Verdun is the first multiplayer FPS set in a realistic First World War setting. The merciless trench warfare offers a unique battlefield experience, immersing you and your squad into intense battles of attack and defense.
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"TRENCH SNIPER! - Verdun (War Stories)"
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2015년 5월 8일

Tournament day!

Tonight the two final matches in our first Verdun tournament will be played.

AU FINAL
AU had only two active teams in the end, they battled today and scored a draw capture wise (0-0 and 2-2). This means that based on score, Fromelles Heroes won, congratulations!

EU FINAL
Kaiser Kompanie EU Team VS Giant Potatoes
Starts in: 2 hours and 15 min (London: 2015-05-08 20:00:00)
Map: _2Argonne, max 16 players

US FINAL
Kaiser Kompanie NA VS {Pirates}
Starts in: 9 hours and 15 min (New York: 2015-05-08 22:00:00)
Map: _2Argonne, max 16 players

The final teams have confirmed they will be streaming the tournament, check out while a match is playing to see the action.

More info: http://www.verdungame.com/tournament/

To aid the tournament we launched a minor update today:

V215
8 May 2015

  • Added subtle mainmenu cam shake
  • Music volume now applies to all music
  • Fixed tab buttins in account screen
  • Vote request popup title localized
  • Tent collision added
  • Tournament matches: Entente is always attacker for now.
  • Sniper scope sens bug fixed
  • Private match/tournament restart improved

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2015년 4월 28일

Just released from Early Access!

We’re proud to announce that WW1 game Verdun has officially launched today! After more than a year in Early Access on Steam, the official copy of Verdun is now available on PC, Mac and Linux.

Check out the new Game Trailer: http://youtu.be/kWp-7XH3080

We are excited to announce that the game is released with a new bonus map called Aisne; an area in Northern France which has seen some of the biggest battles of the early years of World War 1.

Years of dedicated hard work has finally paid off. During that time, Verdun was also being featured on Steam Early Access since 2013 where many big community driven improvements were made to the game. We had not expected the great extend of support received from the community during this time.

Over the course of the year, many good suggestions were made and put into the game. Whilst not every good suggestion made it in, we intend to add a few more in the near future.

Verdun will get free thematic expansions over the course of time, such as the addition of Belgian and American troops for the Allies, and for the Central Powers some special German troops. Check out the roadmap here:



To celebrate the release, several contests will be held including the first Verdun tournament hosted on Steam. http://steamcommunity.com/app/242860/discussions/0/611704730329624708/

Be sure to try Verdun and take the fight to the trenches of your enemies!

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Verdun is the first multiplayer FPS set in a realistic First World War setting. The merciless trench warfare offers a unique battlefield experience, immersing you and your squad into intense battles of attack and defense.
The game takes place on the western front between 1914 and 1918, in one of the bloodiest conflicts in world history. The developers were inspired by the infamous Battle of Verdun France in 1916. The game includes many historically accurate features such as realistic WW1 weaponry, authentic uniforms and maps based on the real battlefields of France and Belgium.

The Frontlines game mode is unique in its tactical complexity. The realistic trenches are challenging to fight in and require tactical cunning to capture and defend. The Entente and Central Powers strive to gain control of frontline sectors. One battle you’re rushing the enemy trenches during an offensive battle in order to gain ground. In another battle you might be defending your recently conquered ground against an enemy counter-attack.

Players can choose to be part of one of the many squad-types in the game, each of whom have their own distinct tactical role. By working together with your friends, you can earn experience that improves the power and versatility of your squad. As you gain more experience fighting and get promoted in rank, you also earn Career Points which you can use to unlock specializations, weapons and equipment.
The Rifle Deathmatch is a free-for-all game mode, where all players are pitted against each other in a thrilling contest of skill using only bolt-action rifles.

