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A worthy addition to the Left 4 Dead first person action adventure horde genre. Vermintide manages to keep close to what made L4D great, but strikes out on its own and delivers a solid game which has a lot of replay value.
It's a shame that the skaven act so much like zombies rather than having their own distinct traits. But if Vermintide can act as the catalyst for a trend whereby at least one in every three zombie games is now a Skaven game instead, it will have served a wondrous purpose. The 'tide' suffix is excuse enough to have hordes of ratbeasts running mindlessly through the streets and it could happily be attached to 'Daemon', 'Corpse' or 'Green'. That said, 'Greentide' sounds like an off-brand toilet cleaner so perhaps that one would need a bit of a rethink.
Occasionally stupid AI and the lack of split-screen play aren't enough to dull the formidable lustre of Warhammer End Times: Vermintide as one of the most entertaining and flat out enjoyable online co-op games you can get on PS4. Killing rats has never been so much fun.
Fatshark took a property and an idea and made something glorious out of them. Games Workshop appears to be giving out licenses for everything. For every Mordheim there's been a Snotling Fling. Any company, any property would be lucky to have a game as lovingly and wonderfully designed and put together as Vermintide. It is easily for me the jewel in the Warhammer gaming crown above Space Marine, Eternal Crusade and Dawn of War. If Fatshark didn't innovate further, that may never change. With their plans for the game, I think it's certain that it never will.
Much like Vermintide itself, it may not be groundbreaking in any one way, but it's reliably and consistently fun, and still beautifully immersive in that Warhammer sort of way.
Complementing the slick presentation is an excellent soundtrack, composed especially for the game by Jesper Kyd. The music is dark and atmospheric and fits the overall tone perfectly
Vermitide is a great co-op experience. It's fun alone and competent enough to play through, but with online folks or friends it's even better, and where the experience truly shines.
Jump into an online game and you'll have a great time, but with one or two friends at your side, Vermintide is a serious contender for the best multiplayer experience of the year. This one's going to stick around for a good, long while.
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide is a game for those who want to get a Left 4 Dead like experience that has a little more depth and uses a fantasy universe rather than an undead apocalypse to get gamers to cooperate.
The best parts of Payday 2 and Left 4 Dead in the gritty Warhammer fantasy universe, with a heavy emphasis on melee combat and loot. There's tons here for co-op fans, and the emphasis on melee makes it stand out from the rest of the pack.
A nice conversion that retains the best features of the original PC version while adding new content, and without being too technically downgraded.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
It is very easy to simply dismiss Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide as a Left 4 Dead clone and leave it at that, but in reality, this is a great cooperative game that uses Valve's zombie game as a base, but then built its own personality on top of what Left 4 Dead had originally brought seven years ago. With great feeling melee combat, gruesome action, solid level design and brutal difficulty, this game is a hell of a lot of fun and is ideal for anyone looking for more first-person action to cure an itch for cooperative fun who doesn't mind grinding on the side to impress the rats with their better gear.
Vermintide is a triumphant co-op experience at its best, held back from greatness due to minor technical flaws. Despite being developed by a smaller studio, Vermintide can stand proudly alongside most AAA titles.
Given the inexplicable yet continued absence of Left 4 Dead in this current console cycle, Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide steps up to fill that festering void with gusto. Granted, it doesn't stray too far from the zombie slaying blueprint laid out by its undead inspiration, but given that it's one of the better co-op experiences currently available, it's easily forgivable. With that said, it would be hard to recommend this to any non-PS Plus/Xbox Live subscribers, as ignoring its online social aspects pretty much flies against its raison d'etre. The thin narrative and occasionally iffy AI of the bots just don't come close to replacing the sheer joy of surviving a vicious onslaught of Skaven with a well co-ordinated bunch of mates (or strangers, for that matter).
Vermintide's gameplay formula is nothing new, and doesn't bring much to the table. What makes this game worth playing however is the well-crafted world and the level design. Each level has a purpose in the story, and the way that purpose is fulfilled is carefully thought out.
Warhammer: End Times Vermintide beweist mal wieder, wie sehr Koop-Games mit Freunden Spaß machen können. Die Massen an Ratten mit den verschiedenen Charakteren im Koop abschlachten macht trotz der vielen technischen Probleme sehr viel Spaß und bietet mit 13 Levels auch genug Abwechslung für einen Koop-Titel. Wer einen schnellen Koop-Spaß für Zwischendurch sucht, wird mit Vermintide auf jeden Fall seinen Spaß haben.
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Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is an interesting conundrum. Nothing here is new or particularly innovative, but it is a well-realized experience nonetheless. Overall, it's a budget title but with more than enough content to belie its pricetag. If you are a fan of Left 4 Dead, Warhammer, or cooperative games in general, then this is a must buy.
While it does have its fair share of issues, many of which frustrated me greatly, I still think it's a solid, enjoyable title. Warhammer fans will have a lot to sink their teeth into, and Left 4 Dead fans will have something to fiddle with until the next iteration. Well…if Valve ever learns how to count to 3, that is.
I just wished that Fatshark had tried to be as original in the gameplay as they have in the visual direction. At times, it just felt like I was playing a mod, and depending on how you look at it that's either the biggest compliment or the absolute worst thing I could say about Vermintide.
Warhammer: End Times Vermintide is a new take on the Left 4 Dead formula. It brings enhanced combat (particularly melee) and some RPG elements, but it loses the PvP aspect and user generated content, both critical to longevity in this genre. Still, if you have a group of friends this game can definitely provide lots of fun.
Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide shows that Left 4 Dead with an emphasis on melee and loot makes for a pretty fun co-op experience, though it would be even better without the glitches and performance dips.
The use of different classes and the evocation of the Warhammer setting is enough to make Vermintide a competent twist on the Left 4 Dead formula, but it doesn't execute them well enough to live up to its inspiration. Even at its best, Vermintide's co-op horde mode lacks a sense of suspense, and its addictive loot chase can't fully replace that. As I'm sure any Skaven would tell you, there are better things than being a rat in a maze.
Niggling flaws aside, Vermintide is easily one of the most surprising games to launch this year. Although there's a clear lack of originality, Fatshark has done a brilliant job in throwing together a patchwork of borrowed designs with its own previous work on games like War of the Roses. It's got the makings of a sleeper hit and hopefully, with a few more refinements, can grow into the next multiplayer must-have.
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide on PS4 and Xbox One is an excellent project which was unlucky with the release date. It should have come out during an off-peak period - a decision to release it in fall was fateful and negatively reflected on the community and, accordingly, on the gameplay in general. If you like Left 4 Dead and have friends, willing to go on journey with you, then you can feel free to buy the game. Otherwise it is better to save the money for something else.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide seems like an eerie, well-done Left 4 Dead mod on the surface. But players that soldier through disheartening dice rolls will find a replacement for their co-op and loot-driven needs, Warhammer fan or not.
The titular vermin of Vermintide may come in a horde, but they're all unique, in their weird, chittering way. It almost makes me feel bad about the carnage I've spent the last ten hours dealing out to them. Then again, there will always be more.
At the heart, the best thing about a co-op experience is just being able to sit down with a bunch of people and have fun fighting off a massive horde of monsters, and Warhammer: The End Times -Vermintide scratches that itch beautifully. It's just that going beyond that is a pain. Other than recombining and upgrading gear, here's little reason to play solo, between a relatively unimportant story and the random gear drops. Vermintide shines with friends; it's a bit too dangerous to go alone, so take three!
Warhammer: End Times — Vermintide gets so many things right, and its designers have made enough smart decisions about how to deviate from the Left 4 Dead, that it makes the difficulty knee-capping and technical mishaps all the more disappointing. It's absolutely worth a look if you're looking for something to do with friends and love slay hordes of monsters. Just don't be surprised if you find yourself quitting earlier than you might want to.
I recently previewed Warhammer 40,000 Eternal Crusade and, like most Warhammer games in the last few years, I was let down. Severely. Enter the lovable folks at Fatshark games and Pierre-Yve's glowing review of Vermintide on the PC and I thought "Here it is, finally, a Warhammer game to be proud of!" I was wrong, and that pains me to admit it. Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide is not a bad game, but it is a bad port.
Warhammer: The End Times: Vermintide is by now means a bad game, but the sense of over-familiarity makes it difficult to recommend to all but the most ardent of Warhammer Fantasy fans. The workings are here of a good game, but prolonged play reveals it's overly chaotic and often repetitive, despite moments of genuine fun. If you've got four buddies after a co-op game then that's probably a different story, and there's enough in Vermintide to keep you hacking and slashing until the credits roll.
While there are plenty of co-op only titles on the console, most of these were built with consoles in mind and therefore had devices in place to make a mandatory teamwork experience a smooth one. It doesn't take long to see that Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide for PS4 was certainly not constructed with consoles in the forethought; it's quite the afterthought, and it painfully shows. Stick to the PC for this one.