Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is a first person game where you take on the role of one of five heroes to fight your way through the city of Ubersreik, that is now overrun by the Skaven army. Is Vermintide worth getting, or should it be exterminated? Read our review to find out..
Vermintide is one of the many games that are set in the Warhammer world with a steampunk and dark fantasy setting. It is a co-operative and first person combat game that requires more team work on the harder difficulties of the game.
To start all characters are voiced incredibly well, they all interact with equally amusing quotes and even give helpful comments to the other players. Such as hinting at the weak spots for certain enemies. There are a total of five characters to choose from: Witch Hunter, Bright Wizard, Dwarf Ranger, Waywatcher and the Empire Soldier all of these have unique weapons that fit their class and each class provides different tactics that have to be utilized to the best of its ability if you want to complete any missions on hard difficulty. Even though there are five characters there is only four that can be chosen for a mission.
For people used to co-operative games this will very much feel like a left 4 dead inspired game as it has special skaven; such as the tank from Left 4 dead there is a rat ogre that resembles it in every way almost, just the model for it is amazingly detailed. There is a skaven that leaps around and vanishes almost like the hunter and there is a pike skaven that drags you away from the group which is like the jockey. Even though it may seem like they are ‘copying’ they are very much not as the way each of them approach you is considerably different and there is a Gatling skaven that can ambush along with a pack of armoured or normal skaven.
These are the main differences that there is between Left 4 dead and Vermintide.
There is a reward system, You roll at the end of a level for a weapon, trinket or a cosmetic. You can have a better chance at getting a higher rarity item by obtaining a Grimoire or making the difficulty higher, You can only get loot from actually completing the levels however so playing on a difficulty that you can complete missions on is highly viable for you to continue to upgrade your characters and learn how to play the game better. A good thing about the trinkets in vermintide is the fact you can be playing a character you wouldn’t normally play and have a trinket equipped that will give you a higher chance to get the items that you would use for your main character that you use instead of the items being specific to the character you are playing at the time.
What the game also has is a ‘shrine’ and ‘forge’ to upgrade your items, or re-roll the items statistics the forge is the place where you will put five of the same rarity item to upgrade it to the next and it will be a random class but the same type of item. This is a good way to try and get the class items that you want and get rid of the items that you don’t use on the other classes.
The teamwork as I’ve already highlighted is a big part of Vermintide and it very much makes the game much more interesting to play, the hard difficulty is very much possible to complete solo, but its much easier when you have a party of four who know what they are doing and know how to play the character they are using, Without a coordinated group it becomes very hard for you to go through the game as through most of the levels the skaven come from all directions so its vital to stay together and not rush ahead.
Aside all of these great positives are small issues that come with players who have invested enough time into the game that these are just small itches on the side, one of them is the difficulty to get amazing items as gear is random most of the time so you could spend hours and just get gear that you find completely useless, and your character level hardly means much as it just shows how much time you have invested into the game. Honestly though the immersive graphics outweigh these tiny issues that i just highlighted. The story to the game lets the player feel influential in the world of Vermintide and like you are really effecting something this is another thing that Left 4 dead didn’t give out.