Friday, 30 September 2011

Game Review: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Game Review: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Released by THQ
Platform: PS3
A video game starring the awesome character Mark Strong is never something to be sniffed at.
And so it is with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.
Strong stars as Captain Titus, leader of the elite fighting force, The Ultramarines. He and his troops are called in to help fight off the menace of a marauding Ork force - and pretty soon, the troops (and by extension, you) are engaged in a battle of brutal force.
I'd like to give you more of a plot here but to be honest, while there's a simple one at play, there's little else to the game except fighting off hordes of slavering, slobbering orks - who either shoot or hack at you.
Essentially though, this third person shooter will rise or fall on whether you enjoy this kind of gameplay; sure, there's plenty of fun to be had from simply massacring everything around you with either a gun or an array of chainsaws but there are some frustrations too.
That initial rush of killing joy soon begins to wear off as you realise that's predominantly what the game has on offer and the fact you are unable to deviate from the route mapped out for Titus and explore the world, means in some ways you are trapped.
Conversely though, that's outweighed by the fact there are some nifty weapons (combat knife, bolt pistols) on show and you need to use smarts to progress through levels rather than just killing everything in sight.
Strong adds a degree of credibility to the game with his voice over and some of the cut scenes are almost cinematic in scope - but at the end of the day, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is fun to play if you're willing to leave your brain off and simply go on a spree of violence.

Rating: 7/10

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