Gamers aren't, it must be said, about to run short on games about space marines. There's a world of difference, however, between space marines and Space Marines, arguably the original armoured warriors fighting out in the black of space. And, while Marcus Fenix et al might be pretty tough guys, the Space Marines from Games Workshop's insanely popular Warhammer 40K universe are nothing short of super-human. Genetically modified, put through psycho-chemical conditioning and dragged through years of rigorous training that would kill any of us mere mortals, these guys are hard of nails.
While we've seen them in plenty of strategy games, this is the first time gamers have been able to step directly into the boots of the Space Marines for action-based combat.
Set on an Imperial Forge World, these planets are covered with machinery whose sole purpose is to feed the war-machine of the Imperium forces. The world was guarded by the Imperial Guard who fell against a horde of Orks who are intent on capturing the planet for their own devices.
With the Imperial Fleet three days away, it falls on a nearby battalion of Ultra Marines to act as shock troops to prepare the way for the Imperial Fleet. The player takes on the role of Captain Titus who leads a squad of marines onto the planet in order to secure it.
The game controls in a way that reflects the offence based tactics used by the space marines found in the WH40K universe. Charging in head long is the order of the day with over the top melee and ranged weapons being the tools at the players disposal.
Combat is not complex, with the one button/sequence of blows mechanic being prevalent. There are times however that a brutal take down can be initiated, resulting in a very satisfying, if somewhat gory and grisly end to the player's foe.
So, never mind all those pretenders. It's time to take one of the original Space Marines out for a spin.
Warhammer Space Marine is a loveletter to the Warhammer Universe. Step into the powerful shoes of a Space Marine, wield your chainsaw and your assault rifle and wage war against the Orks. The game blends third person shooting and melee combat, and a fast-paced, in-your-face campaign which will have you coming back for more. Mixed in with a well balanced multiplayer component, this game is a complete package.