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  1. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    Love it! Warhammer 40,000K world in a third person shooter. Game flows nicely and is really fun to play. The guns are great and the melee is insane. A lot of work was put in to this game and the end product is amazing.
  2. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    A great 3rd person action game! The sound design is well done just like the warhammer 40k atmosphere. It makes a lot of fun to fight through the hordes of orks and chaos space marines, only the multiplayer modes would have been more tolerated but it may still make a lot of fun because of the many unlockable items.
  3. Sep 11, 2011
    10
    Adrenalized gun-play, twisting and weaving plot-lines, overwrought character development and a bombardment of on-screen displays, Warhammer 40K Space Marine is a magnificent piece of art. Game of the year.
  4. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    I've thoroughly enjoyed the game so far. Played for about 5 hours and I'm loving the campaign. Graphics are crisp and fluid the game runs great on my PC. It's edgy like most of the other games in its genre but doesn't get stale like halo and gears of war garbage. Huge recommendation for someone looking for something different yet still exciting
  5. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    Multijoueur tout simplement énorme ! à recommander pour les fans de l'univers et amateurs de TPS beat'em all. Le mode solo sympathique sans être particulièrement révolutionnaire. Avec un mode coop qui arrive début octobre, Relic nous livre ici un excellent jeu qui mérite certainement son lot de suiteMultijoueur tout simplement énorme ! à recommander pour les fans de l'univers et amateurs de TPS beat'em all. Le mode solo sympathique sans être particulièrement révolutionnaire. Avec un mode coop qui arrive début octobre, Relic nous livre ici un excellent jeu qui mérite certainement son lot de suite et d'extension. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    W40K: Space Marines is great fun & ork heads give a satisfying bloody "pop" after a few concentrated rounds. Being a big fan of the rts games I wasn't so sure I would really like the game past appreciating the setting & story, thankfully this was not at all the case. This game has a high level of polish rarely seen in pc releases these days & seems more a tip of the hat to long time fansW40K: Space Marines is great fun & ork heads give a satisfying bloody "pop" after a few concentrated rounds. Being a big fan of the rts games I wasn't so sure I would really like the game past appreciating the setting & story, thankfully this was not at all the case. This game has a high level of polish rarely seen in pc releases these days & seems more a tip of the hat to long time fans than a console cash-in with a bad port job. It was a blast playing down on the battlefield & personally I would have rather seen mp left out in favor of more sp content, but now too many games are a 6-7 hour sp campaign with the same damn mp games tacked on. Expand
  7. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    Great game, awesome action and the real gritty, heavy feel a 40k game should have. Been waiting for something like this for 'many' years, cant believe it's taken so long for it to finally come!
  8. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    Not mad about this game, just wish there was more offered. It seems like everything was created for someone who wasn't familiar with 40k, but sometimes developers forget that the 40k audience is going to be their greatest consumer anyways! This game has great bits to it, but also suffers from mediocrity. The action in the single player was great. But pacing seemed to be somewhat of aNot mad about this game, just wish there was more offered. It seems like everything was created for someone who wasn't familiar with 40k, but sometimes developers forget that the 40k audience is going to be their greatest consumer anyways! This game has great bits to it, but also suffers from mediocrity. The action in the single player was great. But pacing seemed to be somewhat of a problem on two aspects. The only thing that spiced up combat was when you acquired a new weapon. This happened at a consistent rate throughout the campaign, but it never made up for a lot of the monotony of combat. You might have to turn on a machine here or there, but there is no combat scenario that is really interesting or challenging. There aren't many different enemies between the orkz and chaos, and there is never really any sense of desperation or urgency in combat. Fight. Kill. Rinse. Repeat. Another pacing problem seemed to be with the story, I feel as if too little happened for too long. You never traveled to other planets, you essentially had one goal in the game, you stay on the same planet doing menial tasks to accomplish a slightly more important goal which will eventually lead you to your main goal, which in the sense of the whole Warhammer 40k universe, seemed extremely unimportant. The combat style is very similar to Gears of War - the only difference however is that GOW created interesting scenarios with combat instead of throwing wave after wave of enemies at you. The executions are a nice touch to the combat system, but are certainly not enough to make up for the lulls in the combat. The multiplayer is a fresh breath of air, nothing too special here, but definitely something to keep your attention until another 40k game comes out or just any other top-tier multiplayer game like MW3 or BF3. It adds a new perspective to the 40k universe which is really nice. I think it would have been awesome to add more races to the game, at least in multiplayer. the Tau, Necrons, playable Orkz or the Eldar would've made for some very fun multiplayer possibilities. All in all - I'm not mad that I bought it, just wished it was a more in depth 40k game Expand
  9. Sep 24, 2011
    0
    I found the game dull and far behind the progressiveness of other games. Unless they make a lot of changes then Warhammer 40k was much better off as an RTS. I pre-ordered it expecting an innovative fps but all I got was repetitive linear game play of non stop shooting at things with absolutely no character progression. That was the most disappointing of all, no character progression,I found the game dull and far behind the progressiveness of other games. Unless they make a lot of changes then Warhammer 40k was much better off as an RTS. I pre-ordered it expecting an innovative fps but all I got was repetitive linear game play of non stop shooting at things with absolutely no character progression. That was the most disappointing of all, no character progression, Warhammer 40k has so much opportunity to work with in this field. For example, Deus Ex: Human Revolution did quite a nice job at giving the character great skill progression, I would have preferred a biological stat increase with augment upgrades accompanying that, but overall I think the Deus Ex team did a great job. It is everything that Warhammer 40k: Space Marines lacked and games today should only continue improving charter customization and progression, this game is defiantly behind the times in this area. Linear, simple point and shoot games should be dead by now. Expand
  10. Sep 14, 2011
    8
    Appreciating the fact that this is an action game and not a hybrid rpg im giving it an 8 out of 10. Alot of people are asking for more depth and more complication, if i approached this title in the hopes of it being an rpg i would probably be of the same opinion. But as a fan of warhammer 40k (since collection minatures as a kid) i was able to set aside my own aspirations for the game andAppreciating the fact that this is an action game and not a hybrid rpg im giving it an 8 out of 10. Alot of people are asking for more depth and more complication, if i approached this title in the hopes of it being an rpg i would probably be of the same opinion. But as a fan of warhammer 40k (since collection minatures as a kid) i was able to set aside my own aspirations for the game and judge it for what it is, a no holds barred action spectacle, Nothing too complicated just good old gruesome fun! The graphics and sound are top notch and the game world is exactly how it should be if it was a tabletop battle you were playing. alot of 40k fans will probly rate this higher than someone who has never played a 40k themed game because the average joe will just see this title as a just another 3rd person action title and say why dont i just play darksiders or gears of war? Just imagin if space marine made a baby with fallout 3 :) Expand
  11. Sep 12, 2011
    8
    Enjoyed it a lot. Probably not game of the year, but definitely worth taking a look at. Positives: Combat is fun, combo attacks are brutal, graphics and cut scenes are good looking and the story is quite interesting if you're into the warhammer scene. Cons: Should be more melee weapons (chainsword, hammer and axe is cool but more would've been ideal), I fell through the map once or twiceEnjoyed it a lot. Probably not game of the year, but definitely worth taking a look at. Positives: Combat is fun, combo attacks are brutal, graphics and cut scenes are good looking and the story is quite interesting if you're into the warhammer scene. Cons: Should be more melee weapons (chainsword, hammer and axe is cool but more would've been ideal), I fell through the map once or twice and sometimes cut scenes wouldn't load and I had to reload the checkpoint for them to start. Expand
  12. Sep 18, 2011
    9
    To make things clear - Im a fanboy. Totally devoted to Warhammer 40k universum. Ive lost hours of my life on playing all games from Dawn of War series, another countless hours for w40k books. Yes, i never played the original tabletop game, but such things were never my kind of thing. It never stopped me from adoring the warhammer world and its unique feel. And what about the game?To make things clear - Im a fanboy. Totally devoted to Warhammer 40k universum. Ive lost hours of my life on playing all games from Dawn of War series, another countless hours for w40k books. Yes, i never played the original tabletop game, but such things were never my kind of thing. It never stopped me from adoring the warhammer world and its unique feel. And what about the game? I'll make it short. If you're a wh40k fan... you'll love it. Space Marines are epic as always, fights are bloody, voice-acting is superb. Graphics are astonishing, game is also very optimised - you'll play it even on some older machines. Another thing is soundtrack - not so "heavy" as in Dawn of War, but also great. Orchestrated by Sascha Dikicyan and Cris Velasco... this first name will ring a bell - this guy is known also as Sonic Mayhem ( Quake OST, Borderlands, Mass Effect 2) ... What can i say? EPIC sounds. And gameplay? Blood and gore. All the memorable weapons are here. Bolters, chainswords, lascannons, assault jetpacks, power axes.. Against you - hordes of Orks. Legions of Chaos. Pure fun in killing all of them. Offcourse, there's not much else to do in this game - but slaying xenos and heretics is so orgasmic, you would not dare to be bored... That would be heresy;) So, generally - for fans of WH40k - it's a must-have. For everyone else? You can give it a try, maybe this will be your first step into the dark and grim world of Warhammer 40.000 ? Expand
  13. Sep 9, 2011
    8
    Very decent game. It could be great if not the severe lacking in the content department. Too simple and pale level design, weak sound (even if you compare it to developer's own Dawn of War titles, you won't hear all that "FOR TEH EMPERAH!!!" "ULTRAMARINES ATTACK !!!!!" and so on), extremely short storymode (it takes approx 6 hours to beat the game on normal difficulty). But, luckily, theVery decent game. It could be great if not the severe lacking in the content department. Too simple and pale level design, weak sound (even if you compare it to developer's own Dawn of War titles, you won't hear all that "FOR TEH EMPERAH!!!" "ULTRAMARINES ATTACK !!!!!" and so on), extremely short storymode (it takes approx 6 hours to beat the game on normal difficulty). But, luckily, the game mechanics offsets weak content. Combat is absolutely awesome and can be challenging. All these fatalities and combos just kicking ass. Expand
  14. Nov 2, 2011
    3
    Fantastic Graphics, Nice Design, Nice Sound Effects, Nice Hud, Nice Controls. But man is this game boring! It's another one of those completely linear console ports with invisible walls everywhere and pre-determined outcomes for every battles. The story is repetitive, and the characters have no depth. It's mindless button pushing, without the adrenaline that's supposed to come with it.Fantastic Graphics, Nice Design, Nice Sound Effects, Nice Hud, Nice Controls. But man is this game boring! It's another one of those completely linear console ports with invisible walls everywhere and pre-determined outcomes for every battles. The story is repetitive, and the characters have no depth. It's mindless button pushing, without the adrenaline that's supposed to come with it. I would only recommend this game for young kids or old people. But it seems too violent for both... I really don't know who made this thing and for what. Expand
  15. Sep 17, 2011
    7
    Overall Space Marine is a very good game that any Warhammer fan will enjoy. The campaign is fantastic with brilliant voice acting and cut scenes that really bring you into the action. There's about 8 - 10 hours worth of gameplay on hard difficulty and I loved every minute of it (yes, even when I was dying!). Sadly the multiplayer isn't even in the same league as the single player, which isOverall Space Marine is a very good game that any Warhammer fan will enjoy. The campaign is fantastic with brilliant voice acting and cut scenes that really bring you into the action. There's about 8 - 10 hours worth of gameplay on hard difficulty and I loved every minute of it (yes, even when I was dying!). Sadly the multiplayer isn't even in the same league as the single player, which is why I've only given the game a 7/10 overall, with a better multiplayer it could have easily gotten an 8/10 in my book. The multiplayer uses a P2P system instead of dedicated servers which causes all the usual problems (host advantage, drop outs, massive lag, warping, migration issues etc) but that's only part of the problem, the other major issue is the lack of content, there's only 5 maps and 2 modes and it gets boring really fast, I'm currently rank 38 (41 max) and I'm already too bored to bother getting to 41, I will make it, but slowly.

