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.

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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