Warhammer: Vermintide 2, the co-op shooter/slasher set in the End Times era, has been released. You can get it on Steam for a reasonable $30, but you should probably read some reviews or something. Watch a Youtube video, or whatever kids these days do instead of reading reviews. The devs have released a fancy launch trailer – it features intricate scenes from the game frozen in time, to make them look like the miniatures that spawned this whole mess. You probably shouldn’t base your purchasing decision on that one, since it’s marketing material, but it’s a thing to watch.
If you’ve played the first game, you know what to expect. If not, here’s the skinny: you and up to three others play the roles of defenders against the onslaught of Chaos and Skaven forces. You get to pick one out of five heroes, each with their own skills, abilities and weapons. These five branch into fifteen career paths, which lets you customize your soldiers further.
You fight terrifying amounts of ratmen and corrupted used-to-be-humans, level up your heroes, get new gear and skills, then kill some more. You fight in and around the city of Helmgart, constantly getting better and fighting harder enemies. It’s basically Left 4 Dead meets Warhammer.
The first game wasn’t a smash hit, but it did amass a cult following, and it would seem like a good portion of its playerbase was more than happy to jump into this one as soon as it hit the shelves. The game was released yesterday, and already has over four thousand user reviews on Steam, with the overall score being Very Positive. I guess that means it’s good? A fair number of people seem to be complaining about technical issues, as well as changes made between the beta and release. Tread carefully.