Published on July 18th, 2011 | by Charlie


Review: Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team

Review: Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Charlie
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Summary: Charlie takes a look at Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, is it any good? read the review to find out!


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I am going to state this before hardcore fans may end up raging at me… This is the first Warhammer game I have ever played, so I am a complete newbie to the universe. So please, give me a break if I say “noobish” things. This game confused me at first, and I am pretty sure it confused many others as well. On the description of this game, it said that this was “Local Co-Op”. Now what confused many there was that people were unsure if it was “just” local co-op and that you had to play it with a friend, or if you could play it on your own. When I started the game, thankfully you could indeed play this game by yourself. I will say it again: you CAN play this game by yourself. And that is what I did. And if you are confused, this is not a Real Time Strategy game. So there’s not much of a story to this game, but what you do know is that you are tasked to head onto the Kroozer. You are tasked to find Warboss, the largest and most powerful Ork of his tribe and to kill him. That’s the story basically. There are five missions in total, each which could take you around 30 minutes to complete, so the entire game time is around 2-3 hours long, maybe less if you’re that good, or maybe more if you just keep dying. Either way, it’s a pretty short game but it does have some replay value, with leaderboards which might have you trying to get the highest score. Before you start a mission, you can choose what you play as, from the choices of:
  • Librarian – They specialise mostly in melee attacking, and use a Bolt Pistol, which is fair when it damages an enemy.
  • Vanguard Veteran – They specialise in melee attacking a lot more than the Librarian, and have a Plasma Pistol. However, unlike the Librarian, its pistol isn’t as good of a gun.
  • Techmarine – They specialise in guns, but they have a Servo Arm melee weapon, which is fair at damaging.
  • Sternguard Veteran – They also specialise in guns but a lot more than the Techmarine. Instead of a melee weapon, they use their gun to melee.
You can also choose your chapter, which essentially, is just choosing the colour of your character. You have the Blood Ravens, Ultramarines, White Scars, Imperial Fists, Blood Angels and the Salamanders. I went with the Blood Ravens before you ask, and I have no idea why. When also selecting your character, you can choose your perks, which can vary from Health boosts, where you could get 5%, 10%, 15% and 25% more health, or more grenade slots, or 5%, 10%, 15% and 25% more melee/ranged damage and so forth. You unlock these perks as you play the game. Each character is also equipped with their own special ability, for example, the Librarian’s ability is a huge blast that will kill anybody which it touches. The Techmarine’s ability is a small turret, which will attack any enemies it sees for a small period of time. You will face thousands of enemies, and you could just manage to scrape the “Exterminatus” achievement in one playthrough of each mission (That’s to kill a total of 5,000 enemies). A lot of the enemies you face are common to the Warhammer 40K universe, such as Gretchins who are initially small Orcs (though they remind you of Goblins from World of Warcraft), Rippers who are small worm-like creatures, and Genestealers which are huge clawed creatures. In the game, there are a few bosses found on Mission 2, Mission 4 and Mission 5, and the toughest of the lot, I would say is the boss on Mission 2. However, I suppose it depends on who you play as which depends on how easy a boss is, for example, the Mission 4 boss was the easiest as I was the librarian. Missions will have you completing various objectives. They might have you fighting off waves of enemies until you reach the next floor, or reach the end of the corridor without falling to your doom, or to destroy certain objects that could potentially shut down something. And in order to help you complete those missions are power ups! The full list of power ups are:
  • Double Fire – You shoot twice as many bullets with your gun.
  • Triple Fire – You shoot three times as many bullets with your gun.
  • Quad Fire – You shoot four times as many bullets with your gun.
  • Rapid Fire – You shoot single bullets twice as fast.
  • Health Restore – You and your partners health replenishes any damage you receive or received for a small period of time.
  • Invulnerability – You are immune to any damage for a small period of time.
  • Frag Grenades – You pick up 3 Frag Grenades, which can be used at any time.
  • Power Shield – Shields you from any incoming missiles and bullets.
  • Righteous Fury – Strengthens your melee weapons power.
As you can see, THQ have pretty much thought of every sort of power up for the things you use in the game, which I applaud them for. Power Ups only last 20 seconds, so you really need to think about when is the best time to pick one up. You also got to be careful you don’t pick up a power up you don’t want as you’re using a power up already (did you understand that?) because if you currently have an active power up, and you pick up another one, the one you just picked up will replace your existing one. The game is equipped with a survival mode, in which you are required to survive waves of enemies for as long as possible. However, you are restricted only to the maps of the missions you have played as, and the marines you have completed them as. Also, one thing people have told me is that the controls to the game are a little lame. They aren’t too bad in my opinion, as they’re just like the controls an Isometric game should have to be honest. The final thing, which I have to bring up, is that if you were to play this game in Co-Op, it is a LAN co-op game only. So if you want to play this game with a friend in the next town over, you have to bring him to your house, or take your console to his. Make sure you have a spare controller too. I think if this game was worldwide co-op, this game would have a higher score, but since it doesn’t, the score stands where it is. For my first Warhammer game, this is not a bad game to play. The graphics are pretty fair (they aren’t horrendous like some you see), however the story lacks big time, and the lack of many bosses was a shame. If you are a massive fan of the Warhammer 40K universe, I would get this. If you don’t mind it, give the demo a try. However, if you completely despise this game, just don’t bother trolling this franchise, because it’s not as bad as many might think (you trolls know who you are). This game is out now on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 MSP and will be on the Playstation Network for $9.99 very soon.

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