The Games Workshop space faring Warhammer 40k universe has been begging for a proper action game for years. Having provided so much inspiration for video games it's about time it had one.
Relic Entertainment have served 40k well already with their Dawn of War strategy games on the PC, but now they face a different challenge with an assault on the crowded action shooter genre. This is no Gears of War clone though; you're playing as a Space Marine, the toughest soldiers out there. These seven-foot tall genetically engineered killing machines don't need a cover-system; they're all about fighting through the pain.
The plot sees these Ultramarines sent to the Forge World -where huge walking battle Titans are built- to repel an invasion from the Ork armies. Millions of orks against a few Marines? Just another Tuesday for these guys. Don't expect the orks to be the only enemy you'll be facing as the story develops though.Click here to read more...
Platforms: XBLA | PSN
Developer: THQ Digital Studios UK
Space Marine is shaping up to be one of the big guns of this year's holiday rush. It's an orgy of destruction, a majestic, empowering romp that makes its players feel like an unstoppable tool of The Emperor's vengeance. Matt's hands-on preview sheds some light on its gratuitous close combat mechanics, which are set to appeal to newcomers and veteran wargamers alike.
So, in order to spin up some extra publicity and revenue, THQ has duly rolled out a downloadable prequel with an unlockable in-game item - and has entirely missed the point. Space Marine is all about the melee combat and brutal chainsword massacres, and yet, Kill Team decides to merrily throw this major selling point to the winds by opting for the most predictable and inappropriate of genres. A twin-stick shooter... with melee-centric characters.
This would be cause for concern in and of itself, but just to further consign Kill Team to Chaos, it's rare to see a game ship with so many fundamental design flaws in this day and age.
Read on for more details about this unmitigated disaster >>