Review by Frowdo

"I Am Da Fire Warrior Yo"

Crack….you look down to see what you stepped on, only to see the skull of a fallen warrior from ages past. His body has turned mostly to dust as has his glory. You are here because you want to be, because you wish to prove yourself. Some may think you are mad, others think you a hero, you just believe in the cause. Your arms feel the gentle hum of your blaster. Deep in it's heart lies death and in your fingers lies it's freedom. The twilight settles over the battlefield and now you must turn on your night vision to even see a few feet ahead of you. Your mission was to engage hostiles, but so far it's been clear. Your mind races with all the possibilities, your heart pounds, if not for the thick exo-skeleton you'd be worried that it's sound would give you away. Suddenly, a small sound ahead of you, around the bend. You grip your rifle firmly and prepare to fire. Slowly you turn the corner and face to face is the enemy, ready to fire as well. It's a race to see who can pull the trigger first. You quickly pull back the trigger and for a moment you are enveloped in a bright green cloak of light. Was it his rifle that fired or yours. The light clears and you are standing eye to eye with him. Slowly he drops to the ground, this time you have prevailed, but will you be so lucky next time? Will you live to fulfill your destiny? Will you become, a Fire Warrior?

Warhammer 40,000 Fire Warrior is based on a miniatures game. Unlike that game, this one brings you directly into the action. The game is a first person shooter that puts you into the shoes of a Tau fighter. You're leader has been captured and to earn your Fire Warrior status you and a group of your men must find and rescue him from the Imperials. All this starts a chain reaction that leads to all out confrontation between the Imperials and the Tau.

In this game you are Kais, a member of the Tau who is trying to become a Fire Warrior. You are equipped with a large laser rifle, night vision, and a sword. Throughout the game you will be able to acquire several different types of weaponry as well as grenades. At any given time you may have your default laser rifle and one other gun. Guns include but are not limited to: laser blaster, laser pistol, shotgun, and grenade launcher. You may also have 6 grenades at one time.

As for the controls, they are as you would expect for a console FPS. The left analog stick allows you to move while the right one allows you to aim. One button for switching between weapons, another for jump, crouch, reload, fire, alt. Fire, and night vision. The control scheme works well and should be easy to pick up.

The missions on the other hand are very long, and linear. Go from point A to point B is what you'll encounter in the early part of the game. Later on it will turn into go to point A get a key, then move onto point B. This can make the game a bit stale and boring. The graphics also don't help it much. The backgrounds and textures are used over and over again on the same mission and each mission has several different levels. The characters themselves are a tad ugly. Some just look very dumb, but as they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

One of the most important factors when playing single player games is the enemy AI. This is a bit of a toss up. On one hand they don't hide behind barriers or use defensive positions. On the other hand they are very accurate and can find you very easily. You'll probably never feel overwhelmed by them but may lose a large amount of ammo trying to kill them.

Overal, Warhammer 40,000 is a very interesting game to review. Not because it is the greatest thing ever, but because rating it is almost impossible. The first person shooter genre is huge and has some of the greatest games of all time including; Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein, Counter Strike, Half Life, ect. Every game brings something different and amazing to the FPS genre. The problem with this game is it's a very basic first person shooter. It does everything well, but it doesn't bring anything new to the table. Overall it may make a good rental for someone familiar with Warhammer, but may not be for those looking for a great first person shooter to hold them over.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 08/16/04

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