Verdun key features include:
Realistic World War 1 gameplay: Authentic weaponry with realistic bullet physics, skill based weapon handling, poisonous gas with a claustrophobic gas mask experience and artillery barrages
Tactical squad-based FPS: Unique squad leveling system, distinct squad types and roles, voice chat
True trench warfare: Real-time dynamic frontline with momentum-based attack and counter-attack gameplay
Authentic World War 1 setting: Typical WW1 music and style, historical battlefields set on the Western Front
Challenging game modes: Team-based Frontline and skill-based Rifle Deathmatch



The gameplay is as realistic and gritty as it gets. The authentic weapons need to be handled with skill, as they each feel differently and there are no floating crosshairs to aid your aim. Also, the realistic bullet physics require you to lead your shots when firing on a moving target at long range. In the event of a gas attack, you need to put on your gas mask, which impairs your view and gives you a very claustrophobic experience. And if getting shot or gassed isn’t enough sudden artillery barrages, called in by NCO’s, can pin you down if caught in the open and obliterate your entire squad. This unforgiving war isn’t for the faint hearted!



Team play is what lies at the heart of Verdun. When you start a game, your first choice is to fight for either the Entente or the Central Powers. You and up to three other players, can form one of the different squad types available to that side. Each squad has a specific tactic based on the historical units of that time. Depending on your squad’s type, players can choose a specific role within the squad, complete with historically accurate attire, weapons and special abilities. The more Co-op experience you and your squad mates earn together, the more powerful your squad will become and better abilities will be unlocked. This progression is also shown visually as you and your squad get more advanced uniforms. You will also earn Career Points, which can be spent to unlock specializations, weapons and equipment.



The true WW1 battlefield experience has been captured in a real-time dynamic frontline, set in an historically accurate section of the Western Front. These frontline maps are comprised out of multiple sectors that can be captured by either side. Staying true to the typical attrition warfare of that time, both sides attack and counter-attack each other in turn, compelling you to defend each captured sector of trenches!



The development team has done extensive field research at Verdun and has been advised by knowledgeable historians to make sure Verdun is as historically accurate as it gets. Uniforms have been recreated to the tiniest details, the weapons are modeled to exact references and the maps use realistic World War 1 props and terrain layouts. Also, everything in the game has been tailored to recreate the grim atmosphere so typical of WW1; Gloomy clouded skies, an immersive interface combined with realistic sounds, accurate native voices that evoke the feeling of actually being there in the trenches, mud covered - trenches whilst peering over your rifle to spot the enemy.

시스템 요구 사항

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
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31명 중 28명(90%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
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10.2 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 22일
I really Like this game here is a few tips

1 crouch in trenches
2 Dont CAMP
3 Dont rage quit when you play your first game and get killed for ever
4 You will Get better keep playing
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12명 중 11명(92%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
13.9 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 23일
Verdun is one of the most realistic FPS games I have ever played, and not like Battlefield.

It is also one of the only First World War games I have ever seen, it gives the feel of a true soldier in WWI. In the Trenches, snipers shooting everyone who stands up, mortars and grenades going off in every direction.

The game has a wide variety of weapons, armies, maps and many more pieces of content and is adding new content all the time.

The Graphics are also wonderful, I have never seen less than 50 FPS, and I've seen FPS all the way up to 120. My setup can be seen on my profile
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13명 중 11명(85%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
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1.8 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 22일
Hard to play at first but you get the hang of it
Great game though
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11명 중 9명(82%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
22.9 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 22일
Amazingly realistic, you have to think about flanking or where to come at them. Well scary when the guy in front of you gets shot. So fun when you get in there trench and they don't know. So cool when you run over the top with your whole army. Even better when your sqaud's in the trench. Fun with freinds (if they follow orders, I play as corporal, I'm ok but my friends don't listen to me much, but when you get put into a squad with people that are willing to follow you, it is so fun they follow you and all.). Over all there are some glitches sometimes eg a random face appearing on your screen for 0.25 secs and he's like 'Hallo'. But it is a really fun game and is better than CoD in how scary it gets, like when you're lieng down and an MG is shooting at you and you get deaf (in game) and your screen goes black and white
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17명 중 12명(71%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
3명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
27.4 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 21일
i will probably die at a young age because of exposure to chemical gas which will most likely have long term effects on my lungs.

i may also kill myself because PTSD wasnt considered a real thing at the time and therefore no real treatment could be given to me.



ok

10/10
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8명 중 7명(88%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
20.7 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 23일
This game is a masterpiece! I personally recommend you to get this as fast as possible if you are into history or just like FPS shooters like me (I like both of those)

Positive:
+ Good maps
+ Somewhat friendly community
+ Several classes and skills to obtain
+ Challenges
+ Good graphics
+ Based on realistic history events
+ Several weapons to choose from, from bats to mustard gas...

