I all the time thought the excessive fantasy world of Video games Workshop’s Warhammer would make excellent motion RPG fodder. Chaosbane practically proves that it does.
It has knights, dwarfs, rogues, mages and a complete host of demons and people who worship them. And with the perfect motion RPG at the moment accessible being Diablo 3, is it any shock that Warhammer: Chaosbane bears greater than a passing resemblance to it? Probably not. Although whereas it’s one of many higher Diablo clones accessible, it falls wanting the good recreation that has so clearly impressed it.
As one in all 4 characters, Warhammer: Chaosbane has you hacking and slashing your approach by way of 4 acts. In contrast to Diablo 3 which provides you ample room to breathe as you make your approach by way of its marketing campaign nonetheless, right here it feels such as you’re pushed by way of them. Chaosbane‘s areas are fairly linear, making every mission really feel like a gauntlet fairly than an journey. And solely when you’ve accomplished an act are you able to head out on a mission-free expedition simply to collect some loot and hopefully acquire a stage or two.
There’s not a lot selection in every act, both. You’ll tackle mission after mission, and as a rule you get a sense of deja vu; the world you’re battling although is greater than probably one you’ve bloodied earlier than. Acts not often supply greater than two environments, which makes Warhammer: Chaosbane really feel overly repetitive. It’s a difficulty compounded by an absence of enemy selection. In every act you’ll get used to defeating the identical three or 4 enemies lots of of occasions, with the odd large nasty thrown in which are shared between acts.
I by no means thought too many enemies could possibly be a difficulty in a Diablo-like recreation, however it’s in Warhammer: Chaosbane. Maps are filled with them, and mixed with the shortage of selection, combating them can develop into boring as you’re making an attempt to make your approach by way of the marketing campaign. It slows the tempo of the sport all the way down to a crawl, and doesn’t offer you an opportunity to catch your breath. Random issue spikes add extra frustration. You’ll often end up abruptly outclassed, dying extra usually than you’d like. You then want to seek out higher objects, stage up, or decrease the issue to proceed. The sport doesn’t make it very simple to do the primary two until you prepared to return to a earlier act and slowly grind your strategy to success.
And Warhammer: Chaosbane‘s issues don’t finish there. As you progress by way of the sport, new options open up however are by no means defined. An empowered state known as Bloodlust, Blessing objects to enhance them, Gem fragment linking – these are options that you simply unlock as you play, however many will attain the top of the sport with out absolutely understanding them. Some options are simply outright lacking, too, like having the ability to purchase and promote objects. You accumulate Gold seemingly solely to purchase Relic Hunt maps when you’ve reached Warhammer: Chaosbane‘s endgame.
It’s not all unhealthy although. Every character you’ll be able to play as in Warhammer: Chaosbane has all kinds of expertise that unlock as you stage up. And each has three tiers, providing further harm or advantages. You’re free to equip a choice of them that fits you, although you’re restricted by the variety of expertise factors you have got accessible. Some generate useful resource when used, which permits the usage of extra highly effective expertise. Some buff your character and maybe any others in your occasion. And passive expertise may be geared up, too, offering advantages equivalent to elevated well being, further expertise or extra distinctive results. There’s even a God Talent tree for additional growth. For sure, Warhammer: Choasbane provides loads of scope for character builds.
Any characters you do create may be really examined because of Warhammer: Chaosbane‘s spectacular vary of issue choices. Past the standard simple, regular, onerous, and many others., there are additionally quite a few Chaos difficulties. And identical to in Diablo 3, the upper you go, the upper the possibilities of acquiring higher loot. Because of native and on-line co-op, you’ll be able to battle alongside others to enhance your possibilities of victory. The truth is, ending the sport’s marketing campaign might be just the start of the enjoyable for a lot of. A lot time may be spent doing Relic Hunts and Expeditions with others, free from the incessant dialogue discovered within the marketing campaign.
Those that choose up Warhammer: Chaosbane will discover that it’s a pleasant wanting recreation total. Characters fashions and environments are detailed, and there are some respectable results on show. I’ve performed the sport on Xbox One X largely, although whereas efficiency has usually been stable, I’ve seen the odd little bit of display screen tearing. I’ve additionally tried the sport on PC, and was stunned to seek out that there are not any graphical choices. You possibly can change the decision and toggle v-sync on and off and that’s about it. Nonetheless, at 4K decision, Warhammer: Chaosbane appears to be like nice, and it largely runs at a locked 60fps because of my RTX 2070. There’s simply the odd drop when issues get actually hectic.
I’d by mendacity if I mentioned that I haven’t been having some enjoyable with Warhammer: Chaosbane, although it’s removed from being a terrific recreation. The dearth of enemy and stage selection makes it really feel like a slog at occasions, and the drip-feed of latest options whereas failing to elucidate them is irritating. However the hard-hitting motion and addictive character growth go some strategy to make up for its points. It’s satisfying killing screens filled with enemies like an unstoppable machine, then scouring the ground for loot which may simply probably make you much more highly effective. And every character provides a wildly completely different expertise, which may be additional tailor-made by your choice of expertise. It’s not excellent, however Warhammer: Chaosbane ought to entertain these searching for a brand new motion RPG to sink their time into.
Warhammer: Chaosbane is obtainable on PS4, Xbox One and PC. We reviewed the Xbox One model.