it’s been a lazy weekend. I’ve not done a thing to finish up my Space Hulk termies and instead have been playing a whole lot of StarCraft: Remastered this week; which incidentally was almost a Warhammer 40K game but that’s a topic which I will visit one of these days.
If you haven’t played the original you owe to yourself to give it a try. It’s a brilliant game and back in the day it was pretty mind-blowing to have 3 different factions in a RTS. Plus the campaign had an epic storyline worthy of cinema.
Space Hulk: The Video Games
Anyways, back to the point of this post. My first encounter with Space Hulk actually occurred some time during the reign of the mighty Intel 386 & 486 processors. Way back when VGA and SVGA graphics saw the world of computer games explode in burst of brilliant colour there was a small game company called Electronic Arts who somehow had acquired the license for a strategy game called Space Hulk.
The images above are courtesy of myabandonware.com.
Space Hulk (1993)
The game is played in first-person view and is very similar to its modern day equivalent in Space Hulk: Tactics (which can be found on Steam and modern consoles). Gameplay in a nutshell is as follows:
- Get briefed by your CO
- Study the map for objectives, etc
- Move each terminator through the Space Hulk in first-person view
- Keep an eye on your sensors for genestealers
- Take control of a terminator and open fire if those pesky tyranids attack
1993’s Space Hulk is tense and perfectly captures James Cameron’s movie Aliens. I remember the game being super tough so I tried playing it recently and it’s still TOUGH! As a kid I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the game and as an adult I can safely say that the UI is one of the main reasons the game is difficult. Having a security camera-styled interface makes it tough to focus on what you’re supposed to do and to also keep an eye out for Genestealers. Here’s a video of actual gameplay footage.
A Universe of Space Hulk Games
In my obsession for all things Warhammer 40K, I found out fairly recently that since 1993, there have been a whole slew of Space Hulk video games which prompted me to pick some of them on Steam. Check out this YouTube video and you’ll see what I mean.
Space Hulk: Deathwing
I’ve also been enjoying Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition which a colleague had picked up for me during an Xmas gift exchange. Deathwing is a basic tactical FPS made by Focus Interactive which really makes you feel like you’re Space Marine in clunky terminator armour.
The game is atmospheric and if you love seeing terminators on the table-top you’ll love it even more when you mowing down Genestealers as one. Plus in the main campaign you’re a Psyker!
I’m in the final mission which I’ve yet to complete as I’ve been distracted by hobbying and my current regular marathoning of Joss Whedon’s stellar Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Disney+ Hotstar.
The point of today’s post really is that if you can’t get a copy of the board game, you can always experience the thrill & claustrophobia of Space Hulk on your PC or console.
Once I’ve figured out what kinda hobbying videos & livestreams I want to make I’ll be sure to invite some of you to participate in an idea I have for an online play session of the board game.
Hope I can finish painting up all the minis sooner rather than later!
P.S. If you haven’t yet read Part 1 of Space Hulk; follow this link – Space Hulk: Part 1.