Negative:

- Not really good animations
- Glitchy & Buggy, very annoying sometimes
- Sometimes makes huge FPS drops from 60 to 5, and no this has nothing to do with my computer, its the game

What I would like to see in future:

(!) I'd like to see even more weapons and maps
(!) I'd like to see maps where there could be small events such as passing tanks but with a rule, you can't interract with them in any way
(!) Russian Empire
(!) Bug fixes
(!) Smoother and better animations

I will give this game a 9/10
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7명 중 6명(86%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
1명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
2.6 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 24일
I had been sitting in these trenches for what had felt like hours, maybe it was minutes, I couldn't tell. My squad and I were tasked with defending a spot on the German Third Line. I was with the French Army, I was only 20, dropped out of the University to join. I was waiting to spot something coming over those hills, anything at all. All you could see was the smoke on the horizon, and the distant sounds of gun and mortar fire. It was close to nightfall, all I had to eat was a stale piece of bread in the past 12 hours. It was almost pitch black when I saw something, I was almost positive it was something. I brought my Enfield up to my eyes to focus on that spot. My squad was spread to thin, I didnt know where they were, I was alone.
It had been 10 minutes since I heard anything. I was starting to think I was too tired, and was hearing things. Then I heard it again, the shuffle of something in the dirt, all my muscles tensed up. It was then when I saw the helmet, barely noticing it at all. The infamous german helmet, black and crowned with a spike. The man who came up looked as equally tired and hungry as me. I touched the cold trigger, it had been days since I last used it. The gun was loud, if I missed I would've died. I pressed the trigger, it hit something, he didnt go down. It hit the cannon behind him.
He looked up, right at my position. I went to pull my bolt back, and fire again. I knew I wouldnt miss again, the gun didnt fire it was jammed. I turned and ran, I had to get out of the trench. I turned the corner and stopped, I listened for any noises, I couldn't hear anything, I crouched and walked over to the ladder and climed out. I laid prone next to an abandoned wagon, it was destroyed probably by mortar fire. I laid there for the longest minutes of my life. My heart was still pounding and I thought it was screaming my position to the world. I saw the helmet again, around the same corner I was at just minutes ago. I waited for him to come around, I had a plan wait for him to pass, then shoot him from behind, he would never know, but instead he waited for hours. It was almost dawn, you could see the smallest glimpses of the sunlight.
I thought he left to report back to a much larger German force. I was ready to climb back in to my post, and write a report for my NCO. When he turned the corner, he just walked through, he was quiet, but seemed very unaware. He passed by, here was my chance to get him. I got up, and laid down, just then I felt a sharp piercing pain in my leg, I almost yelled. It was the barbed wire, it was everywhere in between trenches. He crouched to do something, he gave me time. I sat up to get my leg out, It was hard to get yourself out of barbed wire. I then got my arms stuck in it, I couldnt get my self out, I tried just pulling my limbs, It made my cuts deeper. I was quickly losing blood, I felt my life draining. I sat there staring at the sky, until death consumed me



10/10, would die from barbed wire again
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15명 중 10명(67%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
4명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
1.1 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 23일
Spawn in. Die.
Spawn in. Die.
Repeat. Repeat again. Repeat again.

Go into trench. Go prone. Get kicked head. Die.
Spawn again. Imediate headshot and die.
Spawn again. Where is the enemy. EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!! HOW CAN THIS BEEEEEEEE!!!

Spawn again. This is the stuff nightmares are made of. One shot and KIA.

15/10
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10명 중 7명(70%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
4명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
27.0 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 24일
-So I bought this game.

-Really liked the idea of a WW1 atmosphere.

-Start to die non stop from gas and mortar attacks.

-Watched people I had spent intense hours talking to in the trenches die by my side.

-Started to fear for my life.

-Deserted.

