Warhammer Chaosbane Beta Impressions
Last week we got to take a peek at the next Warhammer game, Chaosbane. Chaosbane takes place in the dark fantasy Warhammer universe and players are tasked to reverse the curse placed upon the future Emperor. Players can pick between four different classes including Soldier, Elf Mage, Dwarf, and a Wood Elf scout. Gameplay consists of Diablo-esque top down hack and slash combat. You can acquire new equipment throughout levels and swap them out on the fly to increase your stats. In the beginning, I was concerned that combat would become too repetitive, but every time this thought crept up I would gain a new ability or power to liven things up.
Different abilities can be assigned to the four face buttons and can do everything from summoning up energy fields to power you and your team up, to various room clearing attacks. You can play with up to three other players online, but the game is fully playable solo. Chaosbane is a fun mix of Diablo-style combat that never gets old and is able to hook you with a constant drip feed of new abilities and equipment to scratch that loot itch in your brain. Clearing rooms full of enemies by using your powers to their maximum effectiveness.
Some of the presentation is a bit lacking, as cutscenes are mostly static drawings with an (admittedly fun) voiceover. The artwork isn’t great, but it does have a certain charm to it. The voice acting does work very well, however, especially the overly dramatic narrator.
Chaosbane is a very fun Diablo clone that manages to capture what made Blizzard’s original so fun and addicting that other clones have failed to replicate. It is a fun Action RPG that I am very interested to see the full version of when it releases on June 4th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.