Warhammer arguably has one of the most dedicated fan bases on the planet.
Legions of hardcore enthusiasts collect the Warhammer model miniatures, hand-paint them to the nth degree, take part in table-top battles in dedicated Games Workshop retail stores and attend conventions the world over. And that’s just the board game.
Today the Warhammer brand encompasses books, films, magazines and video games from online RPGs to strategy titles.
Now THQ is giving fans and gamers the chance to take control of powerful Space Marine Captain Titus from the futuristic sci-fi Warhammer 40,000 series in this game.
Gameplay is a blend of third-person action and shooting as players are required to gun down hordes of brutal Orks and devious Chaos beings.
For those of you who are wondering what exactly Space Marines are, they’re genetically modified superhuman men. OK, so they may sound like Master Chief from Microsoft’s Halo series, but these guys have been around for much longer. In fact, the Warhammer 40,000 series began in 1987 and the blue-armoured Space Marine has been one of its much-loved and most iconic characters ever since.
Running and gunning
The classic weaponry from the Games Workshop miniatures is brought to life in full splendour in Space Marine.
Gamers can take out enemies from afar using the Bolter rifle as the in-game camera swings behind Captain Titus’ shoulder, or they can go in for the kill up close with a Chainsword to chop Orks in half. If that’s not enough, they can even stomp on foes’ heads or take part in set-pieces such as shooting at flying enemies from an aeroplane while in mid-flight. There’s even an eight-versus-eight multiplayer mode for bigger battles.
Space Marine is a bloody and brutal shooter reminiscent of admired war titles such as Gears of War and Bulletstorm, but with the heritage and feel of the Warhammer 40,000 world. It will likely go down a treat with both fans and action gamers.
A Collector’s Edition SKU (priced around £79.99) will come bundled with an art book, soundtrack, 25 information cards and a replica of the special ‘Purity Seal’ war badge warn by in-game hero Captain Titus.
Rallying the troops
THQ kicked off a community campaign to generate buzz ahead of the game’s September 2011 release. During Gamescom last year the publisher handed out goodies which gave fans access to trailers and more.
There are currently over 340 Games Workshop stores across the world and 138 outlets in the UK, where customers can buy models, paint units, socialise with other fans and take part in table-top battles.
- Elite Armour Pack – GAME and Gamestation
- Golden Relic Chainsword content – Play.com, Zavvi and Sendit.com
- Golden Relic Bolter – Blockbuster
- Darksiders PC game – Steam