Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3
Dev: THQ Digital Studios Warrington
Pub: THQ
Release: July 13, 2011
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Violence, Blood

If you sped through the campaign, cutting a swath of destruction through the Kroozer, you can always replay missions to search for the ten Aquila Collectables hidden in each level. However, your only reward for doing so is some concept art. Quite frankly, any gamer would have preferred a high-class weapon or special perk instead. The best treat comes after you complete your first mission, where you unlock an exclusive Power Sword for the upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

I grow tired of saying this, yet it must be mentioned here nonetheless: the lack of an online multiplayer feature is inexcusable in this day and age. With Kill Team designed as a co-op romp (after all, "Team" is in the title), requiring the physical presence of that teammate should merely be a limitation of past decades. Yet many developers still haven't realized that a game's value is increased tenfold with an online inclusion. To stem the tide, a leaderboard for every mode and every character type is present.

Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Screenshot

The art design stays true to the tabletop game, thanks to a partnership with Games Workshop, and every character model looks like it was taken straight from a miniature. The color palette also fits the series universe, but that means the greens and metallics leave many other choices out of the picture. I also noticed some frame rate drop when the screen was oversaturated with enemies, but the nice animations, both in the characters and the Kroozer itself, help keep the twin-stick controls up to snuff.

You would expect that tearing a spaceship apart would be a constant auditory experience. However, if you stand still for long enough, you'd swear the Kroozer was a ghost ship. Also, the codex describes Orks as having a preference for crude and noisy weapons, but the bland "Zap" sound effect from almost every gun seems like it was taken from the Buck Rogers universe. Of course, it's hard to top the hilarity of Ork grunting and shouting in a video game, which this one has in spades.

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Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team will undoubtedly be purchased by followers of the series, and maybe some twin-stick shooter fans, but few more. Nevertheless, the gameplay keeps the controller in your hand well after you've completed the campaign, and with each Space Marine requiring a different set of tactics to emerge victorious, you can't help but want to try each one out. A little more meat would have made this game worth its ten-dollar price tag, but it's still a fun diversion and a refresher to the series for those anxiously awaiting the launch of its big brother in just a couple months.

By Sean Engemann
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
A small selection of colors and not much variation in the scenery. But the models look authentic, and the animations are nicely done.
3.7
Control
Easy to pick up twin-stick controls and only a few buttons to worry about, which is a good thing considering you'll be adjusting to the ever-shifting camera.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A mix of good and blahs. The fantasy/military music score fits nicely, but some effects just don't pack a punch.
3.2
Play Value
Addictive gameplay, despite a short completion time. But the lack of online multiplayer is the real nasty culprit.
3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
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:

  • Jump into the rich world of Warhammer 40,000 in this fast-paced third-person action shooter.
  • Choose your Space Marine Chapter and weapons class and commence the purging of brutal Orks and vicious Tyranids on board.
  • Form a 2-man Kill Team in same-screen co-op mode and benefit from multiple team pickups to help survive the onslaught.
  • Reap the rewards of completing your missions by unlocking an exclusive Power Sword weapon to use in Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

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