Monday, May 23, 2011
Space Marine Videogame Dropping in This Summer
After finishing up a somewhat disappointing couple of runs of Dragon Age II I decided to give videogames a rest while I got some progress on miniatures projects. There are some titles coming out I'll be picking up however. Mass Effect 3 is at the top of a very short list, but also on there is the action-shooter, rpg-lite Space Marine. Just look at the above shot of a jump pack equipped trooper coming in from orbit. That is awesome.
The game set up has you entrenched on a Forge World against a Waaaagh! full of Orcs, however this pic gave me pause. Wielding the huge power hammer rocks in and of itself, but it seems that you'll be up against some forces of chaos as well, like the Bloodletters here. Where's there's Bloodletters I gotta imagine there's also going to be other four god goodness.
This is another iconic shot that really evokes the imagery of what it means to be one of the Emperor's Finest. A power armored super-human, his massive boltgun, and hordes upon hordes of the enemy bearing down on you.
The initial previews look promising, and the game play is a mix of third person shooter as well as action RPG. I don't know if you switch characters or just get different equipment along the way either. There are some mini-movie-like cut scenes that take place during combat too, sort of like finishing move. Once you trigger these the action slows down to bullet-time and what the developers call an "actionmatic" takes place. Mostly I've seen this in melee with the chainsword dispatching foes up close.
So that's a wrap, just thought I'd stick up some screenshots. The game looks cool, and it sounds like the developers are trying to do the control system justice, and we already know the genre and setting are cool, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for this one.