    A good start from Relic, and I expect great things from Space Marine 2, but it will all depend on how well they flesh out the multiplayer and if they correct their stupid decision and use dedicated servers.

    SP: 8/10
    MP: 6/10
    Overall: 7/10
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  16. Sep 16, 2011
    8
    Great effort for a first shot of portraying a space marine in a third person shooter/action game, the single player is the best part as it has a good story and the seamless change between shooting and meleeing makes for very satisfying combat against hordes of enemies. Turn it up to hard and you actually have to work to advance the story and play smart instead of just go in all gunsGreat effort for a first shot of portraying a space marine in a third person shooter/action game, the single player is the best part as it has a good story and the seamless change between shooting and meleeing makes for very satisfying combat against hordes of enemies. Turn it up to hard and you actually have to work to advance the story and play smart instead of just go in all guns blazing because that will most certainly get you killed. The multiplayer has potential but the p2p choice pretty much reduces that potential down it bare minimum. Nevertheless its not a bad game to spend a few hours online and the choice to copy your killer's layout is pure genious when starting out. Hopefully Relic will continue on this franchise because it has alot of potential for future awesomeness Expand
  17. Sep 26, 2011
    8
    What it lacks all ascpets of the game compare to other games like gears of war 3. Space Marine more than makes up for it by letting you BLOW **** UP!!!
  18. Sep 19, 2011
    8
    I think this game is pretty good for a first outing in the WH40K shooter realm. I enjoy the hand to hand combat a lot, and the ranged weapons are great. However the game seems to be on rails, I was hoping for a more fluid world. The level ups for rage and melee weapons are nice too, but they fall short. The team mate AI is horrible. They might as well not be there. The jump pack is cool,I think this game is pretty good for a first outing in the WH40K shooter realm. I enjoy the hand to hand combat a lot, and the ranged weapons are great. However the game seems to be on rails, I was hoping for a more fluid world. The level ups for rage and melee weapons are nice too, but they fall short. The team mate AI is horrible. They might as well not be there. The jump pack is cool, however it is not an option to keep it, and that sucks as it is really fun to do the diving smash thing. Overall I gave this game an 8 because I was fully enthralled by the game and I am a 40K franchise fan. I do not play the board game however..... Expand
  19. Nov 3, 2011
    9
    This game is just plain fun. The up close and personal combat is done spectacularly well and the beautiful art work of the environments draw you into the scene. If you're a gamer like me who just wants to get on with the combat and gets impatient with extended dialogue, then this may be for you.
  20. Apr 19, 2012
    1
    This game is what I would call....simple minded. Nothing to solve, no real used of combat tactics, game feels like it lags (In single player!) on a top end PC. Multi-player is no better with the feeling of lag or use of tactics. I take what I said back about the game having no tactics.....Only has one....Spam your weapon and spam some more. It is not going over the top to say that thisThis game is what I would call....simple minded. Nothing to solve, no real used of combat tactics, game feels like it lags (In single player!) on a top end PC. Multi-player is no better with the feeling of lag or use of tactics. I take what I said back about the game having no tactics.....Only has one....Spam your weapon and spam some more. It is not going over the top to say that this game is worse next to DOOM, talking about the first DOOM as well. This game just has a better look, that is it. Also yeah the story line.....typical and easy to guess. In short boring.

    From a game development view point this game was really badly coded. Case in point the lag feel, this is because the uses of particle effects is way over done. This is a mistake that even an novice game maker would not make.

    In short, taking a match to your money and burning it is a more productive use of it over buying this game. Your time has value, do not waste it on this game.
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  21. Apr 12, 2012
    1
    It's a Gears of War wannabe game. Looks good. that's all. Stupid health mechanic. What if there isn't any left to kill to gain health yet there is a "boss" to fight? What is really funny because the marines are wearing fat thick armor with large shoulder pads, yet, it doesn't protect very well at all. Lackluster story. forgetable. I forgot what I'm fighting against and for the second IIt's a Gears of War wannabe game. Looks good. that's all. Stupid health mechanic. What if there isn't any left to kill to gain health yet there is a "boss" to fight? What is really funny because the marines are wearing fat thick armor with large shoulder pads, yet, it doesn't protect very well at all. Lackluster story. forgetable. I forgot what I'm fighting against and for the second I charge into battle. Expand
  22. Sep 24, 2011
    9
    A great game definitely worth the buy if your a fan of the table top game it really makes you feel like your apart of a true Warhammer 40k atmosphere and has a variety of enemies and weapons to play with at your disposal. Even though it does have its down sides like a short campaign and a bit of a COD type multiplayer which they could have made a little different its more than a rent thanA great game definitely worth the buy if your a fan of the table top game it really makes you feel like your apart of a true Warhammer 40k atmosphere and has a variety of enemies and weapons to play with at your disposal. Even though it does have its down sides like a short campaign and a bit of a COD type multiplayer which they could have made a little different its more than a rent than buy if you have a console until they bring in last stand and co-op campaign I would wait a bit until they are out but still a great game. Expand
  23. Oct 9, 2011
    4
    No no no... They did it ! They turned good intentions and marvelous graphical action into a simpleminded one-way-stupid game. I've been waiting for this game for ages and this is the best they can do ? The points given only reflects the bonus game "Darksiders" that followed the deal and turned out to be surprisingly good...
  24. Sep 7, 2011
    5
    The single player campaign for WH40K: Space Marine is your typical WH40K fare. Space Marines charging into an Ork Horde to deliver the Wrath of the Emperor. That said, there's a few quirks that will leave even veteran gamers gnashing their teeth. Coverless combat doesn't really work well. Yes, the mechanics of the game lend itself to being more aggressive, but there are situations thatThe single player campaign for WH40K: Space Marine is your typical WH40K fare. Space Marines charging into an Ork Horde to deliver the Wrath of the Emperor. That said, there's a few quirks that will leave even veteran gamers gnashing their teeth. Coverless combat doesn't really work well. Yes, the mechanics of the game lend itself to being more aggressive, but there are situations that demand use of cover.

    As far as multiplayer, that's a lost cause for three major reasons. 1) Peer to Peer, 2) shaky map design, and 3) no anti-cheat package. Peer to peer just does not work for shooters. A dedicated server package is a must if you want to provide MP in a shooter game, first or third person. And with any shooter, a solid anti-cheat package is a must. Nothing will kill a game faster than players getting stuck with cheaters and no way to remove them, and in WH40K, you can't bail out of a match until the game ends. Map design is also very problematic, with some maps having base spawns that are in direct LOS from the opposing side. This will inevitably lead to spawn camping, which ruins the fun for players.

