"WE ARE THE VANGUARD OF HONOUR. THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE BLOOD ANGELS. WE BRING DEATH." The legendary Space Hulk returns to Windows PC, Mac and Linux in this epic turn based strategy game. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, an intriguing story of legendary battles and heroic actions unfolds.
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Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

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November 12, 2014

Space Hulk: Ascension Edition Now Live on Steam



Forward to Victory - Space Hulk: Ascension Edition Available Now for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam

Over 100 challenging levels, New Powerful Enemies, Reworked Mechanics and New RPG Elements Make Ascension a Unique Edition of Space Hulk.

We have added a 10% launch discount, as we had a very short pre-order period. The discount will stack with the 15% loyalty discount that's active for owning Space Hulk here on Steam. So be sure to grab a copy within the week if you want to take advantage of this offer.

Steam Store Page for Space Hulk: Ascension Edition

Features for Space Hulk: Ascension Edition include:

  • Huge Amounts of Content - 103 unique missions spread out across 3 campaign chapters
  • New Enemies - new Genestealer variations for you to face in the depths of the Space Hulk.
  • New Mechanics - a complete reworking of the board game rules and mechanics. It’s still the Space Hulk game you love, reimagined for a new experience.
  • Customisation - RPG-style skill progression and player squad management allow you to create your own tailor-made team of hardened veterans
  • New weapons, more complex maps, combi-weapons and flash missions.
  • 10 times the amount of content of the original game, with a playtime of 50 - 100 hours.

We also created a collection of mini videos to show off some of the main features of Space Hulk:Ascension Edition. Check them out!

Space Hulk: Ascension Edition Feature Coverage

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Reviews

“I really think they’ve nailed it – both the strategy and the feel, retaining what makes Space Hulk Space Hulk while convincingly turning it into a videogame, not a mere boardgame made from pixels.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“In every significant way, it looks and feels like the board game I remember from back in the day, fleshed out to match the Warhammer 40K vibe we’ve experienced in other games.”
Venturebeat

“Full Control has recreated the board game in almost perfect detail, from the design on the hulk’s floors to the individually-named First Chapter Blood Angel Terminators of the Sin of Damnation campaign.”
PC Gamer

About This Game

"WE ARE THE VANGUARD OF HONOUR. THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE BLOOD ANGELS. WE BRING DEATH."

The legendary Space Hulk returns to Windows PC, Mac and Linux in this epic turn based strategy game. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, an intriguing story of legendary battles and heroic actions unfolds. Play as a small squad of fearless Space Marine Terminators who attempt to reclaim their honor by mounting an assault on a derelict space hulk infested by hordes of vicious tyranid Genestealers.

Take control of the Adeptus Astartes of the Blood Angel chapter and guide them towards glory, while battling fierce Xenos and uncovering ancient relics in the infested confines of the massive Space Hulk named “Sin of Damnation”.

The game is a 3D digital turn based strategy game that recreates the classic claustrophobic board game experience in both singleplayer and multiplayer.

Customers purchasing Space Hulk will receive a free copy of the Deathwing Terminator DLC for Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance by Eutechnyx

Key Features:

  • The first Space Hulk computer game in 17 years! Available on multiple platforms.
  • Set in the hugely popular Warhammer 40,000 universe! Official license of the legendary boardgame from Games Workshop.
  • Turn-based tactical strategy game! Based on the popular and iconic board game mechanics.
  • Blood Angel Terminators! Fight the ferocious Genestealers with heroes of the mighty Blood Angels.
  • Fearsome Genestealers with challenging AI! Meet unforgiving hordes of Genestealers!
  • Thematic 3D environment! Experience the dark labyrinth of a Space Hulk as never before..
  • Single player campaign based on the "Sin of Damnation" space hulk! Take on the Sin of Damnation campaign, which includes 3 brand new prequel missions and the 12 missions from the classic board game.
  • Multiplayer head-to-head recreating the board game experience against a friend! Get in the hot seat and battle it out with a friend.
  • Cross platform multiplayer between Windows PC, Mac, Linux and iOS! Play asynchronous against friends and foes on multiple platforms.
  • Now with online Co-op mode!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9000 series / ATI Radeon HD 3000 series or greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8.4
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
First, let me make something very clear that every other review has probably done already: This is NOT like Xcom. This is, quite literally, a digital version of the classic board-game of the same name, which was made by the lovely chaps at Games Workshop ages ago. What does that mean for you?

- It means NO customization. Units come equipped "as is". That's it.

- "Slower" gameplay (Tactical Dreadnaught Armour is heavy). Game speed can be adjusted to make it play faster, however.

- An emphasis on what limited resource actions you have, and doing what you can with them. Thus adding to the general "survival" aspect of the game, which is very fun actually.

