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Space Marine review scores trickle out - mighty or mangled?

Relic's third person action take on Warhammer 40,000 gets put to the test

THQ and Relic's third-person shooter Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine stomps its way onto store shelves this week and from the looks of early review scores it might muscle its way into the hands of more than a few gamers too.

As reported yesterday, the first Space Marine review came from Gamepro Germany, which awarded it 81%. According to the review, the game has good pacing and an "interesting story twist", although it can be harshly difficult at times and suffers from "occasional camera problems".

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PC Gamer went with a score of 82, summing things up by saying: "Space Marine is just endless war. Thanks to powerful weapons and excellent pacing, that war is pretty damn fun".

Space Marine earned a score of 7.5/10 from Gamershell, which says "Relic's new shooter appears to be focused on getting key features nailed down on its first pass, rather than spreading itself thin with totally useless aspects". Although it adds that the gameplay might be "shortsighted" and "fairly one-note", it says there has been "attention paid to all corners of aesthetics" and "a surprisingly fun online competitive multiplayer component adds life to Space Marine".

Joystiq went with a 4/5 score. "Space Marine is a terrific title, and proof that Relic's expertise can extend far past the RTS genre they've already conquered," it said. While the game is "short, in terms of both length and features", what's there "is of the highest quality".

Both Eurogamer and Joystick Division scored the game a little lower.

"When you strip away our automatic affection for the universe, you're left with a simple story full of thin characters and predictable twists, where the combat quickly descends into a repetitive war of attrition, and a small suite of online modes that can't compete with the bigger boys in the genre" Eurogamer said in its 6/10 review.

Joystick Division gave the game 3/5, saying: "Relic has laid all the foundation they need with Space Marine to craft an excellent sequel. The 40K universe is huge, and there's plenty of room for equally-sized adventures to come".

Are you guys and gals interested in picking this up?

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