Warhammer: Space Marine is a well put together action sci-fi game that may not be completely perfect or groundbreaking but offers some decent action. Controlling a huge space marine with a badass British accent is cool but the combat does wear thin over time and is plagued with repetition as far as the mechanics and missions are concerned. With a nice plot that isn’t too heavy on the Warhammer mythos, Space Marine is definitely entry level material for those new to the Warhammer universe which in the end makes the game worth checking out even if it has a few faults.
+ Killing Orks feels just right thanks to the Execution Moves and the visual representation of combat.
+ The art design is really good in how it gives the settings an aged look that isn’t too cartoony or contrived.
+ Combat system is easy to get into and the gunplay feels tight.
+ Mark Strong’s voice acting is truly badass.
- Mission variety is lacking in a lot of ways, whether it’s through the sheer linear nature or lack of boss battles.
- Combat is a bit too simple and would’ve benefited from more moves to bring some depth to everything.
- The story is good but takes a long time to pick up any steam and at times can drag a bit.
- Multiplayer modes are nothing to write home about.
Somehow over the course of the last few years sci-fi properties of any kind have lost their luster. Despite the advances that have been made from a technological perspective in both films and video games, there just aren’t too many things that really push the uniqueness that one typically expects from the sci-fi genre. I won’t go on a mass tirade about the decline of sci-fi films, but even sci-fi video games have fallen by the waste side for some reason. There are a few good sci-fi games left these days with a universe that’s engaging such as Dead Space or Mass Effect but