Exterminate Pluribus Orks.
As Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine’s launch neared, I remember thinking it was weird that this game didn’t have any co-op. Well, Relic Games though so to. In fact, it appears they thought co-op should have been included in the original release. Exterminatus will be completely free, no strings attached. Is it the co-op we were looking for? Not exactly, but it will do for now.
The Exterminatus DLC pack does not add any single player content to Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.
Exterminatus will be very familiar to a lot of you. What it adds is a Horde/Firefight/Survival mode to Space Marine’s multiplayer. You and up to three other friends or match-made battle brothers will take on 20 escalating waves of Orks. You may have read that Exterminatus will feature two missions with four ‘Arenas’ each for a total of eight maps. While this is technically true, I felt is was stretching the truth a bit. You choose one of two missions when starting; either Hab Centre Assault or Kalkys Facility Escape. Each mission contains four, rooms with your team moving to a new room every five waves. While Exterminatus technically does have eight maps, they appear in one of two groups and are in the same order every time so it won’t feel like having eight maps.
Between each arena you will have your score tallied and will be notified of any levels you have gained or weapons you have unlocked. I guess I should have already mentioned that all XP, stats and unlocks carry between your multiplayer and Exterminatus sessions. When starting a round of Exterminatus you will have access to the same loadouts and armor your multiplayer character has; they are one and the same.
You’re not just dismembering Orks for XP here either, your team will be scored. Points mean lives as your team only has a pool of four lives to use if one of you falls in battle. To earn extra points, Challenges will randomly appear on screen. These usually consist of killing X number of Orks in 30 seconds or capturing a strategic point on the map. Challenges add to the frantic fun of Exterminatus but only add so much in the way of depth.
Sadly, Exterminatus does not offer any additional achievements. It does, however allow you to work on any others that are applicable from the original list.
If Campaign co-op was what you really wanted (and it was what I really wanted) you may be disappointed. Though not offering a lot of depth, Exterminatus will provide some welcome relief when you are having a long day of dying too often in multiplayer. Also, it’s free!