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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...
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.
Excerpt: In the year 40,000, mankind’s empire stretches across known space. Countless worlds, we are told, have come under the emperor’s protection, and presumably the vast majority of them are doing perfectly well, thank you very much. I wouldn’t know, though, as I’ve never seen a peaceful world depicted at any time, in any of the vast amount of lore that has been created for Warhammer 40K, undoubtedly one of the richest sci-fi settings there is.
Pros: Immersive, Captures the 40K feel, Balanced progression
Excerpt: If you're a Warhammer 40K fan, you've dreamed of taking up a chainsword and carving Orks into bloody chunks of flesh and bone. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine plants you in the heavy boots of an Ultramarine and lets you do just that. The viscera fly in this third-person shooter/melee hybrid. They stain the ground and splash against your screen, yet the brainless hordes continue their assault, crying out their familiar "waaagh!" before presenting themselves for slaughter.
Pros: Captures the brutality of the Warhammer 40K universe, Entertaining mix of shooting and melee action, It's fun to don a jump pack and stomp on Orks
Cons: The mindless slaughter lacks variety, Dull story, dull characters, Lame final boss
Conclusion: Warhammer 40k: Space Marine may be a massive departure from previous games in the franchise, and while it is far from original it still provides some seriously satisfying combat and set peices. Whether it will appeal to die hard fans remains to be seen but if you enjoy fast paced shooters with a sci-fi story, melee combat that is intense and gory and you won’t have access to Gears of War 3 this summer, then Space Marines is definitely worth a look.