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"Space Hulk: Deathwing": Horde Survival at Its Best

Updated on April 23, 2020
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Video games are a big part of my life, and I write to share the tips I've learned over the years.

"Space Hulk: Deathwing"
"Space Hulk: Deathwing" | Source

Back in the day, when games like Left 4 Dead weren't full of toxic try-hards and you could arrange a hack-free tournament on a dedicated server, you'd find me slaughtering zombies endlessly with my friends and clan. Space Hulk: Deathwing definitely hearkens back to those days of endless slaughter and fun. If you are like me, and you enjoy running through giant maps trying to survive horde after horde of enemies, then this game is everything you could ever want!

Get yourself a copy today!

Available on Xbox One digitally!

PS4 version.

PC version.

Purge, Purge, Purge!

If it wasn't clear to you already, the main goal and appeal to this game is, first and foremost, the ability to take control of a Grey Knight in its Terminator armor as you slice, shoot, and blast your way through seemingly endless waves of xenos scum. The xenos scum in this game are the Tyranid Genestealer swarm, and you get a sense for how fearsome this threat really is when a Brood Lord cuts you down in one hit. If you're a single player type of person like myself then you'll be playing as a Brother Librarian, and all that means essentially is that you have the ability to conjure warp abilities like fire tornadoes and shoot electricity from your fingers.

The main interest for this game isn't the single player, but the near-identical multiplayer feature. So if you aren't all about purging xenos with your friends, well, you may want to avoid this purchase. When I purge xenos with a group of battle brothers, I always play as a brother Apothecary.

An Apothecary.
An Apothecary. | Source

We are the warriors of the Grey Knights, armored in faith, shielded by devotion and armed with purity of purpose. But greater even than these, we carry the light of the divine Emperor of Man into the dark places to purge the daemonic wherever it may be found.

— Brother-Captain Arvann Stern

Apothecary is your main support class, and without him your Eternal Crusade will not be so eternal at all. For those of us who play on No Mercy, Apothecary is a must-have in the squad, but even on the lowest levels most players will see themselves overcome by the Tyranid Genestealer swarm. Make sure you grab a brother apothecary before heading out on your crusade, as he is the only means of healing yourself without waiting on the two minute respawn timer. Every second and bit of manpower counts!

The Apothecary can boast his healing powers, with three choices as far as healing: self-heal, individual heal of a battle brother, and an AoE heal field for the whole team. This isn't all the Apothecary can boast, however, they also carry a Narthecium drill and the legendary Redemption Bolter that fires fragmentation rounds! When in doubt go Apothecary!

Your battle brothers depend on you for their victory, have no fear, it is your time to purge the xenos scum!

Librarian. | Source

A Little History and Lore

Grey Knights: These guys are the Emperor's hammer, a tool to be used in crushing the enemies of mankind. Led by Supreme Grand Master Kaldor Draigo, the Grey Knights of the Imperium take on only the most gruesome missions in the universe. Most commonly the Grey Knights can be found battling Daemon and other Forces of Chaos. Sometimes, you can even find them heading directly into the Warp, and when you hear "We are the Hammer!" being cried out, you better hope you aren't the target!

There is a cancer eating at the Imperium. With each decade it advances deeper, leaving drained, dead worlds in its wake. This horror, this abomination, has thought and purpose which functions on an unimaginable, galactic scale and all we can do is try to stop the swarms of bio-engineered monsters it unleashes upon us by instinct. We have given the horror a name to salve our fears; we call it the Tyranid race, but if it is aware of us at all it must know us only as Prey.

— Inquisitor Bronislaw Czevak at the Conclave of Har

Tyranids: If that quote alone is not enough to have you quaking in your armor, even in the slightest, then you must truly be an Adeptus Astartes, because even the Emperor of Man has reservations about the Tyranid swarm. They are cold, heartless, and calculative beasts that destroy everything in the universe that they get their disgusting xenos claws on. With their swarms never seeming to end, they will one day overcome all that humanity has built, and the light of humanity shall be wiped from the stars.

Brood Lords are daunting, eliminate them!
Brood Lords are daunting, eliminate them! | Source

Come Forge Yourself in the Fires of War!

As usual I'm going to have to suggest that if you aren't a video game player, that you pick up Helsreach because it is a great way to get immersed in the amazing lore and stories within the 40k universe. If you are a gamer, however, you cannot go wrong in picking up Space Hulk: Deathwing and joining the Grey Knights in their journey on the Emperor's Eternal Crusade. I know I've been crusading with the Adeptus Astartes for almost three years now, and I only learn more and more every time I immerse in the amazing stories, games, and products the franchise has to offer.

Hopefully I see you in the lobby of my next game of Space Hulk: Deathwing, and we bring the xenos scum to their knees together as battle brothers!


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