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Warhammer 40K: Darktide's character creator rocks the Left 4 Dead genre

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In the dreadful darkness of the distant future, there is only war – and war often means grumbling, the absolute worst gigs, which it’s no wonder anyone survives at the end. war hammer 40,000: Dark Tide it’s all about these deadly missions and the cursed souls who are forced to lead them.

dark tide It fits right into the Left 4 Dead-like genre, very similar to developer Fatshark’s previous games, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide and Warhammer: Vermintide 2. Four players are tasked with progressing through a level so they can restart the cooling mechanism at a key factory, kill a rebel leader, or otherwise purge the heathens and Chaos demons entrenched deep within the great hive city of Tertium. There are an unlimited number of mutants, as well as more powerful enemies that threaten to take down heroes like Trappers, Tox Blighters and Snipers.

Hero is a relative term here. Before you can enjoy mowing waves and waves of perverted scum with the right flamethrower, you need to create a character. dark tide sticks with the four player formula of four classes: a mighty Psyker; the devout, flamethrower-wielding Zealot; a deadly sniper Veteran; and the burly Ogryn.

Warhammer 40,000: Several clumsy Chaos soldiers wearing heavy armor and skull belts attack the player.

Image: Fatshark

half the fun dark tide is to give the characters a chance and choose your favourite. For example, each class has a grenade slot, but they manifest differently. Psyker can detonate his enemies’ skulls from afar, the Veteran has a standard explosive grenade, Zealot prefers stun grenades, and Ogryn simply throws a grenade at enemies. Everyone also has a melee weapon and a ranged weapon with varying powers. The Veteran obviously uses a pulse rifle, while Psyker, for example, just uses a simple pistol.

However, there is room to maneuver within these limits, unlike most Left 4 Dead counterparts, which usually have predetermined characters with their own scenarios and abilities.

There’s a prelude where players choose their own world, some life path choices, and one of three archetypal personalities before jumping into the action. Is your sniper an angry veteran, a tired patriot or a stray cannon? definitely Did he commit some murders? This is not a Mass Effect style RPG where your character makes a big impact on the world around them. In fact, they are a small and forgettable cog in a huge system based on endless war.

Even though they’re relatively unimportant, it’s still refreshing to be able to pick out their names and backgrounds and not be stuck with a static roster. Some characters are martyrs and victims, but others deserve this gruesome prison duty for their cruel actions. My Psyker did everything right in her life, but was declared a witch when she started hearing the warp’s loud voices. My Zealot, on the other hand, stumbled upon a cult and tried to bring it to the attention of his superiors, but was betrayed and exiled.

With four classes and three archetypes, you have 12 possible personalities that you can jump into barking at each other. A particularly fierce Zealot isn’t nice to anyone (because they’re all heretics), and an Ogryn can be a brainless savage or a good friend. These combinations reduce boredom after clearing a level dozens of times. There are also times when two members of the same class punch each other. It’s hard to get along in the world of Warhammer 40K, especially when some of your party members can summon demon lords with their terrifying powers.

Unfortunately, the aesthetic options aren’t that diverse – they always tend to result in people with rough faces, short hair, deep facial folds, and textured skin. Players start out in challenging prison suits, and several matches are required before they can begin unlocking more complex issues. This fits very well with the Warhammer myth; We’re not exactly on a spa day. However, the visual options are still disappointing after navigating through the surprisingly complex background selections.

It’s also unclear if any of these fun character creation options work or if they’re just here for flavor. Either way, I’m excited to dive in again dark tide When it launches on Windows PC on November 30th. I miss my Psyker already, and if there isn’t a big fate awaiting him, at least it’s fun to headbutt and blow up my enemies.