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Warhammer: Chaosbane Review

"Alright ARPG"

Campaign

July 13, 2019 at 2:05am
By Jason Stettner

This is an ARPG game based on the fantasy side of the Warhammer universe. It’s a cooperative focused experience where players can hop in at any moment online. You can play it by yourself, but this ready did feel cooperative. There are multiple difficulty tiers and these are loot based, I didn’t find it too difficult quite honestly.

It also helped that I would at times have high tiered players assist with rolling through it quicker. The narrative is told with some cutscenes and voice over direction. You’re trying to deal with a false assassination and need to clear your name. You’ll work across a few hub areas to deal with a variety of creatures and eventually some disgusting boss battles. These monsters were certainly intense in design, decent conflicts for sure.

Aside from just the campaign there were other side options to work through for more of a challenge. I didn’t find the story to be too long, but an alright length. The areas you visit felt largely repetitive and the story didn’t feel too ingrained in what you did, and it wasn’t particularly interesting to listen to.

Gameplay

I played Warhammer: Chaosbane as a Xbox One X enhanced title and it ran horribly. There were performance issues, and constant screen tearing while I mulched enemies. I also faced crashes that sent me to the dashboard or reset my console entirely.

There were also multiplayer issues with games disconnecting, or players having issues while they joined. The combat was generally fine, I loved the gore and how it was presented. There was a grand quantity of enemies, good variety within their ranks. I did however find the levels to be ultra repetitive. You’d go through the exact same areas over and over again the entire way through.

There was a nice sense of variety within those environments, but they were a bit bland. There are a few classes in this one, with point trees you can work through. You collect gear and then donate it for points. That aspect felt rather expected considering the type of game genre this fits into.
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The Conclusion

Warhammer: Chaosbane delivers an alright, but very broken game on Xbox One X. There are just a ton of issues that made this rather hard to play through. I also personally found it rather boring, so that certainly didn’t help. I liked the variety of enemies, but the world could have had more to it.

With that, I want to mention there was a solid bit of detail within that world and the atmosphere was on point. It’s nice to play this cooperatively, if that works. There were just too many performance issues and repetitive play for me to find this interesting.

There’s a fair bit of time you could possibly spend in this. Hopefully the post-launch content fills this out further as the hardcore bunch of this genre will probably be left hungry at the end of their journey.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane Review on Xbox One X
Review Code Provided by Home Run PR

Rating Overall: 5.2

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner