Warhammer: Chaosbane – Xbox One Review
Warhammer is not normally something that would really call out to me apart from the space marines however being a fan of Diablo 3 I was intrigues with Warhammer: Chaosbane.
Chaosbane is an action RPG that pays homage to Diablo 3 in many ways, the storyline comes right from what you would expect in a Warhammer universe game but it isn’t critical that you have a knowledge of the world or the lore, I’m a real novice with the Warhammer universe other than as I have mentioned the Space Marines.
The story is fairly predictable in all honesty and the dialogue will wear thin before long and you’ll end up scanning the text and skipping the audio as you blast through the conversations to get back to the hacking action.
This is where Chaosbane is really at its best as you walk around the maps hacking and slashing the enemies or maybe blasting them with magic depending on the character you select for your adventure.
The four choices of character class you have are Vollen the Captain of the army, Elontir the high elf Mage, Bragi the dwarf slayer and Elessa the wood elf, my first choice was Vollen the captain and he was fairly enjoyable to play through the storyline but he is quite defensive and the other characters do have a lot more enjoyable traits as you power up their abilities.
Each character has multiple routes through the upgrade tree and you will unlock ability points that you can use to select different powers and levels of effect for each, it’s a fairly fine balancing act to get as much as possible out of your ability points, this is then supplemented by the God tree which allows you to use favour points for your chosen characters god in return for unlocking stat boosts or even skills at some points along the upgrade tree.
Graphically the game looks fairly pretty throughout with some very detailed maps and very colourful palettes in places however I found that as I progressed through the story each visit into sewers for instance recycled the maps over and over in different ways, this was also the same as you move through the later levels and it just made the game a bit more repetitive than it should feel.
There is a good degree of replayability here with the four characters and the upgrade paths that you can follow, there is also a number of other modes that you can unlock through the course of the game such as a boss rush mode, co-op mode and various different expeditions, there isn’t a huge challenge here unless you ramp up the difficulty level but the bosses can be a little irritating at times.
Essentially this really is a Diablo 3 clone with the Warhammer licence slathered all over it, unfortunately it doesn’t have the polish or the depth of Diablo 3 but if you want a game that certainly scratches that same itch then you’ll get some enjoyment from it, my only concern is the lack of difference between maps throughout each storyline as you move through the levels, there just isn’t enough variety to keep everyone engaged.
With thanks to Dead Good media for the review code.