Seems like not too long ago I just reviewed the base game of Warhammer: Chaosbane which turned out to be a flawed but fun action RPG or ARPG for those looking for something to pick up after Diablo III. Now a year and some change later, we have the ultimate edition with Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition. If you love ARPGs like I do, you’ll want to grab some friends and jump into some slaying adventures in this one.
Since I covered the original game, I’ll just go into what’s new in this release. It’s the base game with all of the DLC trimmings such as the added quests, campaign, and the Dwarf engineer, along with the newly added Witch Hunter character that can switch between a sword and dual pistols for those who like to adapt to the enemies and their many tactics. I instantly found myself loving this new character as it reminded me of the Necromancer from Diablo III that can mow down monsters with ease.
For those wondering about the next-gen upgrade, developers Eko Software and publisher Nacon have confirmed that this is a separate pay release and not a free upgrade. So if you bought the original Chaosbane and the separate DLC (Witch Hunter also), then sadly it won’t upgrade. But thankfully if you bought the Slayer Edition through the store on PS4 or Xbox One, it will auto upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. Also, you can only get it physically on disc for the next-gen consoles, so if you’re looking for it on disc for last-gen systems, you’re out of luck.
Speaking of next-gen, those who can play this on those consoles can enjoy sweet, crispy 4K visuals at 60fps no matter how many enemies and spells are on screen. Eko Software also took it upon themselves with make use of Sony’s PS5 DualSense controller with specific rumble feedback when mowing down enemies and adaptive triggers that become harder to press when your ultimate skill is on cooldown. Needless to say, there’s little to no load times on the next-gen consoles that’s always a plus in my book.
While it is sad original game owners can’t upgrade to the next-gen version for free, those who held out for the Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition can rest easy knowing their copy will auto upgrade should they be able to fight past scalpers to procure a next-gen system. It might not have the solid feel or depth of Diablo, but there’s more than enough ARPG fun here for fans and newcomers alike.