Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior - PS2

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Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior (PS2)
Also for: PC
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Combat Game
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Kuju Soft. Co.: Games Workshop
Publishers: THQ (GB)
Released: 26 Sept 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Features: Vibration Function Compatible, Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only, Multitap adaptable
Accessories: Memory Card
Connectivity: Network Adaptor (Ethernet) compatible


The prospect of a game based on Warhammer will no doubt have thousands of beardy geeks in Red Dwarf t-shirts tossing more than just a pair of dice. Well it's finally happened, and you can now experience the joys of the Warhammer universe in this latest first-person shooter for PlayStation 2.

Set in the dark nightmare future of the 41st Millennium, amidst the grim era of the Imperium, Fire Warrior plunges players into a battlefield that spans a thousand different worlds. Powerful armies of Space Marines, Imperial Guardsmen, bestial Orks, and Tau warriors are in constant conflict, unleashing carnage via mechanical war machines, crushing artillery, and vast starships.

The game casts players as a young Tau warrior who must battle alone against the merciless Imperium. As the player makes their way through the game, they progress through the ranks of the Tau, and in doing so, acquire new equipment and better functionality. In a rather novel concept, the story follows one day in the protagonist's life, in which he soon learns that there's a darker foe at hand and subsequently becomes entangled in a frightening story that leads him through the ongoing war.

The emphasis throughout Fire Warrior is clearly on recreating a creepy horror-style atmosphere for the player. There are 17 moody and foreboding locations to traverse, from the Imperial planet of Doulumar IV, through the Tau warship known as Or'es Tash'var, to the Enduring Blade, an Emperor Class Battleship. Along the way, players encounter a twisted set of characters, designed to be reminiscent of their darkest nightmares.

A notable aspect of the game is that it is one of the first to make use of Sony's newly-released network adapter. As such, there's full support for online multiplayer gaming, providing the first opportunity for PS2 owners to battle it out deathmatch-style over the Internet.