Sunday, December 4, 2011

Review: Kill Team

I was poking around the XBox Live Marketplace when I found Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team. I knew it existed, but I was holding out for Space Marine. After seeing this in the Marketplace for just $4.99, I couldn't pass it up.

Before I begin, let me say that you get what you pay for and Kill Team is no different. Having paid just $4.99, it's not a very long game and the graphics aren't the best in the world. It's pretty simple gameplay, too. Move around with the left thumbstick and shoot with the other one. One button throws grenades, another one is your "action" button, and a third one uses your special moves. That's it. As simple as it is, however, it's very fun and well thought out.

The premise of the game is that an Ork Kill Kroozer is heading for some unnamed forge world, when out of nowhere, a Cestus Assault Ram goes careening into the side of it and you pop out to kill a whole slew of Orks and systematically disable the vessel. Along the way, you'll see some pretty cool stuff. You'll fight a couple of minelayer vessels plucked right out of the pages of White Dwarf. You'll kill a weird boy, fight Tyranids, and even take down a Stompa. That last part is really hard, by the way.

In the game, you have the ability to play as a Sternguard, a Vanguard, a Techmarine, or a Librarian. Each one has his own weapon and his own special move. One thing I really like about the game is how they did the special moves. Take a look at this:

See that little ring around each player? That's your meter for your special move. When it builds all the way up, hit your special move button and your character will do something cool resulting in a bunch more dead Orks than usual. The thing I like about this feature is that the ring reminds me of a model on a base. That, in conjunction with all the things that are plucked right off of the tabletop (you'll see when you fight the minelayers or the Stompa). It helps bring the tabletop game back into the videogame. Not many 40k videogames do that.

For the $4.99 I paid for this game, I really loved it. It's a really fun way to unwind from a long day at work after my eyes have gotten tired and told me they don't want to stare through the magnifying glass anymore. All in all, it's a great game and I'm really glad I bought it. I suggest you get it too. I think that any 40k gamer would like it. It's simple, yet fun.

As far as the regular hobby goes, I'm almost done. I have two models sealed and the rest of the tactical squad waiting to have their backpacks finished. I know my timeline keeps getting longer, but I'm really hoping that by the end of the next work week, my squad is complete and I can focus on my Devastators from there.

1 comment:

  1. Played the demo for Space Marine. You will greatly enjoy it.