Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide is a first-person melee-focused co-op action game, set in the apocalyptic End Times of the Warhammer universe. The game was developed by Fatshark AB and released on October 23rd for PC. A PS4 and XBox One release is still upcoming.
The game takes place in and around Ubersreik, a city overrun by Skaven. Fight from the Magnus Tower to the Under Empire, assuming the role of one of 5 heroes.
The gameplay is heavily inspired by the Left 4 Dead games and requires close team work and careful resource management to make it through a level successfully. Each level requires four players (and/or bots) to fight their way through hordes of rat-men known as Skaven who have overrun the city. The game launched with 5 playable characters and 13 levels.
From L-R: Witch Hunter, Bright Wizard, Dwarf Ranger, Waywatcher, Empire Soldier
In Vermintide, players assume the role of one of 5 different heroes who must band together and make use of every available resource, as well as their own skill in arms, to save Ubersreik from the Skaven hordes.
Each hero brings different weapons and a set of unique skills to assist their comrades.
Victor Saltzpyre with his pistol and rapier
The Witch Hunter, as his name implies, is dedicated to rooting out and burning the corruption and heresy within the Empire by any means necessary. The grim, relentless Victor Saltzpyre is a member of the Holy Order of the Templars of Sigmar, an organization whose purpose is to punish any who seek to employ fell sorcery or consort with agents of the Dark Gods. As a result, his "relationship" with Sienna Fuegonasus, the Bright Wizard, is less than cordial.
His obsession with the Skaven and their impending attack, and his willingness to work with other races has isolated him within the Templar organization. Luckily for the city of Ubersreik, his focus on the ends justifying the means allows Saltzpyre to work as part of this motley crew for the good of the Empire and Sigmar.
Witch Hunters prefer light and agile weaponry. Initially, Victor favors the pistol and rapier combination, but players can loot different weaponry, such as a repeating pistol and one-handed axe or even a two handed great sword.
Sienna Fuegonasus with her flaming staff (and hair)
Sienna is a master of pyromancy with a combustible temper. She has been roaming the lands, always searching for new ways to indulge in her favorite pastime - burning things. While she maintains a somewhat controlled exterior, those who have seen her in battle understand the true depth of her pyromania can be.
She arrives in the city of Ubersreik as a prisoner of Victor Saltzpyre, the Witch Hunter, and is guarded by Markus Kruber, the Empire Soldier. Originally she was scheduled to face trial for murder and arson, but pragmatism prevails as the Skaven launch their assault on the city. Now she must work with her captors to save the city one fireball at a time.
As a Bright Wizard, she is never far from her staff, which she uses to channel her magic. She has to keep this in check, however, as too much pyromancy can cause self-immolation. For close range work she favors a flaming wizard sword or mace.
Bardin Goreksson with his two handed axe
While easily the shortest memeber of this motley crew of heroes, Bardin Goreksson more than makes up for it with his ferocity in battle. Often found charging straight into a horde of ratmen, hammer or axe swinging, he is just as happy slaying the Skaven as he is draining a pint at the Inn. Loud and gregarious, you will definitely hear Bardin, even if you can't see him.
He has recently travelled to Ubersreik to purchase a tome which he believes will lead him to the lost Dwarven hold of Karak Zorn. The Skaven attack alters his plan, but does not put and end to his quest.
Like most Dwarves, Bardin feels most at home swinging an axe or a hammer either two handed, or using a one handed variant with a shield. For ranged weaponry, Bardin can switch between a crossbow, hand-gun or his patented shotgun-like Grudge-Raker.
Kerillian with her bow and twin daggers
Kerillian is a Wood Elf, and former Waywatcher who now walks the lands of men. For reasons she keeps to herself, she abandoned her post guarding the ancient Elven city of Athel Loren. Though she has left her homeland, she views the human race as nothing more than idiotic children, and is not afraid to let others know it. Her sarcasm is often as sharp as her arrows.
Many humans have never seen a Wood Elf, and those who do not recoil in fear tend to approach Kerillian and ply her with questions - much to her chagrin. She is more content to keep to herself, avoiding the unwashed human masses, but the Skaven attack has drawn her to defend the city.
Naturally, Kerillian is deadly with a bow, often switching between different arrow types - from armor piercing bodkin arrows to poison tipped hagbane arows - to down her foes. If, somehow, any Skaven survive this onslaught, Kerillian can switch to her double daggers or short swords to stab, hack and carve her way through the horde.
Markus Kruber with his greatsword
Markus is a loyal servant to the Empire and a veteran of the battlefields of Ostland though his years of combat have made him war weary. His experience as the lone survivor of his regiment, after they were waylaid by a Necromancer's gruesome death magic, has left him emotionally scarred. Still, he continues to present himself as the affable, loyal grunt seeking to right wrongs and fix injustices within the Empire.
Most recently he had been hired by Victor Saltzpyre to help him escort the Bright Mage, Sienna Fuegonasus, back to Ubersreik to face trial. A plan which unraveled in the face of the Skaven onslaught. Now Markus must fight once again for the safety of the Empire.
Markus prefers to fight with two handed melee weapons - preferring the great sword or the hammer. He can also switch to a one handed sword and shield or war-hammer in a pinch. For ranged fighting, he relies upon his repeating pistol or blunderbuss to get the job done.
|OS: 64-bit: Win 7, Win 8/8.1, Win 10||64-bit: Win 7, Win 8/8.1, Win 10|
|Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9500, 2.83 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 940||Intel Core i7-4790K, 4.0 GHz | AMD FX-9590, 4.7 GHz|
|Memory: 6 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 | AMD Radeon HD 5770 /w 1GB VRAM||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 | AMD Radeon R9 290|
|DirectX: Version 11||Version 11|
|Network: Broadband Internet connection||Broadband Internet connection|
Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
|30 GB available space|