Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior

a game by THQ
Platform: Playstation 2
Rating: 8/10

Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior is an immersive first-person shooter that plunges you feet first into the world of constant war that is Warhammer, daring you to do anything but emerge the same way you entered ' feet first.

One thing that makes this latest Warhammer experience unique is that you're playing it from the wrong side - instead of taking on the role of a marine in the Imperium of Man, Fire Warrior has you playing out the role of a young Tau Warrior.

While the plot is initially confusing, thrusting you into the middle of a war that you know little about, it goes a long way in capturing the emotion and bewilderment of a young warrior out on his first foray. As your character grows in battle, so does your understanding of what is happening and why.

The game plays like your typical first-person shooter in the vein of, dare I say it, Halo. You can only carry two weapons, you have a regenerating shield and you're fighting your way through a space opera.

Fire Warrior isn't nearly as sophisticated, as Halo and the surroundings are much grittier. The graphics really are superb, lending an air of realism with the occasional visor static, distance blurs and subtle heat waves. A downside to the game is that the levels are very tunnel like in their lay out. The inside levels are all fairly linear and the outside levels are typically in the recesses of huge trenches, so you don't do a lot of meandering. Although the level design is lacking in some ways, the game developers have done a good job of finding strengths in the maps. Instead of spreading things out horizontally, they spread them out vertically. In other words you have bad guys (or should that be good guys?) shooting at your from towers, the rim of the trenches, inside buildings, it makes for a very layered game. The sound effects also go a long way in helping you feel the game with a near constant shuddering barrage of heavy weapons attacks and excellent voice acting.

The multiplayer options are a little light, but what more can you do with a first-person shooter anyway? You get all the usually suspects: death match, team death match, capture the flag plus eight maps to choose from.
Not exactly the best multiplay, but it does extend the game's life a bit.

Fire Warrior is a fun game to play with a unique look and feel that will make Warhammer fans happy and give those new to the genre a unique experience as they blast away.

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