Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide: Karak Azgaraz (PC) Review

By Ian Soltes 15.04.2017

Review for Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide: Karak Azgaraz on PC

Number of times a dwarf was mistaken for Skaven: 239. Much to the annoyance of certain teammates, that number is not an exaggeration. The rat pack is back in the newest expansion for up to four players to mindlessly slaughter through in their cravings for loot and will to curse the dice god; this time in the snowy dwarven lands! Featuring… the snowy dwarven lands! And tunnels! And far too many man-rats to realistically count.

Things are looking grim for the dwarves. One can easily predict why. Their women sport beards, the top shelves are an eternal enigma to them, and with the rise of the skaven, a lot of people (well, one over-reactive critic playing as an elf, really) keep shooting at them, mistaking them for rats - and now the rats are actually at their doorstep and in their tunnels! Can things get any worse? Wait. That elf who keeps on accidentally shooting dwarves and claiming that she thought that they were Skaven because they are short and hairy is coming their way? Well… Ain't that just peachy?

Taking place in the dwarven land of 'Karak Azgaraz,' the Skaven are up to what they always do best: destroying stuff and being massive annoyances that really need to be killed en masse because of just how annoying and evil they are. Featuring several new levels/stories set in these new lands, it's time to go slaughtering rats! Sadly, it's… really not that impressive.

Screenshot for Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide: Karak Azgaraz on PC

Don't be mistaken. Karak Azgaraz isn't a bad bit of DLC for Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide by any means, but it's kind of 'more of the same' than would be ideal. The idea of pest control in the snow and tunnels is interesting and, thankfully, the game manages to avoid feeling like a flat-out rehash or uninspired mess that far too many expansions of this sort of thing often fall into. It's just that it doesn't really offer too much more outside of that. Rats come, rats go, and nothing has really changed beyond that.

The story, sadly, is rather thin once more. While an immense and immersive story was not expected, that doesn't change that the world fails to really distinguish itself, and that's part of what's to blame. What is actually at stake in the story? Well, it's easy to forget, since so much focus will be on killing more rats. There is some stuff about a cursed rune, saving dwarves, and all that other nice stuff, but the expansion has pretty much the exact same problem the base game of Vermintide had when it comes to story - namely that it's not in the driver's seat or even the back seat, but, rather, the baby seat, with the multiplayer shooting taking the front seat.

For that, it does its job rather well. People sick and tired of the old content will love the new and improved stuff, and there is no doubt at all that it is an enjoyable bit of rodent population reduction. It's just that its strength comes from the core game, and this is a bit more of an add-on designed to keep people interested who may have lost interest than something that will likely bring newcomers into the fold.

Screenshot for Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide: Karak Azgaraz on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Honestly, it's really not bad. While the attempt at a greater story is nice and the new maps are welcome, it's just that it's not really worth talking about unless someone is already invested in the base game. The story is thin, there aren't really all that many new mechanics (two new weapon types is about it), and the rat killing is just as fun as ever. Think of it like seconds at a meal. Nice if the meal was enjoyable, but someone isn't going to suddenly change their mind on the quality if they weren't interested before.

Developer

Fatshark

Publisher

Fatshark AB

Genre

First Person Shooter

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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