Warhammer 40000: Space Marine
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"Developer Relic Entertainment does the 40k franchise justice, telling a great Warhammer story that's enjoyable whether or not you're familiar with the world." - IGN.com
"Space Marine is a terrific title, and proof that Relic's expertise can extend far past the RTS genre they've already conquered." - Joystiq.com
Step into the armor of a relentless Space Marine and use a combination of lethal and deadly weapons to crush overwhelming alien forces. Immerse yourself in an intense and brutally violent world based on the richest science fiction fantasy ever created.
In Warhammer® 40,000® Space Marine® you are Captain Titus, a Space Marine of the Ultramarines chapter and a seasoned veteran of countless battles.
A millions-strong Ork horde has invaded an Imperial Forge World, one of the planet-sized factories where the war machines for humanity’s never ending battle for survival are created. Losing this planet is not an option, but a darker and far more evil threat is lurking large in the shadows of this world.
With an Imperial liberation fleet en-route, the Ultramarines are sent in to hold key locations until reinforcements arrive. Captain Titus and a squad of Ultramarine veterans use bolter and chainsword to take the fight to the enemies of mankind.
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-caliber 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 armor to customize the Devastator, Assault, and Tactical Marine classes.
Single player is worthwhileMaverickZero | May 1, 2014 | See all MaverickZero's reviews »
Good game especially the single player part. The co-op gameplay is okay but nothing special (spams countless mobs to zerg rush you). The PvP is broken. No balance and insta-deaths all over the place. Weapons are far too powerful but there's some weapons beyond extremely powerful (1 hit kills). The online population is very slim so don't buy it for online modes only.
Gears of War in the Warhammer atmosphere.sergebelanger22 | Feb. 27, 2014 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »
Warhammer 40000: Space Marine is the first game, as far as I know, that is not a RTS in the Warhammer universe. It is a 3rd person shooter, very similar to Gears of War.
At the very beginning of the game, you have only your bolter and a melee weapon. After that, you gain the ability to equip with 2 more weapons for a total of 4. As you continue your progress, you get better equipment. There are not many though.
Through the entire game, you will fight orcs. A lot of orcs. You will kill thousands of them. Near the end, you have to fight a different race, but I will not make spoiler here.
The game is filled with crash. I played around 8-10 hours, and around every hours I had a crash to desktop. Hopefully, the game saves quite often so I did not have to replay a big section of the game.
Also, when you are in boss fights or where there are a lot of dead bodies, you always get stuck in them when moving around. This happens a lot and it is very frustrating because you can get stuck near a box and a body for example, and then an enemy come and hit you in the face, and you cannot move. So, either you die trying to escape or try to kill him even if you know that you will die if you do not have have enough power remaining.
These are the 2 major issues that I encountered in the game. Other than that, the game is very cool. The story is good, even the end is nice. The controls are easy to learn, the same as in Gears.
There are few hidden objects that tell you a little more about the story but not much. You are always take by the hand through the entire game, so you will always know where to go. You will also use a lot of switches. Use the switch to open a door, grab some ammo, use another switch, run through an empty room, use another switch... You get the twist.
Globally, this is a good start for Warhammer in the 3rd person shooters world, however there are several issues to fix before I can say that this is an excellent game. Hopefully we will see some more coming, even if THQ is now dead. RIP.
A must have for any Warhammer fanPanopticat | Dec. 24, 2013 | See all Panopticat's reviews »
Space marine is a satisfyingly brutal action game. The weapons are all satisfying to use and the levels are very detailed if a bit linear. Very few games make mowing down hordes of enemies as visceral as this one. From hacking apart Orks with your power axe to mowing down the legions of Chaos with your Storm Bolter, the campaign makes you really feel like a walking tank of a Super Soldier. The game has a small but dedicated multiplayer community. Annihilation (deathmatch) is probably the most popular. The matchmaking does suffer from a few lag issues, but it does not detract much from this very fun action game.
Feel like an Adeptus AstartesEDUSAN | Nov. 21, 2013 | See all EDUSAN's reviews »
If there is something that this game makes right, is to make you feel like a war machine, a Space Marine. Even though the game story is bland (but very much what you should expect from a Warhammer 40k story) and the game gets repetitive after some time, this game succeded in making you feel POWERFUL. The weapons look devastating and sound capable of doing the Massacre that will be left after your character passes by. The game brutality fits Warhammer like a glove and the combat feels satisfying. Killing Orks has never been so fun! The graphics are not astonishing but they are quite good, and the requisites to be able to play it decently are low
Great for 40K fans, but by no means a perfect game.bewilderedronin | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all bewilderedronin's reviews »
Despite what may seem like a limited combat system, the fights are actually rather difficult and challenging. The game itself is fairly shallow, but it does such a wonderful job of rendering an in-your-face representation of WH:40k's universe that its limitations are easily forgotten by those enamored to the franchise. The emblems, the armor for multiplayer, the over-the-top gore and mayhem, it's all implemented so lovingly and so richly detailed.
The sound is epic on all levels. The music is comprised of vibrant orchestral arrangements that swell and the hearty report of the storm bolter provides a a pleasingly deep "thud" against the music's rich tapestry, as the laments of orks being split apart by your chainsword fill the background. Again, all of the little details are rendered so lovingly that it everything just feels "right." The music and sound effects are so very engrossing and they help to deliver a splendidly immersive experience.
Hack 'n' Slash purists might find the game's fighting mechanics lacking. It really is more of a "fanservice" kind of game than one of excellence in its chosen genre. There is a combo system, but if you're thinking, "Devil May Cry," then you will be disappointed.
A Space Marine is a toweringly large man in impossibly huge armor, and the gameplay reflects that. Your moves deliver death, straight and true, but they need to be executed more methodically calculated than in a hurried, button-mashing and spamming fashion. You can roll, and this will be very important later on in the game and in the harder difficulties, where you will need to be wise in where you strike, and then roll off to safety.
While the combat is certainly shallow in its mechanics, it is still done in a way that is surprisingly skillful. It's not punishingly simple, it's simplicity serves as a challenge, and there are no instances where you are invulnerable due to animations. If you think it wise to go through a lengthy chansword sequence surrounded by orks, you will likely be brought down by the horde as you execute your single victim. In many ways, the combat is much more about deft crowd-management than about getting ultra-high combo counts.
Multiplayer is rather cookie-cutter: Capture Point, King of The Hill, Team Deathmatch, and Free For All Deathmatch round it out. It's fun, but nothing to keep you interested in the long term. There is a fun "Horde" mode, but unlocks are VS only, so if you want to level up and get that sweet gear, you're forced to do multiplayer. There's still a small amount of people that play, but the scene can be rather rough as most of the longterm players know all the good hiding spots. Still, to help level the playing field, you can choose to equip the loadout of the person that killed you, regardless of whether you have the skills unlocked yet or not. This helps to level the playing field a bit, but most matches still come down to who knows the maps the best.
If you love 40K and you like Hack 'n' Slash games, you'll most likely love this game. Just in case, give the demo a try and see for yourself.
My armour is Contempt. My shield is Disgust. My sword is Hatred. In the Emperor's Name, Let none survive.