Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Warhammer 40k: Space Marine:E3 2011

We waited a hour today to get some hands on time with Warhammer 40k Space Marine, was it worth the wait? I'm not quite sure, but I did have fun playing around with several aspects of the game. Unlike other Warhammer 40k games, this one is a third person shooter with a emphasis on action and violent melee combat. We tried it out on Xbox360. Some of the basic controls were X for strong and light melee attacks, Y was Fury (which stunned enemies and is charged by participating in combat), B (my favorite) is a strong and brutal melee attack that is just fantastic looking, check it out in the video.
In the demo we got to try two different levels. The first was a ork level, dealing with their invasion of area and trying to cut it off, which was rather basic in design. Kill some orks, do a objective, kill some more orks, fight some big boss ork then finish level. This level wasn't too impressive but it did get us familiar with the controls. The second level was a level with chaos space marine and orks, which was a lot more fun and interesting. You feel almost secondary to their battle. Every area you enter has a battle already taking place, impressive battles that make you want to dive into the chaos and chain sword (or power axe) some enemies in half. You get to try your hand as a heavy bolter, melta gun and a scout bolter (sniper rifle), all of which have a different feel. You may also use the power axe in this level which seems to be a more powerful version of the chainsword. Slamming down some orcs and then executing them with the B attack is fantastic feeling. Ranged combat felt pretty solid but it didn't make me want to continually find more enemies to gun down, melee did.
You have allies with you, in both of these levels, and they weren't useless. They took a good deal of the fire away from me while simultaneously doing some real damage to the enemies. The space marine models look great, even though the version we were playing was a little shaky and rough. The game wasn't very hard, but I did almost die once or twice. It does seem fairly easy to just run into the fray and hack down all of your enemies. Overall, we both had a great time playing this game. We both thoroughly enjoyed the multi-faction combat and satisfying melee. We also got the pleasure of seeing some awesome space marine, chaos and ork costumes. They confirmed that the game will have multiplayer and is aiming for a 2011 release.
The Warhammer 40,000 logo is the best!


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