Excerpt: In the future there is only WAR! Welcome to the realm of Warhammer 40K . Space Hulk was originally a board game based in this universe, and now it is getting a proper port-to-PC treatment thanks to developer Full Control.
Pros: A faithful port of an atmospheric and tactically rich board game, the title showcases excellent graphics and sound that really add to the experience. Play is tense and thrilling whether you’re doing it solo, or against other humans in hotseat or asynchronous modes.
Cons: Clearly a rushed port of the PC version, it feels more like you’re controlling the game with a mouse than a touchscreen. The tutorial neglects an important rule and there are some minor stability issues.
Excerpt: The story at the core of Space Hulk is simple: Space Marines, the Emperor’s finest fighting force, board one of the big derelict ships floating through space and are quickly locked in a close quarter battle with the Genestealers, the advanced guard of the Tyranid alien invaders.
Pros: + Tension filled tactical battles, + Faithful to the setting
Cons: - Multiplayer takes too long, - Some graphics glitches, - Can feel unfair because of some weird dice rolls
Conclusion: While I feel that the developers have done little to actually add to the game there is one thing that is worthy of note. When you move one of your space marines through these tiny passageways you are given their perspective. It helps with immersion I feel.
Pros: Faithful to the original board game., Mounted cam effect helps with realism.
Cons: Ugly kill animations., Does not allow you create your own levels/content., Does not feel finished.
Conclusion: Ultimately, Space Hulk is a fine game, a pleasant diversion. I rarely wanted to play more than one mission at a time, but I was also happy to return after a few hours. I’m have to doubt that there's much replay value to the 12 campaign missions, though multiplayer will extend their life...
Pros: Tense atmosphere, Strong multiplayer, Good art
Summary: +++++++++++++++INCOMING TRANSMISSION+++++++++++++ Space Hulk is a video game adaptation of the classic board game and a remake of a much older video game. Its announcement generated quite a buzz, as both the board game and the original video game were cult classics among the 40k crowd.
Summary: Adapting a board game for the PC is a tough task. Developers are faced with two big questions. Do we play it straight and narrow and just port the basic game? Or do we take advantage of all that the computer has to offer and rev things up with glitzy graphics and new features?
Pros: Design is true to the original Space Hulk board game, Great tactical depth due to the smart core rules system, Tense and absorbing mission design
Cons: Very slow moving with unskippable animations, Rules overly dependent on limited movement and attack options, Second-rate production values, Limited multiplayer options
Conclusion: Full Control have done a very faithful recreation of the board game, and with a few tweaks it could have been fairly decent. If they'd have dared to step outside of the restrictions of the original it could have been even better. It still is a fun game, but it is very rough around the edges.