    All in all, it's good for SP, but terrible for MP, but still a game a WH40K enthusiast will want.
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  25. Nov 20, 2011
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game has just proven to be awful, the negative aspects of this game have greatly outweighed the positive. Single Player: Not much of a challenge and very short (about 8 hours of gameplay, including finding all the collectibles). The idea of the game's single player mode is straightforward, confined fighting in places that have these annoying invisible walls. While some of the fighting may take place outdoors, you are always going down a path like a tight corridor where you can expect the enemy to appear. The plot is too predictable, Chaos influences one of the good guys to betray your team, making things worse for the world (it has all been done before, many times, in the Dawn of War series). The developers have shown themselves to lack creativity in keeping the interest of the player looking for something fresh. Not to mention, the AI of your teammates is laughable as they often don't help you at all while in battle (it's like they are saving their ammo for the battle that never comes). Multiplayer: Absolutely intolerable. There are numerous bugs that will cause your game to crash (unresolved exceptions in the game code?) Without dedicated servers, this game suffers from having to use P2P connections, resulting in poor quality interaction between users for a shooter game. For a game where the developers knew the majority of their player base was coming from the DoW series, and thus PC players, how could they not include dedicated servers? Another poorly thought idea was the layout of the Multiplayer menu, where you can not select the map you wish to play nor the game with the lowest ping to the host (even the new Exterminatus mode does not have these simple features). The lack of creativity is also apparent in the TDM and CP game modes. It allows for the combination of overpowered perks and weapons that you will often find players abusing just so they can win. Some of the perks prove to be useless in comparison to those that you will later unlock, and thus go unused as you level up. As for weapons, the Plasma Cannon and Grenades (which majority of players use because of how ridiculously powerful they are) are the most annoying and have turned the game into just a frag fest. Grenades, alone, have the ability to stun and do massive damage, so when players see an enemy, they just throw all they have (two grenades where that number can be doubled and the power strengthened by perks) and are pretty much guaranteed the kill because of the large blast radius. In fact, I would like to point this out especially because it makes me laugh everytime I see it, there is a tip during the loading screen that says to use the combat roll to try and escape explosions. But, of course, this tactic never works, as a grenade or plasma blast interrupts the combat roll and the next one finishes you off. As for melee weapons, your enemy can often step out of the way and continue shooting you if you choose to use the Hammer/Maul as it is too slow and does not have much of a forward reach like the Chainsword or Axe. It seems to me there was no game testing done at all before release, and players were actually given the Beta as a final product (something attributable to those game developers looking for some quick cash). And, as it has already been announced, they plan to release future additions/features as paid for DLC (which should be free and a part of the original release). To introduce something new so soon after release reveals the fact that the game was not polished enough and should have stayed in development, in order to include more content, resolve balancing issues, and keep players interested in the game. To put a level up cap of 41 in the game, which many players have already reached and thus working on weapon challenges is there only desire, results in a divided team where some are looking to gain the experience points by actually participating towards the goal of winning the match, while others have no interest in team work and are just looking to acquire certain kinds of kills for their weapon challenges. Overall, the game has not been able to keep my interest, nor the interest of many others, as I am already seeing the player count dwindle down as matches with a full player count have become a rarity. In doing such a bad job with the Multiplayer, I believe they have killed some of the replayability of this game and lost the respect of many players. Expand
  26. Nov 3, 2011
    1
    As an action shooter, the game play is really crappy. Your protaganist is a giant retard, who freezes after dodging, storming, shooting, executing, or even triggering rage mode. This makes the game hard to play, not because of tough enemies but because of clumsiness of your character. The plot is almost non-existent. It gets unbearably cliche and stupid towards the end. Also, theAs an action shooter, the game play is really crappy. Your protaganist is a giant retard, who freezes after dodging, storming, shooting, executing, or even triggering rage mode. This makes the game hard to play, not because of tough enemies but because of clumsiness of your character. The plot is almost non-existent. It gets unbearably cliche and stupid towards the end. Also, the protagonist is SO BORING. He just preaches cliches all the time, and he is so stupid. In the game there are so many times that the player would realize what's going on and whom not to trust, but this brainless captain Titus is like let's trust everybody and see if we get screwed. The game also have awful graphics as a 2011 game. It wouldn't bother me that much if only I'm not playing Crysis 2 at the same time. Overall, 1 out 10. 1 is for the few fun moments using jump packs. Expand
  27. Sep 15, 2011
    9
    Truly a great representation of Warhammer 40k. The dialog, characters and story are all portrayed as if games workshop themselves created it. Masterpiece. My only complaint is with the fact that they made it for console too so of course it massively lacks in some areas like multi-player and combat complexity. Makes me wish for the old days when games were written for PC then dumbed downTruly a great representation of Warhammer 40k. The dialog, characters and story are all portrayed as if games workshop themselves created it. Masterpiece. My only complaint is with the fact that they made it for console too so of course it massively lacks in some areas like multi-player and combat complexity. Makes me wish for the old days when games were written for PC then dumbed down ports were made for console.

    Somehow, we let the retards win and now everything is written for console then ported to pc :(
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  28. Nov 27, 2011
    10
    I bought this for the multiplayer - The Multiplayer: In terms of lag, its not laggy at all. (I live in europe) I have had almost no lag exept for once. (Though I still support dedicated servers for all pc games). There are many ppl online. I dont have to wait long to enter a match. you can costumise your appearance and loadout while in lobby witch is nice.
    The guns feel and sound cool. The
    I bought this for the multiplayer - The Multiplayer: In terms of lag, its not laggy at all. (I live in europe) I have had almost no lag exept for once. (Though I still support dedicated servers for all pc games). There are many ppl online. I dont have to wait long to enter a match. you can costumise your appearance and loadout while in lobby witch is nice.
    The guns feel and sound cool. The perks are balanced, you can be creative with them! The third person camera is great. The space marine feels mighty in multiplayer.

    I highly reccommend this game to ppl who like MP shooters, but want something new.
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  29. Sep 18, 2011
    10
    Game is nearly ideal! MP is a blast, as it's different than the regular FPS MP. This is definitely the sleeper hit of the year as it didn't get the exposure of some of the other games being released. Combat from melee to range is seamless and tonnes of fun hacking at Orks and then blasting them with your bolter.
  30. Sep 18, 2011
    9
    I for one came into this game as more of a fan of Warhammer than of this type of game. I have watched my son play Gears of War, a lot, so I am familiar with that game for comparison sake.

    From the Warhammer perspective, this game does not disappoint. It pretty much plays like any good Space Marine novel. I enjoyed the story, while some may critique the heavy use of cut scenes. I saw it
    I for one came into this game as more of a fan of Warhammer than of this type of game. I have watched my son play Gears of War, a lot, so I am familiar with that game for comparison sake.

    From the Warhammer perspective, this game does not disappoint. It pretty much plays like any good Space Marine novel. I enjoyed the story, while some may critique the heavy use of cut scenes. I saw it as a plus. Heck, i could have gone with even more extended scenes. I hope some creative souls out there get a hold of this game engine and use it to create some great Warhammer "movies". If you can make a cut scene, you can do a feature length Anime. ;-)

    The game play itself was reasonable. I found the same shortcomings that others have mentioned. Too close of a camera... getting killed while locked into a "special move" animation. I suspect that if a casual older gamer like myself can master the controls and make his way through the game without too much effort. Then someone like my son, a maniac 18 year old console gamer. Might find the game lacking enough challenge. That said, he likes reading the Warhammer books as well. He said "This game is Sick".

    I like the multi-player well enough. I think it needs to be "expanded" a lot. Different modes, and of course teh promised co op mode.
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  31. Sep 19, 2011
    10
    The single player is on the short side but I liked the variety of weapons and situations the game put me in. I liked the way the game made me use both melee and ranged weapons and by the end of the game I felt very powerful. Overall it was not a long game but the main point is that I had a lot of fun while playing.

    The multiplayer, on PC, is only as good as the host computer. Without
    The single player is on the short side but I liked the variety of weapons and situations the game put me in. I liked the way the game made me use both melee and ranged weapons and by the end of the game I felt very powerful. Overall it was not a long game but the main point is that I had a lot of fun while playing.

    The multiplayer, on PC, is only as good as the host computer. Without dedicated servers some hosts are very poor. The good thing is that I get matched up quickly and i get good hosts most of the time. Time flies when I play this game and that has not happened for a while.
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  32. Sep 30, 2011
    9
    From a single player perspective this game is amazing. They have designed an experience rich with the cannon of Warhammer that drops you into the world of the Space Marines. The controls were fast and easy to tune for faster game play at maximum difficulty. Although i found two drawbacks to this game... re-playability is not a main point for me. I found the repetition in redoing theFrom a single player perspective this game is amazing. They have designed an experience rich with the cannon of Warhammer that drops you into the world of the Space Marines. The controls were fast and easy to tune for faster game play at maximum difficulty. Although i found two drawbacks to this game... re-playability is not a main point for me. I found the repetition in redoing the identical thing rather boring. The multiplayer was effective although i find that its very unbalanced for new players. I highly recommend the game overall for an amazing experience. Expand
  33. Feb 5, 2012
    10
    I've never rated any game a 10, but I have no problem doing so with this title. I guess it is an accurate rating as if I were to write this game myself I would change nothing. Well only one single thing actually, I would leave it up to the player as to whether or not my Space Marine would be wearing their helmets. They don't during the whole game. :P Other than that, this is a perfectI've never rated any game a 10, but I have no problem doing so with this title. I guess it is an accurate rating as if I were to write this game myself I would change nothing. Well only one single thing actually, I would leave it up to the player as to whether or not my Space Marine would be wearing their helmets. They don't during the whole game. :P Other than that, this is a perfect FPS, better than any other I've played. It is different in combat tactics, the graphics are awesome and the story if great. The whole package is spot on from Games Workshops high standards. I am very familiar with the Space Marine Codex as well as Orks and the 40K premise and story line. To me this game NAILS it all perfectly. Bought it on sale too for $16.99, but it is well worth the full retail cost and then some. Love the visuals as well, they really bring the Warhammer 40K universe to light just the way it is on the books. I haven't even tried the multi player yet, saving that for after the campaign. Expand
  34. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    THQ deserves to keep the Warhammer 40k ip.
    The big question I always ask myself when I play a video game adaptation of something is "do I feel like".
    Lately alot of comic and movie adaptations seem to fail at this quite frequently (go play Thor or Green Lantern and get back to me) and in the past alot of great i.p's or franchises have been butchered in the video game department. Not since
    THQ deserves to keep the Warhammer 40k ip.
    The big question I always ask myself when I play a video game adaptation of something is "do I feel like".
    Lately alot of comic and movie adaptations seem to fail at this quite frequently (go play Thor or Green Lantern and get back to me) and in the past alot of great i.p's or franchises have been butchered in the video game department.
    Not since Arkum Asylum have I felt so much like the central character , and been so immersed in a familiar world. So in answer to the question in my opening statement...
    I FEEL LIKE A SPACE MARINE WHEN I PLAY THIS GAME!
    Wading into a horde of orcs with chainsword in one hand bolter in the other, I loved the seemless switching between mele and ranged combat. Controls are amazing , the single player is a work of art, and the multi-player is a blast and the co-op is some of the best I've ever played! Only thing missing is dedicated servers. DLC has proven worth it for me too with the Dreadnaught mode in MP and the Chaos Unleashed pack was a nice change up for co-op, slaughtering thousands of guardsmen instead of orcs (in most cases both at once) playing as Chaos.
    Space Marine was just what WH40K needed in the video game department and THQ has come through again.
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  35. Sep 20, 2011
    8
    Campaign was fun but short, multiplayer is really fun and the various options and loadouts you can choose is good. Lag only a problem when the host has a bad connection.

