Focus Home Interactive and Streum On Studio have brought Games Workshops Warhammer 40,000 spin off board game, Space Hulk, to the first-person shooter genre in the new Space Hulk Deathwing. The Space Hulk franchise already had a successful digital board game adaptation, but a FPS version offersan interesting take on the close quarters combat focused franchise.
Space Hulk Deathwing centres around a squad of Space Marine terminators sent into the space hulk Oltheros to recover an ancient relic from a dark angel’s chapter ship that is thousands of years old. As a Librarian who is a powerful pysker, you must lead your squad to the centre of the space hulk.
Space hulks are giant masses of ship debris piled together in the warp and fired back into normal space leaving the old and new versions of ships crushed together. Add to this the fact that the space hulks are infested with the monstrous Tyranid Genestealers and you are in for a tense claustrophobic ride.
Space Hulk Deathwing
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Performance & Graphics
Visually when there are no issues the game is a visual marvel with some awe-inspiring levels and backdrops. No matter how good the levels and terminator character models look, you cannot get past how bad the performance is, regardless of the quality settings. The game frequently drops down to as low as 15 FPS, has multiple bugs, glitches and crashes.
It is one of the worst games to come out in recent memory in terms of its technical state and the majority of the causes lay in the lack of polish, optimization and bug testing. Even bugs that were in the beta had made it through to the final product, and it is these issues that hold the rest of the game back unfortunately.
Minimum System Requirements: OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit) Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: 2 GB, DirectX 11, AMD Radeon HD 7870/NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 DirectX: Version 11 Network: Broadband Internet connection Storage: 40 GB available space Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE ONLINE GAME
Recommended System Requirements: OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit) Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectX: Version 11 Network: Broadband Internet connection Storage: 40 GB available space Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE ONLINE GAME
Plamsa + Flamer = Fun
The most important thing to take away from Space Hulk Deathwing is that underneath all its issues, the core gameplay and concept of the game is fun and solid. The problem is the execution and technical state is so off base, that the entire game suffers from a lack of polish
It’s a shame that another Warhammer 40,000 game has been held back due to poor execution and technical issues. Had the game been better optimized and able to run well, many players would have found it to be a very enjoyable experience.
The Horde Cometh forth
If the developers patch the game sufficiently over the coming weeks, Deathwing could turn from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan, otherwise it is destined to be another let down in the 40k game library.
SPACE HULK: DEATHWING VERDICT
While it still could be saved the technical state of the game is so bad that it cannot be seen for what it does right. Even the good parts of the game are plagued by the negatives and the frequent FPS drops make gameplay vomit inducing.
TOP GAME MOMENT
Using the thunder hammer to turn enemies into soup.
Solid core gameplay
Great level design and environments
Co-op can be great fun
Buggy as hell
Performance issues across the board
Peer to peer multiplayer causes connectivity issues frequently