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How Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Builds On Left 4 Dead's Survival Battle Success

Risk, reward, and character progression keep Vermintide 2 feeling fresh, rat horde after rat horde.

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Like its predecessor, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 for PC bears tons of similarities to Left 4 Dead. They're both games about holding off hordes of foul enemies while you head to safety. Survival is the name of the game for you and your party, and the game will throw all sorts of surprises at you to make that goal hard to achieve. But Vermintide 2 is more than a clone of Left 4 Dead; it goes the extra mile to make sure you are always on the edge of seat and that is a very good thing. Check out why in the video above.

Vermintide 2 even looks like Left 4 Dead 2 at times, with its same starting camera angles and chatter between characters. But Vermintide 2 is much less predictable; its AI does its best to continually throw new strategies at you. There is no sense of safety, making winning far more satisfying. Tomes and grimoires, which are rewards for risking rat-induced peril and exploring levels, also change the game considerably, adding extra layers of strategy and difficulty. Meanwhile, the diverse class system adds a huge layer of replayability that keeps things fun and varied.

Vermintide 2 takes place during Warhammer's apocalyptic End Times. Your heroes hack, slash, and shoot their way through 13 levels as you take on the combined forces of the Skaven army and the barbaric Chaos faction. You're given your choice of five characters for each level, and the game allows you to choose four to take with you into battle. Each of your heroes has three careers to choose from, with each career providing them with a set of passive and active abilities, along with a talent tree to advance your characters' abilities.

The game came out on PC just last week, and already the game has hit a high level of popularity. On March 12, just four days after its release, it had sold 500,000 units, according to developer Fatshark. The game has already received its first patch, fixing several bugs and performance issues, and Fatshark has announced PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are on their way later this year. To see more rat hack-and-slash action, check out our latest gameplay livestream of Warhammer: Vermintide 2.

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