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Warhammer Chaosbane Review: Let Chaos Reign! - Warhammer: Chaosbane Review

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imageWarhammer Chaosbane Review: Let Chaos Reign! - Warhammer: Chaosbane Review

To the elation of many, Warhammer has firmly stepped into the ARPG realm with Warhammer: Chaosbane. Developed by Eko Software, and published by Bigben Interactive, Chaosbane emphatically pursues a high-quality experience that appeals to both beginners and seasoned ARPG veterans. Does Warhammer: Chaosbane have what it takes to become a champion in the hack and slash genre, or will it go down in history as nothing more than a decrepit nurgling? This is our Warhammer: Chaosbane review.

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  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 7,553
    I've had fun thru the testing , particularly with the archer, looking forward to it's launch and further development
    JeffSpicoli
  • lahnmirlahnmir Member LegendaryPosts: 4,013
    Great! Have it pre-ordered but was kind of worried it wouldn’t deliver.

    /Cheers,
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    It is just huge resource waste....'

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  • JeffSpicoliJeffSpicoli Member EpicPosts: 2,849
    The "Loot scarcity" worries me, Its why i play these games (ARPG's) . Are we talking amount of loot drops ? Variety of appearance ? Getting drops suited to your build ? Or a combination of all 3 ?

    Like I'v said before Im a sucker for warhammer & ARPG's but after getting burned on Inquisitor Martyr I feel obligated to wait out some Steam reviews from fellow gamers on this one.
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  • mussolinimussolini Member UncommonPosts: 172

    lahnmir said:

    Great! Have it pre-ordered but was kind of worried it wouldn’t deliver.



    /Cheers,

    Lahnmir



    the physical version may be late 1-2 weeks but thats not their fault I guess but you should got already the key today so will be able to play in early access as I just got mine 2 hours ago.

    Happy gaming to you all guys its a good game with a lots of more potential.
    JeffSpicolilahnmir
  • JeffSpicoliJeffSpicoli Member EpicPosts: 2,849
    Question if anyone knows ? Is there a game plus mode ? Is it like Diablo after you beat the story you keep grinding higher levels?
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  • k61977k61977 Member RarePosts: 1,336


    Question if anyone knows ? Is there a game plus mode ? Is it like Diablo after you beat the story you keep grinding higher levels?



    After you beat the story it unlocks a couple other modes. One is called boss rush where you just go straight to a boss, they plan to add ranking ladders to that one for a kind of who is better thing. It also unlocks expedition mode which you will use to grind out better stuff, it has random things that will make it harder, it is also a random map thing.

    Haven't heard anything about adding a plus mode. Not really sure about it though. Don't think it is needed myself though.

    One thing that is nice is after you beat it with one toon you will have all the unlocks on any alt you make.
    JeffSpicoli
  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Former Managing EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 4,565
    It’s a slow build, but gets really fun. SLAYER!
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  • ScottJeslisScottJeslis Member UncommonPosts: 344


    Question if anyone knows ? Is there a game plus mode ? Is it like Diablo after you beat the story you keep grinding higher levels?



    Hey ThortonMelon, check out:

    https://www.gamespace.com/all-articles/news/warhammer-chaosbane-end-game-and-post-launch-trailer/

    for your answer :-)
    JeffSpicoli
  • ScottJeslisScottJeslis Member UncommonPosts: 344


    It’s a slow build, but gets really fun. SLAYER!



    Umm, no boss, Wood Elf Ranger FTW :-)
  • Viper482Viper482 Member EpicPosts: 3,234
    Am I seeing just an Archmage in this and no Bright Wizard?! Probably saving it for an expansion.
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  • StevenWeberStevenWeber Member UncommonPosts: 53
    The "Loot scarcity" worries me, Its why i play these games (ARPG's) . Are we talking amount of loot drops ? Variety of appearance ? Getting drops suited to your build ? Or a combination of all 3 ?

