Review: Space Hulk: Tactics (PlayStation 4)

Space Hulk: Tactics is a faithful adaptation of the board game Space Hulk, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, bringing a unique twist to the cult classic formula. Engage in bloody battles as either a squad of Terminator Space Marines or the deadly alien Genestealers. This is our Space Hulk: Tactics review:

Pros:

  • Fantastic graphics.
  • 7.79GB Download size.
  • Two campaigns- Blood Angels and Genestealers.
  • Four modes-Campaign, Skirmish, Quickmatch, and Mission editor.
  • Invert axis option.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Two campaign difficulties- Classic and veteran.
  • Uses DS4 touchpad.
  • Camera options- Auto or free mode.
  • The campaign has a tutorial level with ongoing tutorial pop-ups.
  • Can change camera angle with a button press. Jump between first person and isometric.
  • Cool cutscenes of critical shots, overwatch shots, Melee kills and enemy movements.
  • Strategy gameplay based on the board game.
  • A wide variety of character types to play as.
  • Clear easy to read HUD that shows action bar, Minimap and your squad.
  • Easy to grasp gameplay, Uses a grid system for moving.
  • Ooozes atmosphere from the ambient sounds of the level themselves to the Space marine klanks and Genestealer shrieks.
  • Strong voice work.
  • Save when you want and it has autosaved.
  • Online leaderboards for each race.
  • Skirmish- Create/join.load mission. Server browser with filters for official/special/local and favorites.
  • Strong soundtrack.
  • Squad creator- You need to make up at least one squad for each race to use in skirmish and online modes.
  • Customize your units of Dark Angels, Ultramarines, Blood Angels, Space Wolves, and even Genestealers with hundreds of cosmetic items, cards, and equipment.
  • Can create private/public or against AI rooms and set turn duration speed in a skirmish game.
  • Quick match- 3 modes- Ranked, Public and Against AI.
  • Power cards-Play these in the game to add buffs or abilities, Can also convert them to AP to allow more control time.
  • AP=Action Points. This determines how much you can do as walking, Interacting and attacking all use AP.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Very satisfying.
  • Hit chance percentage is shown before you take your shot.
  • Weapon Jams.
  • Playing as Genestealers really mixes it up and brings a fresh more unique challenge.
  • Powerful easy to use level editor. You get three environment choices- Ork, Eldar, and Imperium Name the level and add a bio, 20 different objectives to set. Create specific squads to use, Tie consoles to doors, Simple snap and rotate control system that is easy to read and even easier to operate. You can test or fly over the level in the first person before publishing and sharing.
  • Level editor has a handy checklist of things to have in your level.

Cons:

  • Only one control layout.
  • Small text.
  • Not the fastest load times.
  • Really dark in places.
  • Doesn’t explain all menu options very well.
  • Looks daunting.
  • Slow pace.
  • Few skanky AI moments.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

Space Hulk is back! This time around we get two completely different campaigns with Blood Angels and Genestealers, But wait the fun doesn’t stop there, Oh no, We also get to create our own squads of Space Marines from other chapters like Dark Angels and the fearless Space Wolves! Ok, so all that hype out the way we go into the actual gameplay. It is very faithful to the source material, Weapons can jam, Hit percentages are a thing, But to keep it computer gamey we get sweet blood filled cutscenes of kills, Melee attacks and enemies jumping out of the shadows. I personally loved the first person view in the Space Marine campaign as it just immediately put you in the game, Sucked when planning tactics but a quick button press puts me in the isometric view so whatevs. Playing as Genestealers felt really unique and smart, I loved everything about it. You get all the online options you would expect and caters for the single player yet again with a load of AI bot match modes. Its true shining piece though is the level editor, It is so powerful and deep that you can recreate all classic scenarios from the board game or makes your own and the best part is it will take mere minutes, It is so fluid and easy to master. Course being able to share levels with players around the world mean there is always a fresh challenge to be had. In conclusion, it sticks to the formula and nails it in so many ways it is an absolute blast to play and a must for Warhammer 40k and strategy fans alike.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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