Saturday, July 30, 2011

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Gameplay Reloaded!!

Despite the Warhammer 40K franchise's roots in strategy miniatures, the latest trailer for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 title Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine shows that the game is not afraid to get its hands dirty. The third-person action shooter (from Relic Entertainment) tries to blend visceral melee attacks with ranged shooting via a seamless transition between the two seemingly disparate fighting styles. 

Players act as Captain Titus, the lead space marine tasked with saving the human race from hostile aliens. Relic's game director Raphael Van Lierop demonstrated the titular space marine's suite of moves, which includes a rush move that takes down enemies in a slow motion eruption of blood, a fury attack that knocks back ambushing enemies, and over-the-top execution moves that shift to a cinematic camera angle. While all of these moves look great, they also serve a strategic purpose: Fury attacks can save you when you're overwhelmed by melee enemies, while execution moves will replenish your health. Titus has some additional tricks up his sleeve when brandishing projectile weapons as well, including a slow motion aiming mechanic, and secondary fire options for most guns.Despite wearing an absurdly large metal suit, Titus is surprisingly agile, and you wont have any aiming problems regardless of what attack type was performed.

Thanks to Titus' superhuman powers and varied arsenal (Van Lierop says the final game will feature around 15 weapons, plus exotic set piece weapons), combat a bit like Bulletstorm, In Space Marine, however, surviving doesn't mean running away and waiting to heal: Relic is focusing on making the player feel like a complete bad*ss (what else would you expect when playing as a space marine?), so mechanics like healing via execution moves encourages you to push harder when you're in danger, not slink away. Expect the single player campaign to be 12-15 hours of nonstop action.

Warhammer 40.000 : Space Marine will be release in September 6

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