Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior - PC

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Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior (PC)
Also for: PS2
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Combat Game
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Games Workshop Soft. Co.: Games Workshop
Publishers: THQ (GB)
Released: 26 Sept 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
No Accessories: No Accessories


The latest and greatest in the Warhammer series, THQ’s Fire Warrior is one of the most anticipated games of 2003.

Getting ahead of itself somewhat, Fire Warrior jumps forward to the 41st millennium in a world where wars and battles are waged across thousands of environments. This fresh instalment follows a single day in the life of a young Tau warrior as he struggles alone to defend himself from the merciless Imperium. But you will soon learn of a hidden evil even more menacing than the Imperium in this story-driven shooter. Are you ready to face it?

Plots and narrative aside, Fire Warrior is a first-person shooter with an emphasis on war, and begins in a similar vein to Halo or perhaps Unreal. Your adventure begins in an airborne ship whilst you wait to land. Once grounded, the doors open and you emerge in a complex battlefield faced with enemy fire. Thrown in at the deep end, you must hunt down enemies and eliminate them, defending your own life in the process.

And that’s how much of the game is spent. However, you will be armed with a comprehensive set of 15 deadly weapons in this futuristic horror. The adventure is spread across 17 large levels or missions, and an intuitive user interface helps you get to grips with the complicated game world. You’ll be constantly updated with audio reports, so there’s no need to take breathers, keeping gameplay at a smooth if intense flow.

Visually the PC version looks much more crisp and polished than its PS2 counterpart. There’s an awful lot happening on screen, and in many scenarios there’s a seemingly endless stream of explosions and weapons fire. But graphics card permitting, the PC has no trouble at all handling the complex game engine.

Warhammer fans will probably fall over themselves to get a hold of this addition to the series; as a basic first-person shooter, it will appeal to any fan of the genre.