Review: Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (Steam)

Vermintide is an epic co-operative action combat adventure set in the End Times of the iconic Warhammer Fantasy world.

Warhammer End Times - Vermintide (1)

Pros:

  • Graphics are really well done from the characters to the gruesome surroundings of the town over run by Skaven.
  • Full controller support.
  • 4 Player online.
  • Full internet tweaks available like filter by ping or set upload speed.
  • Five characters to choose from: Witch Hunter, Waywatcher, Dwarf Ranger, Wizard and Empire soldier.
  • Can swap characters in lobby.
  • Forger your own weapons and armour.
  • Hub: Here is where you select the lvel, group up and do any forging and inventory sorting.
  • Graphic settings are vast: AA, V-Sync, Shadows, SSAO, Bloom, Blur, Overall setting like high or medium. You can lock the frame rate and particle quality.
  • Controller allows you to change sensitivity and invert the sticks.
  • FOV slider.
  • Tutorial with help/hints popping on screen.
  • Left 4 Dead style gameplay with a loot system familiar to Pay Day and Diablo.
  • Treasure Skaven! These guys will not attack but run away and carry a big sack. Killing them will give you a huge dump of loot.
  • Huge open levels with multiple routes, hidden rooms and short cuts.
  • Level drop layouts randomize every game.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Steam trading cards.
  • At level end you get a breakdown of kills, exp earned and get to roll dice for more loot.
  • You can replay levels whenever you like.
  • Five difficulty settings from easy to Nightmare.
  • Fast chaotic gameplay that is both satisfying and crazy.
  • You can set online rooms to private.
  • Online settings allow you to change settings like only, host, never host, same level as you, location and much more.
  • You can play single player and AI will control the other 3 party members.
  • 13 levels to play through.
  • Variety of Skaven and to be honest they are carbon copies of the ones in L4D, Smokers, hunters and ogres being the most common ones.

Warhammer End Times Vermintide (7)

Cons:

  • Constant frame drops.
  • Screen tearing.
  • Difficulty spikes no matter the difficulty.
  • No check points.
  • Can be hard to identify allies from enemies.
  • A lot of empty chests.
  • Level difficulty is random/luck based rather than skill.
  • Cannot rebind controller buttons.
  • No indication of enemy health.
  • Small text/icons.
  • Small inventory system.
  • Head bobbing cannot be turned off and can really affect players.

Warhammer End Times – Vermintide Reveals The Dwarf Ranger (3)

 

 

Jim Smale

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