Review: Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (Steam)

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide is a visually stunning and groundbreaking melee action game pushing the boundaries of the first person co-op genre.

Pros:

  • Stunning graphics, The level of detail and fidelity is next level.
  • 38143GB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Trading card drops.
  • Full controller support.
  • An opening tutorial that is like a mini level meaning you learn more about the game quicker.
  • ARPG melee masher gameplay.
  • Five character types- Mercenary, Ranger, Waystalker, Witch Hunter and Wizard. Each has different subclasses meaning you can change traits and abilities as you level up.
  • Graphics options-Fullscreen, Resolution, V-Sync, FOV slider, Cap frame rate, Graphics quality, Texture quality, Particles, and physics.
  • Xbox One and PS4 button icon choices.
  • TOBII eye tracking support.
  • Twitch support- Play against Twitch chat that can make or break games with enemies and item drops.
  • Four modes of play- Quickplay, Custom game, Heroic deeds, and Twitch.
  • The main hub is a huge castle that you can freely explore, Here you can change outfits, Craft, upgrade, salvage etc.
  • Lobby browser.
  • Full system messages to inform you of what is going on.
  • Decent loading times.
  • Weapons- you get one melee and one ranged.
  • Hero power- This is your base stat based on damage, Health and weapon stats.
  • Ability- Each character and subclass get a unique ability that charges as you play.
  • Earn EXP from playing, top it up by collecting the tomes, Grimoires and dice and all players escaping.
  • Level up to unlock new chests, items for crafting etc.
  • Chests- Aside from leveling up you also get a bog standard crappy chest for finishing a level, You then upgrade its quality by grabbing the collectibles in the level.
  • Four-player online co-op.
  • Chaos faction is now in the game.
  • Loot lust is back with rarity levels.
  • Fast paced.
  • Addictive loot/reward system.
  • Easy control layout.
  • Awesome over the top gore from dismemberment to blood splatters.
  • Plays and takes a lot from Left 4 Dead.
  • Elite enemies that act almost like mini-bosses.
  • Special enemy types like machine gunners, Gas throwing arseholes or people that grab you or assassinate.
  • Big intense set pieces.
  • Huge open multi-route levels that look gorgeous.
  • Superb voice work, Characters chat among themselves, They call out enemies, Routes or items.
  • Fast matchmaking system.
  • The game has a lot more RPG in it from leveling to the gear progression.
  • Private/public host options.
  • Difficult.
  • Cleaner easier to read UI.
  • Full salvage/craft table.
  • People can join mid game, AI takes over.
  • Deep combat system really as you can block, Push, weapons all feel different like Mace does a sweep attack.
  • Tag enemies.
  • Many enemy types like fast, Slow, armored etc.
  • Enemies/routes/item locations randomize every game.
  • Faster revive and heals mechanic.
  • Level up and every so often you can pick a new talent but these are not locked so you can change them at will in the hub.
  • Three acts to play then you unlock the final fight area.
  • Player outlines through the scenery.
  • In game text chat
  • . Four difficulties- Recruit, Veteran, Champion, and legend. This determines enemy health, power and how many items you get. Plus side they reward better EXP and rewards.

Cons:

  • Set pieces feel unexplained as you have more variety this time like transporting explosives, Hitting switches or buttons etc.
  • Little communication options for controller users
  • .No emotes.
  • Game launcher comes up first but I couldn’t find how to turn it off.
  • Not much fun in single player.
  • Lackluster loot box openings.
  • Cant equip from loot screen.
  • You do feel a lot weaker in general. Healthwise.
  • Difficult.
  • Can get lost easily on some levels they are so open you just can’t get a bearing unless you are examining the player shout-outs.
  • EXP feels real stingy.
  • No dedicated servers so if the host quits all players lose everything.
  • Lots of empty chests in the game.
  • Knocked out of level means instant death.
  • Bullet sponge bosses.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

Man, this is how you do a sequel! Every complaint from the first game is addressed and improved here, The sheer joy you get whilst playing is unreal. It’s the fact that you get screen filling hordes of enemies and they all look just as detailed as a single enemy. The speed is what sets it apart, It plays like an unreal shooter speed wise, Has the teamwork of a Raid and the reward of a dungeon crawler. Best played with others (even fandoms) and they make it so easy to do. Controller play doesn’t feel like an afterthought, It works really well. Doesn’t matter if you like Warhammer or not, This game is one of the best melee mashers on the market and is damn sure worth your time, It’s addictive, rewarding and fun!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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