Ten years after launch, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine gets a major free update

Ten years after launch, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine gets a major free update

For those who don't already own it, the Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Anniversary Edition is on sale, too.

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Warhamᴍᴇr 40,000: Space Marɪɴe ɪs ɴᴏw ᴛᴇɴ yᴇᴀʀs ᴏʟᴅ, havɪɴg ᴏʀigɪɴᴀʟʟy launcʜᴇd ᴏɴ Septemʙᴇr 6, 2011. To celebrᴀᴛe tʜᴇ ʙɪɢ birthᴅᴀʏ, Sega hᴀs releᴀsed ᴀɴ Anniversary Edɪᴛiᴏɴ ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴏɴ Sᴛᴇᴀᴍ, tʜᴇ "ultimᴀᴛe versiᴏɴ" ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ faᴍᴇd shooter, ᴀɴd ɪᴛ's availᴀʙʟᴇ ᴀs a ꜰʀᴇᴇ ᴜᴘdᴀᴛe ꜰᴏʀ ᴀɴyᴏɴe ᴡʜᴏ ᴏᴡɴs tʜᴇ ᴏʀigɪɴal.

So, what do you get? The Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - Anniversary Edition, to use its formal title, includes the base game, plus:

Chaos Unleashed Map Pack    Dreadnought Assault DLC    Iron Hand Veteran Chapter Pack DLC        Death Guard Champion Chapter Pack DLC    Golden Relic Bolter    Golden Relic Chainsword    Power Sword    Blood Angels Veteran Armour Set    Salamanders Veteran Armour Set    Alpha Legion Champion Armour Set    Legion of the Damned Armour Set    Emperor's Elite Pack    Traitor Legions Pack    

But that's not all! Order now and you'll also get:

The full soundtrack for the gameClassic and brand-new wallpapers    The original manual (pdf)    The Official Strategy Guide (pdf)    Ringtone    The Collector’s Edition Artbook (pdf)    Collector’s cards (pdfs)    The original launch trailer    

(You don't actually have to order now—it's all included in the standard package.)

If you haven't seen the launch trailer before now, well, it's not exactly subtle.

Despite its age and inherent silliness, Space Marine is a very good shooter—it holds the number-three spot on our ranking of every Warhammer 40K game ever—and not just because the setting is so violently over the top: The story is a little simplistic, but it eschews the cover-based shooter trends of the time and instead all but forces players to wade into the fray like the killing machines they're supposed to be. 

"You regain health by killing bad guys up close, charging forward with your chainsword or slamming down out of the sky thanks to the best jetpack ever. Each fight reminds you this is what you're genetically engineered to do, and early on there's a quiet moment where you enter an Imperial Guard base and wounded soldiers several feet shorter than you look up in awe. It nails the fantasy of being a space marine."

That's cool. We also scored it 82% in our 2011 review.

If you don't already own Space Marine, the Anniversary Edition is on sale on Steam for $20/£14/€15 until September 30.

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