    Overall a good experience, just wish for longer solo player campaign.
  36. Jan 5, 2012
    8
    This game is good. If your a fan of Warhammer 40k then i dont think youll be disapointed... i played the board game when i was a kid and this was the first games workshop game i played since. Since then ive bought the dawn of war series due to this game (which is awsome but thats a diff review), its fun..but only if you know or like the warhammer 40k series, like do u know what a vox is?This game is good. If your a fan of Warhammer 40k then i dont think youll be disapointed... i played the board game when i was a kid and this was the first games workshop game i played since. Since then ive bought the dawn of war series due to this game (which is awsome but thats a diff review), its fun..but only if you know or like the warhammer 40k series, like do u know what a vox is? or an Inquisitor? if not it would probably be a bit confusing...the reason i give it an 8 is because the battle music isnt great and all you fight it orks and chaos marines, but the chaos are only in the bitter end.. no eldar or anything else, but ya, a good and fun game...again only if u know the warhammer world, otherwise youll be hopelessly confused and kinda dissapointed in my opinion. Expand
  37. Sep 6, 2011
    6
    It's decent, just like I expected. The overall gameplay is quite fun it's a good hack-and-slash, you'll definitely get your fair share of orks. Theres definitely some cool weapons, left hand with a giant hammer and right with an assault rifle, kick ass. The combo system was a good idea too, it worked out well. However, there is a serious lack of content in this game. The single player wasIt's decent, just like I expected. The overall gameplay is quite fun it's a good hack-and-slash, you'll definitely get your fair share of orks. Theres definitely some cool weapons, left hand with a giant hammer and right with an assault rifle, kick ass. The combo system was a good idea too, it worked out well. However, there is a serious lack of content in this game. The single player was roughly 6-7 hours long, it was an okay/good story, crappy voice acting though. Most of the single player is a serious roll, it offered little challenged to more experienced gamers, even on "hard". The multiplayer played well, it is extremely generic however .. it has two modes, capture the objective and team death match.. that's it, nothing more. Apparently theres a co op mode coming in October, well.. I won't be playing this game then. Expand
  38. Sep 7, 2011
    4
    As a true fan of 40K I can say I will never pick this game up again to play at any point. The failure to find a sweet spot for game play turns this sour early & stays sour. As a button masher this isn't the worst I have ever played but it forces you to close the range gap to heal your self in close combat with stuns & then death blows, that fails to work when you are getting shot at &As a true fan of 40K I can say I will never pick this game up again to play at any point. The failure to find a sweet spot for game play turns this sour early & stays sour. As a button masher this isn't the worst I have ever played but it forces you to close the range gap to heal your self in close combat with stuns & then death blows, that fails to work when you are getting shot at & have a mob of over 10 orc's around you. The shinny did hit the mark with the feel & story that is 40k but if you cant enjoy the game at all I don't see how that could raise the mark at all. The more I played this game the more I just hated it, you don't feel like a space marine you feel weak & frail not a gene altered human that's 8 ft tall in armor & that has been trained to handle every thing. One of the major problems just comes from the play balance having 360 combat all targeting the player with shooting raining down & no way to get healed but to stay in the melee mix just fails as it drags out every combat & makes the next combat worse if you didn't get healed & remember you still have to run to the shooters to kill them or just get chipped away as you shoot back & don't get healed, the game really just felt like pulling teeth after some levels. This is the fan in me that cant let this one go the bolter is a gyrojet rifle (look it up its a real weapon) not a machingun & it just makes the space marine so much less, a bolter is for a skilled fighter one shot = one kill the machingun is for some one who cant shoot & needs 20 shots to hit. This mite be a fan based review & I mite hate it because they didn't come close on the feel of how a space marine should feel in the game, but with out the back ground story I know the game play still sucked. Expand
  39. Sep 11, 2011
    9
    Loved the game and the story. As someone new to WH40K lore, it was a good introduction. I loved the combat especially the melee mechanics. It was well worth the price. The multiplayer is also good but can he chaotic at times. The only flaw for me was it was too short, save multiplayer it was a 8-10 hour experience.
  40. Sep 12, 2011
    10
    Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine is a fantastic game. I honestly didnâ
  41. Sep 6, 2011
    5
    I shall Break this review down into the good and the bad...The good: This game very accurately portrays the Warhammer 40K universe exceptionally, the dialogue, the lore, and the massive scale architecture, Relic got all that spot on. Multiplayer has great customization for your character, Armor customization and weapon load outs...The Bad: The single player campaign is short, about 5 and aI shall Break this review down into the good and the bad...The good: This game very accurately portrays the Warhammer 40K universe exceptionally, the dialogue, the lore, and the massive scale architecture, Relic got all that spot on. Multiplayer has great customization for your character, Armor customization and weapon load outs...The Bad: The single player campaign is short, about 5 and a half hours on hard mode. There are no vehicles...at all. The violence is just over the top ridiculous, and the melee combat is just an awful hack and slash. The multiplayer basically follows the Call of Duty formula, there are weapon load outs, along with perks, but the biggest problem...is that there are only 2 game types. At this point I pretty much know relic for always having 1-2 different game types for all of their games, anyone here ever played Team Fortress 2, or halo? Know how many game types are in them? 10X more than Space marine. This multiplayer will get pretty dull really fast for it horribly lacks variety, and it requires absolutely no team work. I am especially disappointed that there are no vehicles, Even the first halo game had vehicles and more game types, and that is a 10 year old game... In short, the game is pretty mediocre, not worth 50 dollars. Expand
  42. Sep 17, 2011
    0
    This is the worst console port of 2011. Single: No fun at all to its ending. Multi: Out of balance. The graphic engine is damn old. This may suit for kids under age of 12. Others surely hope to get refund back.
  43. Jan 7, 2012
    3
    SP? Yeah it's great game, very brutal and violent. Like Darksiders, but it focuses on firearms and slashing through hoards of orks. The game is very generous in terms of blood too.

    MP? Pretty good. You'll get unlocks along with your rank ups. If you plyaed CoD or BF3, I'm sure you'll see the big picture. BUT... there's one annoying "known problem" on the pc version. The sound's fcked up
    SP? Yeah it's great game, very brutal and violent. Like Darksiders, but it focuses on firearms and slashing through hoards of orks. The game is very generous in terms of blood too.

    MP? Pretty good. You'll get unlocks along with your rank ups. If you plyaed CoD or BF3, I'm sure you'll see the big picture.

    BUT... there's one annoying "known problem" on the pc version. The sound's fcked up regularly, crackling and delayed or echoed. Everything else seems to be allright, but the sound, is really broken.

    You'll want to play this kind of game with very high volume so you can actually feel the rage and the brutality of the battle, but with that sound problem... not.
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  44. Nov 28, 2011
    4
    Nothing but buyers remorse. I must say, when I bought this game, it came with great disappointment. The campaign lasted me roughly 5 hours, which when you dislike multiplayer in shooter games, is a steep price to pay for such little content. The coop modes werent out when I played the game, so I never got to experience those, but even with them I still would probably suffer from buyersNothing but buyers remorse. I must say, when I bought this game, it came with great disappointment. The campaign lasted me roughly 5 hours, which when you dislike multiplayer in shooter games, is a steep price to pay for such little content. The coop modes werent out when I played the game, so I never got to experience those, but even with them I still would probably suffer from buyers remorse. This game just isnt worth the money paid, and no matter how much content was added, never will be. When this game goes on sale for cheap, like 10 bucks or less, it will be worth someones money. And it probably wont be until then that I have friends buy it, and can actually see how the coop is, since my friends made the smart choice, and didnt preorder the game. Expand
  45. Sep 17, 2011
    8
    This is the best action shooting 40k game in all time, considering this is only the second game of a shooter game. this is relics first shooter game - people out there who saying relic should go out of business and comparing to halo 1 its childish and gears of war would curb stomp the space marine, they dont know what they are talking about it. i give it a good score because needless toThis is the best action shooting 40k game in all time, considering this is only the second game of a shooter game. this is relics first shooter game - people out there who saying relic should go out of business and comparing to halo 1 its childish and gears of war would curb stomp the space marine, they dont know what they are talking about it. i give it a good score because needless to say its relics first shooter game and it certainly beats firewarrior, plus the 40k setting is spot on. i understand that relic didnt put as much potential as they should but the next game will ascend to the level and i wont be so nice to the next space marine if they fail to dash out more in the next sequel. now the good points of this game: overall a good storyline, though it maybe cliche but its a common start story of 40k and as long they bring out the important roles into it and make it awesome - with chaos and orks that is perfect! multiplayer, as i judge it is quite a competitive and diverse and tactical plus varieties! yes you start out poor and lower end weapons if you are new and fighting against people who have better stuff but thats the whole point. you must earn your way to the top, and with every weapon has a great mass killing spree and some has great disruption, and some of the starting weapons are still used by higher level players with perks added on. plus there is team work, sometimes my team lose badly because some stick together and the heavy weapons are like the artillery support and thats a good combo well unless if i come around corner and blindsight ya haha. anyways, yes, now the bad ones: glitchy, bad servers, limited modes and maps in mulitplayer, cheesy voice acting comparing to first dow which i still and love and play. also it can get really old really fast, but i have faith with relic that they can take this and makin it a better game and that wont happen til space marine 2 or whatever they will call it but i will exspect even more til then with more features and expanding the campaign and muliplayer capabilities depending on what or how much they are working at that time, hopefully not two more dow 2 expansions in two years. in conclusion if you have faith with relic, love 40k, and at least what another competitive or cooperative mutliplayer game, get it, if not, dont Expand
  46. Sep 16, 2011
    8
    @syrik It seems to me like you just go frustrated and quit with MP. You can mute people on PC in game by simply pressing the tab key and muting as you would in the lobby. That said, the PC MP could really use those options used in the greatest FPS games, like dedicated servers and push to talk, oh to never hear someone eat or yell BABY GET ME A@syrik It seems to me like you just go frustrated and quit with MP. You can mute people on PC in game by simply pressing the tab key and muting as you would in the lobby. That said, the PC MP could really use those options used in the greatest FPS games, like dedicated servers and push to talk, oh to never hear someone eat or yell BABY GET ME A SANDWICH..............................................The single player is short, but after playing Arkham Asylum I can understand why with this style of game they kept the campaign short. Most people loved Asylum, but after a while to me it became grappling, wait, one button kill, just as this game can simply be M1 M1 M1. However, I also found when playing SP that if you really work on trying to be a combat specialist and not just a rampaging juggernaut it takes a bit more skill and control besides hitting M1 M1 M1.............................................On the multi-player side, this game reminds me of CoD 2 in that the base of the game is very, very strong. With some more iteration this game could be come the third person sci-fi shooter. But that would mean not only putting in more PC control but also adding call downs like in modern CoD titles. In this way the game really could expand, however, I'm hoping that the MMO being developed runs in this direction, especially since newer PCs can push the LARGE, and that's an understatement, scope of this game's IP. Both in terms of number of races and such but also, scope in terms of HUGE battles which has little to no dead time, you should look up and see planes flying everywhere and pods dropping in and laser fire from unseen space craft in the sky. 40k is about nothing but war and this game is a great start but its still just Deathwatch in terms of numbers when it should be the Apocalypse expansion. Expand
  47. Sep 15, 2011
    10
    Whilst the RTS games of Relic Entertainement are brilliant I have to admit that Space Marine is a rather mediocre 3rd person shooter. Real depth and immersion never builds up, the story can be predicted and the rushing in waves of enemies get tedious. The animations don't look smooth and the small boss fights are ridiculously easy. Whilst I'm not a fan over cover systems in general thisWhilst the RTS games of Relic Entertainement are brilliant I have to admit that Space Marine is a rather mediocre 3rd person shooter. Real depth and immersion never builds up, the story can be predicted and the rushing in waves of enemies get tedious. The animations don't look smooth and the small boss fights are ridiculously easy. Whilst I'm not a fan over cover systems in general this game could need one. The planet or environment in which you fight as well as the textures lack detail and the the mindless fighting gets boring fast. Being a fan of numerous other shooters I have to say Relic better continues their great work on the RTS sector of the Wh40k franchise. Expand
  48. Oct 9, 2011
    3
    The singleplayer wasnt that bad. It was fun charging into a group of bad guys with your chainsword in one hand and the pistol in the other cutting them all down to size. But then thats all you did with the exception of the jet pack a couple times which was very satisfying, falling from the sky and splattering everything beneath you. Also when an enemy is stunned preforming a final kill onThe singleplayer wasnt that bad. It was fun charging into a group of bad guys with your chainsword in one hand and the pistol in the other cutting them all down to size. But then thats all you did with the exception of the jet pack a couple times which was very satisfying, falling from the sky and splattering everything beneath you. Also when an enemy is stunned preforming a final kill on them was pretty fun too. But the singleplayer seemed to lack any customisation at all apart from picking up a different weapon every so often.

