Generally favorable reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
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  1. Sep 8, 2011
    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.
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sep 8, 2011
    It's big, dumb action on a grand scale, and manages to give Gears of War a pretty good run for its money.
  5. Sep 16, 2011
    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.
  6. Sep 9, 2011
    Space Marine's intuitive system will have you carving hordes of enemies with your chainsword, power axe, or hammer in no time.
  7. Sep 20, 2011
    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.
  8. Sep 16, 2011
    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.
  9. Sep 8, 2011
    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.
  10. Sep 12, 2011
    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 12, 2011
    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.
  12. Sep 14, 2011
    While it does have some dents in the armor, there is no doubt that it is a worthy title.
  13. Sep 22, 2011
    Overall, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a refreshingly simple, straight forward and fun shooter.
  14. Sep 12, 2011
    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.
  15. Sep 19, 2011
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. Sep 23, 2011
    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.
  18. Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  19. Sep 14, 2011
    Space Marine is a satisfying action game.
  20. Sep 15, 2011
    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.
  21. Sep 9, 2011
    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.
  22. Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  23. Sep 13, 2011
    In a year of big-hitters, Space Marine is one hell of a surprise.
  24. Oct 6, 2011
    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.
  25. Sep 8, 2011
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a title that brims with great visuals, solid sound, and some very good gameplay.
  26. Sep 19, 2011
    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.
  27. Sep 29, 2011
    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.
  28. Sep 15, 2011
    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.
  29. Sep 10, 2011
    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.
  30. Sep 14, 2011
    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.
  31. Sep 30, 2011
    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.
  32. Sep 18, 2011
    Fortunately, it isn't pure fan service: It offers a fast-paced, gory start to a promising new franchise.
  33. Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  34. Nov 15, 2011
    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.
  35. Sep 6, 2011
    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.
  36. Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  37. Sep 6, 2011
    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.
  38. Sep 8, 2011
    Though it is a good game, it doesn't excel in certain areas such as graphics or diversity.
  39. 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.
  40. Nov 3, 2011
    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!
  41. Sep 13, 2011
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a really fun title.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 235 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 235
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    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 tapThis 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.
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  2. Sep 6, 2011
    Amazing. Great blend of melee and ranged combat. The "no cover" system works amazingly well, especially since the only way to regain health isAmazing. 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
    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
    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.
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