I'm curious why it was decided to go with a Crusader background when the Inquisitor Crusader has more in common with a Space Marine in-game. I get that the word 'Crusader' is cool, and the Inquisitor definitely is a cool dude, but was that it? Or was it because the game needed a Space Marine class to calm down the masses? Either way, I wish you'd just called it the Astartes class instead of Crusader.
Right off the bat, you get to choose between three sub-classes:
- Heavy Gunner
Let's ignore for a moment that 'Tactical' and 'Assault' are both well-known variations of the Space Marines. When was the last time you heard of a Heavy Gunner Crusader? Never? Makes sense, because Crusader dogma doesn't permit ranged combat. They're all about melee combat with a power sword and a storm shield. And they wear modified carapace armor for more agility in combat. You know who doesn't wear carapace armor in the game? The Crusader. He wears power armor - with a missile battery on his back. He also wields a number of ranged weapons, because maybe he's a Heavy Gunner. A Heavy Gunner Crusader.
Coming back to Tactical and Assault, those are clearly Space Marine titles. Assault Marines and Tactical Marines have even been central in the last handful of Warhammer 40,000 video games released. Assault Marines wear jump packs and favor close quarters combat. Hmm. Tactical Marines are versatile medium range fighters. Huh. That sounds exactly like the play style of the Assault and Tactical sub-classes in this game. And the Heavy Gunner is obviously a Devastator Marine that was renamed.
I'm not saying you should go with a Crusader background and force us to whack stuff with a sword and board all day long. That would get old fast. And I get that you had to include a Space Marine archetype for the fans, but why not call it what it is? Why Crusader and not simply Astartes, or Space Marine? Tactical Marine, Assault Marine, Devastator Marine. There you go, now it fits the lore. And now we know why we look like a Space Marine.
The whole Crusader thing is just really confusing, because you're running around looking like a Space Marine, knocking over Chaos Marines left and right, while somehow you're not a Space Marine. The Crusader Inquisitor even refers to the normal people as "mortals" during a dialogue scene. That's what Space Marines call normal humans. So confusing.