Review: Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Hammering down the Xbox One


Since its release on Xbox One, we’ve been hard at work getting Tyvon through the Skaven and Chaos infested tunnels and streets of Warhammer: Vermintide 2 for Xbox One. Now, here’s our look at the Xbox One X enhanced version of the game.

+Absolute eye-candy for fans of the Warhammer fantasy universe.
+That narrator, can we get more of him in these games?
+Weapons and classes are absolutely solid, offering some massive gameplay diversity

-Mixer integration was hard to use as a new streamer

Just when you think you’ve seen the biggest rat in New York City on the train, those creeping crawlers’ rodent creatures have absolutely nothing on the walking manlike rats in Warhammer: Vermintide 2. From the rapid fireballs to the big swinging sword used to kill everyone in sight. The guys over at Fatshark really did a really good job with this sequel.

I did have a chance to watch a few hours of a streamer playing through Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide and I could really see the difference between the graphics alone. Don’t get me wrong, the first Warhammer: Vermintide was good from the hours of gameplay I watched, but it was nothing compared to their sequel, so I have to give them a round of applause and one high five for the road because this first-person action video game is like no other I have ever played.

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As soon as you start your story mode, it drops you into some graphical backstory and trust me when I say, I might have to book the guy who was talking to speak at my graduation ceremony because it’s something about his voice, I mean goodness, it’s almost as good as Morgan Freeman’s voice. But after they give you that backstory, you are dropped right into the game and are tasked with the primary mission and getting your team back. You are a member of a four-man team and it’s your job to make it through all thirteen levels and serve justice.

Now, I like casting spells just as much as the next guy (or girl) or even seeing how far I can shoot an arrow to kill someone across the field I’ve been tasked to clear but sometimes but it’s absolutely nothing like swinging that colossal sword that Zeus himself probably had. Just that first swing and watching eight or nine heads fly just does it for me. It’s nothing more satisfying then the rush you get when you pop that first rat head with a hammer. It’s like performing a service to the community and you feel like the Lord in the North.

In the game, like I said before, you have a team of four others. However, it is five characters to choose from. Each character has a career which is basically three styled versions of their character you can choose to play as throughout the game. Each character has a very unique set of abilities that will help you throughout the game. If you choose to play with them.

Teamwork is key in this game and it is essential when playing online with other players because one of your teammates might get pulled away by an enemy or someone on the team might need some reviving because they got attached by a swum of rats. Some enemies will throw gas or fire some a planned-out attack is required to be some bosses.

The graphics in this game are really good, I am unsure if the game was supportive of my 4K XBOX One X system but the picture quality was awesome and I really enjoyed it. The real-life interactions such as game vibrations and blood splatter on the screen are just remarkable and sensational to sum it up.

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My only downside to the game was the weapon selection and the loot boxes. You can only unlock and upgrade your equipment from these randomized loot boxes. After hours of gameplay, I started noticing about the same thing and I am sure every player in counters these situations. Yes, don’t have to buy anything but maybe I’ve been spoiled by other games and now I just want to buy my loot at will. Because now I am just playing Russian Roulette and hoping for something good that I haven’t yet acquired.

The combat structure isn’t too much of a strategic puzzle planned out move, it’s mostly you, your teammates and the enemies battle to save your lives. The weapons choice is really a matter of preference and not a set-in-stone decision made for you. If you would like to go into a match with a sword instead of an ax then that’s all up to you.

I was a little confused how I could blast a rat with the fire blaster and his head pop right off, that might have been an overlook in the game or quite possibly just a small minor glitch, but that was just something small I noticed, maybe it was just with my gameplay; it shouldn’t take away from the game. Warhammer Vermintide 2 is a whole lot of fun and I definitely recommend everyone play at least once.

This was my first time streaming any game and it did give me some practice on how to do things and also actually talk to people that were in my stream talking to me. One chatter did, however, get me killed because kept saying “LOOK OUT”, thinking he had some 3rdPoint of View I didn’t, I would look and nothing would be there and a swam of rats attached. Maybe he just wanted to see my get attached, who really knows.

But I do remember my first online gameplay and the guy who was on my team, the two of us were ahead and I looked around a corner and didn’t see anything then I looked down and my phone and my mom called so I hurried and picked it out and out of nowhere this team of rats attacked and I yelled out “AHHHHHHHHH MOVE B*TCH GET OFF, DIE DIE DIE” and after I fought them off, I looked at my phone and my mom said “You’ve got some nerve speaking like that on the phone with me”.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
Reviewed on: 
Xbox One X
Publisher: Fat Shark
Developer: Fat Shark
Release Date: Available Now
Cost: $29.99

I forgot to hang up the phone but nevertheless, a fun game all around and I absolutely loved experiencing the might of Marcus and his massive sword. But to bring things to an end, this game is solid, it is an amazing experience for those wanting a cooperative title to play with their pals thanks to its non-stop action and adrenaline-inducing moments.

If you missed the review for the PC version, make sure to check out our review today.

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 Final Score: 8 out of 10

About the Writer:

tyvon-j-hunter-about-writerTyvon J. Hunter is the latest member of the crew. He brings to the table a unique take on video games and sports. He brings an unparalleled sense of inspiration through his sheer excitement to the team as well as those around him. Also, he likes to build theme parks and a lot of them in his spare time.


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