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Vermintide 2 is the latest game in the Warhammer series, and it's now bringing the action to the Xbox One. In this Vermintide 2 guide, we'll be guiding you through everything you need to know going into the game, including a Vermintide 2 beginner's guide on the main combat loop and characters abilities of the game.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is basically a hack and slash game, presented in the style of Left 4 Dead. You'll band together with up to three other characters to try and fend off the horde of Skaven monsters in a variety of maps and missions, as you effectively run a gauntlet with your partners.
For any focused guides on individual areas of Vermintide 2, check out our guides pages just below:
It’s pretty easy to think of Vermintide 2 as a more modern Left 4 Dead, set in medieval times with a focus on hack-n-slash combat. You basically have four items in your arsenal to work with in the combat of Vermintide 2: your left hand/two-handed weapon, your right hand weapon, your major Ability, and any items like bombs and grenades that you pick up along the way.
Every character class in Vermintide 2 has a standard melee weapon, be this a one-handed short sword like the Waystalker has, or the two-handed axe that the Mercenary wields. It’s up to you to balance how you use the left and right hand weapons of your chosen character, and make sure that you’re using the correct weapon for the correct situation. For example, if you spot Skaven forces a distance off, you’re going to want to use your ranged weapon to take some of them out before they reach you, so you’re not overwhelmed by the time they get up close and personal.
In the hectic close quarters combat of Vermintide 2, it’s easy to forget that there’s a block ability. When you hold down right click to block with your melee weapon, you’ll see a row of silver shield near the bottom of the screen, which indicate how many enemy attacks you can block before your defence gives out. However, you can also press left click while blocking to push your attackers back, no matter how many of them are immediately in front of you. Therefore if you’re faced with a crowd, it’s a good idea to block, push them back and lay into them with a few quick hits before returning to blocking.
You’ll never start out any co-op missions with healing items in Vermintide 2, and you’ll instead have to find them as you venture through missions. Your health is depicted by the green bar near the very bottom of the screen, and the entire game will change from a greyish brown, to a red as your health decreases. You’ll always want to be on the lookout for healing items, which you can scroll to once you’ve picked up with the mouse wheel, and then either use them on yourself by holding down left click to heal your own wounds, or face a teammate and hold E to heal them instead.
The Vermintide 2 PC controls aren’t overly complex, but you’ll still need to know every combo attack and weapon switch off the top of your head, so you aren’t caught off guard by the hordes of Skaven. The Vermintide 2 PC controls are as follows, divided up into sections like movement and combat:
Character action controls:
In-game menu controls:
Initiating an online mission in Vermintide 2 is surprisingly easy. From your base camp at the Keep, all you have to do is walk over to the mission board in the main hall area of the hub, and interact with it to bring up the mission menu. You can now choose between joining a quick online game via matchmaking, or setting up your own custom game, for if you want to play a game exclusively with your friends.
If you select the ‘quick play’ option, you’ll be matched up with four other strangers at random from around the world, and you’ll all take on a randomized Vermintide 2 co-op mission, which generally last around 20 minutes. You’ll also have the option to select from one of the four difficult settings for your quick online game, with the XP gain for successfully completing a mission increased by the difficulty setting. Keep in mind that the highest two difficulty settings enable friendly fire, so it’s entirely possible to accidentally kill your own teammates in the heat of battle.
Your health, and the health of your teammates, is everything in Vermintide 2. On the left side of your HUD, you can see the health of every other player you’re with in an online game, be they an AI bot or real life player. You can also see your own health, denoted by the bar at the very bottom of the screen, which you’ll obviously want to keep an eye on throughout the game.
If you, or any of your team run out of health, they’ll go into a ‘downed’ state, and the nearby Skaven will continue to hack away at them. At this point, the player that’s been downed has a limited amount of time and health left to be revived, and if you fail to revive them, they’ll be out of the game for right around sixty seconds. To revive a downed player, first clear out all the enemies around them, and you’ll then have to hold E next to them for merely three or four seconds to fully revive them, although the downed player will have slightly less than full health after being revived.
If a player outright dies in Vermintide 2, they’ll be jettisoned from the game for a limited amount of time. Don’t worry, you’ll still be in the actual game, you’ll just have to watch your teammates soldier on without you for a limited amount of time, until you’re dropped back into the game alongside them. Unlike when you’re revived, you’ll respawn in the game with your health bar back up to maximum, so you can continue slaying Skaven with the rest of your teammates.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 definitely isn’t an easy game to get to grips with straight away, especially if it’s your first time playing the series. We’ll be updating this Vermintide 2 guide with everything new that we uncover in the game, as well as fleshing out our sections on combat and character class upgrades.
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