ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / JOSHUA LEE – STAFF WRITER / MARCH 17TH, 2021 /
It is The End Times in the world of Warhammer. Chaos strikes and a new world will be reborn but not without bodies, lots of bodies.
Vermintide 2 is the Diablo, Warcraft, and Left 4 Dead combination created by Fatshark. Who knew Warhammer could be so fun when it’s not just an intense tabletop game?
Vermintide 2 is a first-person action horror game set in fantasy. Extremely badass fantasy. You and three other players control a generic D&D party set to fight swarms of ratmen, evil men, and beastmen (beastmen are only part of DLC). There are 5 playable characters, and each character is composed of different subclasses. Just like Diablo, these characters have specific weapons which range from bows and arrows to magical staffs.
The main goal of the game is to finish a quest line by going from point A to B while performing certain tasks along the way. These tasks include killing a boss, clearing waves of enemies while holding a point, or retrieving items. At Point B (the end of the mission) the players are rewarded with loot, comprised of weapons, charms, and amulets of different stats and varieties. All you have to do is survive and hoo-boy is survival a struggle. They don’t call it The End Times for nothing. It’s right there in the title “Vermintide”; there are literal waves of enemies attempting to rip you limb from limb.
There’s also mini-bosses that are just giant juggernauts, plus special enemies like those in Left 4 Dead. The difficulty of playing alone can be intense. Even playing at the easiest setting can be daunting, which makes the game so fun. As you progress, you will die constantly, but you will eventually overcome the odds. Those moments of barely making it in one piece while slaughtering hundreds really gets you pumped up, and you’ll want more. You’ll want to see if you can beat a level on a higher difficulty and the rewards help that craving. It’s all high risk high reward.
I know that this game has been out for a few years but it’s worth talking about it even now. Fatshark still updates the game and includes new subclasses and weapons. I also admire their dedication to player feedback and approach to loot boxes. You can only earn loot by playing the game, anything you pay for is either cosmetic or new maps. It’s straightforward and simple. Plus anyone who owns DLC maps can host players who don’t own it, which is a really cool feature (the only downside is not being able to earn some rewards through challenges unless you buy the DLC). The lore is also interesting to learn about and the banter between the characters fleshes it out even more. If you’re a fan of Warhammer then you already know the deal about this game. As for newcomers and people getting into Warhammer, it’s a long road ahead of us and it looks so cool.
Fatshark is also working on the 40K equivalent called Darktide. I hope it won’t just be for PC and Xbox but on PS5 as well.
Fight for the Emperor! And hope to survive The End Times.
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