Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – PC Review

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Genre: Action, Melee
Developer: Fatshark
Publisher: Fatshark
Released Date: March 8, 2018
Edited by Eden


Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is a hack and slash action game developed by Fatshark games. Vermintide 2 is a multiplayer co-op game inspired by Left for Dead.

I will say that this game is no Left for Dead clone. Both games have similar structures with four-player co-op in which players must progress through hordes of rat-like forsaken creatures and zombies. One advantage which Vermintide 2 has over Left for Dead is the amount of customization available to players. Customization ranges from leveling character progress, finding loot and assignable skill points.

Throughout the campaign of this game, you progress with one of five characters through different levels of Skaven hordes. Each character has unique abilities and qualities. There are also three subclasses to choose between for all five characters. I was extremely excited with the amount of customization throughout this game. For example, Marcus Gruber is a tank class character who relies on heavy two-handed weapons, whereas Sienna is a fire mage who uses magic weapons and spells. Sienna has a unique overheating mechanic with her spells. The different classes give this game a great replay factor.

There are currently two DLC for this game at the moment. They are Shadows Over Bögehafen and Back to Ubersreik. I particularly like Back to Ubersreik as it sends those who are familiar with the Warhammer series back to Warhammer: End Times. In the DLC there are three new Ubersreik levels. The heroes find the Ubersreik Lodestone and they get sent into what seems to be an illusion of the city of Ubersreik. Once players complete the few missions they are returned to the town as if nothing happened. This leaves me excited to experience the second DLC and see what happens within the city of Ubersreik. Back to Ubersreik is priced at $9.99 USD Via Steam, and has been on sale multiple times. It is well worth it for the experience, especially for those familiar with the Warhammer lore.

The sound in this game is extremely well done. From every hack and slash connecting and slicing, to hearing the hordes of Skaven as they screech towards you. It is very important to have a decent audio set up for this game. Surround sound could be very helpful to players because the game sends audio warnings when the player is being hit from behind. To add to that, every time the player encounters a stronger mini boss there is a change in music and atmosphere. Boss fights at the end of levels have the perfect music to get the player hyped for battle.

The controls are very simple in the most perfect way. It is simply a hack-and-slash game at its core in the best way possible. After just a few minutes of chopping up rats, players should become fully accustomed to the controls in Vermintide 2.

Now let’s get into the technical aspects of the game. The graphics in this game are honestly beautiful. The game shouldn’t stress most gaming PCs, but it does take a little bit to get this game going smoothly. With minimum system requirements being Windows 7 or higher, a quad-core processor @ 4.2 GHz, 6GB of RAM, A Nvidia GTX 440, and 65GB of hard drive space on your computer, I would definitely recommend going into graphics settings before starting gameplay and tweaking the settings to maximize FPS.

Pros:

  • Different classes and subclasses
  • Co-Op Multiplayer
  • Simple hack and slash mechanics

Cons:

  • Sometimes you can only get lobbies with bots
  • There can be too much grinding to get characters to max level
  • Short campaign

Connick gives Warhammer: Vermintide 2 a Drastik Measure 8.0 out of 10 (80%)

Vermintide 2 is available via Steam for $29.99 USD which is a fair price for this game. With the amount of online multiplayer content to leveling 5 different characters, there are plenty of hours of gameplay for this game at half the price of most games at this quality. I would love to see more games at this quality released at this price point.