    The multiplayer is terrible. For a start your now allowed to mute everyone, that was amazing update =/ which apparently also improves the connection. Wow. Playing the multiplayer the weapons are so far unbalanced its a joke with people sticking to the same old gun with a couple perks which allows them to sit in a corner and one shot everyone running by or just using the plasma launcher to kill groups without even having to use any skill. Then the latency issues combined with the terrible graphics just make it pointless to play which is a shame cuz is could have been soo much better.
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  49. Sep 8, 2011
    2
    This game could have been great. Let's start with the good.

    It looks pretty nice, and the music is actually pretty solid. The campaign manages to be fairly fun, too. That's where it ends. The campaign is short-6-8 hours per run. Not especially hard, either. On its own, it's not worth $50, though. The multiplayer is a buggy, laggy mess. It's unbalanced, and if you can even find a match,
    This game could have been great. Let's start with the good.

    It looks pretty nice, and the music is actually pretty solid. The campaign manages to be fairly fun, too. That's where it ends.

    The campaign is short-6-8 hours per run. Not especially hard, either. On its own, it's not worth $50, though. The multiplayer is a buggy, laggy mess. It's unbalanced, and if you can even find a match, you'll be slaughtered by what seems like nothing because the netcode is simply terrible.

    If this were a single-player game, I can see giving it a 5 or 6. But it isn't. I paid for a game with multiplayer, and what I basically got was a single-player game. I cannot in good conscience recommend this game to ANYONE.
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  50. Sep 24, 2011
    10
    GOOOOd GAAAME!!! The combat system with the range system works as well as I would hope, and there was enough diversity in the weapons that it kept me interested. Overall, Space Marine is a good game...
  51. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    This game. Oh my god, this game. I took a look at it (before I downloaded it) and thought it would be like the other Warhammer games. Was I wrong. I downloaded it, and got in, and I was completely spellbound by it when I got in. It had a feel like Gears of War, with the over-the-shoulder PoV and the creatures you fight, as well as the weapon change screen, and like Halo, with the UI,This game. Oh my god, this game. I took a look at it (before I downloaded it) and thought it would be like the other Warhammer games. Was I wrong. I downloaded it, and got in, and I was completely spellbound by it when I got in. It had a feel like Gears of War, with the over-the-shoulder PoV and the creatures you fight, as well as the weapon change screen, and like Halo, with the UI, shields/health system, and the resemblance to those nasty little Grunts. I absolutely love(d) this game and hope Capt. Titus brings us to a sequel. Expand
  52. Sep 6, 2011
    2
    I expect for some trolls to rate this as a 5/10 or rant about how shallow and repetitive the singleplayer game or multiplayer is; it is however, a proper and kick-ass space marine game! Plus, they finally have the Orks done right! (my opinion only, and, depends on which side you're on: Orks with a K or a C)

    This can be had for a bit cheaper on retail vs. the offer on Steam. My only gripe
    I expect for some trolls to rate this as a 5/10 or rant about how shallow and repetitive the singleplayer game or multiplayer is; it is however, a proper and kick-ass space marine game! Plus, they finally have the Orks done right! (my opinion only, and, depends on which side you're on: Orks with a K or a C)

    This can be had for a bit cheaper on retail vs. the offer on Steam. My only gripe is how the game lobby and multiplayer matches is implemented: it doesn't look well thought-through and, crossing my fingers, network code is optimised and correctly implemented. The console-port feel of the game also is a bit jarring at times for a PC-purist like me.
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  53. Sep 6, 2011
    6
    No co-op is a big mistake. Adding it as a DLC won't make up for it. Multiplayer is kind of a joke, given the amount of maps, and most of the time, it's a campfest. Singleplayer is also bad in my opinion. Story doesn't grasp you, neither does the atmosphere of the game. Having to execute something to get HP back is a BIG mistake. Also, there is no progression in SP. Also, it is short. FeltNo co-op is a big mistake. Adding it as a DLC won't make up for it. Multiplayer is kind of a joke, given the amount of maps, and most of the time, it's a campfest. Singleplayer is also bad in my opinion. Story doesn't grasp you, neither does the atmosphere of the game. Having to execute something to get HP back is a BIG mistake. Also, there is no progression in SP. Also, it is short. Felt like a waste of money to be honest. After playing Darksiders, God of War, Mass Effect, and some other TPS games, this game doesn't excel in any of these; action/brawler/TPS. Average on all. And annoying as hell. While trying to get some HP back, being unable to move in animation while some rockets are heading on your way is surely fun. Expand
  54. Sep 27, 2011
    10
    This game had me hooked off the bat. Immediately as you begin playing your dropped into the mist of action and right away your already hacking and slashing your foes. I realize there is a lot of lore behind Warhammer 40,000 from a gamer perspective I enjoy the game play mechanics. It gives you the best feeling of what a space marine would be like. Using a jump pack is superbly fun I knewThis game had me hooked off the bat. Immediately as you begin playing your dropped into the mist of action and right away your already hacking and slashing your foes. I realize there is a lot of lore behind Warhammer 40,000 from a gamer perspective I enjoy the game play mechanics. It gives you the best feeling of what a space marine would be like. Using a jump pack is superbly fun I knew it was going to be good but I spent hours and hours of simply dropping on top of my foes and finishing them off in melee combat. At the same time if you prefer range combat you can easily work on that and for working on that specific class you gain perks to help you out. A survival coop will be released soon and I sure as hell cant wait to get my hands on it after all many games become really big because of coop game play. Another thing is if relic continues releasing maps and game modes this game will last even longer which is a plus since Relic has been known to release these kinds of things in the past. There are still a few things that could have been taken into accountability the levels feel a little linear not too much freedom unfortunately also it only held me for about a good 12-13 hours campaign wise. Which if I do say so myself is longer then most of the other games I have played but overall this game was quite successful in capturing the audience of Warhammer 40,000 fans and luring new fans into the fray. Overall it is a fun and good game I will keep playing this and so long as it has support such as future DLC's and maybe one day allow modding support I will keep playing this game. Expand
  55. Sep 8, 2011
    3
    I am going to split this review into two parts : Singleplayer and Multiplayer.

    SINGLEPLAYER - In singleplayer, this game is fantastic. You have two different styles of combat, melee and ranged and both are rather fun. In melee as you might expect you get to chop orks to pieces there are 3 basic types of attack: Strike, Stun and Execute. Strike is pretty self explanatory, stun lets
    I am going to split this review into two parts : Singleplayer and Multiplayer.

    SINGLEPLAYER -

    In singleplayer, this game is fantastic. You have two different styles of combat, melee and ranged and both are rather fun. In melee as you might expect you get to chop orks to pieces there are 3 basic types of attack: Strike, Stun and Execute. Strike is pretty self explanatory, stun lets you stun an enemy so that you can execute them, which restores health. Ranged is pretty much the same as every other FPS on the market. The story is serviceable, but nothing special. The singleplayer is what stopped me rating this game even lower.

