So we got the chance to check out Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide‘s closed beta, checking out how the game looks, plays and progresses as we play together in a cooperative fashion killing the Vermin that roams its world.
To those who don’t know, Vermintide is a first person four-multiplayer online co-op adventure game in the same vein as Left 4 Dead. After we played it for quite a while, only playing the three levels available to us, we had a conclusion that this game will probably take the thrown that Left 4 Dead has been holding for all these years.
You start the game by choosing one of four characters with having their own unique appearance, personality, traits and play-style. Each one of these characters holds an essential role for a strong group to be had which is needed to pass through and finishing missions.
I choose the spell caster “Bright Wizard” with her theme of loving fire. She has a fire magical staff and a secondary weapon sword. What I noticed about this lovely character is that she’s very over powered and I was overjoyed with her destructive powers, but comes at a cost if I wasn’t being careful. Use your fire-y powers too much with no care and at a point you’ll just explore and die. While she is powerful, the counter balance is to not use her power much and/or knowing when to optimally use it. It soon came apparent that I loved this character over the other because of the high power and high risk.
The co-op filled adventured through the three levels I’ve gone through were a blast. Me being the high damaging AOE caster when needed to be, the other player would do long ranged attacks clearing the path a bit and do high single-creature damage, the third player would hold the crowed as he tanks and the fourth would face armored enemies. A cocktail of a group with essential roles fitting for an adventure that this game holds.
Plus it’s obviously a damn gorgeous game, the faint soundtrack is fitting for the moment of action that’s happening, and the voice acting and character dialogue between each other is really good and entertaining.
The whole structure of the game, or let’s say the skeleton of Vermintide is basically Left 4 Dead but with the them of End Times from Warhammer, and designed with today’s standards, expectations and even adding RPG and other elements from other genres that would compel you to replay the game over and over again, making the reputability high which is made evident by how I was still playing the same 3 levels so many times.
So knowing Valve and their time on releasing games, we probably won’t see another L4D game (or any game for that matter) in a long time, and for how long L4D is king in the coop adventure x wave-based genre, we’re looking at Vermintide and thinking “This is the next game to play”.
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is coming out for the PC on the 23rd of October 2015. For more information about the game, check out its store page here.