- Unlike Xcom, this is a straight up, old-school ranged (marines) VS. melee (aliens) fight. You CAN go into melee and hope the Emperor grants you favor in such dire situations. However, your xenos enemies are masters of close combat and generally win the trade off, even against your own melee specialists. But again, it's quite fun to try and succeed at it.

- No health bars. You either survive an attack, or you don't. This makes games faster and more direct, which is a good thing since health bars would make each game last longer than it should.

- Unlike Xcom, you have very limited combat actions. No elevation bonus, can't climb ladders, etc.. Just you, the flat surface, and the xenos filth before you. Fire away and hope it works!

All of this makes Space Hulk a very good game actually, just for different reasons. However, people jumping into this title thinking it's another Xcom clone will become sad pandas very quickly. This is NOT even close to Xcom's depth.

However once more, people who want a "simpler" turn based game LIKE Xcom that they can just hop into, without all the freaking variables and near-endless, headache-inducing customization and combat will indeed enjoy this title. Always remember that this is essentially a digital version of the board game, and not much more at all. Simple as that. But it is beautiful in its simplicity, as you'll soon find.


Honestly? A solid title. Full Control set out to make a PC version of the board game point-for-point, and succeeded near flawlessly. It's not Xcom, but it wasn't trying to be anyway. It's just itself. And that is indeed good enough. Maybe not for everyone, but then again Xcom isn't for everyone either.


If you wish for a more Xcom-like version of this title, Space Hulk: Ascension is more like what we all kinda hoped for in the first place, and is currently available through Steam as well. However, it currently lacks multi-player.


Overall: 4/5. Better graphics/models and voice acting would have been great for this little gem, but I'm not complaining.


-Thanks for reading and I hope it helped you with your decision. :3


~Mystyx~
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
If you are a fan of the Space Hulk Tabletop or the GW in franchise in general i can only recommend the game, it more or less captures the game experience (with some minor issues that were mentioned in the Total biscuit review - watch that first if you think about buying the game). But from a general point of view (a video gamer perspective so to say) Id say dont get it if its not on sale, because you are not getting enough out of your money. It would have been so great to have a scenario editor for the game, but due to the DLC-whoring you are stuck with a hand full levels that you can play through in a couple of hours with no real replay value (unless you play with some friends online - but then again: why not play the real deal?). And even if you get the DLCs (which are overprized and really not worth mentioning) you wont get more than one or two playthroughs out of them before you get bored again. The devs really missed an opportunity for long lasting enjoyment by not implementing an editor, and excluding the community. Another instance of an OK game that could have been great if it wasn`t for greed. :(
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
54.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
I've never played the board game, but after playing Space Hulk I may have to give it a try. I recently started playing the Warhammer games just to give it a shot and I gotta say Space Hulk is an awesome game. A great strategy game, very fun. If you're into Warhammer you'll love this turn base game. Hell, even if you've never read anything about Warhammer I'd suggest playing it.
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
It's an ok Space Hulk game, but... And it's a stinking but.

The developers have talked about adding a level editor to the game. The team's website and the official Space Hulk site originally said that the level editor is already in the game. After I brought this up (over a year ago) they changed it to "upcoming". Now they're saying that because of Games Workshop they have troubles adding it. Sorry, but that's not going to cut what you have said in the past.

Now when they're about to release an updated version of the game (you have to purchase it separately) I simply lack any faith they're going to add anything to this game any longer.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
01. GENRE: A Strategy, Sci-fi, Boardgame adaptation.

02. SETTING: A faithful recreation of the Games Workshop boardgame of the same name set in the Warhammer 40k universe. Two mortal enemies fight to the death on maps that represent floating space hulks; Humanity's defenders - the Space Marines against the vicious alien horde - the Genestealer.

03. STORY/BACKGROUND: In the far future Humanity has reached and conquered the stars. An immortal god-like emperor rules over the vast expanse of human empire that fills the galaxy. Alas there is no peace only war. Numerous alien species fight against each other for dominance and survival. Among these are the Genestealers, alien swarms that use the bodies of other species to procreate their numbers. These parasites move from planet to planet on the captured spacesships of other races. They spread their numbers by traversing the cosmos over 100s & 1000s of years until they are pulled in by the gravity-wells of unfortuate planets on the same flightpath. These spaceships house tens of thousands of aliens. Once detected a chapter of space marines are sent to combat the threat. Space Marines are the genetically enhanced super-soldiers of the emperor, who don the toughest "Terminator" armor and most destructive weapons known to man, in order to stand a chance against such overwhelming numbers. They are the thin line that protects humanity.

04. GAME MODES: The base game contains two singleplayer campaigns totalling 12 missions, each of which can be replayed in multiplayer. Additional dlcs provide 5 mini-campaigns of 21 more missions.

