Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. Jul 15, 2011
    87
    A fantastic update to the classic twin-stick shooter formula. I would be thrilled to see either a more substantial retail release using this format or an online-enabled downloadable sequel.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    84
    My biggest complaints with Kill Team are the length – it's needs to be about twice as long, and the local-only co-op mode that doesn't allowed the second player to log in with their gamer profile. This means that only the primary player earns achievements. Despite these two glaring flaws, Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is a total blast for as long as it lasts, and one of the best co-op experiences I've had on XBLA ever.
  3. Jul 18, 2011
    84
    Frustrations aside, the game's an enjoyable and pretty solid little twin-stick kill-fest. Warhammer fan or not, go out and kill some Orks.
  4. Jul 18, 2011
    82
    A good way to get a taste of things to come for the THQ vision of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and is definitely worth your time.
  5. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    Gameplay-wise Kill Team is as simple as they come, but there's something mysteriously addictive and enjoyable in slaughtering thousands of space orks and having a few beers on the side. The different characters and combinations offer even some replayability value. [Jan 2012]
  6. Aug 12, 2011
    80
    Whether you're a Warhammer 40K aficionado or not, this is just the right kind of uncomplicated stress relief to distract you from the BBC News 24 ticker.
  7. Jul 22, 2011
    80
    Overall, Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is a fun title. If you are a fan of the Warhammer universe you should have fun controlling the Space Marines and if you aren't familiar with the franchise you should still have fun killing a lot of enemies and blowing stuff up.
  8. Jul 18, 2011
    80
    I have to say that overall I was pleasantly surprised with Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team. From the great visuals and sound, to the addictive gameplay, this is a pretty good XBLA title. The only thing that hurts this game somewhat is the short gameplay length and lack of online cooperative play. That being said, fans of twin-stick shooters, and fans of the Warhammer universe alike, will enjoy this title.
  9. Jul 17, 2011
    78
    The game is a high octane blast from beginning to the end. It's a game that isn't afraid to be hard.
  10. Jul 29, 2011
    75
    Kill Team is an absolute blast to play. It's a no-frills action shooter from start to finish with a focus on purely destroying everything in sight. It's just too bad that they decided to leave out online coop because that could have made a good game great.
  11. Jul 27, 2011
    75
    Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team isn't a game that will be remembered for a long time but as an advertisment it works great. It'a a fairly difficult game that encourages you to try out all 4 avaliable characters and play in co-op mode (but unfortunately only in local network). It's biggest flaws are: it's short and has some ridiculously placed checkpoints. Other than that it'a s pretty solid shooter, developed so we could impatiently wait for Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.
  12. Jul 24, 2011
    75
    The game has definitely been created for fans of this series but unfortunately on the XBox 360, it feels more like an iPhone or iPad game with its dual controls. It's enough to pass a few hours but don't expect anything too indulging unless you're a true fan.
  13. Jul 22, 2011
    75
    A very intense, yet very short game which will be enjoyed by action fans, even if they are not fans of the Warhammer universe. It is incredibly fun, but it lacks more duration and an online mode.
  14. 75
    We'd have appreciated a thicker campaign, more visually diverse missions, and especially the option to play co-op over Xbox Live, but as-is, this hors d'oeuvre is still an entertaining treat.
  15. Jul 18, 2011
    75
    Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is a fun, simple blast-a-thon that goes a little beyond typical twin-stick shooter mechanics with its classes and upgrade system and it takes place in one of the coolest settings in all of gaming.
  16. Sep 25, 2011
    70
    Fancy fighting Space Orks? Get this. [Nov 2011, p.91]
  17. Aug 19, 2011
    70
    Let down by a minimal budget and lack of innovation. [Issue#75, p.102]
  18. Jul 21, 2011
    70
    It's a shame it was released in such a crowded downloadable game window, as it's an enjoyable diversion for the price.
  19. Jul 18, 2011
    70
    Instead of simply clicking around a screen and hotkeying special moves like in Dawn of War, it's fun to actually control a Space Marine in a more personal, focused way.
  20. Jul 16, 2011
    70
    It may not blow your mind, but you'll be too busy blasting everything that moves to care.
  21. Jul 14, 2011
    70
    Overall, you can't really expect a whole lot from Kill Team in terms of diversity – at it's core, it's a hack and slash/twin stick shooter with slight RPG elements. While I had a lot of fun with it, one can only hope THQ will branch out, show us more of the grimdarkness of the 40K world, and fix a few technical snags along the way.
  22. Aug 1, 2011
    68
    Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is a nice twin analog shooter, packed with good graphics, four different units to choose and a lot of weapons and upgrades. What a pity the game has no online multiplayer and only five levels.
  23. Jul 21, 2011
    68
    Addictive gameplay, despite a short completion time. But the lack of online multiplayer is the real nasty culprit.
  24. Jul 27, 2011
    67
    Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is for hardcore Warhammer 40,000 fans only, who happen to have another Warhammer fan sitting next to them.
  25. Aug 5, 2011
    65
    Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is a pretty fun arcade shooter when someone is sitting beside you. Co-op is the only good part of this game because the singleplayer is seriously lacking and online support is nowhere to be found.
  26. Jul 26, 2011
    65
    The raw entertainment is there, but the shortcomings make it a disappointing game.
