Holy crap, there’ve been a lot of Warhammer games lately! But few have been as good as Warhammer: Chaosbane. This action-RPG has it where it counts, with fun classes, good boss fights, and a decent loot system. It trips up on presentation in some places, including some terrible voice acting, but it manages to get the feel of Games Workshop’s dark fantasy setting right.
The moment-to-moment combat in Chaosbane is some of the best I’ve gotten my bloodstained hands on in recent times. Whether you’re using a controller or a mouse and keyboard, moving, slashing, casting spells, and leaping through hordes of cultists to fire off a barrage of arrows all feels precise and impactful – though you can’t switch between them without going into a menu, which I found annoying since I like to fight with my thumbsticks and switch to seamlessly managing inventory with my clicker. Encounters have a satisfying flow with a good variety of enemies, though there aren’t a lot of elites with memorable or dangerous abilities you have to watch out for on the difficulties available at the start. They do show up when you unlock the higher levels, though.