Daily Archives: 09/06/2011

Space Marine – the reviews are in…nearly.

I’m fairly straight-ahead in my love for the (literary) side of the “Warhammer 40K” universe – I haven’t had the opportunity to try out the table-top strategy game, but I’m all about the expanded universe of this uniquely British and pleasingly insane Science Fiction universe thanks to a crash-course in Dan Abnett, Aaron Dembski-Bowden and the Black Library’s stable of writers.

I respectfully disgree with the honourable member for Orktonia - eat Chainsword!

It is with some trepidation and eagerness, then, that I approach the reviews for the imminent Relic/THQ “Space Marine” third-person action game, which marks the series’ first time on consoles, after the toe in the digital waters which was the downloadable “Kill Team” title from a few months ago.

The first review that I’ve looked at was from the US wing of “PC Gamer” and the master race have pronounced it fun, with some provisos.  I’m not one for review aggregators, but Metacritic’s analysis of reviews on the Xbox 360 side of things gives it a wholly numerical 8.0 user score but no reviews from critics – as the embargo is still to be lifted.  My beloved curmudgeons at Eurogamer, meanwhile, give it a solid but unspectacular 6 out of 10. And Tom Bramwell’s review is a master class in fairness – he has reservations, he’s a fan of the universe and he’s honest with the games shortcomings even as he acknowledges it’s strengths.

Bolter-based aggressive negotiations for the win...

I’m sold on the game after spending an extended amount of time smiting Orks in the recent Xbox 360 demo – let’s just hope that enough people pick up this initial salvo and allow Relic and THQ to make further entries in the series.

A “Gaunt’s Ghosts” game? Yes please….

 

 

 

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A musical round-up for Tuesday September 6th 2011…

Evening, all.  Fancy a music news round-up?

...erstwhile neo-Goth Doyenne and mainstay of US rockers Evanescence.

Of all places, Metal Hammer has a video Q & A with High Queen of Goth Pop-Rock, Evanescence’s Amy Lee which you can see here…

Amy Lee?  Metal Hammer?  I never thought I’d live to see the day…

More hooks than a fishing supplies shop...

Meanwhile, back in the land of sanity, German Power Metallists and beloved Fluffrick band, Edguy, are celebrating after their new “Age of the Joker” album cracked the German album charts, landing at number 3 in their debut week.  Blabbermouth has more…

...no human camera can capture their essence.

Back in the land of folks indecisive enough to be offered jobs writing content for this blog, reborn 80’s rock legends Van Halen are inching towards the release of a new album – done with the mix, on to mastering – want to bet that an honest-to-goodness Van Halen studio album could be with us by year’s end?  Hop over to VH fansite, VHND, for more

...set to drain...

Billy Corgan’s revolving-door band of alt-troubadours, Smashing Pumpkins, are playing the UK in November this year – including a lovely date at Sheffield’s 02 Academy.  The Quietus have full dates…

 

Presented with best wishes for your Tuesday night, whether it involves an imminent driving lesson or not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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