This is not the most positive of reviews I’m afraid as the number of mistakes contained within the Codex far outweigh the benefits. It is certainly not the review I thought I would be writing.
There are a large number of mistakes that are on this product. Granted, they can be corrected far more easily than a print version, but they should not have got through in the first place.
The timeline freezes, making you think that it has crashed, but if you wait a few seconds – hard in a time when people expect things to work straightaway. Other times it does indeed crash.
If you look at page 38, in the ‘The Final Secret’ panel, sees is spelt se.es. This sort of simple mistake would have stood out a mile if they had but cut and pasted the text into a word processor. Granted, this might not fit in with the software that they use, but this is a daft mistake to make.
Moving on, the Company Masters section contains an entire paragraph dedicated to the Vampire Counts. They are not even in the same game. How this could have got through is beyond me, and gives me the feeling that this product was rushed through, with little or no thought given to removing what appear to be space fillers.
The next section that contains such a crass mistake is the Techmarines. The section opens with the first paragraph from the Librarians section, leading the reader to have a serious sense of deja vu.
The next mistake that really stood out for me was on page 104. Now, this is going to sound pedantic, but still exemplifies how little attention has been paid to making this product as good as it can be. The title ‘Company Veteran with plasma pistol and combat shield’ lies under the ‘Combat Veteran with chainsword and plasma pistol’, and vice versa.
I won’t continue to list mistakes as 1) that’s not my job 2) I’m not getting paid to edit this and 3) I can’t be arsed to look for any further mistakes. All of these mistakes are ones that I spotted as I read through the book, I wasn’t even looking for mistakes. They’re that bad that they stood out like an Ork in a Nursery.
One section, The End is Nigh, is an interesting aspect as it signifies the end of the Warhammer 40,000 universe with the Dark Angels rushing to the aid of the Cadian sector. For someone who has been playing 40k since it came out, this is a bitter sweet story, and one that I know will never be completely closed. Humanity is moving to the year 41,000 and facing a struggle that it might – most probably won’t – survive, but this is something that will always be left open.
I love the way that every entry in the Codex: Dark Angels is inter-connected, meaning that you can press on certain symbols, or even text with the book and be taken to another entry or pop-up that explains the entry in more detail, or gives stats. This means that you don’t have to thumb through the pages of the hard-back in order to the information you need. It is literally at your finger tips.
The 360 views of some of the figures are also a great addition as it means that the reader can look at the figure from every angle and see how the painting was done. I would have liked a couple more examples, as well as a slimmed-down painting guide as that would have really made this a true resource for Dark Angels players.
The rules themselves are amazing and I feel that the Dark Angels have been given some amazing perks, and some of the most beautiful figures currently on the market.
However, the fact that there are so many errors in the sections leading up to the actual army list worries me. How can I be sure that they are correct and match the ones in the hard-back? Does the hard-back have the same amount of errors? I bloody hope not, or else Games Workshop is going to be getting a lot of returns. I doubt that this is the case however, the way that this has been put together makes me feel as though there were probably two files of text being worked on, with this one being worked on the least.
I also think that there should have been some form of army roster that would allow you to either print off and write one, or populate from within the Codex: Dark Angels as you created your army. Copyright Matthew Sylvester on that idea by the way!
If I was going to give this a mark out of 5, I’d have to give it 3. Is it good value for money? No, far too many stupid mistakes. Is it a step in the right direction? Undoubtedly so, and I truly believe that it heralds a golden age of gaming. If they can get it right that is. I look forward to an update in the very near future, as it’s impossible to get a refund.