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Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine review - 5/10 in Edge

An action game with 'little in the way of ambition or grit'

Edge has delivered its verdict on THQ and Relic's third-person shooter Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, and it's less than enthused.

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Edge lumbered Space Marine with a 5/10 score in its review, saying that the 30 seconds of fun formula "lacks the synergy between AI and level design that turns each skirmish into a laboratory for bone-splintering experimentation".

Although Edge says "visually, it's not a bad piece of work" with character models that are "charismatic and toy-like in all the right way" and a setting that "is an interesting mix underneath all that brown texturing - part factory and part cathedral," it reckons the game is "let down, though, by ceaseless shuffling trips between one elevator and the next, and a lacklustre itinerary".

The review does praise the weaponry available in Space Marine, particularly 'The Melta', which it describes as "a genuinely ingenious blend of flamethrower and shotgun" and the 'Chainsword', which "revs and roars through the air like a tiny Spitfire coming in for a strafing run".

"Space Marine's campaign quickly becomes pretty tedious - a problem that is only aggravated by an unfortunate sense of familiarity," it continues, "Warhammer 40,000's iconography has been so heavily raided over the years that genuine Space Marines just blend into the crowd."

The game's multiplayer suite is described as "entirely lightweight" but "padded with an excellent customisation system that allows fans to deck out their warriors in the same colours and insignias as their tabletop forces."

Edge's conclusion is that Space Marine is "sometimes casually enjoyable, but never vivid, or memorable, or truly involving".

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