If you’ve had a long, hard day and you just want to sit back and relax, I can recommend no game more than Warhammer: Endtimes – Vermintide.
Despite its ridiculously long name with far too much punctuation, Vermintide is one of the most fun games I have played in a very long time. It combines the excellent combat system of games like Dead Island with the teamwork and heartpounding melee rushes of Left 4 Dead.
Visceral, powerful, extremely satisfying, Vermintide’s combat is top notch and I love every swing of my axe or shove of my shield.
The graphics aren’t too shabby either. While nothing spectacular, the graphical engine used in Vermintide has no major issues and no glaring faults, so I have nothing to complain about. It does look a little dated on occasion but nothing that ever ruins your immersion.
While it does borrow a great deal (perhaps too much) from Left 4 Dead, it does have its own character. The loot system adds some much needed replay value, with the harder levels giving you better loot and the end of every game being a gamble of getting a lovely rare weapon that does more damage and has extra abilities, or a shitty common sword or something. It adds a further level of chance and excitement to an already semi-randomised game.
There are very few issues with the game. Occasionally buggy and glitchy, you can sometimes find yourself fighting enemies stuck in walls (rather appropriate for rats, I reckon) or being unable to revive your allies. Frustrating, but the bugs are usually fixed quite quickly by the developers.
Speaking of the developers, they have also shown they are capable of giving back to the community by releasing major updates for free, such as Sigmar’s Blessing. This added a slew of new features and bug fixes, and it is lovely to see a studio that doesn’t try and squeeze every last dollar out of its fans.
Overall, Warhammer: Endtimes – Vermintide is a blast of a game, and while the community is a little small, you can nearly always find a game in your country and at your difficulty level. I seriously recommend picking this improved, fantasy-based version of Left 4 Dead right now.
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I’ve never really gotten into Left 4 Dead, but I am a big fan of Warhammer Fantasy so this has caught my eye. Does it have a single player campaign?