Is War Mongrels, Worth Playing?
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War Mongrels is an M-Rated title, and this review may contain screenshots that some readers may find offensive/disturbing.

War Mongrels joins the small but growing list of titles that had a terrible launch but later became some of the best games in their respective genres due to the developers’ determination to do right by their community; Bravo Destructive Creation, Bravo!

The Lowdown.

Product Details
Genre: Real Time Tactics
Developer: Destructive Creations
Publisher: Destructive Creations
Price: $44.99
Release Date: 19 October 2021
Supported Modes:

Dynamic Combat Mode.

While War Mongrels is a very nice looking Desperados-like, and after almost 18 months of extra development, is a mechanically sound and content-rich game, there is only one thing that sets it apart from other games in the genre, and that is the ability to take direct control over your squad and engage in isometric action combat.

While I love RTT games and sneaking around as much as anyone else, being able to take direct control over a character or group of characters and engage in combat with the enemy feels fantastic. I would love to see other games in the genre adopt a similar mechanic going forward.

Is War Mongrels, Worth Playing? 1

Terrible Launch.

At launch, War Mongrels felt like a bad early access title; despite being marketed and released as a fully developed product, many (myself included) felt we had been lied to, and most developers would have walked away from the mess that was War Mongrels. However, Destructive Creations showed remarkable maturity, and not only apologized for the state of War Mongrels took a fine tooth comb to it, fixing over 500 bugs and incorporating quality-of-life improvements and comprehensive controller support in response to user feedback.

And the result of their hard work is that War Mongrels is not only no longer a terrible game but adversely it is one of the best Real Time Tactic games on the market. I would love to see Destructive Creations release another title in the genre, applying the knowledge and experience they earned the hard way due to War Mongrels’ terrible launch and brilliant rise from the ashes.

Is War Mongrels, Worth Playing? 3

Two-Player Co-Op Mode.

War Mongrels is one of the only RTT games and the only Desperados-like RTT game to feature an online cooperative mode. Unfortunately, it does not support cross-play or party invites. As a result, the community almost ignores the feature, making finding open lobbies impossible for players looking to meet new people to play with.

Is War Mongrels, Worth Playing? 14

Excellent Voice Acting.

While War Mongrels is an AA title, it has AAA-quality voice acting, which helps to immerse the player in the excellent narrative and add a sense of gravity and emotion to certain missions and encounters, that would otherwise have been less impactful with poor or no voice acting.

Is War Mongrels, Worth Playing? 13


War Mongrels looks and plays like a more action-focused Desperado’s game. While Mimimi Games are likely to remain the kings of the genre if Destructive Creations can release more games like War Mongrels is right now, they have a chance to share the throne, if not claim it entirely.

Is War Mongrels better than Desperados III? No, but it’s equally good, and both titles have something to offer the genre.

Is War Mongrels, Worth Playing? 19

Edgy Developer.

I must preface this by saying I am not the biggest fan of War Mongrel’s developer Destructive Creations. I find them to be needlessly edgy, and their game Hatred is the perfect example of a game that is frankly sick, and to think that some people have chosen to buy and play it, let alone any developer decided it was a good idea to make, is baffling.

However, in recent years they have started to “grow up” and understand that a PEGI 18 title doesn’t have to be focused on slaughtering innocent civilians for fun. While Ancestors Legacy was pretty dark and violent, it’s a drastic improvement over Hatred. This trend continues to this day, with War Mongrels being on par for most PEGI 18 titles, with a greater emphasis on narrative quality over shock value, which Hatred was known for.

Don’t get me wrong, War Mongrels is set during one of the darkest periods of human history and addresses some pretty dark topics; however, it does so in a tasteful way, and because of this, I have no issue not only covering War Mongrels but recommending it to fans of the RTT genre.

Is War Mongrels, Worth Playing? 9

War Mongrels FAQ

War Mongrels is a real time tactics video game developed and published by Destructive Creations, it was released on 19 October 2021 and retails for $44.99.

Platform Availability.

War Mongrels is available on the following platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Is War Mongrels Dead?

War Mongrels is pretty much dead on all platforms, and I have yet to see even a single game in the server browser; however, that is likely due to most RTT fans preferring to play solo, unlike RTS fans, which are pretty much evenly split between single player and multiplayer enthusiasts.

How Many People Play War Mongrels?

While we don’t know how many people play on console, the Steam community peaks at around 35 concurrent players each day; however, the vast majority of these players are playing solo, and even at peak hours, it’s almost impossible to find an open game in the server browser.

How Long Does War Mongrels Take to Complete?

On average War Mongrels takes between 20 and 35 hours to complete.

  • Main Story: 20 Hours.
  • Main + Side Quests: 30 Hours.
  • Completionist: 35 Hours.

Estimated completion times are derived from various sources and may vary based on the skill level of each player.

Is Cross-Platform Multiplayer Supported?

War Mongrels does not support cross-platform multiplayer.

Is There Group Finding/Matchmaking Support?

War Mongrels offers the following matchmaking options:

  • Server Browser

What Peripherals Are Supported?

The following peripherals are officially supported:

  • Console - Controller.
  • PC - Controller.
  • PC - Mouse and Keyboard.

Is There Any Mature Content?

War Mongrels is rated PEGI 18+ and contains the following:

  • Bad Language
  • Mature Themes
  • Violence

Final Verdict.

War Mongrels had an appalling launch, and for much of the first year of its life, it was one of the lowest-rated titles I had ever reviewed.

However, I am happy to say the developers have managed to turn it around, and War Mongrels in 2023 is far from the broken mess that shipped at launch. Because of this, I can now heartily recommend it not only to fans of the genre but also fans of WWII-era games in general.

Is War Mongrels Worth Playing In 2024?

Honest Video Game Reviews has given "War Mongrels" a rating of 9/10, indicating that it is near perfect and suffers only minor flaws, and the average gamer will enjoy it immensely.

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