05. GAMEPLAY: Consists of tactical, squad, turn-based combat. One or more squads of five space marines are deployed on missions to complete one or more objectives. Action takes place using IGO-UGO alternating turns. Players issue orders up to the actions points available for each unit. Actions include: movement, shoot, melee attack, psyhic powers, placing marines in overwatch or defensive stance and interacting with doors or mission objects. Missions are not linked so losing marines does not affect starting positions in the next mission. (The spin-off sequel does that.)

06. MECHANICS: All combat successes are determined by die rolls. Squad leaders provide additional action points through a pool of Command Points which can be used to give any marines to augment their actions in a given turn. Though generated at the start of every turn, if a squad leader is still alive they can attempt to re-roll how many command points available at the start of a turn. Understanding Command Points is essential to beating the game as they are needed during the enemy's turn as marine weapons can jam as they are used. If they do Genestealers can overwhelm the affected soldier and kill him easily. Marines must be given the overwatch or defensive stance commands during the players turn in order to re-act during the A.Is turn.

07. A.I: Overall the A.I performs adequately. Though there does not need to be anything too clever to control the enemy aliens as they spawn from fixed locations. All the A.I has to do is close in for the kill and overwhelm the player. However the challenge presented is manifest by the limitation on Space Marine movement and actions. More often than not a marine not in overwatch, defensive stance or with a jammed weapon will die.

08. GRAPHICS: Isometric Fixed/Rotateable 3D, with short action-oriented cutscenes. Space Marine units are well modelled and distinct. The maps and genestealers do look the same however.

09. CONTROLS: Keyboard and/or mouse. Good and functional. All actions can be performed by point & click.

10. SOUNDTRACK & AUDIO: Suitable. Together the add to the overall ambience of the setting. Weapons fire and death cries (from both sides) add to the immersion.

11. VOICE ACTING: The voice-overs provided for the space marines add to the immersion. You can imagine mission briefings being given by a suitably stiff, no nonense genetically enhanced super-soldier from the future. Voice excerpts of marines confirming your orders or during the heat of combat give that feeling that they are human and part of a team.

12. DIFFICULTY: Game played on normal difficulty. Overall the missions are fairly straightforward but making a mistake is unforgiving. Harder mode does not allow saving, unless you quit the game & continue later during a turn. Enemies spawns may have been larger or more frequent but I did not notice that much of a difference. An easy option is available but I did not play this.

13. PLAYTIME: The base game has around 20+ hours worth of gaming if you play through the main campaigns and the other dlc mini-campaigns. This can be extended by replaying missions on other difficulties or in multiplayer. Getting all the in game achievements took me 55hrs but it could take double that and more.

14. PROBLEMS: No problems stability or otherwise were encountered during my playthrough.

15. ACHIEVEMENTS: Most achievements are given for completing missions from the main campaigns. Some are given by completing combat feats using space marines armed with certain weapons. All but one achievement can be gained through one playthrough of the main campaigns. A few others may require playing through the campaign missions repeated or better still playing through the dlc missions. If you fail to gain any achievements you can replay missions that you have beaten at any time.

16. DLC: The DLC on release were expensive but on a sale should be a fairly resonable price. The optional genestealer skins are not required, the Space Wolves chapter replaces the standard space marine units with different soldiers and models providing a totally different experience than in the base game. This is optional but a must have if you wish to replay the game as much as possible. The dlc campaigns however are a must if you want to play more of the same, if harder missions.

17. APPEAL: Will appeal to fans of the franchise or original boardgame. It will also appeal to strategy gamers or grognards who are looking for something a little different in tactical turn-based sub-genre.

18. ENJOYMENT: Very enjoyable if you liked the Space Hulk boardgame given its such a faithful adaptation. Also enjoyable if you dont mind a challenge and dont mind losing against a pretty competant A.I, or if you like short tactical games where the options are limited and missions fairly repetitive.

19. LONGEVITY/REPLAYABILITY: Limited though with dlc less so. Each mission has been designed to be replayable but fixed objectives and maps mean that only the genestealer spawns and attack routes may change. Otherwise only in multiplayer where a human controls the genestealers can there be any replayability that isnt linked to the difficulty level. Space Wolves dlc allows replay of all campaigns with a differently styled and equipped group of soldiers.

20. VALUE FOR MONEY: Fair. The base game is a fair price but given the DLCs are quite expensive I personally would opt for the complete collection or get all items on sale.

