When I think Warhammer 40,000 I'm thinking deep strategic battles and hours spent hovering over a table covered with painstakingly painted metal figures; epic wars fought on a grand scale. I definitely don't think fast-paced cooperative arcade shooter. Someone evidently did, however, and that's why there's Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, coming next month to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network from THQ.

Kill Team casts players as members of an elite team of Space Marines infiltrating a gigantic Ork Cruzer en route to an Imperial Forge World. Players can choose one of four classes — Sternguard Veteran, Techmarine, Vanguard Veteran, or Librarian — and team up with each other to take on Orks and Tyranids either alone or via same-screen two-player co-op.


From what I'm seeing in the trailer and screens, the game is very reminiscent of Valve's Alien Swarm, another co-op arcade shooter set on a spaceship in which multiple classes of characters must fight their way through hordes of vile enemies to survive and triumph.

What the game doesn't remind me of is Warhammer 40,000. Still, fans should at least enjoy the Power Sword they'll unlock for Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine's multiplayer they'll earn by completing the first chapter of Kill Team, so that's something.

Kill Team is priced at 800 Microsoft points (or $9.99 real money points) and is slated for release next month.