-Was executed for desertion.

-Was shell shocked every time I had to defend or attack.

-Contracted PTSD when my family noted I tried to kill a German butcher.

-Got permit to smoke medical marijuana.

Verdun you changed my life forever.

10/10 Would smoke weed again.
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10명 중 6명(60%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
4명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
13.6 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 24일
Jumped into a trench and killed 6 guys in a row with a shovel. 1337/10 Would kill guys with shovel again.
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5명 중 3명(60%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
17.7 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 22일
Great game, but not for the feint of will. You will die a lot.
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2명 중 1명(50%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
15.7 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 25일
Game is fun, when you play with some friends. Team coordination is key.
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6명 중 3명(50%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
3명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
26.6 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 21일
It's pretty good.
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8명 중 4명(50%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
3명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
0.6 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 23일
If you want to die right away, this game is for you! It's just like world war one. you poke your head out of a trench and you die. It's so cool. My friends are totes jelly. They are out dating hot people and getting laid. They so wish they could be sloshing through mud puddles just to stand up and get sniped! I've never had so much fun.
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9명 중 7명(78%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
1명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
5.3 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 2월 7일
앞서 해보기 평가
진짜 1차대전의 전쟁터의 있는것만 같은 현장감
특히 방독면 쓸때 정말 보기만해도 숨가쁜 해볼만한
밀리터리류를 좋아한다면 특히 구닥다리 무기들을 좋아한다면
일단 돈이 있다면 사고 보세요 현실감과 현장감은 보장합니다
총 한발이라도 맞을시 내가 아프고 긴장이 되는 정말 소름이 돋습니다
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649명 중 602명(93%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
1명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
41.8 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 1일
If we look at Verdun in the standards of modern gaming, it fails miserably.

Compared to triple A games and large developers, Verdun and it's developers fails in almost every aspect of game making.

No first day DLC save final updates.
No microtransactions.
No "pay to win" mentality.
No unrealistic twitch shooting.
No dodgy business practices.
No massive failures on day one.
No insane advantage for high level gamers.
No false advertising.

By today's standards, verdun would fail on the table of EA, Bethesda, CA, SEGA, Nintendo, and just about every single gaming company that is larger than, say, CD Projekt Red.

These failures, however, make this game the best FPS on the market as of now.

These indie developers have crafted the most satisfying experience I have had in a first person shooter in a long damned time.

The game is perfectly digestable, the upgrades system is easy to get, the weapons are balanced and look and handle fantastically...

The list of amazing acheivements this game has accomplished could go on for pages of writing.

Verdun created it's own version of FPS gameplay, taking us to an era most companies find dull and drab. The trench warfare turn based attack gameplay is insane, as you see first hand the horrors of the First World War, which, by the way, is now 100 years past.

I bought this game in eraly access and was satisfied with it. Now I can't get enough of it!

I have been fed up with large companies coming out with garbage and selling DLC every five minutes. Verdun's updates and new squards are being released free of charge over the next while, so this game will become even better and more varied than it is now.

Verdun is one of a special kind of game, one that requires teamwork to dominate the map. While battlefield has become zany and unrealistic, Verdun forces you to play as a team, and unlike in battlefield, if you fail to do so, you will die again, and again, and again.

I cannot recommend this game more to anyone. The learning curb is massive, but you have so many classes to play as that are open to even the newest players.

Honestly there is something satisfying about having to use bolt action rifles in a trench that is captivating in and of itself. It is insanly addicitive and the squad based gameplay is incredible.

Verdun is by far the best FPS I have ever played as I have put in so many hours of my life into it (roughly 10 hours alone in hte last few weeks).

I cannot recommend this game any more.

SO GO BUY IT.

