Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Genre:Action, Adventure
  • Developer: Relic
  • Release Date:Sep 6, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:M - Mature (Blood and Gore,Intense Violence)
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Game Description:Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine takes place in the brutal, science fiction setting of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. In the 41st Millennium, humanity faces extinction at the hands of horrific aliens and demonic hordes. Only one force offers salvation, the superhuman Space Marines. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is an intense Action-RPG featuring epic battles where players take direct control of the ultimate defender of humanity, the mighty Space Marine.
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Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

By Matt Keil - Posted Aug 13, 2010



On August 6th, I visited Relic Entertainment in Vancouver, British Columbia for a first look at Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. Two trailers had been released at E3 2009 and E3 2010, but this was the first time live gameplay was shown to the press.

Relic is known to Warhammer 40K fans as the developer behind the much-praised and highly successful Dawn of War real-time strategy titles. Space Marine is a departure for them, as it is a third-person shooter along the lines of Gears of War set in the 40K universe. Despite the fierce competition any shooter faces in the market these days, Relic is not intimidated due to the strength of the 40K brand. They do have the original space marine, after all.

The premise of the game involves an Ork invasion of an Imperial Forge World, a planet entirely devoted to the production of war machines. The warboss of the million-strong Ork horde wants the Imperial Titan housed somewhere on the planet. Should the Orks capture the Titan, the tide of the war could turn against the Imperium permanently. While the bureaucrats argue over authorization of a counterassault, the Ultramarines are sent in to do what they can to prevent the Orks from achieving their objective. And Ultramarines can do a lot.

The player is cast as Captain Titus, one of the superhuman Ultramarines. The gameplay demo shown started off with Titus manning a side turret in a Valkyrie gunship, taking out an attacking horde of Stormboyz (Orks with giant rocket packs strapped to their backs). After saving numerous neighboring Valkyries from attempted Ork boardings, Titus leans out the side door to shoot an Ork off the cockpit glass of his own ship, only to have the offending Ork’s corpse get sucked into the engine, destroying it. Titus leaps to safety as the Valkyrie crashes.

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Titus proceeds on foot, and the third-person shooting gameplay that makes up the bulk of Space Marine was finally front and center. As large numbers of Orks swarm at Titus, he uses a bolter machine gun to mow them down in short order. If a group gets too close or closes in from behind, a quick melee combo with his chainsaw sword will make quick work of them. Several brutal kill animations were shown off using the sword, including one particularly memorable method of bisecting an Ork using his own weight to drive the hungry blade through his midsection.

An underground section was shown next, featuring Titus fighting alongside other space marines. The centerpiece of this area was a setpiece event that required the player to wield a massive heavy bolter in order to hold off an encroaching Ork assault while your companions work on clearing the path ahead.

Finally, a level set on a speeding train showcased some of the top grade special effects in the game as an Ork gunship, brought down after an intense battle spanning most of the level, severed the back half of the train. The resulting railway catastrophe was a tangle of burning wreckage and flying train cars, all unfolding in realtime.

One interesting wrinkle to Space Marine is the complete lack of a cover system. While one expects a “stick to” cover system in most third-person shooters these days, Relic decided (after much experimentation) that it was not a proper fit for the Space Marine characters. A Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine is, after all, a seven foot superhuman killing machine. They are fanatical shock troops who, quite simply, do not take cover on a regular basis. In Space Marine, you should be wading into battle against superior odds without hesitation, not hiding behind a rock. The robust melee system encourages this, offering much more flexibility than the usual “last ditch” melee attacks of most shooters.

Many of the classic Warhammer 40K weaponry was shown, including bolters, heavy bolters, and plasma weaponry. A progression system will level up Titus’ ability with each weapon the more he uses it, adding new types of ammo, damage, and other perks.

Co-op and competitive multiplayer modes are in the game, but THQ and Relic weren’t talking about them beyond confirming their existence.

The decision to enter into the already crowded sci-fi shooter market is a bold one, but Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine looks to be continuing Relic’s much-lauded traditions of extreme attention to detail and triple-A quality. The release window is stated to be fiscal year 2012, so there’s plenty of time for THQ to build awareness of the game that could finally bring the Warhammer 40,000 brand to the attention of the mass console audience.

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  • sn1p3rbait



    Posted: August 24, 2010 11:40 AM
  • SonicATL

    They should do this for every RTS. I've played Dawn of War and also C&C, but there were times i wished that I could've taken over one of my dudes so I could finish off the opposing forces myself.

    Posted: August 15, 2010 9:42 AM
  • zbug84

    @ sirbilliam i loled when i read your post

    im super excited about this game!! finally the Space marines are getting the love they deserve!

    with this and the upcoming MMO in the works the next couple years are gonna be awesome!. hopefully they allow you to play different chapters (blood angels ftw)

    He that may fight, heal him
    He that may fight no more, give him peace
    He that is dead, take from him the Chapter's due

    Posted: August 15, 2010 5:55 AM
  • Halbard

    The flesh is weak.

