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Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

3 months ago

Feature: Little rats and burly men

Why it feels great to hit things in Vermintide 2

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they’ve taken to make their games. This time, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 [official site]. In designing Vermintide II’s melee combat, Mats Andersson ran through the same preset level 50 times a day for two years. This hodgepodge of the game’s most distinctive areas, enemies and swarms makes no sense and it looks…

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5 months ago

Feature: Skaven and the dead

Vermintide: taking the torch of Left 4 Dead from its cold, undead hands

I’d wager most folk around these parts devoured Left 4 Dead back in the day, just as I did. Valve’s “28 Days Later with your friends” infected my life for a good year, and a bigger, better sequel one year later only strengthened the disease. But as Valve haven’t really been in the business of making games for a good few years - hopefully, that’s…

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Feature: Crufts: Apocalypse

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 review

I don't tend to think about how many things I murder in a murder-related videogame. I just remove whatever obstacles are in the way and move on, in the time-honoured tradition of solving problems in action games. In co-op online stabber-shooter Warhammer: Vermintide 2, I'm unusually conscious of the body count. It is, if you'll forgive a little early-90s melodrama, extreme. That's just one reason…

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6 months ago

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 scurries into closed beta

Rat season has officially begun. Following directly on from Vermintide 1's bombastic finale-as-free-DLC earlier this week, the sequel - due for launch early next month - is letting players in for their first taste of next-gen first-person Skaven-squishing starting today and continuing over the course of the weekend. Closed beta access is primarily for those who pre-ordered Warhammer: Vermintide 2, but those who picked up the Humble…

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Warhammer: Vermintide downs one more for the road

We may be just two weeks from the release of Warhammer: Vermintide 2, but studio Fatshark are supporting the original game right up until the bitter end. In fact, the latest update for the game adds that bitter end for you to experience first-hand. Released as part of a free update, yesterday's Patch 1.11 adds one final mission to the game, entitled Waylaid, which sets…

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 washes in on March 8th

The Vermintide will be coming in on March 8th, developers Fatshark have announced, giving us less than a month with which to sharpen our axes, re-string our longbows, and generally mentally prepare to carve up hordes of 'orrible ratmen in Warhammer: Vermintide 2. We've not covered the co-op FPS since its announcement last year, but since then it's been made clear that the ratty Skaven…

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12 months ago

Humble Jumbo Bundle 9 is live now, due to get more jumbo next week

Humble's latest Bundle is the ninth in the series of Jumbo bundles. As the name suggests, these gather up larger and more popular indie gems into one big package where - as per normal - the more you pay, the more you get. This ninth Jumbo bundle includes river-bound roguelike The Flame in the Flood, Left4Deadalike Warhammer Vermintide, clumsylike platformer Human Fall Flat, trenchalike shooter…

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 bringing more co-op action

The 'Left 4 Dead but with ratmen' cooperative first-person action of Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide will return with a sequel, developers Fatshark formally announced today. Bearing the shorter, simpler name of Warhammer: Vermintide 2 [official site], it will... do about the same? Fatshark don't have much to say or show right now, holding their secrets back until October. But screenshots show more outdoors-y areas…

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2 years ago

Warhammer Vermintide Free Weekend & New DLC

Poor old Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide [official site], it's a perfectly decent Left 4 Dead-but-with-ratmen, but for me it's now doomed to forever be "the one that looks a bit like Bloodborne but isn't anything quite as transcendent." I am obsessed with Bloodborne now, I'm afraid. I pray it somehow comes to PC so that I can endlessly jabber into your terrified face as…

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Skave Survival: Vermintide’s Last Stand Mode Released

Here's the thing: I recognise that Måns Zelmerlöw's Heroes was probably the best Eurovision song in last year's contest, but it wasn't the best song. Are you, reader dear, listening to Heroes regularly? Exactly. Yet I'm still giving Rhythm Inside by Belgium's Loïc Nottet plenty of play and- oh fine, I'll skip to the point. Fantasy FPS Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide [official site] today…

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3 years ago

Warhammer: Vermintide’s Survival Mode Due In February

Like Left 4 Dead, which so clearly inspired it, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide [official site] is getting a cooperative wave survival mode in a free update. You know, a 'be swarmed by hordes of increasingly tough and numerous monsters' sort of a mode. Developers Fatshark mentioned plans for a survival mode last year, and now have more to say about when it'll launch, what…

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Loot Drop: Warhammer Vermintide Free DLC

Warhammer End Times: Vermintide [official site] is an enjoyable fantasy throwdown, easy to describe as Left 4 Dead with Skaven, but with a loot and upgrade system that brings some RPG trappings to the four-player cooperative vermin extermination. One of the main complaints that I heard repeatedly when playing the game prior to my review related to the game's indiscriminate loot drops. Play as a…

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Survival Mode & New Loot For Warhammer: Vermintide

"Left 4 Dead with ratmen" is how I summarised Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide [official site] when we first heard from it, though after reading Wot Adam Thinks I'd upgrade that to "Left 4 Dead with ratmen and persistent progression and loot." If the last part of that is causing you grief, good news: free 'DLC' next month will bring new items and more control…

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Feature: We're not using the S word

Warhammer End Times – Vermintide review

Left 4 Dead with Skaven. That was surely the elevator pitch for Fatshark's Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide [official site] and the game, now released, hews fairly close to that mash-up. Four players, each taking on the role of a specific character, must fight their way through swarms of Skaven, including special variants, to achieve objectives that vary from one level to the next. At…

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Rats, They’re Back: New Warhammer Vermintide Trailer

Here's a trailer you may have missed among the bigger news of E3 2015, but fans of anthropomorphised rat slaughter will nevertheless want to check out. This short Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide [official site] trailer shows off the variety of environments you'll be trudging through with friends once the co-op FPS releases this autumn.

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4 years ago

Skave On: Warhammer – Vermintide Co-op FPS Announced

"Left 4 Dead with ratmen" is how I'll crudely summarise what little I know about the newly announced Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide [official site]. It's a co-op FPS pitting heroes against hordes of Skaven in shoot-o-melee action, coming in the second half of this year from War of the Vikings makers Fatshark. Warhammer 40K is more my bag than Warhammer Fantasy, so all…

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