And as for some advice, keep your head down.
This isn't Call of Duty.
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692명 중 635명(92%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
1명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
4.8 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2014년 11월 29일
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Fantastic game that really captures the WW1 Essence.The only thing that i think the game is missing is the "ANZACS" You need to add a Gallipoli map and Re-capture that horrific battle between the Anzacs and the Ottomons if you guys could create such a thing your Australian and New Zealand Community would be very thankful. Adding these Factions and maps would really thrive and push this game further then it already is. Anyway please take this theory in and if there are any Aussies or Kiwi's reading this please back me up on this idea we all know you want this just as much as i do :)
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2015년 3월 31일 오전 11시 35분 에 개발자가 답변함
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537명 중 497명(93%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
1명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
13.0 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 4월 27일
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- Do I get shot at? Check
- Do I die the moment I pop my head above the trench? Check
- Do I get bombed out and shelled? Check
- Do I scream out in fustration at the stupidity of the situations I land myself in? Check
- Do I go on suicidal charges across a few meters of land out of desperation? Check

- Do I ..... Get to return the favor? ♥♥♥♥ YES

You will die in this game, a lot. But you'll have fun. Lots of it.
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2명 중 1명(50%)이 이 평가가 유용하다고 함
10.7 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 5월 5일
재밌긴 재밌는데 아직 아시아에는 이게임이 알려지지않은것같다
근데그런건 그렇다치고 핑이 200이상도아닌데 100인상태인데
다른게임은 이상태에도 그래도 렉은 전반적으로 팀끼리 부다치면 끊기는 상황은 잇어도 이런상황은 없었다 ; 이게임은 게임문제인지는 몰라도 총을 쏘면 상대방이 맞지않는 상태가 대반수다 그것도 바로앞에잇는 적도말이다 ;
좀그거는 어떻게 안정화시켜줘서 좀잘해줬음좋겟다 아직초창기라 그런문제도 잇겟지만은 진짜 당하면 맞았는데 진짜 안죽는 그느낌은 하슈발 좆같네 생각해도
그래도 재밌기는하나 아직 컨텐츠도 초창기라 부족하고 참호전 개인전 둘 뿐이고 ㄷ 서버 핑 개선도좀 해줬으면 한다..
7/10
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게시 일시: 2015년 4월 27일
Verdun is a timely homage to those who fought in the First World War, it's that good.

An Overview

Verdun. A word that encapsulates the horrors of the First World War. For it was at Verdun where the belligerents to the fighting had to endure some of the most appalling living and fighting conditions during the course of the war on the Western Front. The incessant shelling had turned the once pristine land into a wasteland. The constant disturbance of the clay at Verdun and the driving rain caused the formation of deep craters filled with oozing liquid that could drown men if they were so unfortunate as to fall into the hell hole. The battle was so ferocious a man is said to have been killed every minute of every day for 9 months. A death toll of some 800,000 men. One infantry man wrote 'If you have not seen Verdun, you haven't seen anything of war'.

Verdun the Game

Verdun is not primarily focused on the 9-month battle of Verdun of 1916, but rather encompasses 6 intensively researched maps, each portraying a different sector along the Western front, in which the Entente and Central Powers fought so ferociously over between 1914-1918.

Why Verdun Succeeds

I don't think it is premature to state that the developers of Verdun, have made a tour de force in the form of Verdun. It is rare to find a game, that catapults you into an era in history with such an eye for detail, that you'll find yourself swearing that you are there. The immersion level in Verdun is what has kept me coming back to Verdun time and time again (286 hours on record).

Visuals

The game runs on Unity 5, perhaps the most popular Graphics engine currently around. Having had the game for 10 months or so, I have witnessed the transformation of Verdun's art direction first hand. It is only in the past 6 months, where the visuals have elevated the production values of the game to stratospheric heights. Notable visual details include:

-On ultra, the deformation of No Man’s Land is a feast for the eyes. However, even on low the game looks good.
-The character models have been researched to a very high degree, with excellent texturing.
-Artillery shells impact the ground as you would expect. Showering men with debris and sending intense plumes of smoke high into the air.
- Water logged craters, reflect the environment and character models.
-Those trees not victim to shelling, look accurate.
- The mud, especially on the map 'Artois' and 'Flanders' look photo-realistic.
-Gas obscures your vision as it should, and the way it slowly creeps through the trench systems is impressive looking.

