton of wonderful plastic miniatures representing every character, enemy and even choose items of kit in beautiful element. It additionally has new participant playing cards, that includes new artwork that provides every of the sport’s heroes a stylistic refresh.
Having lastly taken these miniature upgrades for a spin final week, one in all my important takeaways is that this doesn’t change how the sport performs one bit. What it does do is make an enormous enchancment to the general expertise, in addition to your high quality of life whereas taking up a mission. Other than wanting unbelievable, having every participant and enemy (and alarm, door, machine gun nest, remote-control tank and barrel of poison fuel) represented in 3D makes scanning the desk and planning methods a lot simpler, since beforehand you’d need to scan the entire thing repeatedly simply to recollect what was the place. It additionally received simple to overlook sure issues on larger missions when all the pieces, from people to gadgets, was represented by a flat little cardboard token.
Additionally as anybody who has been round Kickstarter for the final 5 years will know, plastic miniatures are simply extra enjoyable to make use of. Whether or not it’s as a result of it harks again to our childhoods or as a result of they’re tangible, scaled, practical variations of the issues we’re purported to be really utilizing within the sport (or each!), it’s often higher to be taking part in a sport with miniatures than with out.
The unfavourable penalties of this love for miniatures on sport design, manufacturing and delivery prices is one other story for one more time, after all, although a few of these impacts can nonetheless be felt right here; the miniature enlargement for the core sport prices greater than the core sport itself, and in the event you’ve received or need V-Sabotage’s expansions, after which their miniatures as effectively, then the associated fee blowout goes to be huge.
Is that going to be value it for somebody entering into the sport now? I don’t know, that will depend on how a lot cash you make, how lengthy you’re going to play the sport and every kind of different components which are reminding me whereas I sort this as to why our opinions by no means point out the idea of “worth”!
Personally talking, although, as somebody who has performed this sport numerous occasions with mates over a five-year timeframe, sufficient occasions that it’s now one in all their favorite video games as effectively, the addition of miniatures has actually elevated the entire expertise for me. I’m usually fairly dismissive of the present frenzy for plastic minis in board video games (see my factors above!), however this can be a uncommon case the place, having performed the sport first with out them, I can say it’s undoubtedly higher with them.
Which sounds…superficial, however then isn’t half the explanation folks favor to play board video games in 2022 these type of tactile delights?