WARHAMMER VERMINTIDE 2: CHAOS WASTES
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 22, 2021
Last year I told you about how a PlayStation Sale introduced me to the first person action RPG game Warhammer Vermintide 2 and how much I enjoyed playing it. Almost a year later, I still play the game on a regular base and still thoroughly enjoy it. The developers come up with so many nice events and so much extra content, that there's still more than enough reason to keep coming back and enjoy the game. There is one downside for me here though, and that's the fact that most of the new content is always first released for PC...
During these times of Corona, Ferry "Sadhonker" and myself don't go out that much, for obvious reasons, so we saved quite a bit of money. And with our trusty PC nearing its ninth birthday, we found an awesome goal to spend what we saved; PC upgrade time! Well, actually more of a complete rebuild rather than just a simple upgrade, but you get the picture, right? Anyway, now this console loving girl is slowly going over to the dark side, where they have cookies (see what I did there?) Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I spend a lot more time playing games on PC nowadays and I can only say that I absolutely love it! The funny part is that I used to hate playing games with keyboard and mouse, because I thought it was too difficult. But now, more than once I actually switched my controller for keyboard and mouse, because it just plays so much faster! I know I'm probably stating the obvious here and many PC gamers are now rolling their eyes at me and going: "Duh! Of course controls are faster on PC. Where have you been the past thirty odd years?!". Well, if you read carefully up till now, you'd know I've been on console all this time, so there!
It might not surprise you that I actually was thinking about playing Vermintide 2 on PC. I was very lucky that the awesome people at Fatshark were so nice to provide me with a review key, because a new game mode is announced, which requires the original game to play it. And my luck didn't stop there. On PS4 I had already had two DLC packages that added additional levels to the game: Shadows of Bögenhafen and Back to Ubersreik. I immediately added those two items on my Steam Wishlist and to my surprise I got a notification in the evening, telling me that both items where now fifty percent off because of a weekend deal that is valid thru May 4th. Now that's what I call a stroke of luck!
But, all luck aside, it's time to get back to the review. Starting the game on PC, means that I have to start over again, because using cross-platform save data isn't possible. But I love this game so much, I don't think reliving the adventure from the start is a big issue. I start this journey with my beloved Bardin, an awesome and mighty dwarf. There are five characters in total and each character has three career paths to unlock. For two of them, a fourth career can be unlocked via paid DLC. You start the game in a central hub where you can check you progress and rewards on challenges, enter the shop and select your next mission. The menus are roughly the same as I know them from the PS4 and with mouse and keyboard I'm able to scroll through them faster. While playing the actual game, I again discover that it is easier to play with keyboard and mouse. The controls are not that difficult or extended for this game in general (there aren't like 41 different actions to perform), but especially turning around and aiming is a lot easier. I'm falling in love with Warhammer Vermintide 2 all over again now that I am playing it on PC.
I couldn't have started my PC adventure for Warhammer Vermintide 2 on a better moment, because as I mentioned earlier, Fatshark just released the next free update: Chaos Wastes, which can be found at the very right of our central hub. Just enter the big wooden doors and start your expedition. An expedition offers you a map on which you can decide your own route. You have to fight your way through several levels and your mission is to locate the rumored Citadel of Eternity in the search for salvation - at any cost. If you play online the next level is selected by voting. You might notice that some areas are cursed. These curses can change your approach drastically. If you're up for an (extra) challenge, go ahead and enter that level of your expedition. But there is no shame in choosing the non-cursed option, if you have a choice.
Going in, you will be stripped of your gear and enter the first level just with the standard gear of your class. In every level you can find so called Pilgrim's Coins. These handy items can be used to buy upgrades and perks to tip the odds in your advantage. There are 15 new locations to discover when playing the Chaos Wastes and the goal of the developers was for you to have an unique experience with every new expedition you start, and I can honestly say that they've thoroughly succeeded in doing so.
Warhammer Vermintide 2 Chaos Wastes is a really awesome update, which serves as a cool expansion of the original game. Every expedition takes approximately an hour to complete... if you make it till the end that is. And whether or not this is the case, might well depend on the difficulty you choose. The matchmaking system is great, so you will enter the level or expedition with players that are about the same level as you, give or take a few levels. On PC, I haven't played through everything in the base game yet, but luckily Chaos Wastes does not require you to have finished the original game. It's an exciting new game mode that has been well received by players worldwide and definitely extends the hours of awesome gameplay you can spend merrily hacking your way through this magical but dangerous world!
WARHAMMER VERMINTIDE 2: CHAOS WASTES
April 20, 2021