Write what you are looking for and press enter to begin your search!

Logo
live-news-icon

Live News

James Gunn Retitles Superman Legacy To Superman, Official Logo Unveiled: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here // Crash Bandicoot Dev Toys For Bob Departs From Activision: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here // Isometric Action RPG Dragonkin The Banished Launches In February 2025: In an intense match, the Lone Wolves came out victorious. Read all about the big night here
post-16 post-13

Warhammer 40K Darktide Absolutely Rips & Shreds When With Friends

Platform(s): PC (version played), Xbox Series, Xbox One
Genre: Left 4 Dead first-person multiplayer PvE game but with Warhammer 40k

Developer Fatshark is currently the de facto developer when it comes to co-op PvE first-person games which involve hordes of monsters coming at you, and where teamwork matters. They’ve proven themselves with the previous Warhammer Vermintide games, so it’s apparent that they’re in charge of the next iteration of the genre, putting pretenders like Turtle Rock Studios to shame with Warhammer 40K Darktide.

Is it a jolly and bloody ol’ time with people? Yes, and it’s not just because of the Warhammer brand, though that helps.

Not-So-Suicidal Squad

Fatshark’s new Warhammer 40K game is essentially Left 4 Dead but with space heretics, guns, and grim scifi over-the-top trappings, though it’s more than a sum of those parts. For the uninitiated, Warhammer 40K Darktide pits 4 players in a team to complete objectives in a given map, which usually takes about 20 minutes or so. The game will throw enemies and traps at you thanks to the in-game director that oversees the scenario you’re in and spawns obstacles for you to deal with. In most missions, you’ll have different objectives ranging from staying alive for 5 minutes or so while a horde attempts to overwhelm you

While mowing down heretics with your melee weapon and guns is fun and thrilling, players will have to watch out for elite enemies & bosses that usually accompany the mob. These include snipers that can take down your shield with one shot from far away, space hounds that can incapacitate a player and require others to rescue him/her, and Beasts of Nurgle that can swallow players whole. Sometimes the wrong kind of enemy spawns can turn your seemingly-easy mission upside down due to your squad getting incapacitated when they least expect it.

Co-op games that take the vein of Left 4 Dead live and die by its pacing and AI director that determines the flow of the game. That’s why Back 4 Blood fails since it couldn’t get that core gameplay right. Thankfully, Fatshark has tons of experience with its previous Vermintide games, using what they know and bring it to Darktide while tweaking some mechanics here and there to make it stand out. For one, there’s a bit more gunplay here with various ranged weapons like autorifles and even ballistics for the bigger classes.

Speaking of which, you also can choose between four classes. While they start out similarly, their buffs, passives, and weapon preferences set them apart. The Veteran favours guns and has skills that amplify their shooting skills while the Orgyn can serve as the squad tank and use big weapons. Plus, they’re three feet taller than the rest. Psykers have brain-exploding magic, and that alone make them flood the servers I’m usually playing in. I just use the Zealot because I like getting into the thick of things up close and her special skill involves her charging in and getting damage reduction and a critical slash to boot. It’s perfect for myself who favour shock trooper tactics while your other members support you, or flank the opposition.

It’s also gratifying to play a shooter that doesn’t take itself seriously sometimes, especially in a grim world where your hub base is a space cathedral and the majority of enemies bleed maggots when you hit them with your melee. The Scottish/Welsh/Irish/European-accented banter between your party helps too; they range from humorous to sarcastic. It’s what you would expect from convicts forced to work with each other but won’t kill each other since they do want to make it out of their hellish predicaments and dangerous missions in one piece.

With a plethora of maps and missions that can escalate at any time, a ton of skills, weapons, and curios to unlock and use, and the ever-present danger of wiping out, especially on higher difficulties, there’s never a dull moment in Warhammer 40K Darktide’s co-op sessions. 

Wave Of Destruction

If there are some chinks in the Darktide armour, it’s due to the half-hearted nature of the game’s live service elements. There are cosmetics you can earn for free in-game, but it seems as if the good stuff are in the real-money shop which usually costs up to US$12. The fact that Darktide is a full-price game is a little disconcerting. There’s also the

Thankfully with the servers more or less stable after the game’s 30th November launch, I haven’t come across any disconnects or issues midgame. I did have an issue or two logging in at the start, but that error only persisted after the second or third time I logged in. No amount of server issues is going to keep me away from serving the God-Emperor.

