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Simplified Gears + Great Characters + Solid Execution,
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Space Marine is an interesting animal... for all intents and purposes it SEEMS like it would be a silly rental game that you knock out in a few hours and never touch again, but because of the sheer talent of the development company behind it, it isn't. It is much more enjoyable.
I know nothing about the lore behind Warhammer 40k and was worried this game would give me so little context that I would be lost, fortunately there is enough story telling that you pretty much understand what you are (a badass) and what you are doing (being badass) and why you are doing it (for the emperor!). Titus (you, the main character) is Marcus Fenix if you sent him to Oxford, made him in his 40s and classed him up to the point that he demands respect and admiration from everyone around him.
The story itself is straight forward, one of the alliance manufacturing planets (I guess everyone in the universe just makes war implements and constantly fights) is being attacked by orcs and you are dropped in to secure the most valuable war machines.
But then there is a twist and things go sideways... I loved the twist, the character design was brilliant.
Had this exact same game been given to any other development studio that was more junior and maybe had sloppier controls or poorer looking graphics and design effects, it would have scored a 5 out of 10, it is honestly just from sheer solidness of execution that this game ends up being fun and feeling great. A testament to skilled work I think.
Space Marine is a great "play for 15 mins" kind of game or sit down and play for hours. It is gory, controls are easy to use, sound effects are great and punchy and checkpoints reasonable.
On Easy, you can almost always get into a group of orcs and slaughter them with no concern for your life. You WILL encounter some situations towards the end (even on Easy) where you need to slow down and use some strategy or die and retry once or twice... so if you just want an action packed arcade experience, play on Easy. If you demand that there be more of a challenge and you want to use the perfect move combos to survive even if that means dying and retrying sometimes, go ahead and try a harder setting.
An example, if you are the type to play God of War on something harder (Norm, Hard) then try that here.
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2013, 8:19:55 PM PDT
Except it plays nothing like Gears besides being third person.
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