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Warhammer 40K: Space Marine Preview

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Mentai 25th August 2011, 08:58 Quote
I really love 40k, just noticed the PC demo which I will play tonight. I feel like this game is being overshadowed by such a massive final quarter though, would have been good out a month ago.
spectre456 25th August 2011, 09:24 Quote
i really wan't to buy this to support relic (one of my fave devs) but i don't think i can afford to buy another game. Maybe if Green man has some nice discounts but otherwise i'll wait for a price drop.

In the meantime, it's back to painting my Dreadnought and some last stand in retribution for my 40k fix.
johnnyboy700 25th August 2011, 09:36 Quote
I'm looking forward to this one but it'll be the PC version for me.
Phalanx 25th August 2011, 09:38 Quote
PC CE already ordered months ago! I loved the demo. Bring it!
Th3Maverick 25th August 2011, 09:46 Quote
This just confirmed my preorder. On my connection, it would take a month to download the demo via steam. :(

Thank you guys for this review. Relic has been very kind to 40k, and it's utterly relieving to know that they're continuing that love for the universe with this release.
liratheal 25th August 2011, 10:21 Quote
Can. Not. Wait.

Need me some Ork punching. Right in the mouth. With a chain sword.

I'd prefer it to be the Black Templars, though, that'd make the whole "leap into combat to regain health" make sense. Rather than the Codex Astartes loving Ultramarines.

..For those not into the table top version, the Black Templars are similar to the Knights Templar of the crusades etcetera, but they have rules that force the units to run at the enemy when they take damage. They take "zealot" to new levels.
Sensei 25th August 2011, 10:31 Quote
Sounding good. WIll definately be a PC buy for me.
Tsung 25th August 2011, 10:47 Quote
One opportunity missed, I wanted to play the Orks. The PC demo was fun, but the third person view, or the camera shake gave me motion sickness after 10 minutes of playing it. I wonder if playing sitting further back from the screen would offer me some relief?.

The PC version appears to be a proper PC version and not some 1/2 arsed port. The controls work, and make sense, you can adjust the graphics, etc, etc.

As it stands, it looks like a lot of fun to play, but I wouldn't buy it (for the PC at least) because of the motion sickness thing. Shame..
Phalanx 25th August 2011, 10:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Can. Not. Wait.

Need me some Ork punching. Right in the mouth. With a chain sword.

I'd prefer it to be the Black Templars, though, that'd make the whole "leap into combat to regain health" make sense. Rather than the Codex Astartes loving Ultramarines.

..For those not into the table top version, the Black Templars are similar to the Knights Templar of the crusades etcetera, but they have rules that force the units to run at the enemy when they take damage. They take "zealot" to new levels.

I take it you've seen the customiseable options in this game? :) Trust me, you'll be catered for. As for the Ultramarines not being the kind to take it into the enemy, I say one word: Vanguard.
Blademrk 25th August 2011, 11:07 Quote
Can. Not. Wait.
Grimloon 25th August 2011, 11:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Need me some Ork punching. Right in the mouth. With a chain sword.

Odd that you mention that - I was playing the demo last night and did exactly that to an Ork Nob. :D
Phalanx 25th August 2011, 11:50 Quote
There's something very satisfying about the power axe.
Paradigm Shifter 25th August 2011, 11:50 Quote
Any reviewer who starts making "Gears of Warhammer/God of Warhammer" or "Iron Halo" cracks will be written off as a fool and a heretic immediately. It's painfully obvious it's not Gears of God of War, largely because it's not Greek nor all brown. And a comment referencing Halo will just bring sniggers of amusement from those less ignorant.

...

Want this game so much.

Especially since it doesn't use cover mechanics!
Phalanx 25th August 2011, 11:54 Quote
The new Serious Sam 3 trailer said it right...

