Posted: January 27
If you play games for gameplay mechanics, then you might like this title. The developers did a good job in making the ultra marines feel massive, however this translates into the feeling that the controls are sluggish. There are three melee weapons and about 9 ranged weapons available. The player can hold four ranged weapons at time, but only two of these slots can be swapped out for other ranged weapons. One melee weapon can be equipped at a time, but the most powerful one restricts the player to the two basic ranged weapons. The player has an energy shield which will recharge after not taking damage for a short time. Health can only be restored using special melee finishing moves that are only available at certain times. This can sometimes be difficult to accomplish when there are a lot of tougher enemies around as the player still takes damage while the finishing move animation is running. The player can also activate "fury" mode after accumulating power by damaging enemies. This will constantly regenerate health, greatly increase melee combat effectiveness and slow time while aiming down sights on ranged weapons for a short amount of time.
If you play games for the story telling (or if you are a fan of Warhammer 40K in general), then you will probably like this title. For the most part, I found the story to be engaging. There was one part in particular during Chapter 14 that I thought was a little silly, but the rest of the story was good in my opinion. I also thought that the voice acting and dialog were very good. Some questions are left unanswered at the end as no sequel was made, but the main plot of this title does have closure.
The gameworld is very good in my opinion. The level designers did a good job of creating colossal structures. The architure is a mixture of gothic cathedrals and distopian future technology that I found appealing. The character design is pretty good and the models are fairly detailed. I felt that there could have been a bit more variety in the gun models as I had difficulty telling them apart, but I also realize that the models are probably just accurate to the 40K lore.
Overall, I enjoyed most of my time with this title. I didn't really care for a lot of the gameplay, but I found the story to be worth it. The controls felt sluggish, though I understand why this design decision was made. There were also a few frustrating sections that required multiple retries even on the lowest difficulty setting.