In Try/Buy/Wait, Checkpoint writers review a game and give you a recommendation on whether to Try the game via demos/buy-and-refund, Buy the masterpiece of a game immediately, or Wait until the game is on sale – letting you know if a game is ultimately worth your money and time.
Your Writer: S. McButters
Top 3 Favorite Games: Total War: Warhammer 2, League of Legends, Warframe
Favorite Genre: RTS, MOBA
Recently Finished: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Subnautica: Below Zero, Space Hulk: Deathwing
Currently Playing: Warframe, Total War: Warhammer 2, Risk of Rain 2, League of Legends
Bio: Memes for the Meme Queen. Skulls for the Skullthrone.
Warhammer 40K: Space Marine is not a new game. With that said, its graphics still hold up surprisingly well, considering its 2011 release date. The game puts you in control of Captain Titus of the Ultramarines and immediately plunges you into visceral, bloody combat. You spend a majority of the game accompanied by Leandros, a space marine that struggles with flexibility concerning the Codex Astartes, and Sergeant Sidonus, your second-in-command and Leandros’ mentor. His experience allows him to retain his dry wit in even the most precarious of situations.
The enemies you face in this game are the Orks and, later on, Chaos. I personally quite enjoyed fighting against the Orks, as they never seemed too oppressive, but you always needed to keep a target prioritization in mind lest they bombard your position with an endless flood of dakka and rokits. Combat strategies vary from melee chaining endlessly (do be careful against some of the larger enemies) to inflicting as much collateral damage as you can by firing explosive sticky grenades.
The weapons you can use throughout your playthrough run the thin line between being impactful and astoundingly broken. A personal favorite of mine was the Thunder Hammer. Unwieldy but devastating, every single swing inflicts damage, and more importantly, ragdolls the opponent, allowing you to appreciate the oomph every time. While I personally preferred heavy hitting weapons to mow down everything in front of me as quickly as possible, you do have the option of using more precise tactics to thin the numbers before charging into the fray.
VERDICT: WAIT FOR SALE
Altogether, the game definitely delivers on the front of combat. It’s a gory spectacle that is sure to fulfill your Tarantino-esque desires and rapid enough to keep you on your toes. I didn’t really pay attention to the story, and the game makes it easy to ignore it if you want with simple, easy to follow objectives. Altogether, I would shy away from calling the game a masterpiece but it’s certainly something you should look to pick up during its next sale if you really want to scratch that 40k Astartes itch.