Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Review

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Review

JoyStik Entertainment video game reviews are honest opinions on the good, the bad, and the ugly of each and every video game. In this section, we review PlayStation, Xbox, and PC video games. Today we will review Warhammer Vermintide 2 on the PC/Steam.

About

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is a game with gameplay experienced from a first-person perspective. Set in the Warhammer Fantasy fictional universe, players battle cooperatively against the Chaos army and a race of rat-men known as the Skaven. The game features five different characters to play as. These characters are divided into 15 different careers, each with a unique set of skills and abilities. After players complete missions, they receive rewards through a randomized loot system.

Gameplay

Bringing the Left 4 Dead formula to a prime I didn't know it needed, Vermintide 2 has been one of the most well designed, fun games I've played in years. Every stage, character, etc, feels uniquely hand-crafted by people that love their work. Seeing as how it launched at $29.99, it's a must-try for anyone that enjoys co-op PvE games with RPG elements. 

The talent system has some interesting choices, but most of your talent choices are pretty unexciting, lacking in impact and originality - many of them are generic (+X% Attack Speed, Crit chance, etc) choices that every class has - with the few that do stand out doing so really well, changing play styles for classes enough to be interesting. I don't mind the power levels and additional stats on weapons, but I wish they were more varied and a little less generic like the talent choices. Crafting, salvaging, and re-rolling for stats is a simple but effective system. If you enjoy Diablo, the loot/crafting system in this game is a very simplified version of what you know from there.

Sound and Music

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 uses its sound and music at the perfect times to intensify situations. There is a peaceful but unsettling calm in many stages of a quest, one that you know won't last long. Eventually you'll hear a hoard of Skaven rats all of a sudden as it gets louder and closer, until they are on top of you and you began hacking and slashing to avoid being destroyed. The sounds can be so intense and loud, that it requires yelling to communicate with your group members which is very intense but incredibly fun. The sound of flesh being sliced into by a long sword is satisfying when you know it has to be you or them. When it's all over and done with, you can feel the relief of victory yet the bumps and bruises that just occurred when the silence returns. Another great feature that brings the game to life is when in game voice acting for character communicate during slow parts of quest. It really brings life to the characters' personalities.

Graphics

Warhammer Vermintide 2 is a beautiful game. The levels are linear but with enough open exploration and perks from exploring to make you want to discover to entire world. Frame drops are rare even when being bombarded with enemies which is quite an impressive feat.

There are five graphics presets (plus 'custom'), ranging from lowest to extreme. Using the presets with a GTX 1060 6GB at 1080p, the presets yield the following results:

Extreme: 73.2 fps
High: 87.3 fps (19% faster)
Medium: 138.0 fps (88% faster)
Low: 217.8 fps (200% faster)
Lowest: 267.7 fps (265% faster)

That's a pretty massive range, though image quality can also vary quite a bit—particularly on the lowest preset where virtually all the extra effects are disabled. Note also that those potential increases largely assume that you're not hitting CPU bottlenecks, which likely isn't the case for many PCs.

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Pros

  • Online Co-op gameplay is so good it's almost necessary to fully experience the game.
  • The option to scale the difficulty level is fair but still holds a challenge no matter what you choose.
  • The ability to customize character loadouts and craft new weapons and gear sets it apart from games like it (Left 4 Dead for example).
  • Beautiful vivid graphics for such a smooth gameplay experience.
  • Great music and sounds in combat add great value to the overall experience.

Cons

  • Matchmaking needs a bit of work. There is nothing worse than getting linked up with somebody that way out levels you (they basically do everything while you follow and watch) or somebody who is very inexperienced (the game is hard enough as is).
  • Very surprised and disappointed in no PvP on Warhammer Vermintide 2. They could've simple mimicked Left 4 Dead's PvP where one team is the enemy bosses and the other team as it is now. Hoping this is something they add later.

 

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