Warhammer 40K: Darktide vs. Vermintide 2, compared

  • November 29, 2022

The PC Gamer team must’ve collectively slain at least 50,000 poxwalkers by now. My Ogryn’s big hands are messy, but once I start swinging his giant combat knife around, it’s hard to stop. We’ve been playing a whole lot of Warhammer 40K: Darktide during its pre-order beta, which ends with the game’s full launch on November 30. And we’ve been having a grand time—but that was to be expected from the follow-up to Vermintide 2, which we praised for its “stellar combat and level design.” 

Vermintide 2 got even better over the four years Fatshark supported it, through both free and paid DLC and a gigantic free roguelike mode. So when we started playing Darktide, we weren’t comparing it to the Vermintide 2 of 2022, not the game that launched in 2018. It has a lot to live up to.