With a history of playing the tabletop version of warhammer 40k, i had high expectations of this title. Space marines were my favourite army, and if a game starring space marines would be a disaster i would definitely never ever buy a game from that publisher/studio again. Gladly, Relic made this game a real gem in my oppinion. Giving a huge hommage to the power and might of space marines. There is no cover system, because space marines dont look for cover, they want to stand proud and brave in the center of the action, wearing their colors bold and proud. Camouflage and armor is for pussy’s. The game really gives the player a look into the world of Warhammer 40k, with oversized buildings, wide open areas like streets and stairwells. This game is the pure tabletope experience from a third person, not-so-turn-based perspective.
The story is about a space marine chapter called the Ultramarines, it is chapter number one, the backbone and pure original space marines, creaters of the Codex astartes (the basic armory and doctrines of space marines) and first and foremost: the emperors own prefered chapter. They are called upon to rescue an Imperial Forge world which is being invaded by Orcs. The player takes on the leader of the Ultramarines, captain Titus. He and 2 of his fellow battlebrothers escape a carnage of anti-air fire and are the only spacemarines that were able to step foot on the planet. It is their mission to save this planet from the Orc invasion, but they discover quite a few mysterious things while helping the Imperial guard fight of the Orcs. During the game you encounter the Orc warlords, dreadnoughts, the Inquisition and even Chaos Space Marines.
The main character ‘Lord Titus’ is the prime example of a perfect space marine, ice-cold, relentless, strong and a brave leader. Wether he needs to fight of 50 orcs by himself, or touch a power core infused with the ‘warp’ it’s all just part of a normal workday. Accompanying him is his best friend Sidonus, which acts as his second-in-command and is about as perfect a Space Marine then Titus. The third is a young battlebrother named Leandros, which looks up to titus and tries to keep up with the other 2. All three form the ultimate army you ever need to have when your planet is being invaded by Orcs… or any other species.
Relic didn’t put much effort into creating a deep storyline for w40k: Space Marine, which is quite a shame. It would have been a way better game if they gave the player for example an introduction about space marines and the 40k universe itself. Most people i know that played this game, didn’t play the tabletop version. For them it takes a while to get into the story and know who is doing what and why. Seeing as they have no background knowledge of the 40k lore, they might also miss out on some side facts and stories like the inquisition and the warp.
The graphic quality of Spacemarine is in my opinion pure awesomeness. It’s third person perspective does really do the game good, and giving you about the same environmental awareness as if you were playing the tabletop game and makes the action way more dramatic. Explosions, stuns and executions are a real treat to watch, during play i even made it an objective to do executions only when i showed the game to friends.
Overall, the game was very short, it took my approximately 8 hours to complete the game on hard (the first time). The story was okay but could have been better by giving more background information, and maybe some more plot twists. And the graphics and controls of this game are polished as a finished game should be. End verdict: 7/10 very short, but an awesome thrill ride.