WARHAMMER: VERMINTIDE 2
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on July 9, 2020
Sometimes a game is so surprisingly good, that you cannot help but wonder why you didn't play them earlier! During the Corona period, I took the opportunity to make the most out of the sales going on in several online game stores and spend some extra money on games. So, PlayStation had a very nice sale during Corona times and I finally bought a game that I've had my eye on for quite a while.
Yes, Ladies and gentlemen, I'm talking about Warhammer: Vermintide 2, and man does this second installment in the Vermintide series look amazing! I didn't hesitate any longer and bought the Collector's Edition, which includes two DLC's: Shadow of Bogenhafen and Back to Ubersreik. There is another DLC available for this game, Winds of Magic, which can be bought separately. And if you are afraid all extra's will cost you more money, don't worry. Free Weekly and Daily challenges are added every day and the developers throw in nice events in from time to time like double XP weekends. And last weekend extra content was released (on PS4) in the form of the "The Curse of Drachenfels" DLC, which was totally free! (this specific DLC was also released for PC and Xbox earlier this year).
I decided to use the release of The Curse of Drachenfels DLC as an opportunity to tell you more about this first person hack and slash game which, in my mind, can be best described as being a kind of "First-Person Diablo". And, just like Diablo, I just love playing Warhammer: Vermintide 2 so much, especially because it just keeps growing and growing! The three new maps added to your game via this DLC are Old Haunts, Blood in the Darkness and Enchanter's Lair. Vermintide players of the first hour, who also played the very first Vermintide game might recognize them, because originally these levels were part of a DLC pack for Warhammer: Vermintide. And the years have been really kind to these maps, because nowadays they look even better and manage to bring even more gore and more monsters to the stage!
The Drachenfels DLC does what it promises. It brings you three very nice levels filled with enemies for you to slay, hack, slash, shoot, set them on fire, make explode. basically, whatever you prefer. The way you kill them depends mainly, of course, on the character you choose. There are five characters in total: Markus Kruber (Mercenary), Bardin Goreksson (Dwarf Warrior), Kerillian (Wood Elf), Victor Saltzpyre (Witch Hunter) and Sienna Fuegonasus (Wizard). Now, these are all great character, but my personal favorite is the dwarf, Bardin Goreksson. He's just so damn awesome! Each character has three to four careers available, the first being available from the start, while the second and third unlock by leveling up your hero to level 7 and 12, respectively.
After every level you return to your base, which serves as a central hub. From here, you can select a hero, open loot chests, select a mission, check up on your challenge progress, train and try out characters and their skills and use a portal to travel to your next mission. The hub also is the home of an honest-to-god Inn-keeper named Franz Lohner. At his shop, you can buy optional items and downloadable content and have a nice chat from time to time. Plus, the Drachenfels DLC opens the doors to the Lohner's Emporium of Wonders, which means that the stylish players can now get new accessories to flaunt when fending off enemies. Hey, you're still going to slay monsters, but why not do it in style, right?
You can play Warhammer: Vermintide 2 on your own in single player mode or play the online multiplayer mode, in which you'll have the opportunity to play coop with friends and/or other players from around the world. A couple of times my brother (Michael a.k.a. Magic Mike) joined my game and we had a blast together. I always play online now, and when there are no players around to join, AI automatically takes over and adds computer controlled allies to your party. This means you don't have to stop playing because other players can't join (it happened just one time since I started playing that no-one joined/was online). The AI is so good, that it really doesn't matter if there is no one joining my game, it's excellent however you play, every single time around!
Every time I pick up this game to play a couple of rounds, it is so great! I maxed out one character already and for some reason I want to max them all now. The only DLC I don't own at this moment is Winds of Magic, but I cannot help but think that it will be added to my collection very soon. I can honestly say that Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is an excellent game if you're into smashing large groups of enemies with the help of other awesome characters, played by either AI or friends and/or other players. Every time a new horde comes your way you will hear a powerful horn blast. That is when you know you will have to get ready for the next round of smashing in monster heads. bring it on!!! Every time I log in, there is new stuff to do. So, to end this review with a quote from my favorite character in this game: "Aye, here's where the action is!"
WARHAMMER: VERMINTIDE 2
March 8, 2018 (PC)
July 11, 2018 (Xbox One)
December 18, 2018 (PS4)