    MULTIPLAYER -

    Multiplayer, on the other hand would be fantastic fun IF it were not for terrible matchmaking and no dedicated servers. It consistently matches you to players in another country resulting in pings upward of 500ms, on a 13 mbps connection resulting in a nearly unplayable game. There are no options to set max ping, min ping or pretty much an option to do with what match you are put in. It is for this reason that I have scored it so low. If this were to be fixed I would rate this game a 8 or 9, but as I bought it for multiplayer primarly this is unacceptable and the reason I have scored it so low.
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  56. Sep 22, 2012
    8
    I like this game, i really do. I gave it only 8, for dead multiplayer and short gameplay, campaign could be a bit longer. Combat system is brilliant, melee weapons are pure pleasure to use. Everything runs smooth, no technical issues, controls are responsive enough. Graphics is nice and music is solid. Definitely worth its price.
  57. Mar 7, 2012
    7
    Bad first: It is simple and a bit short and the multiplayer has no dedicated server service but nothing else is wrong with the game. It is a very fun SP gameplay and also MP makes ton's of fun. Just perfect for some stressless hours of splattering your enemys with a big smile on your face.
  58. Mar 28, 2012
    8
    I have really been enjoying playing this title. While I have never been into the board aspect(s) of the Warhammer Universe I own each of the PC titles beginning with Dawn of War, and to be honest this was a nice break from the "usual". I am hoping for future updates to squash many of the little bugs, albeit none critical on my rig, to truly make everything more seamless, and hopefully alsoI have really been enjoying playing this title. While I have never been into the board aspect(s) of the Warhammer Universe I own each of the PC titles beginning with Dawn of War, and to be honest this was a nice break from the "usual". I am hoping for future updates to squash many of the little bugs, albeit none critical on my rig, to truly make everything more seamless, and hopefully also address smoothing out and, or creating more consistent frames per second in many scenarios. Trust me my rig can handle any of the modern titles, in fact I am still waiting for a title to truly utilize all the PC powa I have waiting to ambush Dx11-plus titles with textures, and polygons running amuck. Yet, overall I have recommended this title to my friends and look forward to continue progressing through this cinematic FPS playstyle! Expand
  59. Jun 30, 2012
    5
    The idea would have been so great! But this mindless button smashing and control point system, to watch, listen, go, kill BEFORE you can fix your error is sooo stupid. Thats why I hate console games and ports for the pc. Take Einstein's brain and put a mouse's in his head instead. Thats console... And this was developed by RELIC (CoH, DoW 1-2). You need no brains, no tactic (even if youThe idea would have been so great! But this mindless button smashing and control point system, to watch, listen, go, kill BEFORE you can fix your error is sooo stupid. Thats why I hate console games and ports for the pc. Take Einstein's brain and put a mouse's in his head instead. Thats console... And this was developed by RELIC (CoH, DoW 1-2). You need no brains, no tactic (even if you try, you fail - you cant spare ammo, if you're full granades and press E, they disappear in thin air...).
    Soo weak game for a so good universe (thats the 5 points I gave), from so good developers... They obviously needed the money... Or I dunno...
    (Check box for spoilers? For this game? Lol.)
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  60. Mar 11, 2015
    5
    Only recommend for fans of the 40k universe. Seems like a lazily thrown together game. Big and dumb, lots of noise both visual and audible combined with a very close third-person camera can make game-play very confusing. Add to this the use of squigs whose presence is usually signalled only by their screech with is inaudible through combat and you end up with too many deaths that feelOnly recommend for fans of the 40k universe. Seems like a lazily thrown together game. Big and dumb, lots of noise both visual and audible combined with a very close third-person camera can make game-play very confusing. Add to this the use of squigs whose presence is usually signalled only by their screech with is inaudible through combat and you end up with too many deaths that feel cheap. Enemy's hits will register despite that on screen they miss by meters and illogical enemy design, for instance Orks who carry massive shields are most easily defeated by being rushed head-on with a melee weapon.

    The idea that you can only heal by executing enemies is cool, though it is bewildering to watch Captain Titus stand still for half a second or more after finishing an execution or melee combo just blithely allowing enemies to wail on him before the player regains control.

    The PC port was obviously not a priority, the most obvious evidence is the key bindings. To zoom with scoped weapons you press [ctrl], to change the magnification you press [z]. [ctrl] is forgiveable given melee is quite reasonably bound to [mouse2] but there is little reason why in the context of zooming the magnification cannot be re-bound to the mouse-wheel which would be much more ergonomic for a key-board and mouse.

    Space Marine just feels half-arsed.
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  61. Aug 10, 2013
    6
    First the good. The seamless integration between range and melee combat makes combat fluid and enjoyable. The variety of weapons is nice and largely well balanced. While there aren't a lot of graphics options for PC, the visuals and effects are good and the game performs smoothly without devouring a lot of resources. Controls with both gamepad and mouse and keyboard work perfectly andFirst the good. The seamless integration between range and melee combat makes combat fluid and enjoyable. The variety of weapons is nice and largely well balanced. While there aren't a lot of graphics options for PC, the visuals and effects are good and the game performs smoothly without devouring a lot of resources. Controls with both gamepad and mouse and keyboard work perfectly and are very intuitive.

    Now the bad. The game is short and not very replayable. The multiplayer fell way short of expectations. Peer to peer matchmaking means a load of lag. While this may be ok for THQs RTS games, it makes the action oriented Space Marine nearly unplayable in multiplayer. In order to get the most out of multiplayer (access to all modes and characters) you will need to let THQ nickle and dime you with DLC packs. So much superfluous DLC it's just nauseating. Since THQ is now defunct, multiplayer is no longer getting updates, though it still works as far as I know.

