gamers (91%) found this review helpful
This is a pretty good game for a 3rd person shooter. Very huge detailed environments that really bring the story to life, which is a good story by the way. The gameplay would seem like gears of war since it looks similar but its not exactly the same, There isnt a cover system really you just fight hordes of enemies at a time which is pretty fun for one main flaw, you have to execute an enemy to regain health. I didnt really mind this at first til i realized you are open to all enemy attacks while doing this which becomes rather annoying and abundant at the same time. Instead of enjoying watching some poor sap get ripped apart it becomes a liabilty and you will die a lot with difficulty set on hard, its very annoying. This just made me wanna hurry and finish the game before i took a hammer and smashed it to bits.
Besides that it becomes rather repetitive after a few chapters, not really much exploration to be had with this one and extremely few bosses.
This game couldve won me over with a few changes but its just a 6-7 hour campaign and im not even gonna bother with multiplayer since i need to buy an online pass
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is a very good and very under appreciated third person shooter/slasher. I think it got branded as a Gears of War knock-off, which is amusing in itself since Warhammer 40k has been doing big armor and chainswords since the 1980s.
Regardless, while you could be forgiven for thinking this is a GoW clone from watching videos, playing the game proves otherwise. Cover is important, but there isn't a cover system that sucks you up against a barrier. Rather, it's more of an old school type system where you hide behind environmental objects.
Besides cover, the main area that distinguishes SM from GoW is the much more robust melee combat in SM. The melee is just as fun as the shooting and the combination of the two really makes for some interesting scenarios.
If you are a Warhammer 40k fan, you should be pleased. It has all the things people like about the series and even some light references to the Dawn of War series. If you aren't familiar with W40K, the story is still entertaining and it might make you want to learn more about the rich universe.
The multiplayer is surprisingly fun and fresh, primarily because of the different style the melee adds. I find the Horde mode (Exterminatus) to be more fun than GoW's, though to be fair, it doesn't have the strategy of placing obstacles. It's more about the unbridled joy of smashing through hordes of Orks with 3 other people.
There were a few things I don't like about the game. The graphics are quite good, especially most of the player models and lighting. Particle effects are good too. The problem is that the game takes place on an industrial world so the palette is heavily oriented towards greys and browns. Areas can get repetitive.
Also, there are only two ways to recover health. One of which, executing an enemy, is actually dangerous as the horde surrounding you you usually beat the pulp out of you during the execution. It would have been better to pause the game during the executions.