Warhammer 40000: Space Marine
Game review on PC
Eamon Ward / Thu 20th Apr 2017
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OVERVIEW Following the immense success of Relic's Dawn of War franchise, the next logical step was to release a third person shooter with heavy hack and slash element, naturally, that's the best way to go. And you know what? Despite how strange it may seem, Space Marine is probably the best Warhammer 40000 game to date.
The forgeworld Graia, a manufactorum for the Imperium of Man, is under attack by a horde of Ork. Millions of green-skinned aliens ravage the surface of the planet and the Imperial Guard garrison have all but fallen.
Enter Captain Titus, followed by Sergeant Sidonus and Leandros, fellow Ultramarines. Upon making planetfall they begin the messy work of clearing the alien threat and soon uncover a more sinister threat.
It's not the most original story around but it's certainly entertaining, as are its characters. Titus himself is voiced by Mark Strong and he brings a truly cinematic feel to every line he speaks. Sidonus and Leandros are equally distinct, as is the rest of the cast.
Space Marine brings a decent plot, great characters and some truly cinematic set pieces.
Blast your way through a variety of increasingly angry green aliens, cut through your foes with a number of brutal weapons and destroy anything that stands in your way. Space Marine is perfectly refined. Melee combat is unflinchingly violent and brutally satisfying. Bolter weapons knock down Orks with ease, melta-guns disintegrate anything in front of them and explosives tear their targets apart.
To stay alive you must close with your foe to execute them, decapitation, bisection and evisceration are all on the table and it brings a manic, frenetic beauty to what would otherwise be a fairly standard shooter.
GRAPHICS While it's visuals haven't aged all that well since 2011, Space Marine remains a good looking game. While it's nothing particularly unique, nor is it stunning in any way, it's easy to read and does its job.
AUDIO Relic once again nails the audio in this game. Voice acting, weapon effects and a great score combine to create what is one of the more cinematic games around.
VERDICT If you like third person shooters, hack and slash action games or the Warhammer 40000 universe, you've probably played Space Marine already, and if you haven't, what are you waiting for?! Pick up a copy and play it through, you're bound to have a good time.