    The single player experience is worth it for both action game fans and Warhammer fans. Outside of that, there is no reason to play this game.
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  62. May 16, 2012
    8
    Whilst the bloody and gory combat is exciting and fun with blood splashing everywhere on the screen. It is one of the few above average parts of this game. Luckily you will spend ~90% of the game doing this.The story could be more interesting but it wasn't bad. The game is entirely linear with no plot choices to be made at all, I think a few choices here and there could have made the plotWhilst the bloody and gory combat is exciting and fun with blood splashing everywhere on the screen. It is one of the few above average parts of this game. Luckily you will spend ~90% of the game doing this.The story could be more interesting but it wasn't bad. The game is entirely linear with no plot choices to be made at all, I think a few choices here and there could have made the plot a lot better. The multiplayer continues the great combat except without all the blood (as there are no orks). Overall I would recommend this game to a friend. It is a fun exciting game purely for the combat. Unfortunately if you are looking for a deep stoery you most likely will not get it here. Expand
  63. Jul 6, 2012
    7
    Not spectacularly innovative, but fun in places. The game is a little one-dimensional in that there are only three enemy types - Orks, more Orks and Chaos forces, gameplay ranges from "go here, shoot that" to "go there, shoot this". Multiplayer is a much-needed addition and offers deathmatches as well as co-op style matches. Possibly offers more for the WH40K fan than to those who areNot spectacularly innovative, but fun in places. The game is a little one-dimensional in that there are only three enemy types - Orks, more Orks and Chaos forces, gameplay ranges from "go here, shoot that" to "go there, shoot this". Multiplayer is a much-needed addition and offers deathmatches as well as co-op style matches. Possibly offers more for the WH40K fan than to those who are unaware of the Games Workshop franchise. Not a bad buy but would recommend only doing so if found for under £10.99. Expand
  64. Oct 15, 2013
    5
    This game really offers anything interesting or fun only to Warhammer fans. The pacing is terrible, with frantic hack-and-slash followed by endless corridor walking while you are listening to dialogue that is only added flavour. As a Warhammer 40,000 fan, I sort of liked the short adventure of a single marine, even if the plot was so obvious and seen so many times before that it was almostThis game really offers anything interesting or fun only to Warhammer fans. The pacing is terrible, with frantic hack-and-slash followed by endless corridor walking while you are listening to dialogue that is only added flavour. As a Warhammer 40,000 fan, I sort of liked the short adventure of a single marine, even if the plot was so obvious and seen so many times before that it was almost insulting. The voice acting is decent, art is great (it is Warhammer, after all), sounds and music very good. Still... you are not missing anything, if you won't pick this up. Expand
  65. Nov 22, 2013
    7
    Space Marine is a decent, satisfying bone crunching hack-and-slash shooter coupled with nice graphics and let down by its single player modes linear gameplay, dull environment and short longevity Warhammer 40K fans will like Space Marine but should grabbed in the Steam sales at 75%+ off.
  66. Sep 12, 2014
    8
    Well done graphics and storyline. Follows accurately in the Warhammer universe. Diverse amount of weaponry, and cool graphical interactions with the melee weapons. Aiming and movement are fine as well.
    Game was a little too short, but not overly. The only real letdown was the final battle (which consisted of the hero fighting the villain in a cutscene that only required pressing the right
    Well done graphics and storyline. Follows accurately in the Warhammer universe. Diverse amount of weaponry, and cool graphical interactions with the melee weapons. Aiming and movement are fine as well.
    Game was a little too short, but not overly. The only real letdown was the final battle (which consisted of the hero fighting the villain in a cutscene that only required pressing the right key at the right time to continue winning the fight (think Star Wars: The Force Unleashed cut scene attacks, or Just Cause 2 when trying to steal a vehicle).
    Worthwhile game though.
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  67. Jul 1, 2012
    8
    This game is nothing truly spectacular, but it's solid. Definitely worth the 7.50 I paid for it. Some notable strengths include the intense, fast-paced combat and the portrayal of the Warhammer 40K universe from a Space Marine's perspective. Notable weaknesses include the linear, hedged-in gameplay, the healing system, and the fact that the power hammer weapon, when equipped at the wrongThis game is nothing truly spectacular, but it's solid. Definitely worth the 7.50 I paid for it. Some notable strengths include the intense, fast-paced combat and the portrayal of the Warhammer 40K universe from a Space Marine's perspective. Notable weaknesses include the linear, hedged-in gameplay, the healing system, and the fact that the power hammer weapon, when equipped at the wrong times, makes certain areas extremely difficult to beat. Expand
  68. Dec 11, 2012
    8
    If you played the Warhammer 40k strategy games you're gonna love it for sure, but even if you didn't play any Warhammer games before you're gonna love the campaign. I played so many games in my life, from Final Fantasy to Amnesia, so I can say that this game has a really solid story better than most of the games that came out in 2011/2012. You really get into the story and how theIf you played the Warhammer 40k strategy games you're gonna love it for sure, but even if you didn't play any Warhammer games before you're gonna love the campaign. I played so many games in my life, from Final Fantasy to Amnesia, so I can say that this game has a really solid story better than most of the games that came out in 2011/2012. You really get into the story and how the Warhammer world feels and you really get into your character you play. Along with a great story you get a combat system with a lot of action, you have a lot of weapons to choose from and every weapon has some pro's and con's so you need to choose what fits you the most. You actually also feel some progress with every new weapon and upgrade and don't feel like you get some useless junk you're never going to use. It actually gets pretty challenging when you get almost an endless horde of enemies storming at you, it's a hack and slash but you can die easily sometimes if you don't shoot some other more dangerous enemies first. You get also quiet a lot of different enemies from the very weak you can kill in one shot to the tank that smashes you to death in 3-4 attacks. I can't give any review to the multi-player because I didn't played it yet, I rather enjoy a single-player campaign with a good story than multi-player but maybe I'm gonna give it a try sometime. I give it a 8 because it's better than a lot of other hack'n'slash games out there and quiet underrated compared to others, but there's still a lot of potential that could have been done in the game, like upgradable armor and skills like in the Warhammer strategy games. Expand
  69. Jan 15, 2013
    8
    This is only a review of the single player campaign. I thought it was quite enjoyable. Combat was fun and fast with really good cinematic effects, love those slow motion executions. The game was devoid of any tedious elements and kept the pace going solid right up to the end. I completely disagree with the guy saying hallway shooters are dated. Most "freedom" added in games is just aThis is only a review of the single player campaign. I thought it was quite enjoyable. Combat was fun and fast with really good cinematic effects, love those slow motion executions. The game was devoid of any tedious elements and kept the pace going solid right up to the end. I completely disagree with the guy saying hallway shooters are dated. Most "freedom" added in games is just a bunch of tedious garbage that adds nothing and slows the pace of the game down. There's no inventory in this, no crafting, no skill points, no secret rooms, just go and kill. Sounds perfect if you ask me. The control wasn't 100%, there's a couple funky issues due to the fact that this is a console port, but nothing game breaking at all. Mostly the melee is a tad difficult with mouse/keyboard. The mouse aiming was solid and that's usually the biggest culprit in console ports. They do a good job of making you swap between melee/ranged as you can't reload while things are hitting you. I liked the heal mechanic quite a bit which involves executing an enemy. The first negative review you read here complains about how you keep getting hit while you're doing this execute, ya well no **** buddy. You're supposed to use it on the last guy or last 2 guys, not wade into combat trying to heal. Plus by the end of the game you can usually use your fury cooldown to heal if you're in trouble. It's not an issue at all. The ending was satisfying which is pretty important IMO. The story was nothing special with some relatively predictable twists but solid enough to carry the game onward. It took me about 12 hours to get through the campaign. Expand
  70. Jan 7, 2013
    5
    A somewhat disappointing experience in the end. The game is just an attempt to make money off Warhammer 40,000. It is aimed at the current WH40K fanbase, and is unlikely to earn it any new fans. The graphics are average with somewhat uninspired environments, but there is a large amount of gore, which is nice compared to all the "kid friendly" shooters these days. The sound effects are goodA somewhat disappointing experience in the end. The game is just an attempt to make money off Warhammer 40,000. It is aimed at the current WH40K fanbase, and is unlikely to earn it any new fans. The graphics are average with somewhat uninspired environments, but there is a large amount of gore, which is nice compared to all the "kid friendly" shooters these days. The sound effects are good and the voice acting, too. Story, although predictable for any WH40K veterans, is good enough for a game like this. The gameplay combines (rather simple) melee combos with third person shooting which, refreshingly enough, doesn't utilize the cover system. Combining those two with great levels of gore, the player can see what it's like to be a Space Marine, rather than modern games' generic sissies sitting in cover half the game. The game's first big negative is the amount of wasted RPG and sandbox potential.With the RPG elements lacking entirely and the whole game being set on a single planet with very little visual change between linear levels. The second negative is the shameless money-grabbing i.e all the pointless and overpriced DLC that should have been in the game from the start. When everything comes together, you have a decent TPS which gets a lower score because it could have been so much more, had the developers not taken the easier path just to make more money. Expand
  71. Feb 19, 2013
    7
    Combines third person shooting with third person hack n slash pretty well. While the melee combat isn't as deep as games like God of War, it's still very fun to hack up tons of orcs rushing at you. There are tons of enemies that it becomes over whelming, which adds to the difficulty. While the gameplay is great, graphics look really good, and music fits well, this game really lacks story.Combines third person shooting with third person hack n slash pretty well. While the melee combat isn't as deep as games like God of War, it's still very fun to hack up tons of orcs rushing at you. There are tons of enemies that it becomes over whelming, which adds to the difficulty. While the gameplay is great, graphics look really good, and music fits well, this game really lacks story. I felt like I was just moving from one section to another just to hack up more orcs with no real purpose behind what I'm doing. If the story were more engaging, this game would be an easy recommend, but it's still worth checking out for the gameplay. Expand
  72. Dec 24, 2013
    10
    A highly under-rated entertaining action game.

    Pros -The 40k universe is well pictured and as expected revolves around the unsubtle epicness of the franchise. -The RPG elements nicely supports the action part of the game, rather in-depth visual personalisation and decent class/ability/perk unlockable system -Great multiplayer in all its variants, co-op arenas, tdm, ffa etc. -The
    A highly under-rated entertaining action game.

    Pros
    -The 40k universe is well pictured and as expected revolves around the unsubtle epicness of the franchise.
    -The RPG elements nicely supports the action part of the game, rather in-depth visual personalisation and decent class/ability/perk unlockable system
    -Great multiplayer in all its variants, co-op arenas, tdm, ffa etc.
    -The gameplay action and feel of power is just brilliant and makes all the fun, especially in multiplayer.
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  73. Apr 13, 2013
    8
    On discount it's really worth picking up. Everything feels WH40K, movement has good weight, weapons are fun to use and melee combat is integrated excellently. Most shooters that have some type of melee attack have it as a emergency move for the purpose of having something to do when out of ammo. Not in Space Marine, it's part of the game and knowing which enemies you should spend timeOn discount it's really worth picking up. Everything feels WH40K, movement has good weight, weapons are fun to use and melee combat is integrated excellently. Most shooters that have some type of melee attack have it as a emergency move for the purpose of having something to do when out of ammo. Not in Space Marine, it's part of the game and knowing which enemies you should spend time smacking around vs shooting makes the game that much more dynamic.

    Jump pack storm hammer? OMG best thing ever. I think they knew this and it only happens a couple times in the game, but if it was always available, I don't think I would have used anything else. Too much fun.

    However, it is linear and with everything in the WH40K universe to choose from, they could have done so much more. So -1 point for being too linear and -1 point for missing it's potential. But really fun and satisfying experience overall.
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  74. Ndi
    May 20, 2014
    8
    I wish this game had no multiplayer. So many poor reviews, simply because MP was lacking.

    It is a great SP game, and it gives, IMO great immersion. Games can either go for great mechanics, a great story, excellent graphics, and manage to be good games. There are great games out there, but it doesn't have to be a masterpiece to be a good game. If you get a Space Marine game, you pay
    I wish this game had no multiplayer. So many poor reviews, simply because MP was lacking.

    It is a great SP game, and it gives, IMO great immersion. Games can either go for great mechanics, a great story, excellent graphics, and manage to be good games. There are great games out there, but it doesn't have to be a masterpiece to be a good game.

    If you get a Space Marine game, you pay to be the fury of the Emperor, incarnate. The purpose of this game is to make you feel like the Emperor's finest, and it does. It doesn't need the best graphics ever to be a GOOD game. And it is, it is a good game.

    It has good sound, good immersion, nice kills and a good overall feel to it.

    Now, it had poor controls (way too many buttons for a PC). Jump and smash-land should be same button. Double-tapping keys should have implemented dodging, instead of more buttons. Holding Melee should have been stun, and lo and behold, they fit on a mouse and directional keys instead of having 11 controls (I have an older version of the game, maybe they fixed that).

    And these things (controls, checkpoints, etc) keeps it from being a GREAT game. But it is a GOOD game, and I recommend it. I heard people say 50 dollars. I recommend you get it cheaper. Right now it's 20E and I say go get it.
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  75. May 20, 2013
    7
    As it stands now, Multiplayer is brutal and almost unforgiving to new comers, How ever it has its enjoyable moments, Exterminatus is enjoyable,though some recent bugs have started to annoy. Campaign is enjoyable and fun, the story is well written with some amazing art work and characters. But as Multiplayer stand currently, 41 level cap and weapon buffs severely punishing new players, iAs it stands now, Multiplayer is brutal and almost unforgiving to new comers, How ever it has its enjoyable moments, Exterminatus is enjoyable,though some recent bugs have started to annoy. Campaign is enjoyable and fun, the story is well written with some amazing art work and characters. But as Multiplayer stand currently, 41 level cap and weapon buffs severely punishing new players, i can not give this game a 10/10 how ever it wholly earns its 7. Expand
  76. May 28, 2014
    7
    The problem with Space Marine is the same as many games out there in these days: its way too simple, easy and linear. They game needs a better combat system, one more challenging and intense. Harder enemies, less ammo, no regeneration of health, bigger variety of enemies and variety of weapons since all of them are the basic guns of almost every shooter out thereThe problem with Space Marine is the same as many games out there in these days: its way too simple, easy and linear. They game needs a better combat system, one more challenging and intense. Harder enemies, less ammo, no regeneration of health, bigger variety of enemies and variety of weapons since all of them are the basic guns of almost every shooter out there (shotguns/snipers/lasers/mgs). Those are a few of the things I missed for this game. I like the idea of including melee combat, but its way too OP, i dont remember enemies counter attacking my melee attacks. I also missed the kind of gore that make a difference in gameplay, like in Ninja Gaiden. I would like to see the game to be a bit more tactical, make a real use of your companions, like giving them orders. Also, why not a reloading/jamming system as in gear of war. It is a good game for a low price if you are into action games. I really hope Relic bring us more, Warhammer universe have a lot to offer. Expand
  77. Jun 30, 2013
    6
    Take combat from Arkham Asylum and make it worse, then take combat from Gears of War or any of it's clone and make it worse. Now combine those two and you have Space Marine. The gameplay is at some points great fun and at some points simply tedious. The other thing I found to be wrong in this game was the direction of cinematography etc. I don't think the game knows what it wants to be.Take combat from Arkham Asylum and make it worse, then take combat from Gears of War or any of it's clone and make it worse. Now combine those two and you have Space Marine. The gameplay is at some points great fun and at some points simply tedious. The other thing I found to be wrong in this game was the direction of cinematography etc. I don't think the game knows what it wants to be. The WH40k universe is famous for being a dark and gritty place, but this game is neither that nor gratuitous tongue-in-cheek action. While that isn't bad per se, it just leaves the same bland feeling about it all that the so-so combat does.

