Monday, 12 September 2011

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Space Marine - THQ

Release Date: 09/09/12


In Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine you are Captain Titus of the Ultramarines, humanity's last hope for survival in a war-ridden future. Step into the armour of this superhuman warrior and use a lethal combination of deadly weapons to crush overwhelming alien forces. Fight against the savage Orks and the unholy forces of Chaos in a brutally violent world based on the richest science fiction fantasy ever created.

Storm Into Battle – Step fearlessly into the heart of combat as an unstoppable Space Marine. Never hide, never cower, just purge all that stand in your way.

Unleash Visible Violent Death – Using an innovative new combat system, switch seamlessly from high-calibre ranged weapons to devastating close-combat strikes. Taking out an enemy has never been so satisfying.

Experience the dark future of Warhammer 40,000 – Jump into a rich universe of awe-inspiring landscapes, deadly enemies, immense battles and ruthless annihilation.

Take the Battle Online – Form your own Space Marine squad or Chaos Space Marine warband and face off in 8 vs 8 online matches. Gain experience and unlock new weapons and armour to customize the Devastator, Assault, and Tactical Marine classes.


For years fans of the Warhammer 40K world have been entertained with table top battles, a multitude of books and of course the odd game for the PC well now, Warhammer 40K has arrived on the console and to be honest it’s a game that’s been years in the making.

Whilst this game does have a Gears of War feel (and let’s face it that’s hardly a surprise) what it does well is give the reader a good solid story and a multitude of battles to fight their way through to various goals, the save points are numerous and allow you to make the most of each level and with hidden audio files to find (servo skulls) it means that you’ll spend time looking through all the graphically impressive backgrounds. Add to this an armoury of weapons from hand to hand like Chain Swords, Power Axes and of course the Power Hammer and the reader is in for a real treat, gun fans won’t feel under done with classic plasmas, lascannons and of course the much coveted Storm Bolter.

Yet for all this there are some failings, first of all the game has one setting, that’s all out charge, you can’t take cover and snipe, you have to pray to the Emperor as you hack slash and fire your way through the ranks originally of Orks and then Chaos Marines, there’s no real chance for strategy or to line up the tactics that have been prevalent throughout the series within. Should another game be in the making I’d suggest this as an addition.

Add to this that you need online access to get the most from the additional features (as you fight your way up the ranks against friends with your own squad) as well as unlocking additional armour and weapons and it’s something that many fans will be upset with as the chance to have split screen one on one battles aren’t there. Finally the last disappointing status is the relative short gameplay, which whilst the graphics are stunning and the vocal talent decent it lasts around 12 hours which sadly at full price will leave you feeling a little short changed.

Which, when everything considered at the time of year release with it coming out towards the Christmas rush will leave it facing off against titles such as Batman Arkham City, Gears of War 3 as well as Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood could leave this a little lower on the priority list. A great shame to be honest.

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