    Like I'v said before Im a sucker for warhammer & ARPG's but after getting burned on Inquisitor Martyr I feel obligated to wait out some Steam reviews from fellow gamers on this one.
    Heyo! So in regards to loot scarcity, for the first several levels, there were gear pieces that I had earned on my first run, that I never received upgrades for.  It took me until near the end of the first act to finally get a full set of rare gear, simply because it didn't drop often, even while on Very Hard mode. 

    Eventually the amount of loot that you find increases.  As levels increase in size and elite mobs also increase in the levels, you tend to find better, more consistent drops, but it feels like the early game is scant on significant level-appropriate drops.  It's not even worth it to worry about build concepts in the early game, I didn't get enough drops to coordinate any specialized sets.  It does get better though.  My complaint is directed in comparison to other ARPG's. 

    The variety of appearance is pretty good, though some characters are better than others. You can't really see Bragi's tattoos very well... which, yes, you can slot and reslot tattoo's. 
    JeffSpicolimike32927
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 20,631
    Scorchien said:
    I've had fun thru the testing , particularly with the archer, looking forward to it's launch and further development
    I had fun through testing too. Thanks again for the key!

    The last test brought several concerns up that I hadn't seen in previous tests. The biggest were a few bugs and CTDs that blocked content progression.

    The next was a lack of quality loot and an intuitive path for gear progression. They bumped up the 3 stats along with tiered rarity, but nothing very interesting at all.

    Combat was good. It is impactful which is good. There is a lot of kiting on boss fights with not a lot of tools to balance that.

    The price is okay but not with a Season Pass too. The DLC is also packed with power items and that's pay to win, not that I usually make that distinction but it's plainly obvious the tack they're taking here. For me this is a GotY buy, not a release purchase. The full game is $70 and I'm not seeing it especially alongside its peers.
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  • CynehildCynehild Member UncommonPosts: 101
    1.5 weeks Ramadhan long holiday. Can't believe I'm paying $10 more for a 4-days early access but in this case that means a lot.
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  • snoockysnoocky Member UncommonPosts: 715
    I have read other reviews that are not so positive, like there is no enemy diversity... I will wait some months before I buy it.. To expensive also..

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  • ArteriusArterius Member EpicPosts: 2,850
    Oh boy, I went out on a limb and picked this game up even with that sketchy season pass plan and I would give the game a 5 myself after about 8 hours with the game. I am sick and tired of seeing the same enemy and I am tired of back tracking through the same area over and over again just with a different lay out. I love the gameplay which kept me playing through the some what dull story (but I admit I don't know anything about Warhammer) but I forced myself to stop and at last buy Grim Dawn.

    I will go back to later and hope that they fix a many a problems with updates and patches but most of my problems won't get fixed until a sequel, if they get one.
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  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel Member EpicPosts: 10,792
    snoocky said:
    I have read other reviews that are not so positive, like there is no enemy diversity... I will wait some months before I buy it.. To expensive also..
    This review says the same thing about enemy diversity, but in spite of that, it's still a solid game. When you think about it, ARPG's aren't known for their enemy diversity. More along the lines of the amounts of enemies you end up coming across.



  • LobotomistLobotomist Member EpicPosts: 5,882
    Lot of negative reviews. The game is bit on simpler side. But what really counts : the gameplay, is awesome



  • ForgefeuForgefeu Member UncommonPosts: 115
    considering the warhammer universe they couldn't have made the characters selection more bland and the ennemies type less diverse. Not to say some game version are clearly at advantage and somewhat P2W. A big no for me and looking forward POE melee combat update
  • EMoneyEMoney Member UncommonPosts: 52
    What I actually read in this 8.7 review:

    Enemies are easy and uninspired/unvaried and telegraph attack, making combat boring. Works better on controller, which tells me it's simplistic and meant for console. Items and gear are scarce and unimpressive. Exploratiom is tedious. Character customization is lacking. Difficulty is nearly non-existent.

