Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    97
    Overall Space Marine is an awesome experience. The game lasts for about 12 to 15 hours which is just long enough. Due to the well paced story and well handled upgrades to your equipment this running time gives you just long enough to mess around with all of the goodies before it's time to move on to the multiplayer.
  2. Sep 22, 2011
    91
    Overall, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a refreshingly simple, straight forward and fun shooter.
  3. Sep 8, 2011
    91
    It's big, dumb action on a grand scale, and manages to give Gears of War a pretty good run for its money.
  4. Sep 14, 2011
    90
    While it does have some dents in the armor, there is no doubt that it is a worthy title.
  5. Oct 6, 2011
    88
    With multiple difficulty levels, competitive multiplayer, and the incoming co-op update, there's plenty here to keep both the die-hard fans and those who've never heard of the word "Ultrmarines" busy.
  6. Sep 12, 2011
    88
    With multiplayer in tow, Space Marine represents a pretty solid foray into third-person action, particularly for a developer which founded its reputation on real-time strategy.
  7. Sep 16, 2011
    85
    The studio has done something in this title a lot more difficult than it may seem: They've formed a very good game of genre staples and straightforward shooter mechanics, dabbling in enhancements that succeed.
  8. Sep 14, 2011
    85
    Space Marine is a satisfying action game.
  9. Sep 13, 2011
    85
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a really fun title.
  10. Sep 12, 2011
    85
    All told, Space Marine is a very well-made game, and perhaps the first that truly lives up to THQ's promise of blockbuster-quality cinematic games.
  11. Sep 30, 2011
    84
    This game gets a thumbs up from me, and if you're looking for a fun afternoon of mindless fun kills where you don't have to go out of your way to find the action, Space Marine is one of the best ways to do it on the 360.
  12. Sep 13, 2011
    84
    Small issues aside (including the lack of co-op on the disc), Warhammer 40K Space Marine is an epic battle that deserves your time and attention. The multiplayer, despite being barebones, is great fun, and the single player campaign offers plenty of blood to spill, even if you're a newbie to Games Workshop's world.
  13. Sep 18, 2011
    83
    Fortunately, it isn't pure fan service: It offers a fast-paced, gory start to a promising new franchise.
  14. Sep 13, 2011
    82
    Warhammer 40K makes a good initial foray from strategy gaming into action gaming, and hopefully we'll see more epic Space Marine action in the future.
  15. Sep 8, 2011
    82
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a title that brims with great visuals, solid sound, and some very good gameplay.
  16. Sep 29, 2011
    80
    An entertaining game with a good gameplay balanced between shooter and hack'n'slash mechanics; it only lacks on the variety side, but it will undoubtedly please every Games Workshop fan.
  17. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    Space Marine asks players to become single-minded servants to the call of combat in a variety of brutal forms, each equivalent in intensity, efficiency, and ardor. A satisfying, cathartic release, though with minimal cerebral stimulation.
  18. Sep 16, 2011
    80
    Fans of the Warhammer 40k universe have been waiting a long time for a game like this. A game that manages to capture both the scale of the battle the Imperium is waging and the gritty, blood stained action on the front lines.
  19. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Space Marine is solid. Dependable. If intense combat carnage is your thing, you will enjoy this game. If you're a fan of the 40k universe, you will enjoy this game even more. If you are into neither of these things… well, there's always the demo to try out. It never reaches the heights of the top echelon of third-person action games, but it's a good start.
  20. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    By looking to its own fiction for inspiration, Relic has crafted a fun, exciting shooter that effectively differentiates itself from other games in the genre.
  21. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    Space Marine gets off to a sluggish start and it never really reaches the lofty heights that long-time fans of the tabletop games probably hoped for, but Relic has still done an admirable job in making their first AAA-level action game - and the online play is a definite fun distraction if not entirely unique or long-lasting.
  22. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    Relic's Dawn of the War series remains the best video game adaptation of this universe, but Space Marine is a close second. The combat – for both single and multiplayer – pumps out barbaric excitement and continues to improve as the adventure unfolds.
