Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a third person shooter developed by Relic Entertainment. It provides an up close and personal look at a Space Marine on duty and a gameplay experience with an equal mix of shooting and melee combat. Players take control of Captain Titus of the Ultramarines as he leads a small group of Imperial soldiers on a Forge World, trying to hold back an Ork invasion. One of the game's innovative mechanics is how Titus's health is managed. He has a shield that regenerates but a health bar that doesn't. Furthermore the only way for him to regain health is by curb stomping enemies. Since many of these baddies travel in packs, players have to weigh the risk of being attacked with the reward of regaining health.The class-based multiplayer contains customizable Space Marines of the Imperium and the Chaos Space Marines. The two multiplayer modes available at launch were Annihilation (standard team deathmatch) and Seize Ground (similar to King of the Hill). Relic also added a Horde-like 4 player co-op mode called 'Exterminatus' in October, 2011.
Forge Worlds are planets designated by the Imperium as worldwide factories. These worlds produce everything for the Imperium, from the smallest house hold device to Emperor-class Battle Titans. One such world is under siege by a force of Orks, who are intent on its plunder to continue their slaughter of the galaxy. As Captain Titus, you lead your company of Ultramarines with assistance from the Imperial Guard in the defence of key locations across the planet. If the Battle Titan Factory and other Imperial weapons located on the planet were to fall into Ork hands, countless more worlds would be in danger of the Ork threat. Unbeknownst to the defenders, a sinister Chaos plot is also unfolding under the cover of this alien invasion, and you must discover it before it's too late.
Captain Titus (voiced by Mark Strong)
A company commander of a detachment of Ultramarines. A 150 year old veteran and still considered relatively young, he is a decorated veteran of major campaigns waged across the galaxy – his exploits have earned him a reputation as one of the mightiest Ultramarines.
Over his long service, Titus has overcome countless opponents and suffered many wounds, both physical and psychological. In his earliest days, he struggled to overcome his own temper. Later, he survived the death of his entire squad at the hands of a Chaos Sorcerer; Titus killed the fiend, but suffered terrible wounds -- and some questioned how he survived.
Titus became company commander when his predecessor died in battle. He was by his mentor's side when he fell, and still feels the weight of taking over his mantle.
Sergeant Sidonus (voiced by Richard Hawley)
A veteran warrior with 225 years of experience defending the Imperium from the menaces of space. He lost his arm in a battle with the Tyranids and uses a bionic replacement. Also much of his face is scarred from the blast of an Eldar weapon that also took one of his eyes. So many years of fighting have left him with an attitude of 'been there, done that, no problem' and a dry sense of humor that reveals itself during moments of tense stress. Along with his experience comes a warrior of great efficiency that will not stop until every last enemy is dead.
Leondros (voiced by Noah Huntley)
The most recent member of Captain Titus command squad. He could be considered a typical Ultramarine with his formal speech and devotion to do things just right. Along with this he cannot understand why regular humans are unable give their all in the service for the Emperor. He patronizes the surviving Imperial Guard for their short comings. As a younger recruit, he looks up the older veterans, especially Titus. He aspires to be like them and, at times, will go overboard with attempting to prove himself.
Second Lieutenant Mira (voiced by Christine Roberts)
Mira is the leader of the surviving Imperial Guard Forces on the Forge World, remnants of a much larger detachment that was decimated when the Orks invaded the planet. She was part of the 203rd Cadian Regiment that was en route to another warzone, but was diverted to the Forge World as the only Imperial Guard force nearby. Mira's men are firecely loyal to her, a loyalty that is inspired by her skill as a tactician and her deep humanity. Her primary goal is to ensure the survival of the men she leads.
Inquisitor Drogan (voiced by Danny Webb)
Drogan is a member of The Inquisition - a shadowy organization charged with eliminating the foes of humanity. He was once fell captured by alien foes, which led to years of torture. This has resulted in him having a deep hatred for aliens, and because of this he has spent his life creating new and more effective ways to eliminate them. This obsession has led him to seek technologies thought lost or impossible to the Imperium, and has resulted in the development of a power source that is capable of producing tremendous amounts of mysterious energy.
