Warhammer: End times - Vermintide Review
- Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX One=
- Players – 1 - 4
- Achievements – Yes
- Steam Trading Cards - Yes
- Controller Support - Yes
- Retail Price - $29.99
High Level Premise – Co-op first person action/adventure
Graphics/Style – A beautifully animated dark fantasy world
Music/Soundtrack – Fairly generic but not awful.
Story – Dark forces are descending on the world bringing it closer to the apocalypse. While the armies of man fight back the darkness only a few lone heroes are left to protect the city of
Ubersreik from a horde of rat-men.
Replay-ability – There's no story mode, it's all missions that you play online. In addition you level up and get more equipment as you play so there is a good amount of incentive to keep you coming back.
Time Commitment – While each mission isn't too long, the game is 100% online, even if it's just
you and three bots. With this being the case you can't really pause or jump off and save your
Value – The price is OK, but would have been much better if there was an actual story mode
included. You can also find better similar games for cheaper.
Favorite Element – While I no longer play any Warhammer miniature games, I still have a soft
spot for the Warhammer universe and this game capture the feel of it pretty well.
Imagine a FPS game where you and up to four friends fight your way through hordes of vicious monsters in an attempt to complete a goal or even just escape. In this game you would have access to a variety of weapon both melee and ranged, as well as various power ups, such as med kits and grenades. The monstrous enemies would be endless and have a multitude of varieties, from huge bruisers to swift hunters that drag you away or even ones that shoot gas attacks at you. Do I have your interest yet? If so, go play Left for Dead 2, because Warhammer:End Times - Verimintide is pretty much just an inferior clone of that game.
I'm not even exaggerating when I say that everything I described above applies perfectly to both Left for Dead 2, a game that was released in 2009 mind you, and this game. It's got the same play style, same types of enemies, same types of missions. It's almost a pure re-skin of the older game, which would be fine if it were a little more inventive, but they do little here to reinvent the wheel. In fact, I'd even say that makes it worse in some respects. Every level is very dark and sometimes it's hard to tell if your even hitting the horde of rat people spilling over you. However, Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide does have a few things going for it other then it's ridiculously clunky name. There is an experience and crafting system that lets you customize your characters between rounds and it actually had me wanting to play more just to see what other items I'd unlock. Also the five different classes you can choose from are a little more distinct in how they play then in Left for Dead. It's no Overwatch, but at least it gives a little variety. Also they convey the Warhammer fantasy setting pretty well and the game looks pretty nice too (outside of everything being so dark).
In the end if this game looks appealing I'd recommend picking Left for Dead 2 instead. It's much cheaper and provides a more intense experience. Although if you've played Left for Dead 2 and you want a similar experience or if your a fan of the fantasy setting I don't think you'd be wasting your money on this one. Rat men or zombies, it's your call!