Warhammer: Chaosbane is the latest video game to fall under the banner of the popular tabletop miniature wargame rpg series. This universe has an amazing fanbase who are spoilt for choice with the amount of games coming out lately for this product, but will get more out of “Chaosbane” than some of the others as it’s the best of the bunch.
The inspiration for the title seems to come from the great dungeon crawlers like “Diablo” series and more recently “Path of Exile”. It has the classic isometric view, hordes of monsters, loot everywhere and barrels that need smashing which is all core to the genre.
Another common theme is you get to choose from 4 main classes of characters. There’s the soldier, mage, slayer and ranger who each has their own unique playing style and special abilities that make use of the controller by being activated by the thumb-stick.
All of the controls in fact are really well designed. Your hands don’t need to move far to activate your health, attack or cast a spell in the basic gameplay options, its when you need to do something out of the ordinary that you’ll be jumping in and out of menus but they are easy to read and logical in layout so its a very quick transition.
Combat is pretty straight forward for the genre and you probably won’t struggle with too many of the enemies until you start levelling up and taking on some bosses. They are the creatures that are most difficult but never in a “throw your controller” rage out kind of way, the balance is really quite good. The waves of minions are simple enough to deal with, especially if you use some of your secondary attack functions like the sweep hit for the soldier that takes out multiple enemies at once.
Hit’s on enemies feel like impact, it’s a strange thing to describe but in some other titles you’ll be bashing your way through the crowds of bad guys and it feels like just a bunch of button presses, these enemies feel like they are of substance and each hit feels like it leaves a mark and that your character is exerting energy to do it.
The story is classic Warhammer, the forces of Chaos are invading and you need to complete the missions in order to save the world. Interacting with characters from Warhammer lore is a nice touch as well with plenty of fan service that doesn’t get in the way of new players to the universe.
The artistic style of the levels give it a real sense of worth, it feels like you are wandering around in a world full of depth and lore. The cutscenes are well animated and stylised but nothing that is mind-blowing, more of a means to an end so you can get back to bashing monsters as quick as possible.
This is a game for the long haul, sure you can jump in and out for quick melees in between going to work or school or whatever life throws at you but it’s one of those titles that you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again to build up your character and explore new content as it emerges. You may go off and play the new COD or whatever for periods but always in your mind there’ll be an itch that needs to be scratched and “Warhammer: Chaosbane” is the fingernail to do it.
Warhammer: Chaosbane is now available on PC, PlayStation 4TM and Xbox One.
(pics: Five Star Games and doccydarko.com)