The grimdark world of Warhammer 40K makes the perfect setting for videogames.
That’s perhaps why there’s been so many of them, though you won’t find us complaining. Whether you’re into action games, strategy games or even first person shooters, there’s a Warhammer 40K game for you. And if you’ve got a PS5, one of the best has just got even better. There’s never been a better time to play Warhammer 40K Inquisitor – Martyr on console.
An action RPG played from an isometric viewpoint, Warhammer 40K Inquisitor – Martyr should appeal to those who enjoy games such as Diablo. After selecting one of four character classes, and then specifying a sub-class, you’re thrown into a campaign that posits you as an imperial inquisitor.
Chaos has infested the Caligari Sector, and it’s your job to try and fight it. You don’t have to do it alone, either: while Warhammer 40K Inquisitor – Martyr can be wholly enjoyed as a single-player game, it can also be played with others. Up to four players can work together to complete missions, making use of their unique skills to support each other. And Cabals can even be formed, allowing a group of players to gain additional benefits from their cooperative exploits.
However you choose to play, there’s one thing that’s guaranteed: you’re going to be doing a lot of killing. The forces of Chaos are plentiful, and as you move from one mission to the next you’ll be faced with an alarming number of enemies. It’s up to you whether you take them down in brutal melee combat or at range. There’s even a cover system, allowing you to stand your ground or edge closer to your first while avoiding damage.
Being an action RPG, there’s also a large emphasis on character development. As you defeat the forces of Chaos you level up, increasing your powers and gaining skill points that you can invest in an impressive number of skill trees. And there’s another way to improve your character too: with gear. You can equip a wide variety of weapons, armour and accessories, and with it coming in numerous degrees of rarity, getting the best is likely to be an ongoing effort.
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On PS5, there are a number of enhancements that simply make Warhammer 40K Inquisitor – Martyr a better experience. For a start, there’s the visuals. While it’s hard to be truly impressed with the graphics showcased here, 4K resolution and improved textures sure make it a leap over its last-gen counterparts. More importantly, it now runs at a smooth 60fps, making the gameplay more fluid and responsive.
Other enhancements include reduced loading times, activity card support and DualSense features. You can feel the pitter-patter of your feet as you move, for example, and certain audio such as dialogue from your Comms device comes through the controller’s speaker. All in all, a good effort has been made here to make use of the unique features and increased grunt of Sony’s latest console.
The last thing to note is that this PS5 release of Warhammer 40K Inquisitor – Martyr is the Ultimate Edition. That means as well as all of the enhancements, you also get years of updates as well as a wealth of DLC and an expansion included as standard. That’s a lot of game. There’s just one caveat: if you already own the game on PS4 and were hoping for a free upgrade, you’re out of luck. A 50% loyalty discount is available, however.
Still, if you’ve not yet jumped into Warhammer 40K Inquisitor – Martyr, have a PS5, and feel the urge to engross yourself in an action RPG that will keep you entertained for tens of hours, this release should appeal to you. While the game itself may not be able to stand toe-to-toe with the best games in the genre, it definitely has its merits. And work has genuinely been put into making this the best console release for the title yet.
Warhammer 40K Inquisitor – Martyr is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.