    The 8.7, for an ARPG let's not forget, is based on the pros: story, visuals, audio, and replayability. Those are the seeling points? If that gets an ARPG an 8.7 when the CONS are the loot, the areas, and the enemies, those visuals and story must be next level, mindmeltingmy good, that they make up the the loot system and the maps/combat/enemies.

    I guess I'm just confused? A controller-focused ARPG with lackluster maps, enemies, combat, and looting, with a cool, Warhammer-fan centric story and cool characters? Sounds like a comic book rather than a high budget, high priced, high quality ARPG.
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  • uriel_mafessuriel_mafess Member UncommonPosts: 95
    This a 1.5A game. I dont even want to strip it down to all its failures.

    Everything is bland in this game. This what a book example 5-6 would look like. Just enough effort to pass and start collecting money.

    Also only 4 characters and almost none of the huge classes. With bare minimum mechanics. Its completely focused on expansions. And seeing how they made end game content a priority I dont even expect a nice delivery schedule for those.

    Bright wizard, witch hunter, warrior priest,swordmaster, white lion, spellsinger, ward dancer, phoenix/sea guard, engineer, ironbreaker, runesmiths... just a few of the more iconic classes and only if we count lawful races.

    I really think GWW should start selling its IP to asian studios that at least know how to deliver good ARPGs in mass production.
    Cynehild
  • KajidourdenKajidourden Member EpicPosts: 3,026
    It looks and plays like a game from 10 years ago.  The animations and overall graphics look Ps3-era.  In an action game that's not acceptable for a new release imo.  
    Celcius
  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel Member EpicPosts: 10,792
    This a 1.5A game. I dont even want to strip it down to all its failures.

    Everything is bland in this game. This what a book example 5-6 would look like. Just enough effort to pass and start collecting money.

    Also only 4 characters and almost none of the huge classes. With bare minimum mechanics. Its completely focused on expansions. And seeing how they made end game content a priority I dont even expect a nice delivery schedule for those.

    Bright wizard, witch hunter, warrior priest,swordmaster, white lion, spellsinger, ward dancer, phoenix/sea guard, engineer, ironbreaker, runesmiths... just a few of the more iconic classes and only if we count lawful races.

    I really think GWW should start selling its IP to asian studios that at least know how to deliver good ARPGs in mass production.
    Which studios are that?

    Diablo, Blizzard, out of california

    Torchlight, runic games, out of Seattle

    grim dawn, crate studios out of Massachusetts

    Path of Exile, Grinding gear games, out of New Zealand. 

    I can't think of any asian companies that have had major hits in this particular arpg genre. 
    MyrdynnH0urg1ass



  • TheDarkrayneTheDarkrayne Member EpicPosts: 5,297
    edited June 2019
    In my opinion, this game is getting extremely overrated all over the place...

    It's like Dungeon Siege III.. 'just' qualifies as an aRPG but really it's more like an arcade style beat-em-up.

    Pagan Online is a better choice for this kind of game at the moment if someone's looking for a new one.
    Torval
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  • KajidourdenKajidourden Member EpicPosts: 3,026
    In my opinion, this game is getting extremely overrated all over the place...

    It's like Dungeon Siege III.. 'just' qualifies as an aRPG but really it's more like an arcade style beat-em-up.

    Pagan Online is a better choice for this kind of game at the moment if someone's looking for a new one.
    Good plug, Pagan is MUCH better even in early access atm.  When they get their endgame loop /systems in place it will be even better.
  • ScorchienScorchien Member LegendaryPosts: 7,553
    In my opinion, this game is getting extremely overrated all over the place...

    It's like Dungeon Siege III.. 'just' qualifies as an aRPG but really it's more like an arcade style beat-em-up.

    Pagan Online is a better choice for this kind of game at the moment if someone's looking for a new one.
    yeaa... except WASD movement in an ARPG sucks

      No Armor in a ARPG kinda sucks

       Game is quite short at this time ...

       Shows some promise  but  WASD and lack of loot kill this game for me
    Torvalmaskedweasel
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