Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Xbox 360

Metascore
76

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sep 16, 2011
    70
    Ultimately, Space Marine is an action-adventure game that features good action, but underwhelming adventure.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Sep 9, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  10. Sep 8, 2011
    70
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is on the shallow side, but it still serves up plenty of "waaagh!"
  11. 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.
  12. 60
    An entertaining game with great design, but not varied enough to earn the better grades.
  13. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Dec 2, 2011
    61
    It eventually becomes too much of a grind. [Dec 2011, p.101]
  14. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Nov 14, 2011
    70
    Unfortunately marred by some poorly designed mechanics, gameplay choices and a chunky feel. [Issue#77, p.87]
  15. Games Master UK
    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]
  16. games(TM)
    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 232 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 84
  2. Negative: 8 out of 84
  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 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
    10
    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
    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
    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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