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Space Hulk is Out Now

By on August 15th, 2013 1:43 pm

Space Hulk is Out Now

Space Hulk, a new turn-based tactical strategy game from developer Full Control, has now been released on Steam (also available on GamersGate) for PC and Mac. Space Hulk is set in the Warhammer 40k universe and is based on the Games Workshop tabletop / board game of the same name.

Space Hulk’s developer, Full Control, is actually the same studio that recently completed a successful kickstarter for Jagged Alliance: Flashback, a game we mentioned a few months back. While we’ve not covered Space Hulk yet on the site, I’ve had my eye on it for a while now.

Features include:

  • The first Space Hulk video game in 17 years – available on multiple platforms (PC, Mac and iPad)
  • Set in the hugely popular Warhammer 40,000 universe – official license of the legendary boardgame from Games Workshop.
  • Turn-based tactical strategy game based on the popular and iconic board game mechanics.
  • Blood Angel Terminators – Fight the ferocious Genestealers with heroes of the mighty Blood Angels.
  • Fearsome Genestealers with challenging AI – meet unforgiving hordes of Genestealers.
  • Thematic 3D environment – experience the dark labyrinth of a Space Hulk as never before.
  • Single player campaign based on the “Sin of Damnation” space hulk – Take on the Sin of Damnation campaign, which includes 3 brand new prequel missions and the 12 missions from the classic board game.
  • Multiplayer head-to-head recreating the board game experience against a friend – get in the hot seat and battle it out with a friend.
  • Cross platform multiplayer between Windows PC, Mac and iOS – play asynchronous against friends and foes on multiple platforms.

I’m very pleased to report that we will have a full review of Space Hulk in the not so distant future. Fair warning, I’m a complete rookie to Space Hulk. I’ve not played the PC game nor the tabletop version, so things could get ugly. If you’re a veteran of the tabletop game and want to send along some tips for me, please feel free to comment and make suggestions. If you’re not, well I’ll try to share some of my own mistakes with everyone.

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  1. David Hampton says:

    I haven’t played the board game in quite a while. I seem to remember that playing as the marines was the least satisfying against another human person. False blips were something you could foist upon the other player and really mess them up. As a big fan of x-com the game felt familiar, if paired down a lot in terms of options and the impact of a long campaign wasn’t that fun. My friend and I never finished it.

    The psychic presence mentioned in the trailer is unknown to me. Good luck.

  2. Lens Flares Suck says:

    This is released and there is virtually no video’s of gameplay and only a handful of screenshots?

    What is this, a stealth release?

    • Alexander says:

      Well I for one asked for a review copy and didn’t get one. Message got passed to the PR feller but no further. Guess some of the other sites may have had the same issue.

  3. Kyle Rees says:

    I remember playing the first Space Hulk , which was the first WH 40k pc game, and it was extremely hard. I also remember that it had a lot of issues and this was not a big hit.

    I also am wondering why there seems to have been little no marketing or press done for this title. Even though I loved the first problem riddled version, I will take a wait see approach on this one.

  4. heretic says:

    Looks like I’m reliving my childhood again!!! I use to play it on Amiga computer and the game was brutal and unforgiving. Space Hulk had you control couple of squads of space marines at the same time and all the fight was taking real time. It took a lot of baby sitting to keep the marines alive through some of the missions. Since O/W didn’t work sometimes or the Space Marines were forgetting their trigger discipline. The game had me fight for every bloody square of the map against swarms of stealers that would unexpectedly pop out of the walls and ceilings. It gave the game aura of uncertainty and instilling fear making me doubt my every move.
    The video of the new game looks really good, and It seems like devs got the mechanics down and solid. I’m getting it when I get home from work.

    amiga version of the game:

    • Keith Turner says:

      Note: In the Steam forums they indicate they are working on a hot fix/patch today.

      I am in the process of playing now and will be writing a review. It sounds like you greatly enjoyed the older Space Hulk game. My understanding is that this one is very close to the board game (note I’ve not played the board game). I saw you mentioned real-time in the old one. This one is strictly turn based. Just wanted to make you aware this one is a little different compared to what I know about the older game. There are some streams and video available if you want to check them out.

  5. Keith Turner says:

    Campaign level 6 can’t be defeated currently. They are supposed to be patching this today, but I am stuck at this point in my play right now. Fair warning to anyone considering this.

  6. Alien JD says:

    They just digitized the board game that was released a few years ago. What a lazy cash grab. The only reason to get this is if you want to play the board game and don’t have a copy (it is out of print and hard/expensive to acquire).

    Also, they say the game has a ‘Level editor with ability to share creations’.

    A few years ago GW shut down many fan sites that created additional missions and content for the board game. No one was doing anything illegal but Games Workshop used their lawyers and threat of costly litigation to stop people from sharing new missions for a board game. I wonder how long until GW shuts down the mods because they are ‘infringing’ on their ‘intellectual property.’

    I’ll definitely pass on this.

    • Alexander says:

      With GW doing what they’re doing. I wonder how long they’ll be going themselves. Shame they stopped the fan sites, anything that keeps something alive is usually good for the fans.

    • Elethio says:

      Or make your own board game version like me :D

      If this is close to the board game version thats a good thing, but I’ll wait for some reviews too.

  7. cem şancı says:

    The first Space Hulk game loose the race and forgotten in the history, because it was too hard. I played it, and I know how it was hard.

    One touch to genestealer and you loose the 2 tonne steel armored space marine!

    This new game made same mistake. People dont want to play video game excatly same as board game. They need some actions and heroic possibilites to love a video game like Space Hulk.

  8. Thiosk says:

    I love me some warhammer, but I’m not particularly interested in space marines OR genestealers.

    I may pick it up next summer in a 60% off sale.

  9. drillerman says:

    Just wanted to say, in reply to all the negativity for Space Hulk, that it is actually quite good and certainly worth £22.99. I think they have caught the mood and atmosphere really well. Basically, if you enjoy the boardgame you will enjoy the PC game. There are some bugs that need and hopefully will be sorted but I am enjoying it as it is at the moment.

  10. necaradan666 says:

    1000 Blood Angels deployed? At one place and time? This game is already screwing things up seconds into the launch trailer. I don’t think any chapter could make a comeback with only 50 survivors, especially Blood Angels.

    • White_Eagle says:

      That’s the lore, the devs of this game did not create it they just repeated what has been said

    • necaradan666 says:

      That’s the lore from the board game? or from 40k fluff or from the old video games? Just wondering. From what I remember the entire Blood Angels chapter only deployed in the same place for the Horus Heresy and the war on Armageddon, certainly any chapter would be basically finished with only 50 survivors.. and besides, as far as I remember the only space marines played in a space hulk game are terminators.. In that case it makes no sense at all.. only first company vets usually wear terminator armour, not the entire chapter

  11. necromundosan says:

    Game is kind of buggy and it’s fairly obvious it’s an indie developer doing it. That being said I think they’ve done great justice to the game and it’s a blast to play! With the editor being released I can see this game lasting for years, especially if add more campaigns, chapters and new types of genestealers. Highly recommend the game if you’re into tactical turn-based stuff.

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