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Boltgun: Forges of Corruption is a must-have for fans of the retro shooter

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If you’re a Warhammer 40,000 fan, you’ve surely picked up Boltgun, last year’s retro shooter by Auroch Digital. If not, what are you waiting for? It’s an absolute treat; a gory delight that we called “bloody good fun” in our review. Now it’s just got even better, too, with the arrival of an expansion called Forges of Corruption.

Costing just £4.99/$5.99, Forges of Corruption adds a new five-level campaign to Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun for players to make their way through. Like in the main game these are pretty expansive levels, too, filled with hordes of enemies for you to literally obliterate with a formidable arsenal.

What really makes Forges of Corruption essential, however, is the fact that it feels so fresh. You’re not just retreading old ground in those new levels, for example, you’re actually visiting new locations such as the inside of a Manufactorum and the Graia Battlefields. And while many of the enemies you battle there will be familiar, there are some new adversaries to face off against, too, including a fearsome Lightning Claw-equipped Terminator.

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Add in a couple of new weapons to bolster your loadout to even more obscene proportions, and you’re in for a good time as you perforate, chainsaw, cook and explode all those who stand in your path. Mind you, the Forges of Corruption expansion isn’t a cakewalk, even on its easiest difficulty: some of the encounters here are truly fiendish, throwing many powerful enemies at you once. Fail to keep on the move and aim true, and you’ll soon fail your mission.

The truth is, you don’t need to buy Forges of Corruption to make going back to Boltgun worthwhile though. A new, and more importantly free, update has just been released for the game, adding numerous quality of life improvements as well as a new Horde Mode. There’s only one map, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun seeing how many waves of enemies you can overcome before it all gets too much.

So, if you own Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, now’s the time to revisit it, and maybe buy the Forges of Corruption expansion for more gory action. And if not; well, it might be finally time to jump in. Even if you’re not much of a Warhammer 40,000 fan, there’s a lot to love about this ’90s-styled retro shooter.

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun – Forges of Corruption is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

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