Simply put, Warhammer 40K Darktide is fun for all who love their multiplayer online PvE group games. There’s a simple but unique RPG system, a ton of detail in its grim universe and levels, fun classes to play as, tight and intuitive controls, and overall fun and cathartic gameplay that will challenge you when you want it. All this comes equipped with an amazing and moody Jesper Kyd industrial soundtrack that reminds us why he’s still at the top of the game music-making business.

If you’re still not sure about the online stability even after I assured you with my earlier words, you can choose to wait another week or two. Fatshark sure as heck isn’t going to let its new scifi baby girl out to die like a maggot-bleeding heretic. This is clearly 2022’s best feel-good multiplayer group game with dark humour, carnage, and accents aplenty, evolving from Vermintide in all the right and satisfying ways.

Pros

  • Great combat and gameplay with expertly-paced co-op action.
  • Fun classes & dialogue/interactions.
  • Class system & character build options have depth.
  • Online connection seems stable (at least on our end).

Cons

  • Level graphics can look similar given the series’ aesthetics.
  • Potential metagame grind issues.

 

Final Score: 80/100

Review copy provided by publisher. 

Related News

post-07
Return To Monkey Island Reveals First Look At Gameplay

Devolver Digital and Lucasfilm Games have unveiled our first look at gameplay from the upcoming Return To Monkey Island, which is slated to release fo...

post-07
'Manchester United' Won't Be In Football Manager Anymore

It looks like Football Manager will no longer be able to choose Manchester United as the club of their choice in the sim game franchise. Following ...

post-07
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order To Feature Sekiro-Like Parrying Mechanic & Difficulty Options

Respawn Entertainment has recently unveiled new gameplay footage by giving a final preview to several selected publications. We already know that the ...

Write a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment(1)

  1. Xbox Game Pass October 2023 Adds Like A Dragon: Ishin!, Forza Motorsport & Warhammer 40,000: Darktide | Kakuchopurei

    October 4, 2023 at 12:56 am

    […] Warhammer 40K Darktide is essentially a spiritual sequel to the Warhammer: Vermintide series. Players take on the role of one of the four agents of the Inquisition. Their mission is to investigate dark cult-related events in the darkest parts of the galaxy. Expect to engage in plenty of shooting, protecting, and supporting their team members while taking down Orks and other popular Warhammer 40K monsters and freaks. These creatures are most likely inspired by the space marines and xenomorphs inspired by one of James Cameron’s movie sequels. The game features a visceral 4-player co-op action game set in the hive city of Tertium. We had a blast playing it and an absolute must-play for fans of the genre. Check out our Warhammer 40K Darktide review. […]

Tournament Tool Kit

Kakuchopurei Community

Popular Posts

post-17
Introducing The Kakuchopurei YouTube Membership Program!
post-17
Foamstars: The Best Characters To Play
post-17
Honkai Star Rail 2.0: Black Swan Best Build & Team
post-17
Palworld: All The Guides You Need For 2024’s Surprise Survival Game Hit
post-17
How To Find & Fight Katsuhiro Harada In Tekken 8
post-17
Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown Walkthrough & Guide
post-17
The Best Game Music Of 2023
post-17
Delicious In Dungeon Starts The New Year Tastefully
post-17
The Games Of 2024: Our Picks & Highlights
post-17
Kakuchopurei SEA Indie Game Awards & Appreciation 2023
post-17
Kakuchopurei’s Best Games Of 2023
post-17
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising Tier List | The First Few Weeks
post-17
Main Game: How To Watch Malaysia’s Premiere Video Game Show Created By Kakuchopurei & RTM
post-17
Marvel’s What If…? Crew Explains Why They Went 3D Over 2D & A Scrapped Episode That Was Too Close To GOTG 3
post-17
Hawkeye Episode 6 Finale Easter Eggs & Breakdown
post-17
We Talk To Hayden Christensen About Star Wars, Sequels, & Prequels
post-17
Sea Of Stars Might Get DLC Post-Launch
post-17
The Book Of Boba Fett Episode 7 Breakdown & Easter Eggs Explained