    Posted: August 15, 2010 12:04 AM
  • BoydofZINJ

    Burn the Heretic! Kill the Mutant! Purge the Unclean!

    The life of the Space Marine is not easy and I hope we are upto the task of putting on the Space Marine suit once again and save the imperium against impossible odds and against the horde or Orks.

    I only hope we can play the Orks in the single player. I love their style of play, ha ha, and their humor.

    Posted: August 14, 2010 12:13 AM
  • SuckerPunch5000

    @ Iyke Bolter and Chainsword? If so yes.

    Posted: August 13, 2010 7:59 PM
  • Flight_Eagle

    @ leyke:

    Pansy?... Oh, "not as much of a 40k fanatic as me". Ok, never mind. It's cool.

    But yeah, this game looks way awesome.

    Posted: August 13, 2010 7:45 PM
  • panzerfist

    Not having a cover system because the guys are walking tanks?


    Posted: August 13, 2010 7:37 PM
  • XwingVmanX

    I wish they would do something like this with Marines in SC

    Posted: August 13, 2010 4:01 PM
  • ajac09

    O M G I cant wait to buy this and buy the mmo!

    Posted: August 13, 2010 3:54 PM
  • SuckerPunch5000

    Ya I agree it's nonsense. I wasn't supporting the idea of another 2nd company captain in my previous post I was mocking it. As an Ultramarines player that regularly fields Sicarius I want to see characters like Cato, Telion and Calgar in this game. But beggars and choosers. I am very happy that this game is in the works and Relic is making it. I think it looks awesome and hope we get to see some more soon.

    Posted: August 13, 2010 3:17 PM
  • The Emperor's Champion

    Maybe.... I dunno. It's just absurd to have a new one every damn week IMO.
    Sicarius is the current one, and Agemman before that, and from Agemman backwards they should all have yellow trim and red weapons..... So this has to be in the future???

    Posted: August 13, 2010 2:59 PM
  • SuckerPunch5000

    @ Ieyke well said. All very good points. I'm looking forward to this as well. According to the guys over at BOLS the Valkyrie scene makes sense in context. But why would Orks need a Titan anyway? Why not just build a propa Stompa and show da 'Umies wot da powa ov Gork and Mork can reely do! As far as another in a long line of 2nd Company Captains filling in for Cato, maybe Sicarius is busy rebuilding Tallasar.

    Posted: August 13, 2010 2:20 PM
  • The Emperor's Champion

    Props to Matt Keil for obviously knowing what he's talking about! :)

    But he's obviously not as much of a 40k fanatic as me, so I have a few nit-picky corrections on the Preview's wordage:
    *"Valkyrie gunship" should be "Valkyrie Assault Carrier" (the Vulture is the gunship)

    *"bolter machine gun" should be "Bolter" or "Bolt Gun" or "Bolter rapid-firing-miniature
    -missile-launcher" (machine gun doesn't even begin to explain this weapon)

    *"chainsaw sword" should simply be "Chainsword"

    That stuff aside:
    What the hell type of Forgeworld only has 1 Titan? There should be like 22 minimum....
    Why aren't the Adeptus Mechanicus USING the Titan to annihilate Orks?
    What are the Skitarii doing?
    Why do we have ANOTHER 2nd Captain of the Ultramarines!?!??? We already have like 30 more than we need!
    Why are Ultramarines flying around in Imperial Guard/Imperial Navy assault carriers? Where did their Thunderhawk gunships go?

    Well, whatever. I'm glad to hear that the game is looking awesome. It's about damn time that the TRUE Space Marines get to take their place in the world of video games.
    Time to show those pathetic Halo Spartans, StarCraft Terran Marines and Gears COGs what a real Marine can do. Pansy wannabes hiding behind cover and force fields who dare call themselves space marines....

    Faith is our shield. The Emperor Protects.

    Posted: August 13, 2010 12:59 PM
  • szathmab

    it seems like I have been waiting forever for this game to come out...come on 2012

    Posted: August 13, 2010 12:58 PM
  • Dr_Mindbender

    Blood for the Blood God!!!

    Posted: August 13, 2010 12:50 PM
  • Postal1111

    Another 40k FPS ???

    Oh, but this one has prettier artwork....

    Posted: August 13, 2010 11:42 AM
  • zombiehunter1977

    Cleanse, Purge, Kill

    Posted: August 13, 2010 11:19 AM
  • TomSthePoster

    "In Space Marine, you should be wading into battle against superior odds without hesitation, not hiding behind a rock."

    Fear denies faith.

    Posted: August 13, 2010 10:50 AM
  • sirbilliam

    he's only winning because he has a 3+ armor save.

    Posted: August 13, 2010 10:28 AM