  23. 80
    Engaging combat carries Space Marine's campaign and multiplayer a long way, although we can't help but feel like a little more time - or maybe ambition - would have made this game a superstar. Still, it's one heck of an entertaining fragfest, and the ideas here should nicely set up a bolder, hopefully more memorable sequel.
  24. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    Space Marine's intuitive system will have you carving hordes of enemies with your chainsword, power axe, or hammer in no time.
  25. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    A wonderfully tight production that brings an authenticity and intensity befitting Games Workshop's beloved universe. While there are some vexing design decisions and the campaign is disappointingly brief, there's nevertheless plenty of content to get stuck into and exquisitely savage combat on offer.
  26. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    Though it is a good game, it doesn't excel in certain areas such as graphics or diversity.
  27. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    Space Marine is a terrific title, and proof that Relic's expertise can extend far past the RTS genre they've already conquered. The game is short, in terms of both length and features, but what's there, especially in the single-player campaign, is of the highest quality. Warhammer fans especially will love it.
  28. 79
    Relic Entertainment has done a solid job on Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, taking the studio's knowledge of the IP working on the Dawn of War series for PC, and putting it to good use. With some better thought out set-pieces and more variety in the gameplay and visuals, this could have achieved greatness. As it is though, Space Marine feels like the foundations for a barnstorming sequel, and goodness knows it deserves one, as there's massive potential here.
  29. 79
    Space Marine offers up a decent amount of third person action and tries to offer something new. As a first attempt to a brand new franchise it does everything pretty well and no doubt ticks most of the boxes laid out during its development but it's a shame that certain areas such as the melee combat weren't given a bit more depth.
  30. Sep 9, 2011
    79
    If you like mowing down hordes of enemies and are looking for a mix of hack'n'slay and shooter, Warhammer 40k: Space Marine will provide great fun for a couple of hours.
  31. Sep 20, 2011
    78
    A pleasant surprise in the third-person action genre, which results in a frantic action game with a splendid campaign, that Warhammer 40.000 fans will love. It offers constant action and challenges, and has three different difficulty levels to make sure it is accesible por all the gamers.
  32. Sep 15, 2011
    76
    If you are a fan of Warhammer I would suggest picking up Space Marine for the joy of playing and creating a hulking mass of destruction.
  33. Sep 13, 2011
    76
    Despite seeming derivative and plain on the surface, Space Marine succeeds in forging its own style. The action remains enjoyable no matter how many enemies you cut down or blast away, and the other elements of the game successfully support the core experience.
  34. 76
    Space Marine doesn't break any rules or push any boundaries, but Warhammer fans across the globe might finally have the non-RTS Warhammer game that we've been waiting for.
  35. Nov 3, 2011
    75
    The swift and graphically violent gameplay makes you feel incredibly powerful, but maintains a consistent challenge. Despite taking itself a little too seriously than it needs to, this is a fun adventure worth experiencing. For the Emperor!
  36. Sep 23, 2011
    75
    The campaign may be a little short and rough around the edges, but it still is a great adventure that should not be missed by the fans and should be given a try by people unknown with the Warhammer universe.
  37. Sep 19, 2011
    75
    The artificial intelligence in Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is pretty bad and the story is very poor. On the other hand this game is extremely brutal with quite some entertainment value.
  38. Sep 13, 2011
    75
    In a year of big-hitters, Space Marine is one hell of a surprise.
  39. Sep 12, 2011
    75
    It's certainly a game worth playing, but if you come into it without a love for the license, you are left with a competent, gory, exciting, but ultimately repetitive action game.
  40. Sep 8, 2011
    75
    It may not be the best or most original action game, but it's a fine first outing for the franchise, and a rare gem for Warhammer fans.
  41. Sep 6, 2011
    75
    Many of Space Marine's shortcomings are somewhat understandable should this (hopefully) be in for a long-run franchise. There might be breakout hits, but Relic's new shooter appears to be focused on getting key features nailed down on its first pass, rather than spreading itself thin with totally useless aspects.
