Well It has happened again, for some reason every year around this time I suddenly become very interested in 40K again, but this year I have many thing to blame it on.
Firstly I bought Dawn of war II and all the expansions and stuff, then I got Kill team which was released on XBLA this week, then I was inspired to watch the ultramarines movie. All of which are very good, I was surprised by the ultramarines movie, firstly because I'm not a big fan of ultramarines, to perfect, Roman and self-righteous for me, secondly because I had seen a clip once and was put off by the slightly sub-par graphics. I enjoyed it greatly it's strange to see something like 40K which is mostly based in our own imaginations come to life on screen, space marines with personality and humanity, probably another reason it was based on the ultramarines they are clearly the good guys. Definitely worth watching, for us 40K nerds anyway, humans would find it incredibly confusing. Blood angels the movie would be a bunch of vampiric psychopaths running into battle with nothing more than "FOR THE BLOOD OF SANGUINIUS!" Dark angels the movie a load of crazy monks scour the universe for some people and then torture them. Salamanders the movie would just be a 1980s blackspoitation movie/star trek.
Kill team is great fun, a classic style arcade game, duel stick shooter with hack'n'slash elements and a pretty good storyline, based as a little prequel to what's going to be happening in Space Marine. Dawn of war II, now I played DoW I alot, I got all the expansions and really loved it, playing dark angels vs. and easy A.I playing orks, fun personified. But I heard that DoW II was really different to DoW I, no more building, all squad based micro management. Yikes, that sounded hard and confusing, so I downloaded the demo, played it, meh it's okay a bit fiddly. Weeks later I played it again, yeah it's pretty good, but the lack of construction is disturbing. Then I bought the game, aaaand it's brilliant in my view better than DoW I, I haven't tried the multilayer but the story is great and I love the rpg-style loot and levelling system so your squads eventually get better.
If your PC is good enough, get it.
So here I am watching all the Space Marine hype trailers and planning my next trip to GW to get another predator. I. AM. BACK.