  27. Jul 19, 2011
    65
    "Also-ran" hangs all over Warhammer 40K Kill Team, really. It isn't actively bad, but it makes enough missteps to fall short of good.
  28. Jul 18, 2011
    65
    Amazingly enough, Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is still an enjoyable game in spite of all its technical issues, and that's a credit to the purity of its design. If you're a fan of Warhammer 40,000 or killing stuff in general, chances are good you'll enjoy giving this one a go. Just don't be surprised if it feels like the Orks did some of the programming.
  29. Jul 18, 2011
    65
    The latest DLC content delivered by THQ is nothing more than an approach to Space Marines. It's fun and compelling, but lacks any feature that's worth underlining. Buy it if you're a die-hard. Look away if you're looking for something different.
  30. Jul 21, 2011
    64
    If you are looking for a simple action game that you can play with a friend in local co-op to kill a few hours, may be Warhammer 40.000 Kill: Team is your game.
  31. Aug 11, 2011
    60
    To conceive a cooperative game without giving the player the chance to play along with a teammate across the net, is a sort of heresy, especially for a game like this.
  32. 60
    Kill Team is not a bad game, but it's also one that never really shines. Unless you're a die hard WH40K fan, or are in desperate need of some local multiplayer action, you can safely skip this.
  33. Jul 25, 2011
    60
    If you're after a simple, mindless distraction that can be enjoyed by you and a buddy on the couch… well, there are plenty of other games on Live Arcade and elsewhere that can do that, and do it better.
  34. Jul 22, 2011
    60
    Warhammer 40.000: Kill Team is brain off, guns out. The "Orc slicing" is fun especially at the beginning but is more and more running out of air the further you get. Warhammer fans may consider a buy everyone else should probably keep his/her axe at home considering a 800 MS Points price point.
  35. Jul 18, 2011
    60
    Kill Team's dual-stick shooting action has an old-fashioned arcade appeal, but it's too simple to stand out from the crowd.
  36. Jul 18, 2011
    60
    A decent little shooter for fans of the franchise, but it's really not fun when played on its own, and the lack of online is a glaring limitation that's difficult to discount.
  37. Jul 18, 2011
    60
    In this case, I think simpler would have been better. Stripping out some of the needless camera angles and the slow-mo would make it to focus on Kill Team's strengths, like the fact that it's impressively fun to annihilate a horde of Orks with a rocket launcher. As it is, Kill Team is a reasonably fun promotional vehicle for Space Marine, but a sloppy one.
  38. Oct 17, 2011
    50
    Most twin stick shooters are good fun for a while, and this is no exception. Cutting down orks with constant streams of bullets is definitely entertaining, especially with a friend. It provides terribly little variation though, and you won't be sad when it's over.
  39. Aug 2, 2011
    50
    Unfortunately the only thing that differentiates Kill Team from other twin-stick shooters is the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The game is very short and you can find fault in its every element. [August 2011, p.72]
  40. Jul 29, 2011
    50
    It works. And you can kill some stuff. But that's about the only positive things I can say about it.
  41. Jul 26, 2011
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
  42. Jul 18, 2011
    50
    Simplistic to a fault, but considering it's little more than an interactive ad for Space Marine there are a lot worse ways to spend your money on Xbox Live Arcade.
  43. Aug 8, 2011
    42
    And for 800 points or $10, I don't even think it's worth picking up to finish a level and get the weapon unlockable for Space Marine either.
  44. Aug 11, 2011
    40
    Kill Team from the outset looked like nothing more than a PR stunt to help boost the sales of Space Marines, it's just worrying to think that all the time and effort that went into making Kill Team would have found better use improving the big brother Space Marine game.
  45. Jul 18, 2011
    40
    Kill Team is an undercooked twin stick shooter that looks nice but suffers serious technical and gameplay issues that are simply not acceptable for a game released in 2011.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jul 17, 2011
    6
    As a Warhammer fanatic, I really want to like this game. Unfortunately, despite its good qualities, such as graphics and atmosphere, there areAs a Warhammer fanatic, I really want to like this game. Unfortunately, despite its good qualities, such as graphics and atmosphere, there are things that I just cannot get over. First of all, the camera in this game is one of the worst I have seen. Half the time you don't even see what you are firing at, and that can be really frustrating! Moreover, a game like this is built for online, four player co-op; yet, Kill Team only has two player local. That is a shame...

    Don't get me wrong, it is by no means a bad game, it just could have been so much better with a little extra work and time.
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  2. Jul 19, 2011
    4
    Me and my friends where drinking and we decided to buy a game off xbla. The game seems fun at start but gets really boring fast, and it'sMe and my friends where drinking and we decided to buy a game off xbla. The game seems fun at start but gets really boring fast, and it's really short two around 1.5h and there is close to no replay value... Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2011
    8
    If you're a 40k fan this is sort of a must buy, because you've been wanting a game like this for a long time. It's a twin stick shooter whereIf you're a 40k fan this is sort of a must buy, because you've been wanting a game like this for a long time. It's a twin stick shooter where you control two marines killing hundreds and hundreds of orks. It's simple, awesome fun. Add in the fact that there's local co-op, unlockable upgrades for your character, and 4 different character classes to chose from (Librarian, Techmarine, Assault Marine and Devastator) and you've got just enough going on here to make this simple game amusing the entire way though. Even if you're not a 40k fan this is some pretty solid co-op fun, especially for ten bucks. Full Review »