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It helps to be a fan of the Warhammer universe...
on 12 September 2011
... as the game engine in and of itself is nothing new and as a 3rd person shooter, it is pretty basic stuff.
By note, with the collectors edition you get a hardback book of conceptual art for the game. As a collector of graphic novels and "art of..." for anime movies, I really liked this as an addition. The pack of character cards I haven't opened yet, and the purity seal... well it's a bit cheap and tacky if I'm being honest.
This is probably great as a gift for a 40K fan but, that aside, I wouldn't spend the additional outlay for the minimal extras you get in the collectors edition.
Back to the game in hand, you are leading Titus of the Ultramarines' Second Company on the Forge World Graia.
The graphics are impressive to look at, and the range of characters from the Warhammer universe are rendered splendidly. But with this game 2 years in development, it still appears to be lacking, and its release time is poorly placed as other reviewers have pointed out against other titles coming out soon - Gears of War 3, Skyrim, and even Batman Arkham City. The game engine versus the flexibility of another recent title, Red Faction, leaves a little to be desired - you could do much more with flexible scenery, given the level of destruction going on in the Forge World during the game. The tunneled nature of the gameplay did make it a little predictable.
Still, the online gameplay is good, and you can customise your marines so that you can play as a variety of chapters from the tabletop game itself, which is a neat (if simple) addition.
In summary : a good solid game, but is probably going to be quickly forgotten / overlooked when its competitors release their next big titles in the coming weeks. Worth buying, but not worth the outlay for the collectors edition, unless you're buying for an avid fan.