I’m not very familiar with the Warhammer universe. The lore, species, and history are all things I’m very ignorant of when it comes to Warhammer. I do know that there are Space Marines, Inquisitors, an Emperor, a bunch of aliens, and the fact that it all takes place in the distant future. Outside of that, I would be very lost in a conversation with a Warhammer enthusiast. On the video game front, I’ve played Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Warhammer: Vermitide, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. I have the original Total War: Warhammer sitting in my library as a result of a recent Amazon Prime giveaway but have yet to play it. But the game that I’ve recently played that I believe ascends past them all is Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr.
For those of you who are Total War: Warhammer series fans, what I just stated in the previous paragraph may be heresy to you. But I’ve never gotten into the Total War games. I lack the patience for it and there are times that I want to play games that provide more instant gratification. Over the past two years, I’ve become a fan of Diablo-like, action RPGs. It is one of the few genres of gaming that I don’t mind the grind. Leveling up and unlocking new abilities that are specific to the class that you chose at the beginning of the game is rewarding. I had my eye on Inquisitor – Martyr for quite some time because of how highly recommended it was by other gamers. On YouTube, I found it regularly on Top 10 lists featuring games similar to Diablo II. What prevented me from purchasing it initially was that it was $50 and online-only. My rule is that I will not buy online-only games for more than $20. I look at online-only titles as having a much shorter lifespan because the moment the servers are shut down, there is no more game to play. It’s not a game that a consumer truly owns. So when Inquisitor-Martyr was listed at $19.99 on Steam during its Lunar New Year sale, it was the right circumstance to buy it.
The very first thing that came to mind just 10 minutes into playing Inquisitor-Martyr was how crazy I was waiting so long to play this game. It’s that good. I found myself saying “WOW” on several occasions during my first play session. You are given the choice of three classes to choose from at the beginning of the game: Crusader, Assassin, and Psyker. I chose Psyker because I liked that staffs and rods were the main weapons and I also found the abilities of the class more interesting. Psykers can use pyromancy, telekinesis, biomancy, and more. If anything, they are more like the mages or wizards that you would find in other action RPGs. But in Inquisitor – Martyr, Psykers can wield pistols and swords as well. Awesome.
Abilities and powers mean nothing if the action doesn’t play out properly on the screen. This is where Inquisitor – Martyr truly shines. The feel of the combat is terrific. And being that it is a Warhammer game, it is gruesome and bloody. As the Inquisitor, you will be creating carnage on the screen as you vanquish your enemies. Whether on a ship or in a desert, the enemy encounters are a treat to play. I love using the different abilities, being able to use precise aim on grenades, and even setting up turrets that will help me to defend an important object. There is so much at your disposal at any given time.
Once you complete the prologue, you’ll open up a lot more options within the game. One of these options is a mission selection menu filled with activities for you to take on as Inquisitor. I admit that the developers had a point when they mentioned that being online-only would allow them to keep adding content as time goes on so that the player would never run out of things to do. There is always plenty to do. The missions are split into different categories. Some are hunts (defeating specific enemies), others are rescue missions for a specific person, and there are more that task you with defending a certain area or object. Inquisitor-Martyr offers a great deal for the player.
Apart from the action, I enjoy the voice acting for the game. The developers utilized a lot of actors and actresses for the game and it shows. Voice acting is so important for immersion in a game. Some of the best examples of this are The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and the Mass Effect series. Imagine how great these games are with the voice acting and then try to imagine the games without it. The voices make the dialogue much more meaningful and give further depth to the characters. I’m still in the early portion of Inquisitor – Martyr so I’m looking forward to the voiced characters that I will encounter in the future.
Inquisitor – Martyr really took me by surprise. Based on the recommendations of other gamers, I believe it would be a good game. But it is a great game. It is easily one of the top five games that you’ll find in the Diablo-like genre. It’s a Diablo-style Warhammer and it just feels right. There’s also another Warhammer title in a similar style called Warhammer 40,000: Chaosbane, but it never caught my attention. Inquisitor – Martyr is easily my favorite Warhammer game.