Probably standing as the best board game I have ever owned and re-purchased after its re-release a few years ago, Space Hulk has me going back for more and more. Terminator Armour has always been and always will be the stand out memory for me in my hobbyist world, it just so chunky and kick ass. Lets see how the version of the 40k franchise holds up.
A mind without purpose will wander in dark places
Space Hulk: Tactics is a turn-based strategy game, converted from a Games Workshop board game. It is set in the bleak, dark future of the Warhammer 40k Universe. Space Marine Terminator Chapters enter massive spaceships called Space Hulks, pitting their wits against the alie Genestealers.
Space Marine: Tactics is the first game to offer you the unique option of letting you be either of the races. Two thrilling Campaigns based on these two factions with the ability to customize between four Space Marine chapters and 4 Hive fleets for the Genestealers. Not only can you customize the factions but you are able to customize individual characters to the look and feel of your choosing.
Being able to play solo vs AI is great but the multiplayer feature online really brings a new level of competitiveness to the franchise.
A new card system enhances the turn-based strategy, with developers Cyanide Studio boasting no two games will be the same. Let me tell you, High five to that. I have played and replayed a couple of levels and they seem to have pulled that off very well.
The Developers have added many more tactical options on every turn and I’m pretty sure this will lead to frequent revisits and playthroughs to the fans of this franchise.
Terminators Vs Stealers
Once you have chosen your Faction you will follow the storyline of the Blood Angels for the Space Marine Terminators, navigating yourself through tight corridors, trying to complete the objectives with the main goal of saving the forge world of Gorgunum from the massive Space Hulk called the ‘Forsaken Doom‘.
Multiple endings and optional objectives. Oh my, you are going to get immersed into one of the better 40k games I have played in recent years. If you choose the Genestealer Hives you will have a stealthy, precise and planned vicious attack waiting to be deployed.
The Campaign dives into the backstory of the Space Hulk, The Forsaken Doom and you get to see the other Space Marine Chapters being annihilated prior to the Blood Angels arrival.
Within multiplayer players can choose between all the factions. Ranked play is achieved through leaderboards, sporting all the usual options available to see how bad you are compared to your friends. With the map editor, you are able to come up with your own to use with your friends or trap your foes.
Customisation = Longevity
One massive selling point for me is the customization in the Space Hulk: Tactics is like a Minigame, it has me playing and tinkering with both factions, there are just so many options. I love it.
Not only the skin customization but the Map making tool is going to soak some real time. It allows you to choose from three different factions, ‘Imperial’, ‘Eldar’, and ‘Ork’. The warp gates on the Eldar are awesome.
This is the same tool used to generate campaign missions which is really easy to use and test. If building is not your thing, then shoot off to the Community made maps or perhaps share your own.
Overall Score: 8/10
The cut-scenes and character movement it’s just how I imagined it in my head playing the board game. Whether you are a die-hard 40k follower or a Newbie, who just wanted to try something different, this is the game for you if you like turn based strategy.
I love it and recommend it to everyone!
Format: PlayStation 4 (Reviewed), Xbox One and PC
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Cyanide Studios
Release Date: 09/10/18
Pegi Rating: 16+