Reviews and Problems with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
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Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
2 September 2013
Summary: Warhammer 40,000, the tabletop game in which sci-fi depictions of fantasy creatures battle it out in a grim, perpetually violent future, lends itself well to the world of videogames. In fact, one can be quite certain it's inspired a fair few. Games Workshop's universe of battle-hardened space marines, reality-warping daemons and gruesome aliens makes for the perfect game fodder, and while we've seen some solid 40K titles in the past, none have truly ventured into the...
Excerpt: Ever since author Robert Heinlein introduced the idea of power-armored soldiers fighting off hordes of murderous aliens with nothing on their minds but guts, glory, and country in Starship Troopers , the space marine has been a fixture in science fiction for decades, spanning multiple mediums.
Conclusion: A powerful ork warboss named Grimskull has seen fit to lead his horde of orks to an imperial forge world, an entire planet dedicated to manufacturing the Imperium’s weapons of war. The Imperial Guard tasked with defending the planet are quickly being overrun. With a Liberation fleet light years away and still being mobilized, time is running short for the planet’s defenders. It is thus up to a small squad of Ultramarines to contain the xenos threat.
Pros: Addictive, fun single player with a compelling story. You won’t get tired of killing orks.
Cons: Slightly repetitive. Not enough multiplayer game modes to maintain interest.
Conclusion: In a year of big-hitters, Space Marine is one hell of a surprise. The single-player campaign is meaty and full of confidence, backed up by a multiplayer realm that adds to the game's longevity. Many would have shrugged it off in a month that sees Gears of War come to an end, but there is room for Relic's love letter to Warhammer players.
Conclusion: It could use some fine tuning but it's a great first entry for the series and I can't wait to see where things go. The campaign could give more of a reason to come back but you'll be hard-pressed to find a better multiplayer game out there.