Do you like ARPGs like Diablo? Then go play that because it adds nothing to the genre and has some of the worst stage designs I’ve played all year long. Here’s what I think of Warhammer Chaosbane.
The gameplay is a mixed bag. On one hand, it can be fun some times, but on the other it quickly becomes repetitive. It fast paced and clunky at the same time. You can dodge (which is a neat feature) and perform various different skills. The skills that I eventually unlocked pale in comparison to older games in the genre. There’s just not enough of them and only one or two for each character is actually useful.
I’m not a fan of the structure of this game. It’s as open as Diablo (or even Path of Exile) and Grim Dawn. It’s super linear. I’ll accept a new mission, walk through a door, fight for 5 to 10 minutes and then accept another quest. It’s not fun. Since the gameplay isn’t all that and the questing system is mediocre at best so how’s the loot? Well… it’s not great. I was never excited about any new piece of loot that I found. Nothing looked cool to me except for one or two sets that I had access to and I honestly don’t care enough to stick around and try out the tougher difficulties to see if the legendary loot is good or not. The campaign is mediocre at best and there’s no reason for me to continue playing. I tried out 3 out of the 4 characters and none of them are really good. I doubt the fourth one (the mage) will be any better.
This game looks like a cheap version of Diablo III and Diablo III released in 2012. Eko Software is charging us $50 for a game that looks like it jumped out of the PS3/Xbox 360 era. As a matter of fact, Diablo III looks a lot better than this game. The skills in this game look like a joke. That’s part of the reason why I never bothered to try the mage. The particle effects are piss poor, the world is ugly, and the character models are very average looking… but they want $50 for this shit. No thank you.
The PC port is average at best. There are NO graphical options to change whatsoever. The game runs fine, but it looks like shit so I would expect to run this game just fine. I would love to have the option to tweak some settings to try and make the game look better, but I guess that was too much to ask for from Eko Software.
This game sounds like crap. The voice acting is bad, the soundtrack is hit or miss. I like the opening song that plays on the main menu. Everything else is forgettable. I’m having a hard time remembering what any of the songs that played in the background sounded like. A good soundtrack can add so much to a game, but, like everything else in this game, is mediocre at best.
The voice acting has to the best the worst I’ve heard all year long. I would have preferred to read the dialogue and imagine what everyone sounded like because what we got here is atrocious. Some people are trying way too hard to sound “cool” while others don’t give a crap. There’s nothing good to say about anyone’s voices in this game.
You get a different cinematic cutscene for each character, but they all do the exact same mission. The story is honestly not good. To be fair, I don’t play this genre for the story, but at least the games that I play in it attempt to tell a decent story. Path of Exile has amazing lore and some interesting quests. Even Diablo III had its moments. Grim Dawn was filled with little moments. This game… this game has nothing going for it. It’s overacted and uninteresting the entire way through. Like I stated above though, I don’t play these games for the stories that they tell. It’s always a nice bonus though.
The starting zone in this game is a sewer. A fucking sewer… Why? I keep hearing how awesome the Warhammer universe is and I have yet to find out why. Staring off in a sewer is the most generic place you could possibly start off in. In Diablo you start off outside a village being attack by undead, in Path of Exile, you start off on an island close to death and fight your way to safety. In this game, you start off in a Sewer… That’s one of many bad stages in this game and it doesn’t help that it’s super linear and some of the missions have time limits so I can’t take my time and explore. I HAVE to rush ahead and try to rescue some nameless NPCs to progress the story. It’s very dull and boring.
Warhammer: Chaosbane adds nothing to the genre. It has the worst stage design I've had the displeasure of playing through all year long, horrible voice acting, a subpar skill tree for every class, and looks like it should have released in 2007. They want $50 for it though. There are much cheaper games in this genre that'll satisfy you for far longer than this 12-15 hour game will. It's simply not worth the price and you can expect this game to pop up somewhere on my top 10 worst games of 2019 later this year.