The quarrelsome Ubersreik 5 are off on a brand new bloodsoaked journey subsequent week, with the launch of Vermintide 2’s newest enlargement: Chaos Wastes. This journey right into a realm warped by darkish gods will not really feel totally unfamiliar in the event you’ve performed its predecessor, Winds of Magic, however that is additionally given developer Fatshark a chance to deal with among the criticisms of the beastmen-themed enlargement. And crucially, this time it is totally free.
Regardless of the absence of a price ticket, it nonetheless appears fairly substantial. Not like Winds of Magic, there is no new faction, however there may be one other new sport mode, and inside that mode are the best treasures of all: new maps. Numerous them, too. As you make your pilgrimage to the Citadel of Eternity looking for divine energy, you may encounter 15 new areas, wealthy in Chaos and, when you’re by way of, corpses.
All of those areas are particular to the ‘roguelite’ Chaos Wastes mode, although they do not look worlds other than the locations you are most likely used to slaughtering rats in. There are caves and forests and ruins a lots, however the ominous lighting and indicators of Chaos guarantee they really feel distinct. And it’ll absolutely be a pleasant change of tempo for veterans to not know precisely what’s round every nook. It is most likely going to be extra rats, however you by no means know!
Your goal in every of those areas is what it at all times is: kill a great deal of shit and get to the tip, with occasional breaks to battle more durable enemies or endure waves of them whilst you await a gate to open. More often than not, you may be doing stuff you have completed numerous instances earlier than, however these issues are nonetheless lots of enjoyable. The extra dramatic change comes as a substitute from the roguelike-inspired programs and the magic of the Chaos gods themselves.
Expeditions into the Chaos Wastes aren’t meant to be jumped into frivolously. To finish an expedition, you may need to battle by way of a number of missions, and in the event you hand over or die earlier than the tip, you may sacrifice some rewards and necessary progress. All the brand new areas will be visited from the expedition map, although you may solely expertise a handful of them in any single expedition. Earlier than you rush again into the meat grinder, you may have to select your path, with everybody within the get together getting a vote. Whereas Winds of Magic required a human get together, in Chaos Wastes you too can play solo, with AI companions backing you up. That is notably handy in the event you do not fancy arguing over your route with pals or, worse, strangers. The map conveniently lists the properties of every mission, so you may know what enemies you possibly can count on to face and any particular quirks earlier than making a decision.
Fatshark’s upcoming 40Okay spin-off, Darktide, may even characteristic a map the place you possibly can select what missions to hit and get all of the very important data beforehand, so this feels a bit like a trial run to get some suggestions on the system. And I actually dig it. Simply having a map to have a look at makes an enormous distinction, making me really feel extra like I am on an epic journey as a substitute of simply hopping from battle to battle. Having the ability to truly plan that journey and steal again a little bit of company makes it even higher.
One of many criticisms of Winds of Magic was that it had a separate, bespoke development system the place you needed to begin from scratch, which is usually a bit dispiriting whenever you hit endgame and wish to benefit from the fruits of your labours. Chaos Wastes additionally has its personal tackle development, however it does not really feel such as you’re simply beginning once more. Once you begin an expedition, you keep on the similar stage and preserve your entire skills, however your weapons are diminished to their commonplace high quality. To make up for this drawback, you may must spend Pilgrim cash at shrines and full trials to energy up, most of which takes place inside missions.
In-mission character development and mucking round with gear looks as if a mistake for a sport that is usually blessed with a relentless, aggressive tempo. Not needing to cease to improve your gear or swap weapons is an enormous boon. However Fatshark determined to have its cake and eat it too, and it appears to work fairly properly. Each shrine has a particular goal, like providing you with a buff, upgrading considered one of your weapons, or changing it for one thing new and extra highly effective. In case you’ve obtained the cash—discovered scattered all through missions—you both select to purchase the improve or save your money. There are choices to make, positive, however not agonising ones with a great deal of choices. Powering up, then, does not interrupt all of the homicide.
End a mission with numerous cash nonetheless in your purse and also you may be capable of spend that at one of many particular marketing campaign map shrines. Since you’re between fights, there’s much more selection, letting you buy boons only for your self—like an additional expertise—or miracles that buff your complete get together. Everybody has particular person financial institution accounts, so be happy to be a egocentric bastard and never spend a penny on the remainder of the get together. It is as much as you.
Finishing missions will provide you with a buff, too, which you’ll see earlier than you begin the mission. I anticipate a number of spirited debates when one participant actually needs to enhance their assault pace, whereas one other is adamant they need to go for the stamina bonus. There can be debates, there can be bargaining, and there can be some damaged friendships.
Glutton for punishment
After you carve a bloody swath by way of the hordes of Chaos worshippers, you may sadly study that the princess is in one other fort. You will need to show your self on three expeditions earlier than uncovering the trail to the Citadel of Eternity and, fingers crossed, some kickass divine powers (no guarantees). Fortunately, your subsequent expedition can be completely different, not simply since you may select completely different paths, however as a result of all of the areas can be rearranged on the marketing campaign map, they usually’ll have completely different modifiers.
Just like the titular winds from the final enlargement, Chaos magic warps the world, altering it relying on the god in query. Expeditions have a particular god inflicting mischief, however particular person missions can be manipulated by the opposite deities. Generally you may need to run by way of a mission whereas slowly dying, or killing an enemy will spawn a smaller model of them. With all of the miracles, boons, and Chaos magic, loads can change from mission to mission.
After I was completed, although, my victories felt just a little hole. Development in Chaos Wastes is completely different sufficient from the common sport in order that it does not really feel like retreading outdated floor, however after finishing an expedition all of it simply goes away. The whole lot you fought to earn vanishes. You are simply left with a chest based mostly in your rating, as per ordinary, and possibly a portrait body in the event you’ve accomplished some challenges. On the finish of such an enormous journey, I hoped for one thing extra. Perhaps there’s one thing extra spectacular ready on the finish of the Citadel of Eternity, however I’ve to admit that I died proper earlier than I might discover out what it’s, placing me in a foul temper for the remainder of the day. Bloody roguelikes.
Although I want it left extra of an affect on the bottom sport, the brand new mode is shaping as much as be an pleasing experiment, and I can not wait to dig into the remainder of the brand new maps. I really like the beastmen, so I am disillusioned that there aren’t at the least some new Chaos monsters to battle, however for a free replace it already provides a lot. This might have very simply been premium DLC. Fatshark’s plan was at all times to make it accessible to everybody, nonetheless, in an effort to maintain the playerbase collectively. And there is nonetheless the potential of extra enemies down the road, so we would find yourself making some new pals within the Chaos Wastes in a future replace.