    On the technical side, I found it the game to be more or less excellent. And despite the fact that the game is perhaps too short, the plot actually was pretty solid and fitting to the universe.
    If you're a fan of the WH40k franchise, you'll likely find the game good, even great. If you aren't though, be prepared for a... not bad, but not so good either show.

    One thing worth noting is that this is actually the developer's (Relic Entertainment) first non-RTS title, and for a first effort, it IS really solid. If there ever is a sequel made by the same studio, I'm expecting great things from it.
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  78. Aug 29, 2013
    8
    Space Marine is a brilliant game based on one of the best and most popular table top games.

    Relic has created a game which not only captures the atmosphere and brutality of the universe but delivers a competent story with enjoyable gameplay. You play a space marine captain sent to investigate a planet which has fallen silent. You soon discover the planet has fallen to the green tide
    Space Marine is a brilliant game based on one of the best and most popular table top games.

    Relic has created a game which not only captures the atmosphere and brutality of the universe but delivers a competent story with enjoyable gameplay.

    You play a space marine captain sent to investigate a planet which has fallen silent. You soon discover the planet has fallen to the green tide of Orks.

    The gameplay is smash the hell out of the Orks with awesome powerful melee weapons and blast them in the face with huge guns, the gameplay loop of smashing hordes of Orks to not only heal and pull off special moves works brilliantly.

    You feel powerful and can pump more points into the play style you prefer.

    The multiplayer is fun with a lot of unlocks but the P2P system on the PC functions adequate at best and normally most games one or two players are lagging like crazy.

    You can pick up Space Marine quite cheap now and it is real bargain.
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  79. Dec 31, 2013
    7
    A fantastic game which left me sitting there thinking 'is that it?'. It's way too short which is a great shame considering the quality of game play it offers.
  80. Jun 2, 2014
    8
    A solid third-person-shooter mixed with hack/slash. Graphics are good, Lore is accurate [minus the inquisitor being the same size as a space marine] , and controls feel good. . .really good. This is brought together with great sounds, making you 'feel' like an instrument of the Emperors wrath. I also really enjoy hearing the different sound for the remaining bolts in the magazine,A solid third-person-shooter mixed with hack/slash. Graphics are good, Lore is accurate [minus the inquisitor being the same size as a space marine] , and controls feel good. . .really good. This is brought together with great sounds, making you 'feel' like an instrument of the Emperors wrath. I also really enjoy hearing the different sound for the remaining bolts in the magazine, giving an audio cue of your remaining rounds without having to look.
    It does have its flaws, though. For starters, I am disappointed by the lack of graphic options. It always looks great, but I want the warm feeling of controlling the options. Also, the combat is not very deep, making the game feel repeatative at times. You could argue that it being a "hallway shooter" with limited freedom is a flaw, but it's still fairly standard practice in shooters. It does feel cramped at times, though. And limiting SPOILERS; while I felt the final battle had an anti-climatic end.....I really couldn't suggest something better without breaking lore/tabletop rules.

    Also throw in good steamworks multiplayer and horde co-op that still has a surprising amount of players for 2014.
    If you like sci-fi shooters, you can't really go wrong with this. It goes on sale occasionally on steam, so you can wait for the seasons if $30 is too much. If you are a fan of the Warhammer 40k universe you should already have this game.
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  81. Jan 16, 2014
    8
    The game is unique in its own way. Playing as a space marine in 3rd person I didn't mind, great game play experience. The things I found odd and kind of stupid in the game was the process in getting your health back. indeed sometimes its no problem. but in some situations where there is no cover and your getting blasted by guns and and hacked by axes I found it hard. also I was playing itThe game is unique in its own way. Playing as a space marine in 3rd person I didn't mind, great game play experience. The things I found odd and kind of stupid in the game was the process in getting your health back. indeed sometimes its no problem. but in some situations where there is no cover and your getting blasted by guns and and hacked by axes I found it hard. also I was playing it on hard. The weapons are great and the story is good. the graphics are brilliant at most stages of the game with allot of different things to fill in the landscape such as dead bodies, blood, etc gives you the atmosphere of war. I feel like most of the time that the main character you play does most of the killing seems like the other marines and imperial guard does very little damage. Never the less a good game to show you the might of a space marine captain. Expand
  82. Mar 23, 2014
    8
    Fantastic solo campaign, its a really great warhammer game. I would have liked a better cover system but the different events and boss battles make a big difference in breaking up the sometimes monotonous and linear level design. I cant talk about online or Co-op but hopefully soon.
  83. May 2, 2014
    5
    A mediocre game from all points of view, very predictible and non-fascinating storyline, repetitive and out-of-sync gameplay intensity, and I can't even remember listening to some nice music. You don't even care about your character, or any character in the game, or what happens, generally, you're just a killing machine on the lose, going as fast as you can while hoping to see theA mediocre game from all points of view, very predictible and non-fascinating storyline, repetitive and out-of-sync gameplay intensity, and I can't even remember listening to some nice music. You don't even care about your character, or any character in the game, or what happens, generally, you're just a killing machine on the lose, going as fast as you can while hoping to see the situation improving during the game, but it never does. This game is the ultimate example of mediocrity. Expand
  84. Aug 18, 2014
    8
    Killing things has never felt so good. Looks good sounds good. Story boring as all hell, but doesnt mean the game is. Every swing of a chain sword and every shot feels heavy and deadly. You see the pain it causes on your foes with blood going everywhere and you send them flying.
  85. Oct 24, 2014
    9
    I don't care for the warhammer games normally but this one took my by surprise. From start to finish i was having fun and felt like an action hero on steroids. Pick this up on steam if its less than $20 as its a little too short.
  86. Jul 18, 2013
    0
    Warhammer 40,000 meets Gears of War gameplay? Hell yeah! That's what my initial reaction was years back when the first in-game footage was released on youtube. Space Marine had an extreme amount of potential to be a rich RPG with lots of depth. It failed nearly in all aspects.

    Was it because of time constraints? Lack of experience from Relic for building this kind of game? Not enough
    Warhammer 40,000 meets Gears of War gameplay? Hell yeah! That's what my initial reaction was years back when the first in-game footage was released on youtube. Space Marine had an extreme amount of potential to be a rich RPG with lots of depth. It failed nearly in all aspects.

    Was it because of time constraints? Lack of experience from Relic for building this kind of game? Not enough staff? We may never know. But what we do know is what the result is. Average trash.

    A great introduction of the 40k "there is only war" motto into this type of gameplay. Massive (though empty) environments. Lots of different art assets used. Excellently captures 40k gothic feel. Animations average to above average. Sound quality above average. Character models are accurate to the lore and look fantastic.

    Unfortunately the good things stop there. One of my biggest gripes about modern RPG's is they usually start you off as a total badass, warrior of the universe from the very beginning. From second one you literally walk around & have people stare in awe at you when in reality the player has done nothing to earn this feeling yet. Space Marine does this.

    Relic had a good chance at RPG lore-friendly elements like character progression, armor/ability upgrading, vehicle combat and more but failed miserably. Instead the entire game is a grind your teeth on-rails experience with unlimited ammo. After every encounter there is ammo boxes everywhere & all weapons available. One wonders why they even put ammo boxes there in the first place and instead just give you unlimited ammo, it would be the same thing.

    Next up is enemies. There is less than a dozen enemy types in game. It ranges from a few ork types to chaos guardsmen, marines & deamons. You would think the different enemy types forces you to change tactics but it doesn't. For example some 'Ard Boyz orks carry big metal shields. A grenade will take care of them but if they get too close just spam melee attacks and you'll be able to finish them off just like any other.

    Melee attacks literally have 1 chain animation for each weapon and although cool at first, gets boring fast when it is all that's available. Melee weapons range from chainsword, power axe & thunder hammer. I couldn't tell much difference between them except sword is fast/weak, axe is medium/medium and hammer is strong/slow. It really doesn't make much difference in the end.

    The only way to regain health is by executions, but you can still be damaged during the animation. This leads to unnecessary frustrating events especially on the hardest difficulty which I played twice through on where you die while trying to regain health.

    The story was weak & uninspiring. Captain Titus or the other two marines we're boring & stale. Some of the things they said made sense but I felt no attachment to them. I guess its hard to make likable characters based on warriors engineered for combat.

    Ranged combat is fun and visceral. Melee combat is very simplistic & spammy. They had great opportunities to really make an incredible 40k game but in my opinion its a fail. The recently announced Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade mmo says they are using Space Marine as inspiration. I can only hope they take the good things (which are few) from this game and leave out the bad.

    All in all Space Marine is an average game. It is simply an on-rails linear shooter that does not come close to matching the standard set by Gears of War 3. Only the most hardcore fan of the 40k Universe could play this game and walk away saying it was a great game. I'm a huge fan of 40k but I can see that this game was not made to it's full potential.

    It's worth a torrent if you're bored one afternoon.
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Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    70
    The campaign requires an interest in 40K, while the basic multiplayer modes are fun for all. [Dec 2011, p.67]
  2. 60
    The only thing rising Space Marine from the grey pool of mediocrity is world of Warhammer 40.000 itself. Rich story background deserved more than a linear hack'n'slash game. [Oct 2011]
  3. Oct 27, 2011
    75
    A solid debut in action genre for Relic and a must-buy for any Warhammer 40k fan. [Nov. 2011, p.61]