I want to start with the fact that I’m aware that this is a free DLC and that I can completely skip the whole experience if I don’t like it. I wish to stress that this is not a “complaint” post, it’s just personal and highly subjective feedback. I’m not mad, I’m not but hurt, I don’t want to rant, I just want to provide my feedback and hear yours as well.
Apart from existing GW artwork for Chaos Wastes and some Novels which have depicted CW, the design and artwork is basically up for grabs. Given the magical and chaotic nature of that landscape you can really create anything and call it a part of Chaos Wastes. Which is good, because, as Fat Shark has shown us, it doesn’t limit them to only one type of map, terrain or weather.
From that standpoint, the maps are really beautiful and simply Chaotic, but as such, they don’t have a consistent theme except, ironically, chaos :D. While I was playing throughout the maps yesterday I realized that the absence of “theme” is something that is not appealing to me. I’d rather prefer streets of the Empire city, corridors of a spooky big castle or Halls of Dwarven Karak than Chaos Wastes. So although visually beautiful, I don’t really like the maps, or better yet, I don’t really “feel” them.
The thing that bugs me the most is the fact that I’m not using my standard weapons with the traits I like. Oh, that was just waaaaay out of my comfort zone and it felt so unnatural, to the point that playing Pilgrimage was more suffering then enjoyment.
I like the whole “campaign” system of pilgrimage, the way you choose which map will you play the next and the fact that the current status is basically transferring to the the next map. That’s definitely a refreshing way of playing a campaign, at least when we talk about Vermintide. I’d like to see more of that in the future.
I think I understand what was the goal with creating Chaos Wastes. In short, It brings a high level of replayability which a lot of players have asked for. I personally don’t want replayability, or to phrase it differently, for me this game already has a ton of replayability just on the fact that there are so many different beautiful maps that I can play again and again and not get bored. But, of course that’s me. I play Vermintide because of its atmosphere and the way it perfectly conjures up a lot of aspects of the Old World.
Then, there’s the extra challenge that the CW campaign brings. I understand that there’s ton of you who mastered this game and you find most of the existing challenges too easy or just boring. But, for me, this game is still challenging enough and far from boring.
Overall, I don’t like this DLC and I won’t be playing it. I’d rather pay for some content if that content would bring new pack of maps (dwarf themed maps for instance). As always, I’m sad that the time and resources spent on this DLC haven’t been spent on the things I like and the things I was hoping for.
But, given to my inclinations and reasons for which I play this game it seems that I’m often in minority. So for that reason I’d like to hear your overall opinion regarding this DLC.
- I like it a lot and I plan to play it a lot!
- I like it and I will probably play it in the future
- I like it but not enough to play it again
- I don’t like it and I won’t be playing it