I love the world of Warhammer 40,000… there I said it! But if I told you I have never stepped foot in a Games Workshop store, I’d also be telling the truth. The table top side of this is way way too rich for my blood and I get my Warhammer kicks from the world of gaming. Yes you pure blood fans can look down on me all you want, with your wee tiny overpriced plastic models. It’s true – gaming and Warhammer have a great relationship that grows from strength to strength. With countless titles being released based on an endless number of themes and genres, there is a Warhammer game for everyone. Though if I’m also being honest they can all be a bit too serious and po-faced at times too. Well… until now as Belgian based studio – Rogueside – have taken the Warhammer 40,000 world and injected pure fun into it with their latest game Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef.
This is very much a tongue in cheek take on things, as you’ll fill the boots of an over the top team of Orcs who are out to teach the universe a thing or two. Yes, this hand-drawn 2D action adventure is a blast from start to finish of its short lived campaign that sees a light hearted tale set your Orc of choice on a path of revenge… but basically you’re going to blast, burn and smash every model in your local Games Workshop. including the really expensive ones. Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef’s gameplay is a shoot everything that moves affair, while you’re jumping to new platforms and areas as you explore to find teef that you will then spend on bigger and badder things that go boom… or a nice hat. Each Orc has a special ability, like a jet pack or a power that stops you from having to reload. They are fun additions, but don’t impact the core gameplay that much.
It takes you about 4 to 5 hours to clear it, but will find yourself replaying it to find all the hidden teef stashes or just buying everything from the store. After the campaign you can head online and battle it out to become the best Orc in a number of Deathmatch modes, both online and on the couch. As for issues… there are a few small ones like aiming at a distance can be a bit too fiddley at times and then there was the bullet that the devs dodged, as there was a game breaking bug the week of launch that saw the game crash on the 9th level, but luckily this issue has been patched, showing the dev’s are generally still working on things.
Visually everything is comic book in tone and vibe, full of character and colours and it’s great to see the world of Warhammer 40,000 pushed through this filter. Sound is brilliant too with a rocking heavy metal soundtrack that keeps the beat going. The Orcs shout, scream and roar with a very British accent throughout, often about teef and revenge. Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef is big, dumb and tonnes of fun that is a blast in co-op and fun online. Yes it’s a bit short and it came extremely close to being unplayable, but all was saved. No doubt the pure blood fans will have issues with its art style and take on their beloved money pit, but everyone else will have a real blast.
An Xbox review copy of Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef was provided by Rogueside’s PR team, and the game is available now on PlayStation, PC, Switch and Xbox for around £25.