I love all things Warhammer. I collect Eldar and have always had a soft spot for Imperial Guards or Astra Militaria as they are called now… The only real thing that intrigued me about Space Marines were the Inquisitors. Finally I would be allowed to control one on an epic quest to find out the secret behind the long lost ship “Martyr”
Warhammer 40,000 Inquisitor – Martyr is the Warhammer 40k version of Diablo, and I am happy about that! Don’t get me wrong it’s not a total rip off of Diablo but that’s the feel I get when I play it. When you first open the game you have the choice of three classes of Inquisitor. Crusader, Assassin or Psycher. All three have three other architypes to choose from as well. I went for the Psycher for my first play through of the campaign. (There are two modes campaign and challenge mode) First thing I noticed was the hot bar for my skills. They changed depending on what weapon I had equipped at the time. As I played I realised Psychers had the ability to manage their skills in the Hub but I was told Crusaders and Assassins abilities were all down the weapons they were wielding.
You can have two sets of weapons at a time and with a quick press of the left on the D-Pad I had changed from holing a staff to a lasgun and power sword with whole different abilities. Combat is fun with a few drawbacks. You have the option of hugging cover with the LB button, you genuinely feel you’re getting shot at while behind something as it slowly disintegrates while the bolter shots are trying to hit your face, but I found myself rarely doing that and just standing still holding down the various buttons for attacks. Targeting is automatic as long as the enemies are in an invisible circle around your character (you can toggle whether or not you want to see it) If I’m honest it got a bit stale with the little cultists and nurglings you fight, however when you eventually fight some of the bigger things like Helbruts or Spawns of Chaos its gets a bit more exciting.
I enjoyed finding new weapons that were more powerful than the last making my inquisitor the ultimate judge, jury and executioner in the galaxy. I know it’s nothing major but I missed having a walk option… I wanted to walk into a room like the bad A%* I am and slaughter an entire room of chaos cultist. There is so much to this game in the way of missions. Side quests are a must, as I found after a while you need to do them to collect gear with high enough power rating to progress through the story. Each mission is colour coordinated. Green obviously means it’s easy as pie but you’re not restricted you can try the harder levels if you want to challenge yourself. I never got a chance to play Coop in game but I think it would be awesome to play multiplayer. The cover system is good though. The devs have awesome plans for this game and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.
The graphics in Martyr are great most of the time. I had a few frame rate drops here and there during cut scenes, and the loading times are horrendous. I found myself getting distracted while waiting for levels to load which really pulls you out of the emersion of the game. If you’re trying to build story the devs really need to work on these times. The character models and cut scenes are amazing. Really detailed and brings the 40k universe to light. The voice acting in this game are exactly what you would expect. I don’t think I have played a Warhammer game that doesn’t have amazing acting AND music. These really brought the game to life for me and if these really didn’t work I don’t think the game would have either. All the sound effects were perfect too.
The game has loads for you to keep coming back for, whether its challenge mode or just trying to progress and make the sickest character in the galaxy there are heaps to do. Trying all the characters is a must too. Each of them has something that everyone would love and I’ve enjoyed trying them all. Personally I think the price is right. It’s a good game if you are a Warhammer fan. If you’re new to the genre it’s a good start out game to try. With the plans the devs have for martyr too it seems like a good investment.