Developer Fatshark’s excellent four-player co-operative rat-smasher Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is currently free to play on Steam, and will remain so until Monday, September 3rd.
Vermintide 2, for the uninitiated, plays out a little like Valve’s classic Left 4 Dead series, albeit with particularly brutal combat, and a bunch of horrifyingly malevolent rat people to maim instead of zombies.
In Vermintide, teams of four – each choosing from one of five distinct heroes, featuring three separate “career” classes – must work together in a relentless assault of sword plunges, axe swings, magic, bullets, and arrows in order to fend off the Skaven hordes and live to see another day.
New in the sequel are a brand-new, and distinctly less rat-like, enemy faction – Rotbloods – as well as a host of changes designed to, among other things, reduce the first game’s often exhausting grind, which helps open up the experience by making experimentation with different weapons and gear much more viable.
The first Vermintide (which was known, rather clumsily, as Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide) released in 2015 and was deemed to be good; when Vermintide 2 launched earlier this year, Eurogamer’s Johnny Chiodini proclaimed it to be very good.
“Vermintide 2 is a sequel done right,” he said, “It’s not overly ambitious or outlandish, instead choosing to build smartly on the solid foundations of its predecessor. New players will find a varied, exciting cooperative melee game – returning players will find the same well honed action, now free of many of the drawbacks of the original.” Cue a shiny Recommended award.
If any of this appeals, Vermintide 2’s free Steam weekend – which coincides with the release the new Shadows Over Bogenhafen DLC – is happening right now and ends on Monday, September 3rd. And should you be sufficiently smitten after your experience, there’s 50% off Vermintide 2 for the duration of the event, meaning you can purchase it for a mere £11.89.