Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is a first person online 4-player cooperative class-based action adventure game set in the Warhammer universe, specifically the End Times part.
To best describe the game to get a better idea of what it is, it’s basically Left 4 Dead but set in ye old times with a lot of slashing with swords, bashing with hammers, putting arrows in heads with bows, and raining down fire with magic.
We don’t get much of L4D type games, and most of them are somewhat bad but is this one good? The answer is a definite yes.
Looking at the visuals since that’s the first thing you see, it’s beautiful with extremely high quality textures, level design and character models. It’s basically AAA level of quality for 30 bucks.
The sound design is also one to respect with awesome voice action, great sound effects and unique sounds to unique enemies and their behavior / action. Plus the soundtrack gets your right in the moment to what’s happening on screen, or an indication of what’s to come.
There is a story and it’s about killing the vermin (rats) but that’s where my extent goes in terms of the game’s story. There’s more to it but didn’t care much about it since it really wasn’t pushed that much, although it’s sufficient enough to provide you satisfying reasons for you to keep progressing through the game.
What is nice that are in relating to the story are the characters you and your buddies play as. Each and every one of these characters have their own unique look and personality, and it’s really fun hearing the dialogue between them. Plus thank god this is not a zombie game, seeing rats instead of zombies is so damn refreshing.
The gameplay is a lot of fun. After playing around with all of the characters and choosing the one you like and excelling in what that character is good at, you get to play with other players who choose different characters, and then venture through mission to mission killing rats and finishing objectives.
Each character has their own strength and weaknesses, and so banding and cooperating together is a priority while moving forward,
but for some reason there isn’t VOIP and only chat.. that’s confusing as to why that feature isn’t in there since communication is vital.
If you choose to play alone you’ll be paired up with bots, and honestly speaking they are just plain stupid as they get stuck, half-die from jumping mistakes or just stand right next to you and not revive you for some reason, plus you can’t command them. You’re better off playing with randoms, but since you don’t find players that often you’re stuck playing a mission on the easiest difficulty to finish one with bots.
Now you might think that the game will get boring and repetitive after a couple of runs for each mission, but that’s not the case here because there’s a progression and reward system with crafting too! Each time you finish a mission you get a few dice to throw, and depending on what number you get you’ll be reward from common to rare items. There’s also ways to increase your chances of getting rarer items but makes your missions harder, making it a risk versus reward system which is great.
Out with the old and in with the new, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is the new best action adventure coop game to take the crown in the genre, to which Left 4 Dead has held for many years now. An amazing game with high quality production values, fun gameplay and high replay value. It’s definitely worth your time and your money, but not so much if you don’t have at least one friend to play it with.
For more information, check out the game’s store page here.