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In the distant future of a fantastic universe, a derelict spacecraft hurtles through space at thousands of miles an hour. It's ultimate destination: Earth. The collision of the humongous craft and your planet could be its downfall. To make matters worse, the ship has been overrun by Genestealers, a wicked race of DNA-sucking creatures that will kill any normal crew that tries to board.
Enter the Blood Angels, the heavily armed, mech-suited space marines of this fantasy future. You mission is to save the planet by overtaking this ancient ship back and rerouting it before it crash lands. As a member of an elite team, you will lead your troops into battle against the Genestealers, confident that you'll come out of this battle like every other battle with their brutal kind.
Space Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels is an update to the PC and 3DO Space Hulk games. It is based on the Warhammer 40K universe, a blending of far-flung science fiction and fantasy (think orcs with laser guns, and you get the idea.) While not a true sequel, this incarnation of Space Hulk offers updated graphics and an entirely new campaign.
While the meat of the game is a first-person shooter, it also includes tactical properties. Not only will you battle the Genestealers directly, but as commander of your crew of rough and tough marines, you'll also direct the missions from above. Using a map screen, you can command troop movements and regulate individuals to seek-and-destroy or covering roles. You will also be able to take control of any of your troops to take situations into your own hands.
To help you with this mission, you are given a small amount of "freeze" time at the beginning of each level. With this time, you can plan your tactics and order troops without having to worry about the genestealers attacking. Once you're out of this time, however, you'll have to do your commanding in real time, and anything can happen with your sharp-toothed enemies. In addition to dealing with multiple kinds of genestealers, the craft is also booby-trapped, which will make your missions that much harder. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide