Posts Tagged ‘Warhammer 40000: Space Marine’

Space Marine Demo Live, Not (Officially) In UK

The demo for Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is now live on Steam, unless you live in the UK, where it is mysteriously absent. I’ve contacted THQ again to ask why this might be.

It can apparently still be downloaded in the UK via this link.

Impressions: The Space Marine Demo


Hot damn! Now that did the trick. I’m prone to worrying about what game I should play right after finishing something great. It’s a science, like which album or song do you play right after something that’s lifted your spirits or got you in a singin’ mood. You don’t want something that’s going to shut you up. It’s the same with games: picking the wrong bet as a follow-up can sour the experience, or at least fail to take advantage of my mental momentum. My mood could be ruined. I could be left adrift for a few days, every game seeming strangely unappealing. Last night, I got it right – following up Deus Ex: Human Revolution with the Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine demo. Hot damn. Aside from the whole machine-assisted warrior element, these are two very different games. After some 30 hours of sneaking, hacking and pondering in DX3, mindlessly eviscerating Orks by the dozen with a Power Axe was exactly right, exactly the coda I needed.
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So, The Space Marine Demo Is Available

Somewhere. I am presuming North American Steam accounts can see it and download it and play it, if they have pre-ordered, due to this post on the main site. The Space Marine page is not visible here in the UK at all. I contacted THQ to ask why that would be quite some time back, but we’ve yet to get a response. Our guess is that it’s related to a retail distribution deal in the UK, but we’re just speculating. Anyway, Relic have announced that signing up to this Honor Guard thing will give UK users access to the demo on August 22nd, somehow. The demo apparently gets a general release on the 23rd, but I am not totally clear about that.

Anyone played it yet? The game is due out September 6th in North America and September 9th in Europe.

Four Space Marine Trailers (Four!)

Looks like rain. PURPLE RAIN. Do you see what reference I made there?
The chaps at Gematsu have posted four new Space Marine trailers, via THQ, and I’ve reposted them below. They all basically have the same message – “I AM WAR” – but in delivering it they show a lot of varied game footage. It really is looking rather handsome.
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Third Space Marine Dev Diary Is Shiny

Servo-skull. SERVO-SKULL.
But not as shiny as studio marketing man James McDermott! Look at his beautiful face. That is a man who knew his immaculate beard was going to appear on a video watched by thousands that day. He’s no Servo-Skull.

Anyway, this trailer talks about the production of the game, making it all look and sound spectacular. There’s loads of cinematic footage – because Relic learned stuff from the movie industry, apparently – and a bit about the general environment and ambience. I think anyone who isn’t excited about this is probably not taking care of their inner Space Marine, and need to think a bit about how he’s feeling right now. Poor guy. He’s all alone in there with your inner child, your inner 1980s Wall Street banker, and your inner Credible Adult. And they all need to learn to get along. They really do.

Okay, go watch the video. You are ready.
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Space Marine Co-Op After Launch?

In the grim darkness of the 41st century, there is only co-operation.
Hmm, this is a bit of an odd one, via ShackNews. This Space Marine forum post, which has subsequently been deleted, saw a THQ community manager claiming that the co-op aspect of Space Marine would turn up 30 days or so after release, but as then clearly been redacted. Since then THQ have released a statement saying: “Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will have co-op and we look forward to announcing more details later this month.”

I guess someone is in trouble for blurting out meticulous PR plans, eh? Tsk.

Suit Up: Space Marine Multiplayer Trailer

Oh, shooty men. Can't you just have a picnic?

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a brilliant name for a game. It is about Space Marines. Done. Coming from Warhammer regulars, Relic, the third-person actioner we’ve been discussing for nearly two years is due in a month already. Gosh, September’s getting busy. Today the pipes have produced a multiplayer trailer for your eyes. It’s below.

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It’s Only War: Space Marine Cinematic

I'm guessing it's his party.
Following our hands-on with Space Marine yesterday, I now spy a cinematic trailer, which I’ve posted below. It is unlikely to surprise you, since it shows the usual spread of orks and chaos minions getting slaughtered by space marines wielding chainswords and English accents. I do like the look of the Warboss and the Chaos chief executive, though.

The game is out September 6th.
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Chaos All-Stars: Space Marine Hands-On

Space Marines are a bit like lamp posts with vendettas
Multiplayer, eh? Bit of fun! Having a laugh with friends. Persistent unlocks. Leaderboards. And all I can think as Relic demo Space Marine’s multiplayer component to me, is this: Frivolity! The Emperor would not approve. My tune was, however, changed slightly following several hours and a dozen matches of hands-on.
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Meet The Heretic: Space Marine vs Chaos

heretics have feelings too

Heretics! Blood Letters! Chaos Space Marines! And Orks. Always with the Orks. (The Orks need their own game, really: they get such a bad rap, treated as idiots and fodder). Here’s the Chaos-centric E3 trailer for Space Marine, a game I am very much looking forward too, albeit with the concern that the lone hero thingy might not entirely sit well my own vision of Space Marineyness. Still, I love the 40K universe as much as any poorly-shaven man of my generation, so the opportunity to get all first-person on it makes me tremble like a tiny rabbit.
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