"All Man. No Cover." :D

On a more serious note, I think the idea of getting health back by wading in is a brilliant idea. Space Marines in general are all about fighting harder when the odds are against them, and this game mechanic makes those truly heroic moments that go against taking cover all the better.
LJF 25th August 2011, 11:57 Quote
Where's the cheapest xbox pre-order!? I used to use Play.com but they're rubbish these days, barely cheaper than the high street! Anyone got any ideas?

I want this game asap.
Paradigm Shifter 25th August 2011, 12:23 Quote
Steam won't let me download the demo. Says "Oops, unavailable in your region."

*annoyed*
Grimloon 25th August 2011, 12:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by LJF
Where's the cheapest xbox pre-order!? I used to use Play.com but they're rubbish these days, barely cheaper than the high street! Anyone got any ideas?

I want this game asap.

£37 - £38 from Amazon, HMV or Zavvi, £40 from Game for 360 or PS3.


@Bit: You sure you've given the release date for the right country? It's the 9th of September here in Blighty, they get it on the 6th t'other side of the pond.
Phalanx 25th August 2011, 12:29 Quote
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Steam won't let me download the demo. Says "Oops, unavailable in your region."

*annoyed*

Try this: steam://install/55410
PQuiff 25th August 2011, 12:31 Quote
Wish relic would stop messing about and make Homeworld 3.
Phalanx 25th August 2011, 12:41 Quote
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Wish relic would stop messing about and make Homeworld 3.

Unfortunately hell is still as hot as ever and Homeworld 3 is still not looking likely to happen in the near future. Why? Well...

- Sierra/Vivendi Universal (VU Games) own the rights to the Homeworld Universe as a part of the original publishing deal for Homeworld.
- Relic Entertainment is the developer of Homeworld and Homeworld 2.
- Barking Dog is the developer of Homeworld:Cataclysm.
- Neither Relic Entertainment or Barking Dog (who were bought out by Rockstar Games Canada) are able to make another Homeworld game unless hired to do so by Sierra/VU.
After the release of Homeworld 2, Relic Entertainment were purchased by publisher THQ, and now exclusively make games for them.
- The CEO of Relic Entertainment and originator of Homeworld, Alex Garden, has left Relic and THQ to pursue other projects.
- As THQ do not own the rights to the Homeworld Universe, it is extremely unlikely (read: not going to happen) that Relic will make another Homeworld game (if they even wanted to).
- It is also extremely unlikely that Sierra/VU Games will hire another publisher to make another Homeworld game.

In a nutshell, it is extremely unlikely that we will ever see a Homeworld 3.

I'm not going to say it will never happen, as they do have a habit of reviving movies & games years later (see Battlestar Galactica for instance), but I highly doubt that it is going to happen in the very near future.
NethLyn 25th August 2011, 12:51 Quote
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While existing Warhammer 40K fans are definitely going to be happy about Space Marine's closeness to the lore, newcomers to the franchise will have a significant amount of catching up to do. Who is Titus? What's an Ultramarine? There's a barrage of questions blocking the way for casual observers.

Casual observers can get off their backsides and learn something about their game for once, and I hope that's not a reason to mark it down in the review. Whatever I knew about Table-Top Warhammer I'd forgotten by the time Dawn of War came around, never bought the first game but got the sequel and Chaos Rising - classics, have to pick up the other one before this on Steam to complete that set.

Will check the price, but it's on the buy list along with Deus Ex.
Phalanx 25th August 2011, 12:52 Quote
That and the fact that there is no previous canon for Titus, so even the fans of 40k will be learning with the game.
Paradigm Shifter 25th August 2011, 13:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
Try this: steam://install/55410

Excellent, thanks!

Oddly, it wouldn't work in Firefox, but did in IE. :?
Phalanx 25th August 2011, 13:26 Quote
Weird. Worked fine in my Firefox.
DrugCrazed 25th August 2011, 13:29 Quote
I don't know why, but the combat didn't seem visceral enough for how I imagined it. I let DoW1 get away with it because it was an RTS, but it felt like Darksiders to me without the mechanic theft...
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