Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

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Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

55%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Oct 24, 2015
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 27, 2015

A thrilling twist on Left 4 Dead's co-operative action, but minor balancing issues can make it hard to warm to at first.

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Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Oct 31, 2016

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.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 27, 2015

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.

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Scored Reviews

PC Gamer
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 29, 2015

Vermintide is a brilliant twist on the Left 4 Dead formula, and deserves much of the same praise heaped on Valve.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2016

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.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2015

I can see already that Vermintide will quickly become the next title that everyone's friends will be playing.

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MMOGames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2015

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.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2016

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.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
GameSpew
Alastair

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 29, 2015

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

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ThisGenGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2017

I could go on forever about Warhammer: End Times Vermintide, it really hooked me.

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The Escapist
Nov 3, 2015

Vermintide is a great medieval-themed cooperative FPS. Despite being developed by a smaller studio, Vermintide never feels cheaply made.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2016

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.

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GameWatcher
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2015

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.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2015

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.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2016

Warhammer: Vermintide was a simply enjoyable game bringing the fun of cooperative action to the universe of fantasy Warhammer.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 27, 2015

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.

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IGN Spain
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2016

A nice conversion that retains the best features of the original PC version while adding new content, and without being too technically downgraded.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2016

Vermintide is an under-appreciated gem with loads of replayability and heaps of atmosphere.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 4, 2015

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.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2015

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.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 26, 2016

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).

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Gamer Professionals
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2016

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.

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Xbox One UK
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 10, 2016

A brutal, bloody and brilliant multiplayer brawler.

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2015

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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PushStartPlay
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2016

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is a pleasure to play on console. Hopefully it maintains its community to make sure it stays that way.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2015

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.

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Niche Gamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2016

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.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2015

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.

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Wccftech
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2015

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.

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New Game Network
73 / 100
73 / 100
Nov 5, 2015

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.

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IGN
7.2 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.2 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2015

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.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 28, 2015

As blatant a clone as you've ever seen, but this is almost as good as the real Left 4 Dead and does have a few extra ideas of its own.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 9, 2015

Left 4 Dead's frantic four-player co-op gets medieval with melee combat, mutant rats, and mixed results.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 19, 2015

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.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 6, 2017

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.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 10, 2015

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.

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Kill Screen
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 9, 2015

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.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

7 / 10
Mar 29, 2017

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!

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GamesBeat
68 / 100
68 / 100
Nov 3, 2015

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.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

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.

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Game Debate
6.5 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2015

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.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 19, 2016

As blatant a clone as you've ever seen, but while the PC version was a novel take on Left 4 Dead, the severe price hike on consoles ruins the fun.

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COGconnected
60 / 100
60 / 100
Oct 25, 2016

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is a solid attempt at replicating the Left 4 Dead formula, but it also misses the mark in a few key areas.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2016

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.

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