We have all seen big men, wearing big armor, wielding big guns and doing manly stuff from previous games (like Gears of War or Star Craft), but have you ever wondered who started it all?
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a Third Person Hack, Slash and Shooter game developed by Relic Entertainment who has constantly delivered quality work when dealing with the Warhammer 40k universe.
You play as Captain Titus of the Ultramarines, along side his friend Sidonus and the newly initiated Leandros, all of whom are sent to the forge world of Gaira with the objective of protecting a Warlord Class Titan from being looted by a full Ork Invasion. Unknown to Captain Titus, however...other forces are at work there.
+ Visuals (as a whole): -This game boast beautiful cut scenes, epic scenery, massive buildings and intense combat. Model and Animation quality are very well made which is complemented by its superior sound quality. The violence in this game is extreme and oddly very satisfying.
+ Audio: -From the soundtrack to the footsteps and bolter or lasgun fire, Relic has performed admirably on the sound assets which greatly improves the immersion experience. The voice acting delivered by Mark Strong as Captain Titus is great and complemented by the performance of the supporting cast.
+ Story: -The game offers a linear story progression which contains enough lore to satisfy the old school and long time fans of the Warhammer 40k Universe, but at the same time, is easy enough to comprehend and understand for the new comers. Story is around 8 to 9 hours long, and 6-7 if you have already played it once. The difficulty level of the game does merit a replay.
+ Multiplayer: -I normally don't consider multiplayer because I'm a singleplayer oriented gamer but I was able to substantially play the multiplayer mode of Space Marine and was impressed. Multiple game modes and heavy customization really is a big bonus here.
- Texture Quality: -Although I said that visuals AS A WHOLE is good, the texture quality of this game is quite inferior. It may have looked good on the console versions but on the PC on 1080p, one can see that the textures used was only low res. The poor lip syncing was also a minor annoyance for me. The Artstyle is great but it does not excuse low resolution textures specially on the PC which
- Terrible PC Settings: -This game should have had a more extensive PC settings instead of the generic preset of “low-medium-high”. I feel that devs who does not put effort on the settings are not fully utilizing the capabilities of the PC as a gaming platform. On the up side, at least gamers with not so powerful systems can still enjoy the game and have fun.
-Disappointing Boss Fight (NO SPOILERS): -A certain boss fight for me was very disappointing since it was more or less a quick time event and mini-game than an actual fight. The fight in itself was still badass and manly as hell with regards to the story though.
GREAT GAME, extremely fun and satisfying to play with a very enjoyable singleplayer and multiplayer experience. The game is well worth its full price.