posted by NextIINothing (CINCINNATI, OH) Mar 7, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine places players in the huge metal boots of Captain Titus, a space marine. The story, which is decent (and will not be explained here), forces players to slaughter hundreds of enemies in a bloody fashion and will last roughly eight hours. The combat system functions well enough, and revolves around up close melee combat, and mid-to-long range gunplay. All of the weapons feel and sound very powerful, making them a joy to use and establishing them as one of Space Marine's strong points. Headshots make enemies explode; melee attacks shower the battlefield with blood and the stylized finishing moves earn players health. As mentioned, it is a very functional system, but it is unfortunately shallow. The basic mechanics begin to wear out their welcome roughly half way through the campaign. Combine that with some serious pacing issues and the latter half of the game feels like somewhat of a grind.
Visually, Space Marine never shines, nor will it burn your eyes. The amount of action on screen is respectable, and the scale of the game is noteworthy. However, drab/repetitive environments and stiff/lifeless facial animation do little to sell the story or build any real tension.
Overall Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is an average action experience. Its weapons are fun to use and the cool finishing moves are bloody and satisfying. Unfortunately, these elements never evolve into anything that really helps Space Marine stand out in a genre that has no shortage of blockbusters.
gamers (87%) found this review helpful
Im a pretty big fan of the PC series and this console version wasnt a disappointment. Granted I love the orks on the PC this makes you appreciate the space marines a little more. I dont play online so i wont comment on that but the single player is definitely fun. It has a gritty war feel to it and it feels a bit like gears of war to me in some places. It does get somewhat frustrating in parts when you die while in rage but you cant just run into a horde swinging and expect to survive every single time (learned that within the first 5 mins). Executions are nice but not enough variety for the animations. There's a nice selection of weapons and plenty of blood and gore to go along with them. The single player campaign is about 6 or 7 hours there's not much exploring to do and its pretty straight forward. There are no other single player modes other than the campaign that ive seen so replayability is low. If you're a fan of the PC series or a fan of third person shooters you should definitely check it out.