Story - 62%
Graphics - 75%
Audio - 52%
Gameplay - 70%
Replayability - 70%
The Warhammer universe was first established in 1983 via a tabletop miniature wargame and since then we cannot get enough of it. When a video game releases in this franchise we go wild and hope that it meets our expectations. Warhammer Chaosbane sets to meet that and give us a great action RPG.
In Warhammer: Chaosbane you take on the Chaos horde with one of 4 characters, the game is designed for co-op play of up to 4 players local or online, solo is still just as good but will be great with some friends.
The 4 characters that you can choose are a Soldier of the Empire that can take a beating, a Dwarf that is skilled at melee, the High Elf that uses Magic to destroy and a Wood Elf who is trained as a ranger. The 4 characters have a great balance, and each has the unique gameplay style to suite your need. I thoroughly enjoyed the Wood Elf when I initially started but then played with the other characters as well and they all have some abilities that I love.
The game is an Action RPG so expect a lot of dungeon crawling, at times, especially in the beginning it can feel a bit monotonous, after a while though things start to expand and will give you some variety. The idea of you going out of the “safe haven” area and straight into the play area where the mission take you is quite cool as you do not have to traverse cast landscapes to reach goals but at the same time the repetitive map sections can add to the monotonous. When you are used to Action RPG games then this can feel a bit simplified as there aren’t a lot of vendors to trade with and talk to. On a plus side the game doesn’t bombard you with side quests to fulfil.
The character progression and inventory system work. The inventory system works similar to that of Diablo 3 and you will easily be able to navigate through your items and equip what you want. I would’ve liked more variety on the items that you can equip and pick up. On the skill and ability side there are two sections which can be a bit confusing in the beginning. The first is your normal skills that you unlock by reaching a certain level, then you can assign that skill to a slot/button. The second part is where you can spend fragments and coins to unlock additional bonuses to your character and abilities to add to your skill, here you have more freedom on the paths you want to unlock. One of the downsides are that when you assign skills and abilities to your character you have a limit. Each skill and ability will have a cost associated with it, the more powerful the higher the cost. You start off with a limit of 15 and it grows every time you level up. There are two sides of this, one that it adds more balance to the gameplay, the other is that it restricts you to use what you want to. For me it is a bit of a downer, but it can be worked around.
Warhammer: Chaosbane is fun for a medium budget Action RPG but it does fail in certain areas, the biggest being the repetitiveness and monotonous feeling. It is still Warhammer and still a lot of fun to play co-op. At the end of the day some players might say why should I play this if I can play Diablo 3 and Chaosbane does not have an antidote for this yet. There is a lot of replayability in the game but might not be enough to keep avid RPG fans.
Reviewed on: PS4
Genre: Action RPG
Publisher: BigBen Interactive
Release Date: 7 June 2019
Likes: Action RPG and Warhammer!
Dislikes: Very repetitive