Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide is a first person multiplayer cooperative game similar to Left 4 Dead and created by Swedish developers Fatshark. The only other game very similar to Left 4 Dead is Evolve which had a very mixed response. Does Vermintide do any better?
Launching the game you start off in a tavern which has a map to start the game, an anvil to craft and a container to store items. You can play one of five classes which are a the Witch Hunter (guns & rapiers), Bright Wizard (fire mage with fire sword), Dwarf Ranger (tank with shield), Waywatcher (bows & daggers) and the Empire Soldier (big melee weapons). You can start the game by playing with randoms or via a party and selecting the mission on the map. You’re very much thrown in at the deep end with other people for the first game. Controls as what you’d expect, you have a main attack and power attack for each weapon and the ability to block and push-back opponents with some weapons.
Unbeknown to some the objective of the game is to collect items to improve your character’s load-out allowing you to move up in difficulty levels. At the end of each successfully playthrough you roll some dice and get an item for one of your characters, if you collect collectables during the playthrough this increases the rarity of the item gained. You can also craft rare items using the anvil by melting 5 same rarity items to craft one of the next level of rarity. This means 1 thorough level is the same as 5 runs collecting nothing. Randoms seem to only want to get from the start to the end and I was kicked from more than one group for trying to get the group to actually try and find these items.
Graphically the game looks very pretty, easily of similar quality to what you’d expect from an AA developer and performance is good considering. The graphics scaling options are also pretty good so if you have a lower end rig you can turn a bunch off stuff and it will actually make a difference. Audio is okay, the characters occasionally say something about the situation and weapons sound punchy enough.
The game has had a few exploits which the developers have been quite quick to fix. Sadly, I’ve experienced a few crashes on my AMD card (was using a NVIDIA before a recent hardware upgrade - which it worked fine on).
Vermintide can be fun, it can also be very irritating playing with people who have missed the point of the game. If you’re playing with friends I highly recommend Vermintide otherwise the game is neutral. That leaves it as just a recommended.