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News video games 04 December 2022, 20:25

author: Adrian Werner

Darktide Reviews Finally Here; Also Critics Have Some Reservations

It took a while, but reviews of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide have finally started appearing online. The industry media received the game quite warmly, although critics did not like some elements.

Although Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, a co-op FPS from studio Fatshark well-known for the Warhammer: Vermintide series, made its debut on November 30 (and those with preorders started playing two weeks earlier as part of the beta), reviews of the game have only recently started appearing online.

  1. On OpenCritic the game has an average rating of 75%
  2. The reception from gamers themselves is colder - on Steam, only 68% of user reviews praise the title, which is categorized as "mixed" reception. What's more, a downward trend can be seen here, as on November 30, a few hours after the release, the share of positive reviews was 79%.
  3. Players are mainly annoyed by performance issues and aggressive monetization. The developers are trying to fix this. The first patch improved optimization and reduced engine hangs. The authors of have also promised changes in microtransactions. So we'll see if the reception of the game on Steam improves in a few weeks.
  4. Problems do not stop users from playing. Three days ago, the game set a new activity record at an impressive 108,000 concurrent users on Steam.

Selected reviews of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

  1. But Why Tho? - 9/10
  2. XboxEra - 8.5/10
  3. COGconnected - 82/100
  4. GameGrin - 8/10
  5. Gamepur - 8/10
  6. Gamers Heroes - 80/100
  7. GamingTrend - 80/100
  8. - 7.5/10
  9. PCInvasion - 7/10
  10. PCGamesN - 7/10
  11. Metro GameCentral - 7/10
  12. GamesRadar - 3.5/5
  13. GameSpot - 7/10
  14. Twinfinite - 3/5

Reviewers have generally praised the gameplay and graphics, especially the brilliantly designed locations. The main criticisms are technical problems and aggressive monetization, which are exactly the same elements that players complain about. In addition, there is no shortage of opinions that the game's content is too modest.

Recall that for now Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is available only on PC, but the game is expected to hit Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles soon as well. The game is also simultaneously available through Game Pass.

  1. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide - official website

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.