Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360 System: Xbox 360, PS3
Dev: THQ Digital Studios Warrington
Pub: THQ
Release: August 2, 2011
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Violence, Blood

But then there are the flaws. First of all, it's nearly impossible to see what you are doing, even with the brightness turned all the way up. The environments are so dark and the enemies blend into it so well that you really can't tell the difference between a pile of rubble and an Ork that wants to shoot you in the throat.

Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Screenshot

Second of all, the camera in this game actively hates you for some reason. It will always swing to a position that makes for the absolute worst vantage point for whatever you are currently doing. Sometimes it's not clear that you can't advance before surviving a couple waves of enemies. The camera will lock in place, but you'll still be able to walk off screen, generally into some sort of death trap. Other times you will be forced to walk straight into the camera in order to proceed, which prevents you from seeing the enemies that are just waiting to hack you to bits. It's endlessly frustrating.

Then, of course, there is the cinematic camera which feels a bit awkward and out of place. Every so often the camera will zoom in to show a slow-motion death scene of one of the Orks you just killed. Unfortunately, you kill Orks by the thousand, and even when the camera zooms in you can't tell which Ork you killed or why it was important. Even worse, the game keeps moving when the camera does its funky slow-motion thing, and since it's focused on the enemy and not you, the cinematic effects generally end up hurting you rather than making the game look cool.

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Kill Team is a short-lived game. You can blow through it in a mere five hours, and forget it shortly thereafter. You can always waste time with Survival Mode or the online leaderboards, but no matter how you look at it, you're just not getting a whole lot for your ten-dollar investment. Maybe at five dollars I could see purchasing a shallow game just for the fun of mowing down droves of defenseless enemies, but as it stands, there are better dual-stick shooters out there. Frankly, unless you are a Warhammer nut, this game is an easy one to pass up.

By Angelo M. D’Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.4
Graphics
The game is too dark, and it is often hard to tell the difference between an enemy and that barrel you just blew up.
3.6
Control
It's hard to screw up a dual-stick shooter. Two sticks. Shoot. Go!
2.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is very generic and the voice work outside the narrator is nothing more than random Orkish grunts.
3.0
Play Value
The catharsis is fun, but the game is honestly very shallow.
2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Customize your own personal Space Marine.
  • Unlock perks as you play the game.
  • Team up with a buddy in co-op mode.
  • Compare yourself to the world using online leaderboards.

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