Light, digestible (indie) game reviews.
I can't wait to get back to killing Skaven.
*Based on updated Steam total play time.
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is at its core a game heavily inspired by the Left 4 Dead series, but it’s done so well that I see it as much more. It’s an incredible amount of fun and only gets better when you play with friends. It requires a good amount of teamwork and cooperation to get through each of its many missions. Lone Wolves need not apply, because when a Rat Ogre comes around to ruin your day, you’ll wish you had your friends to help you.
The game starts by you selecting your character. Choose either the Dwarven Ranger, the Waywatcher, the Bright Mage, the Witch Hunter, or the Soldier. Each character has their own personality in the game and it’s exhibited well by their random dialogue throughout the missions. Once you’ve selected your character you’re then placed in the Red Moon Inn to get ready for your selected mission.
I’m delighted to say that each mission feels unique and engaging. If you’re any fan of the Warhammer universe, developers Fatshark have done an incredible job making you truly feel like you’re witnessing the city being overrun by the rat-men known as the Skaven. For anybody not yet familiar with Warhammer, this game may be just what you need to fall in love with it. I had a great time playing through each of the missions in the base game. I felt like I could stop playing after each mission if I wanted to and still feel accomplished, but I would often go in for “just one more mission”. Vermintide features a dynamic spawning system, so while maps remain the same, where enemies spawn will be different each time, so you won’t be memorizing when the next group of Skaven will be coming from.
The one downside that I can think about the game is the lack of enemy variety. Throughout one mission you will most likely see all the options of Skaven that there are to experience. That doesn’t matter so much when you’re slicing and blasting your way through the dozens attacking you at any given time, but it’s something you notice after some time.
At the time of this writing there are 4 pieces of core DLC that will add more maps and adventures to the game, each costing less than $12.25 CAD, and some even cheaper than that. There are also 4 pieces of free DLC, one which adds a horde mode so you can see how long you and your friends can survive a Skaven onslaught, and even one that adds a bounty board to the Red Moon Inn which lets you accept missions for more gear.
I’m having a lot of fun with Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. With its intense combat and beautiful level design, I’m sure I’ll be coming back to hack off the heads of the Skaven for some time still.