The basic premise of Space Marine
is that you play as Captain Titus of the Ultramarines chapter of the
Imperium’s space marines. Space Orks have invaded a Forge
World (one of the worlds where manufacturing is consolidated) and you
are sent in to stem the tide. Later on, you’ll fight against
more sinister forces, the heresy-inducing minions of Chaos.
Gameplay is simple, solid, and fun. Basically, you’ll shoot
or stab (or crush, rend, tear, etc.) everything that moves. Combat is
handled by having your left mouse button shoot your ranged weapons
whist your right mouse button does melee attacks. You can chain
multiple melee attacks together to increase damage. As you progress
through the game, better weapons will become available for you to use.
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The central tenet of Space Marine
is action. You will fight hordes and hordes of enemies. Your armor can
regenerate but you can regain health by only two options. The first is
that you can build up Fury as you fight, and when you activate it, your
health is replenished and you become a veritable dervish of death. The
second option is to do an execution move upon an enemy, which is a
favorite of mine. After you stun a foe, you can then perform a bad-ass
looking execution move on them. The downside is that you do this in
slow motion and you are still vulnerable to attacks, so it’s
not good to do this while fighting in a crowd.
actually feels kind of
like a throwback to simpler times for FPS games. Your overall goal is
just to kill hordes of enemies and looking like a badass while you do
There are a couple of negatives to the gameplay in Space Marine
First, the levels are designed in a linear fashion, which is something
that I’m not a fan of. It’s a testament to the game
that it didn’t bug me as much as it normally does, but it
still bothered me a little. You’ll follow a clear path of
carnage from beginning to end.
Chaos Space Marines are one of
humanity's deadliest foes.
The campaign (single-player) mode is not that long. You should be able
to complete it at a little less than ten hours. While multiplayer is
fun (more on that on page two of the review), I wished that the
campaign took longer to complete. I sense that there will be a lot of
DLC coming our way in the future.
The last negative is that the game is still buggy. Players have been
gnashing their teeth on various forums over bugs such as disappearing
floors, not being able to activate an item, and not being able to load
into multiplayer matches. It seems that many of those afflicted have
older video cards, and while THQ has stated that they are working on a
patch, you might want to hold off a few weeks until those problems are