Our Score: 8/10
The team-based cooperative horde shooter Starship Troopers: Extermination is set in the same universe as the movie of the same name. Your objective in the game is to eliminate every insect, regardless of colour or size, by joining the Deep Space Vanguard, an elite branch of the Mobile Infantry.
The designation PE-59, which is located on the mining colony in outer space on the planet Valaka, has been wrecked and decimated by the Arachnids, and you must struggle to reclaim it right away. Building bases, navigating dangerous terrain, and shooting bugs are all part of your army duties on a strange planet before you make your way back into orbit. Since this is an objective-based game, there isn’t much of a plot I can talk about, but you don’t need a tale to wipe out hordes of bugs anyhow.
Class to Blast
You presently have three different classes in the game for killing the bugs. Depending on your preferred gameplay style, you can select between Hunter (Assault), Bastion (Heavy), and Operator (Support) to become the Deep Space Vanguard character you’ve always dreamed of being. You will use each of these classes’ special abilities and weapons in your squad and support your team members in battle.
16 participants, divided into four-player squads, participate in a single match. Splitting into teams makes more sense because four players can easily look out for each other rather than 16 players working in one enormous squad, even though all of the squads will collaborate to achieve the same objectives on each map.
Each of these classes is particularly strong at a particular skill. You’ll need to work together with your team in Starship Troopers: Extermination because it’s a team-based game in order to defeat the dangerous Arachnids. The Hunter has a jetpack that he can utilise to fly higher, scout the area in front of him, and lead the assault with assault rifles. The Operator has all the healing supplies, and the Bastion can deploy shields around him to protect the team members while he takes on the horde.
Every squad has identical objectives, and almost always, every player will be at the same place at the same time. Since the game’s levels are so large, the fights also cover a sizable area, and the entire map has plenty of verticality, each combat is quite magnificent. The swarm is unrelenting, and occasionally it seems like a complete 16-player squad is having trouble surviving.
Base construction is another option in Starship Trooper: Extermination in some places. Apart from these specified spots where the game enables you to build, you cannot construct anywhere else on the map. When you enter Build Mode by pressing B, your Build Tool will be equipped, allowing you to both repair and construct new structures. You can construct a wide variety of buildings in the game to protect your location, including walls, gates, bunkers, towers, electrified fences, and turret defences.
You are given a finite amount of resources to construct these structures, and the total number of structures you can construct is also finite. Since you could otherwise just spam turrets and relax in your bunker while they take care of your dirty job, this keeps the difficulty level high. Because every player has access to the same resource pool and is free to lay down whatever they like, the building offers an intriguing perspective on the entire horde shooting mechanic. This allows for some pretty creative structures to be displayed throughout games.
Starship Troopers: Extermination is a phenomenal early access co-op shooter. The unrelenting chaos with 16 players and enemies is incredible and we can’t wait to see how this game evolves over time.