  42. Nov 14, 2011
    70
    Unfortunately marred by some poorly designed mechanics, gameplay choices and a chunky feel. [Issue#77, p.87]
  43. Sep 16, 2011
    70
    Ultimately, Space Marine is an action-adventure game that features good action, but underwhelming adventure.
  44. Sep 12, 2011
    70
    Space Marine can't compete with the genre leaders in terms of spectacle, budget and direction. And one has to question the wisdom of releasing in such close proximity to Gears of War 3. But for Warhammer 40k fans, or those who just can't wait to engage in a little alien slaughter, Space Marine's solid genre mash-up should prove a satisfying battle ground.
  45. Sep 12, 2011
    70
    It's both a light and funny action game and a wasted chance to make something more due to an overall unpolished job. Strongly consider it if you love Ultramarines though, since they get a great depiction.
  46. Sep 9, 2011
    70
    It sacrifices a lot of its character to focus on creating a solid core experience, but it's good dumb fun that will easily keep you entertained all the way up to its anti-climactic end.
  47. Sep 8, 2011
    70
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is on the shallow side, but it still serves up plenty of "waaagh!"
  48. But Space Marine's key flaw isn't, oddly, that it tramples its brainy heritage to mush. It's that the game doesn't trample hard enough.
  49. Sep 15, 2011
    67
    With incredible sensitivity to the brand, Space Marine lets you pound thousands and thousands of Orks into the ground, it just doesn't know when to quit.
  50. Sep 11, 2011
    67
    Space Marine isn't a disappointing game, it's just an uneventful one. As such, fans of the series may find more to salvage here than the average gamer...If the pacing problems could be addressed, the addition of a campaign co-op mode, and more multiplayer maps leave a healthy amount of room for improvement for the future of this series.
  51. Oct 19, 2011
    65
    On occasion, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine manages to turn its setting to good use, and Games Workshop fans will certainly relish the chance to grab a chainsword and strike a blow for the Emperor. As it progresses, though, the game loses its brutal, inspired nature and becomes too much of a shooter despite its lack of a cover system.
  52. Oct 23, 2011
    63
    Divisive take on Warhammer that'll likely be seen as a poor Gears of War knock-off. [Dec 2011, p.92]
  53. It eventually becomes too much of a grind. [Dec 2011, p.101]
  54. Sep 16, 2011
    60
    A linear 3rd person shooter with some violent and satisfying hack 'n slash mechanics, but with problematic pacing due to the empty "corridors" that you have to run through until you meet the next "arena" filled with Orks.
  55. Sep 9, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  56. 60
    An entertaining game with great design, but not varied enough to earn the better grades.
  57. Oct 18, 2011
    50
    Still a little too much like looking at a table. [Nov 2011, p.107]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 219 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 83
  2. Negative: 7 out of 83
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    This isn't a spoiler but it kind of is at the same time. This game is basically shoot Orks that come right at you conveniently and then tap the melee button when they get to you. That's literally it, the extra weapons and accessories don't add any gameplay mechanics whatsoever, just change the nature of the button tapping.

    You'll never have to think about what you're doing aside from pressing B on 1 in 10 stunned Orks.

    The writing and voice acting is cringeworthy and typical of everything you'll be used to and bored of if you're a 40K fan like me. This game could have been so much more (cover plays a big part in the tabletop game, it isn't unrealistic to prefer cover to AP3 weapons like Ork rokkits) but ultimately falls way short. Play the demo and you'll miss nothing from the full game.
    Full Review »
  2. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    Amazing. Great blend of melee and ranged combat. The "no cover" system works amazingly well, especially since the only way to regain health is to charge into the enemy and fight "better". No more hiding and running away like other third person shooters, this game rewards you for charging into the fray, as a Space Marine should. Full Review »
  3. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    Game is freaking awesome! 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. Full Review »