I love a good Warhammer 40k game. While Dawn of War has been my favorite of all the installments, games like Space Marine are still really fun to play. Storm of Vengeance was something that caught my eye when browsing the Steam store. A tower defense Warhammer game? Count me in. If I was to compare the style of play to anything, I would say it is akin to Ironclad Tactics or even Plants vs Zombies. Yes folks, this is a Lane Defense game, and I have my own mixed feelings about it. Both as a Warhammer fan, and as a gamer.
The game has two campaigns, one for the Space Marines and one for the Orcs. The factions are the Dark Angels and Blood Moons. The story goes like this, Grand Master Belial must lead 100 Dark Angel Space Marines must defend the Ork invasion lead by Ghazgull Thraka. This is a fight that is told many times in the Warhammer 40k universe. You can play as the Dark Angels where the story is centered around defending. Then you can play as the Orks whose story is focused on attacking. The gameplay from both of the races is relatively the same, however, I find that the Ork campaign is easier. The story itself is cool, but when told in this format, it is disappointing and doesn't do it much justice.
The gameplay is rather simple, you have five lanes to defend. You build a structure that produces resources, then you issue what building creates what unit. You then send the unit to a lane for them to start attacking. The enemy team does the same. The goal is to takeover three enemy lanes before they take three of yours. As you progress through the campaign you will unlock perks that give you more options when playing the game. These include unit upgrades or different units. The Orks have their own kind of unique units as do the Dark Angels.
The upgrades are pretty widespread and choosing which one to upgrade can be a challenging one. You can either upgrade your units, get more buildings, or you can upgrade your HQ. This will give you the options to have more units in reserve or produce resources quicker. In the end, you eventually become so powerful that nothing will stop you and the game loses a lot of its challenge. There are over 50 missions though, and a lot of the early missions are challenging in their own way. I can respect that. This game makes you work for becoming super powerful. But then it just becomes unbalanced so in that aspect, the game is a real hit and miss.
In addition to the standard play of Storm of Vengeance, you can play multiplayer, which happens to be cross platform with PC, iOS, and Android. I couldn't necessarily get into the multiplayer for this game as it was just the same thing as the campaign. However, if you are into that kind of thing it is available.
The art is really cool, and if you like Warhammer 40k, you will most likely enjoy this game. It lacks replay value though, and the DLC available is, questionable to say the least. The game is fun when it can be but like many other games in this genre, it can get old fast. I give Warhammer 40k: Storm of Vengeance for the PC a 6/10. The game is fun, but it really lacks content that is so well known to the Warhammer universe. You can pick it up on Steam now.