It’s been a while since I’ve played a good, top down action RPG. When I was younger, my friends and I loved to couch co-op Champions of Norath and games of similar style. Many a good night was to be had, and I miss a good co-operative RPG. They’re how friendships are strengthened, and and good laughs are sure to follow. Just ask any of my friends about the infamous, “Everybody go left!” strategy blunder. It’s my legacy, and I love it.
Bigben, come this summer, is launching its own top down ARPG, Warhammer: Chaosbane across PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game features four playable characters and feels a lot like a Diablo game but with better visuals. You stroll around various locations while slaying hordes of enemies – mostly Chaos to begin – and collecting loads of loot. It all sounded really cool before I got into it – and once I was in, I found myself unable to drop the controller until I was forced to (which was mostly mornings when I needed to get my baby ready to go to grandma’s before I went to work).
I’ll be keeping this preview brief, so as not to spoil much of the game or the future review.
Warhammer: Chaosbane sees you and your friends fending off an incoming Chaos invasion. The beta provided access to two classes: The Imperial soldier and the high-elf mage. I stuck with my favorite type of class: the melee Imperial soldier. With him, I could slash my way through foes utilizing a combination of skills, swords, and shield bashes. The characters are also pretty nimble and are able to dodge roll to avoid incoming attacks. Through the first stage, which is all that is available during the beta phase 1, I journeyed through the sewers of Nuln to look for missing soldiers, clear the Chaos infestation, and find some cool loot.
I’m happy to say that the gameplay mechanics felt smooth, as I was easily able to string combos together and clear rooms of enemies quickly. I felt comfortable dropping in without having played a top down RPG since Diablo 3. Sound design looks promising and builds a boding atmosphere, and the entire presentation is actually pretty impressive.
We’ll be withholding our full opinions on the game until our review drops. Warhammer: Chaosbane is set to launch in June 2019, and we very much look forward to seeing where it takes us. Everything feels right so far about this one, and once any of the few sound issues we had are cleaned up, it should be a pretty immersive experience. There isn’t anything that can compete with a good buddy co-op game, and Warhammer: Chaosbane looks to fill that void.