Being a lover of the Warhammer Fantasy universe and all that is encompasses, I had a great time in Vermintide as it takes you on an epic trip through heaps of missions against the Skaven. Getting to smash the faces of these ratmen with all sorts of melee and ranged weapons is an absolute blast, however it does suffer from a few hiccups in the form of A.I. and lack of third-person view. Read the rest of our Warhammer End Times Vermintide review below!
Platform Used For Warhammer End Times Vermintide Review: Gigabyte P35, Intel i7-4720HQ 2.60GHz, 16GB Ram, GeForce GT 965M
Genre: Action, Co-op, Indie
Recommended If You Liked: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Left 4 Dead, Mordheim: City of the Damned
Storytime With Vermintide
My story-writing skillz used to be pretty top-notch, but with age, my imagination isn’t what it used to be. So please find a beautifully written excerpt from the Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide Steam store page describing the story:
The time of mortals is ending, and the reign of Chaos draws ever closer. The Dark Gods are at last united in a singular purpose, losing their madness across the world as never before. In the Empire of Sigmar, Karl Franz’s gaze is focused on the incursion of the savage northmen, but it is not the only threat. As the Chaos moon Morrslieb waxes full, shrill voices echo through tunnels gnawed far beneath the Empire’s cities, and a Skaven host swarms towards the surface. It emerges first in the city of Ubersreik, a screeching mass that consumes all before it. Soon Ubersreik is a charnel-town, drowning beneath the malevolent shadow of the Horned Rat.
Yet even in the darkest times, there are always champions to light the way. As Ubersreik cowers, five heroes, united by capricious fate, carry the fight to the rat-men. It remains to be seen whether they have the strength to survive, let alone work together long enough to thwart the invaders. One truth, however, is beyond all doubt: should these five fall, then Ubersreik will fall with them.
Having caught up on the backstory, I hope you’re as excited as I was when I first read about Vermintide’s release!
Meet The Characters
Taking place in the city of Ubersreik, you’ll take up residence in the Red Moon Inn which also acts as your headquarters and meeting area. Whilst in the inn, you have the opportunity to select which character you want to play as. Characters can only be changed at the Red Moon Inn, so be careful when starting a mission, that the character you’ve selected is who you wish to complete a mission with.
Each character has their own role to play such as long-range expert (Elven Waywatcher), tank (Dwarf Ranger or Empire Soldier), and DPS (Bright Wizard or Witch Hunter). Below are the different characters along with a bit of information about them:
The son of a talented blacksmith who found work with the Order of the Silver Hammer, Victor Saltzpyre’s raw potential was recognised by a Witch Hunter Captain who took him under his wing to train.
Melee – Rapier, Battle Axe, Great Sword
Ranged – Pistols, Crossbow, Repeater Pistol
Sienna Fuegonasus left her homeland Estalia for the Empire at a young age. Sent away from the village because of rumours that she was a witch, Sienna travelled with merchants to Altdorf for training in magic.
Melee – Wizard Mace, Wizard Sword, Flaming Sword
Ranged – Wizard Staves with multiple spells including: Fireball, Flame Beam, Conflagration of Doom and more
Bardin Goreksson keeps the holds of Karak Ziflin and Karak Norn safe in the Grey Mountains. As a Ranger he roams far and wide looking for enemy activity. Now in Ubersreik he looks for a supposed Dwarf community.
Melee – Great Axe, Great Hammer, Battle Axe, War Hammer, Axe / Hammer & Shield
Ranged – Crossbow, Hand Gun, Grudge-Raker
Kerillian has incredibly sharp sight, and can pick off a ladybird eating a leaf at a hundred paces. Sighting an Elf Mage under the boughs one Autumn night, Kerillian tracked him, changing her fate forever.
Melee – Dual Elven Daggers, Elven Short Sword, Dual Elven Swords, Elven Dagger Sword Combo
Ranged – Bows with different arrows: Bodkin Arrow, Hagbane Arrow and more.
Markus Kruber left farm life outside of Ubersreik and joined the local militia, quickly rising through the ranks. Joining an upcoming mission with Victor, he finds himself back in Ubersreik with prisoner, Sienna, in tow.
Melee – Great Sword, Great Hammer, Arming Sword, Mace / War Hammer, Sword and Shield
Ranged – Repeater Handgun, Blunderbuss, Handgun
Each character provides such a different experience that you’ll be hard pressed to settle on a favourite. So far I’ve really enjoyed playing as the Witch Hunter and the Waywatcher. Although the Bright Wizard has a pretty awesome mechanic that requires her to vent any overly charged magic from casting spells. This stands in to make up for the fact that other ranged weapons require time to reload, plus it adds a nice bit of extra immersion if you enjoy the role-playing aspect of Warhammer games.
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