Games are fun with randoms online, but some excel with a group of friends. Vermintide 2 is one of those, which is why it wins Best With Friends for 2018.
It’s no secret that I was a fan of the original Vermintide. It was a bit janky in places, but it was a lot of fun. Vermintide 2 is more of the same, only even better.
In a similar vein as the Left 4 Dead series, you play in a squad of 4 heroes (from a selection of 5), each with unique skills and abilities. Unlike L4D, the combat is more melee-focused, and it feels brutal. There’s some great audio-visual feedback when you hit the enemies, although a little less so with the large boss creatures.
Of course it’s possible to just jump in with a group of strangers online, or even solo with bots (don’t though). But the best time is with people you know. The voice chat chaos that ensues when you’re in trouble and begging for heals is great. Or when you’re trying to get your damn dwarf to keep up with the group. Hilarious.
It looks great, and the environmental detail is incredible. FatShark really seems to not only care about Warhammer lore, but actively revel in it. And of course, as you’d expect from the setting, there’s gibs everywhere.
There’s a little bit of grinding if you want to unlock the best weapons, armour and skills, but you can have great fun without it. Likewise, there are a limited number of missions available without paying for extra DLC, but you can definitely have a great time without the need to invest any cash beyond the initial purchase.
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