VERDICT: Overall for a Full Control game its rather good. Space Hulk is a simple game. It is modelled afterall on a boardgame. Yet the graphics and sound captures the setting perfectly and the spirit of the boardgame very well, at least from what I can remember of my few games playing it. Missions and tactical options may be limited in scope but there is a very enjoyable if somewhat repetitive challenge to be gained from playing through all the missions and then changing to the a different set of soldiers. A solid purchase for any strategy gamer or fan of Warhammer 40K.*

*The spin-off sequel: Space Hulk Acension does the above but with linked missions and RPG elements.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Been playing Space Hulk board game since it was released. This is a great digital recreation of a board game. Bare that in mind when considering purchasing. If you are a 40K fan and hate Terminators, enjoy this game and watching them die. I prefer this to the old 3DO version. It is especially nice if you don't have anyone to play Space Hulk with. Needs Deathwing. (Just like second edition of 40K, learn to Overwatch.)
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
So I thought that I was buying a fun little turn based strategy. Something I could play for a while, then save/quit and enjoy the rest of my day. It looked like a deal at about $1.50 on sale. Little did I know that what I really bought was a gateway drug- an intro to the Warhammer 40K universe. Now I'm playing dawn of war and my wife has to watch me like a hawk to keep me from dropping $40 on a new model for my table top army.
This is your brain on Warhammer.
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
"Brothers, my bolter has jammed"

10/10 would jam again



Srsly tho, I do believe that they fixed all the ♥♥♥♥ in Ascension expansion. Go get that one instead.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Overall it's decent, but someone who liked to play just single player games might find it a bit weak compared to alternatives.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Really nice adaption of the boardgame, and since I often wished for good singleplayer rules for that because it's often pretty boring to play the Genestealers in that game, this is great! So, really recommend for people who likes the boardgame, for others, I guess it's a gamble.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
playable but unpolished as hell. Obviously the product of an earnest project manager with a terrible development team.

e.g. there's an exploit where you can shoot, undo last action, shoot, undo last action, shoot, undo last action until you get a hit that the dev promised to fix on the forums 15 months ago.

decent, but Space Hulk deserves better
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Great game for those, who are after the original and authentic board game experience. I just could not afford the real board game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
The Emperor of Mankind commands you to get this game and play the hell out of it or else you're a heretic. Are you really going to disappoint Him?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
This is the board game recreated on the PC. It is really fun, and if you know what this is you will love it. If you do not know what Space Hulk is, basically it is a turn based game where one team is the futuristic "space-men" and the other are ferocious aliens. The game simulates dice rolls, so this speeds up the process of playing the game, though, I know for many the fun is physically doing that. If you don't want to shell out 200+ bucks for the board game, like the fast automated dice rolls and would prefer the automatically setup maps etc then this is perfect! Seriously one of the most fun games I have.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
oldskool spacehulk, how it should be :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Faithful recreation of the spin-off board game. A warning: The campaign is extremely challenging. Avoid this unless you want to play multiplayer with other Warhammer 40,000 enthusiasts.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
For what is, a conversion from a board game (or so I have read since I never played the board game), it is a fun game to play. It feels like a "board-game-plus" but that is not a negative. Enjoy it for what it is and it will be a fun game to play for you as well.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
OMG!!! this game took me back to childhood, painting the models, setting the board game up and kicking some steeler butt!! cant wait for death wing
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
A faithful adaptation of the famous tabletop game by Games Workshop. Being a fan of the original, I've enjoyed this remake since it does stick so close to the rules and gameplay of Space Hulk. This version is not, however, without issues.

My biggest gripe is not with Space Hulk's gameplay, but with its poor optimization. A game like this simply shouldn't suffer performance issues when zooming way out of the gameboard, or during "action cam" moments. The framerate tends to bottom out in certain specific situations and, while it doesn't ruin the actual gameplay, it is extremely jarring when it happens.

Disregarding the technical issues, Space Hulk still isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. Just like the original, the PC version of Space Hulk can be quite difficult to win, and tends to favor lucky die rolls over strategy. Even the most well-executed advance can be ruined by a series of inopportune bolter jams, or a catastrophic autocannon failure. It's simply the nature of the game. However, there's nothing unusual about a boardgame that relies heavily on random die rolls, so I don't fault Space Hulk for this.

If you're a fan of the original Space Hulk, or if you enjoy these kinds of boardgames in general, then you'll likely enjoy this PC remake. But if you're the sort who can't stand to have victory snatched away from you by a random die roll, then Space Hulk may not be the game for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Graphics and sounds are like from the early 2000s, animations awkward, controls quite quirky and some minor issues exist (e.g. the completely useless help button), and still it's a lot of fun to play this game! Space Hulk is a good implementation of the same named board game, and if you like turn based strategy in the 40k universe and a more or less direct successor of the famous Chaos Gate with less options but at least the same tactical depth, I'm recommending Space Hulk for you.

Anyway I would never ever pay more than 10 bucks for this game, so best keep an eye open for sales.
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