Ambient Sounds

From the whistling of bullets over your head, to the dull thud of shells in the distance, Verdun shines in depicting the sounds of the Great War. Rifles from the Entente and Central Powers make distinctive 'cracks', whilst the man suffocating from a gas attack near you, gasps in desperation. Other ambient highlights include:

-Voice commands by fellow players which can be entered using the X key. There are over 20 instructions/emotions you can use. The most commonly used is 'Take Cover' and 'Retreat'!
- Mud squelches beneath your feet, when running in poorly irrigated battlefields such as Flanders.
-Officers (NCO's) can use their whistle to direct where their squad should position themselves.
-Reconnaissance aircraft can be heard (and seen) meandering their way above the frontlines.

Squad progression

Progression in Verdun is unlike anything you’ve seen before in an FPS. Verdun relies heavily on the use of squads. A squad comprises of 4 men each and there are 4 squads in each team. Each squad brings a unique role, uniform and weaponry to the battlefield. If you are in a match with certain players often and they are in your squad, the game will automatically track and save your progress (xp) with those people. Overtime, building enough experience with these players will elevate your squad rank which in turn unlocks a plethora of new abilities. These new abilities include the use of mustard gas and artillery barrages!

Personal progression

Verdun of course also tracks your own personal growth within the game. There are over 40+ unique roles to unlock during the course of the game. Reaching the rank of level 100 is a bruising yet satisfying experience.

Battle Modes

There are battle modes in Verdun. Frontlines and Deathmatch.


Frontline mode

This mode tries to depict and simulate the mainly futile efforts of soldiers to try and take trenches on the Western front during WW1. It is almost flawless in design. A frontlines battle usually lasts 25- 45 minutes depending upon which map you’re playing on. When a game begins you’re either authorised by the game to ‘attack’ or ‘defend’. Once the initial attack timer is over (usually 5 minutes long) and provided the enemy have not achieved a foothold (whereby extra time is afforded to the attackers if they are able to place men in the enemy trench before and after the initial attack timer has needed) then it is tasked with the defenders to attack. This counter-attack and defend system really forces squad collaboration. It is imperative that squads cover the entire length of a trench system, if they are to avoid being overrun and their trench taken. However, once the first line of a trench is taken the defeated team ‘fall back’ to their prepared 2nd defensive trench line. Thus, even if you lose a trench, you can always take it back. There can be as many as 3 trench lines on a map. Some 32 players (16 vs 16) can fight it out in total on any map.

Death Match Mode

This is by far the least popular of the 2 battle modes. This mode sees you enter into a rifle death match to kill as many players as possible. There are no teams in this one, which forces players to rely on their marksman skills. The maps in this mode, whilst identical to those of Frontline mode, are far smaller.

Optimisation

The level of optimisation for PC and Laptops has improved vastly during Early Access. The developers have spent a considerable time optimising the game. It now runs at almost 60fps on ultra for me, where before it would run at a mere 12fps.

Future content

Whilst Verdun is being released tomorrow (27/04/2015), the developers have expressed their desire to keep supporting the game post-release. They have hinted at possible new squads such as the Americans and the German pioneer squads. New maps have already been made and shall soon be ‘updated’ in the game. A developer has personally hinted to me that there will be a hard core mode in the near future, which will focus on even greater depth of immersion.

Final word

Verdun caters towards an audience who appreciates a squad-based World War experience . From the person who wants that feeling of cooperation with their teammates to the player who wishes to be immersed in a WW1 FPS, you can’t go amiss with this title. The visual fidelity is impressive and when accompanied with the ambient sounds, Verdun surpasses most FPS shooters based in war time. The Frontlines mode whilst simply executed is genius. Never before has defence or counter-attack been as exhilarating as this. As a young man, who lost both his great great uncles to the First World War on the Western Front, Verdun for me bears testament to the sacrifices made by all the men, from every nation involved in the ‘war to end all wars’. M2H and Blackmill Games have brought WW1 to life, like never before and for that I am eternally grateful.

I score the game 9.7 out of 10. My only criticism is that I don't ever play the deathmatch mode.

Thanks for reading this.

Note: Since this review the developers have confirmed in their 'Road map' for Verdun that many more squads, maps and realism modes will be included to the game in the coming months. A new gore system is to be added, complete with shredded limbs. The 'Road map' demonstrates the developers true loyalty to their fan base.
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