Chaos Lord Nemeroth
Nemeroth once exemplified what a Space Marine should be. Over the centuries, however, he grew disillusioned with the traditions and rules Space Marines are required to live by. The Chaos Gods took this chance to seduce Nemeroth with promises of great power, both physical and psychic. Having tasted this power, he craves it even more. He has completely abandoned his humanity, and his ultimate goal is to transcend it completely.
Orks are brutal by nature, and this brutality leads to them fighting each other more than their other enemies much of the time. It is only when a Warboss crushes his rivals and unites several tribes that a WAAAAGH! begins, which is a combination of migration and holy war. Warboss Grimskull is as mighty as any Warboss and more cunning than most. His strategy is simple but effective: identify the enemies weak spots and crush them. His goal is to obtain the great warmachines built on the Forge World to serve his WAAAGH!.
Chaos Space Marines
Since Space Marine is an attempt to bring the successful Warhammer 40,000 franchise to a broader audience, the game is a step out of Relic's comfort zone of RTS games. Instead, the game is built as a third- person shooter with a strong emphasis on easy use of melee combat with intense gunfights between Space Marines and swarms of enemies as portrayed in Games Workshop imagery. Gameplay also focuses on the use of classic weapons from the Warhammer 40,000 fiction. Players have an ability that allows them to attempt to charge into enemy cover and positions, destroying terrain or damaging it. There is also a lite RPG-element to the game in which players are to be able to customize armour and weapons.
The weapons that are usable in game include:
In Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, there are two multiplayer modes. You are able to play through the campaign in cooperative mode with a friend. Player one will presumably play as Captain Titus, but it isn't known who Player two will be controlling. In addition to the cooperative mode, you can play an 8v8 class-based competitive mode. There are three classes you can choose from on the side of the loyal Space marines or the traitorous Chaos Space Marines. You can gain experience in gameplay by getting kills and assists which will allow you to gain levels. There are also challenges associated with different weapons and will unlock perks for weapons or armor pieces to customize your space marine with. In the competitive multilplayer, there will be two different game modes. The first will be annihilation, which will be a standard team death match, with the winning team being whoever has the most kills. The second will be seize ground, in which the two teams will battle over objectives on the field that give points, and whichever team gains the most points will win.
Four-Player Exterminatus mode: A wave based "horde" mode for up to four players with two different scenarios - Assault on Hab Center Andreas and Escape From Kalkys Facility. The DLC was confirmed to be free for all those that bought Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine in early October, 2011.
Multiplayer Pack: THQ had announced that they will be releasing a multiplayer pack for players as DLC in early December. The DLC pack will include the 'Chaos Unleashed' variation of the Exterminatus game type which was released for free. In this mode players will play as Chaos Space Marines and fight against Imperium and Ork forces, and include new enemies such as the Imperial Sanctioned Psyker. The pack will also include three new multiplayer maps, usable in all the multiplayer game types, called Habs Ablazed, Station Tertius, and Aquila Canyon. The DLC pack will cost 800 Microsoft Points.
In addition to the premium content, a free update will be launched simultaneously which will include an additional Capture the Flag multiplayer game type. There will also be several skins for players to purchase for their Space Marines and Chaos Space Marines, similar to the pre-order and unlockable skins already in the game. These skins will allow players to customize their space marines as Salamanders, Blood Angels, Legion of the Damned and Alpha Legion. They will be released alongside the premium DLC and will cost 240 Microsoft Points each.
Dreadnought Assault Pack: On January 24, 2012, a new DLC pack was released for Space Marine, titled the Dreadnaught Assault Pack. This pack featured a new game mode where both teams fought over a central control point. The team that captured it successfully would have one of their team members spawned as the mighty Dreadnought and this team would be tasked with controlling a series of capture points placed around the map, while the other team would be tasked with destroying the Dreadnought. Once the dreadnought is destroyed, both teams resuming fighting over the central capture point again. Also included in this pack were 3 new maps, titled Desolation, Dome Mechanicus and Chem Refinery. The DLC pack costs 800 Microsoft Points, or $9.99.
Along side this premium DLC, THQ also released a new game mode, entitled Capture and Control. This mode is similar to King of the Hill modes in many other games, tasking teams to capture and then defend points on the map. There were also two new player skins released alongside these packs, which represent the Iron Hands chapter and Death Guard legion. These player skins cost 240 Microsoft Points or $2.99 each.
The musical score was made by Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan.