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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Release Date: Apr 28, 2015

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April 28

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:

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.

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

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April 7

Verdun’s official release is coming!

Joyous news for the troops in the trenches; the official launch date for Verdun is set on the 28th of April 2015! After more than a year in Steam Early Access, during which many community driven improvements were done to the game such as the addition of different troop types, new maps, improving the UI, bullet physics, the Unity 5 engine update and the introduction of the iconic gas weapon combined with a claustrophobic gas-mask experience to name just a few, the Steam Early Access is finally getting to a close. Here a trailer summarizing the development progression in Early Access so far: http://

Now the focus is on Verdun’s official release. As a gesture of gratitude, Early Access players will be gifted a ‘Steam Early Access medal’ and can try out the live build of Verdun a day before launch.

Also, all players are invited to sign up for the first Verdun tournament, which will be hosted on Steam during the celebration of the release!
Be sure not to miss the celebration, sign up for the Verdun tournament here:

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About This Game

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.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
    • 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.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
    • 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.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
Helpful customer reviews
481 of 521 people (92%) found this review helpful
197 people found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Early Access Review
- 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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292 of 314 people (93%) found this review helpful
80 people found this review funny
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
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.


And as for some advice, keep your head down.
This isn't Call of Duty.
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139 of 144 people (97%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
112.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
This game is for proper war game buffs. It gives me the same tingles as COD (the first one) and Mohaa. It insists you play as a team, otherwise you quickly become alone, exposed and as a team, fragmented and ineffectual. It is a superb game in many ways, but most importantly having played it since it's Alpha phase inception, it does one major thing right - it does not allow spammers, sprayers or any selfish people to win simply by fluke. It tells you a proper story about trench warfare; you fight together or die alone. The graphics are now great, the immersion is fantastic. Deaths are brutally quick and soul-crushingly quiet on occasion; one minute your pal is there, the next he is in a shell hole face down in the mud. Alternatively the crack of a sniper bullet suddenly halts your next step, or a shell explodes and all that is left of you is pink mist. This game brings the trenches to your computer and genuinely tries to demostrate that war is not glorious. It is sad, poignant and utterly maddening. You will care about your life. You will care about others' lives. You will hate dying and you will die over and over again. Practice hard, play hard, and you will be the one whislting "come death come" as you silently end life.
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128 of 138 people (93%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
390.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Verdun, simply put, is one of the most ambitious and fully realized first-person shooters that a lot of similar games never come close to achieving.

This game literally bleeds with passion for recreating one of the most horrifying chapters in human history. From the ambient WW1-era music in the main menus to the sprawling trench-lines on the battlefields to even individual soldiers' uniforms this game is truly the product of a dedicated team.

The core game mode of Verdun entails capturing and holding trenches of course. The Entente and Central Powers take turns attacking and defending until time runs out or one side captures every line. Many other games have a similar "capture and hold this area" gameplay mechanic but Verdun takes a different approach. Soldiers can establish footholds in a trench so that their teams' overall attack can continue, and if enough defenders are killed momentum can swift in the attackers' favor by giving them more time to take the trench. The defenders can however take back the initiative by pushing all enemy players out their trench and preventing any more players from entering until the attack phase ends.

In order for your team to be able to successfully attack and defend their trenches, working with your squad is an absolute must! But what is great about Verdun is how squad gameplay feels natural and fluid unlike other games that use a forced squad mechanic. Squads in Verdun are compromised of four men each assigned a role within a overall squad type. As of this writing, the three squad type include line infantry, recon, and assault squads. Line infantry squads can call in artillery strikes, have machine gun capabilities, accurate rifle fire and access to grenades. Recon squads are fast moving, highly accurate riflemen that can use a recon plane to reveal enemies positions to the squad. The assault squad is able to call in gas to harass the enemy, can be equipped with melee weapons (think trench clubs and shovels) and have access to advanced weaponry.

While these squads on their own can be rather deadly, they can get much better through squad experience points you earn when you play with the same players repeatedly. As your squad levels up, each squad role will get access to better skills such as the ability to hold your breath longer and upgraded capabilities such as improved artillery strikes or a recon plane bombing run depending on what the squad type is. As you individually level up, you will unlock career points which can be used to purchase more loadouts for each squad role. This can all sound a little intimidating at first, but everything comes together seamlessly creating a highly customizable playing experience that caters to individual players' tastes.

So after spending more than 300 hours in Verdun since getting the game in October 2013, what makes me continue to come back to the trenches? Every time I play the game feels fresh and frankly just plain fun to play. One of the best mechanics of Verdun is how well paced the overall gameplay is. You can easily have a slow moment in the game where you are hanging back in the trenches waiting for the the enemy to come. Next minute, artillery is raining down all over the trench-line, gas is quick seeping in creating a deadly and terrifying sensation as you quickly dawn your gas mask. You look to your side as some of your unfortunate teammates asphyxiate to death on the fumes since they were too slow to equip their mask. Suddenly you hear a shout and see enemy players charging over the top of your trench bashing in any your teammates they see leaving you only seconds to fight them off or face certain death.

It's these little experiences in Verdun that really make the game worth coming back to again and again. The only real complaint I had and still somewhat have with Verdun is the thorny issue of optimization. Ever since the game was moved to the Unity 5 engine, it has always been difficult for a fair amount of players including me to get a consistent framerate with the game. The issue seems to be irrespective of what your hardware setup is, as I meet the recommended system requirements and I have seen users who more than meet recommended get a paltry FPS. However the developers to their credit have and continue to release numerous patches that have addressed optimization issues. There are sill annoying micro-stutters in framerate I encounter from time to time, even when there is not too much action onscreen. But again recent builds largely created a highly playable game and I am confident the developers will only improve the game further.

All in all, I cannot highly recommend Verdun enough. With exciting new squad types, game modes and maps in the works and the possibility of expansion packs in the future, Verdun has dug its foxhole and is here to stay! With that then, see you in the trenches!
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100 of 110 people (91%) found this review helpful
101 people found this review funny
99.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I can hear the steel pots and pans banging against each other on my backpack.

11/10 would sit in trench banging pots and pans because of PTSD again.
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85 of 92 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I'm a ww1 Australian reenactor and I love my ww1 history. This game has fufilled everything i could have ever wanted in a ww1 FPS. It feels like im in a genuine battle, you get mowed down by rifle and machinegun fire when sprinting across no-mans land. You get bombed to pieces by artillery and grenades. This is the genuine ww1 experience if you are looking for a game set during The Great War. The only thing i would like to see added to this game would be larger squad sizes. and possibly a larger player cap. Say 64/64 for example with 4 squads of 8 men. So 1 Officer/NCO, 4 Rifleman, 2 Bombers, and 1 Light Machine Gunner. It would just increase the realism and intese fighting that you see in pictures of ww1. Everyone almost shoulder to shoulder running across no-mans land. But apart from wanting to see that (only cause im a ww1 reenactor :P ) I give this game 10/10.
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104 of 120 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
28 July, 2014: We need help this game community to grow and if you like red orchestra or insurgency then this game is for you . My score is 9/10 when it will come out it will be 10/10 for me.

28 April, 2015: Develepers did great job optimizing and adding features to the game . This game is worth every penny.
as I predicted 10/10 for me.
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69 of 72 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Verdun is a game that (I think) you will either love or hate. You will die. A lot. You will fight over and over for the same stretch of land, again and again. Did I say you will die a lot? You will. A lot.

Being a veteran of the Red Orchestra 2 and Rising Storm games, dying a lot is not necessarily a bad thing to me. If I take a bullet, that means that one of my squadmates didn’t. Maybe one of them was my squad leader. Now I can spawn closer to the enemy trench! I love dying in the mud of no man’s land.

There are two game modes, but you will most likely only play Frontlines. In this mode, you fight over a small section of the Western Front where the goal is to advance and capture sectors, or defend those sectors from being captured. If an attack loses momentum, melts away in machine gun fire as it were, the roles are reversed and the defending team goes on the attack. Sometimes a team keeps on advancing, but mostly the teams go back and forth over the same stretch of bloody mud until the match is over.

The game is at its best with a full server. The maps are fairly small, and the fights are intense. It’s probably not that realistic, but it’s gritty. On of the best (and scariest) moment so far was when I had just fallen back from a failed attack and was back in my trench. I got up on the firing step and aimed my SMLE at a green cloud of bromide gas. Out of the cloud came three gray-clad Landsers in gas masks, rushing my position. I managed to take one down, but the others jumped into the trench and shot me in the back. Damn.

Are you on the fence about this game? I can’t tell you if you will like this game, I can just tell you that I love this game. Have you played Red Orchestra 2 and/or Rising Storm and liked those games? If yes, then you’d probably love this game.
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56 of 59 people (95%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
114.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
This game is a game where the team is always more important than the individual. Your life is worthless and as soon as you accept that you are going to have so much fun.
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55 of 58 people (95%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I bayonet charged into the enemy trench and stabbed him as he desperately tried to shoot me. I suffered beneath an unexpected gas attack, and was blown away by artillery fire.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
The game went from peasant to millionaire , a massive improvement from early acess to official release , Very recommended to red orchestra fans :)
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49 of 57 people (86%) found this review helpful
59 people found this review funny
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Best death simulator ever. I've never had such fun being mortared and gassed while bludgeoning enemy officers with a trench mace.
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Having bought the game way back in early access, its amazing just how far the devs have come, this is a shining example of what early access should be used for.
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55 of 69 people (80%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Great game. 'Keep your mind on the squad and much benefit you will have' - Yoda
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
If you like keeping your head down put of pure fear of it being blown off, and shooting down any and all enemy players you see. This is the game for you. As you fight through these Hell like trenches you develop a respect for the men that actually did this against all odds. To put in short... By this game. I highly Recommend it. 9/10
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
So I can't recommend this game enough
want to experience the thrill of rushing into a trench full of unsuspecting soldiers??
want to charge with your squadmates into a desolate landscape filled with craters??
want to mow down soldiers as they try to charge into your trench??
then oh boy this game is for you
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
77.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Pre-Release Review
its so realistic i was institutionalized for shell shock
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I went into this game rather skeptically - a lot of historical shooters tend to fall into a difficult spot with regards to the way they are played. Most games end up as a classic deathmatch or a camping simulator with old timey costumes, particularly WW2 games. Red Orchestra and Heroes & Generals, despite being two very good 'simulator shooter' games, both suffer from this problem quite heavily. With Verdun, you can set aside those worries now.

Verdun manages to break away from that mold by heavily incentivising players to fight in the style of trench warfare. Every battle is fought in a series of 'phases' - one side defending, one side attacking. While defending, if you venture to far towards the enemy lines, you will be considered deserting and killed. If you don't charge forward while attacking, you essentially forfeit the round. Run too far from your trench and you will be killed for desertion. In this way, the game keeps the maps expansive, but enclosed: a perfect size for a medium-scale skirmish that captures the feeling of fighting over a small slice of a much larger war.

Believe it or not, trench-style tactics work and really give this game a strong feeling of immersion. If your squad trickles in slowly while on the glorious attack, your men will be picked off quickly and accomplish nothing. But if your entire team charges in a human wave, the enemy simply cannot keep up and will likely be overwhelmed. Then comes the gritty, brutal close-quarters fighting to hold down the trench, stabbing with bayonets, bashing with spiked clubs, and desperately firing off bolt-action rifles at point-blank.

A wide variety of weapons are available - pistols, machine guns, bolt-action rifles, et cetera - and you will unlock various side-grades as your soldier gains career points, keeping the game fresh and fun.

Currently the game has a nice array of nations represented: The United Kingdom with its Canadian dominion troops and France currently represent the triple entente, while the central powers are represented by the German Empire. Apparently the United States and Austria are to be represented soon, though these may simply be rumours.

Overall, the game is a highly welcome addition to the historical shooter genre, and is incredibly addictive and fun to play, and is, in my opinion, far superior to the other options currently available, overtaking even Tripwire's 'Rising Storm' for amazing, brutal gameplay and attention to detail. You would be doing yourself a disservice to miss this one!

Sadly, no ANZAC or Ottoman Empire troops or costumes are represented in-game yet, but are the Developers really surprised people are asking for them? You released your WW1 game on the weekend of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, which began April 25th, 1915!
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
So I decided to check out the steam store today and found this gem. I grew up playing games like MOH, Goldeneye, and Call of Duty and at this point I tend to get burnt out with shooters. Not this game. I am gonna spend a lot of time in the trenches.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
For years WW2 shooters were all the rage in video games, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Battlefield 1942, Brothers in Arms, Red Orchestra, etc, but I always wanted to see a WW1 shooter and now there finally is one. Imagine extreme trench warfare, mustard gas, tons of different bolt action rifles, lugers, mortar fire, running from cover to cover in no man's land, mowing down enemies with the heavy machine gun! This is a lot of fun, it encourages teamwork even though there's limited VOIP, what I and many others will do is relay the enemies' position in team chat, such as "LEFT SIDE" if the enemy has breached our position on the left side of the trench, or is about to. One may view the lack of VOIP as a negative, but on the plus side you're less likely to hear any screaming squeakers on the mic and go through the effort of going in the menu and muting them. If you play as the officer class you can call in mustard gas strikes, mortar strikes or air recon (depending on the type of squad you're in) by holding Q and right clicking. The game is somewhat realistic, it only takes one shot from a bolt action rifle to kill someone and you need to use cover, but there's no friendly fire and there are crosshairs. If you like realistic, yet fun shooters, like Insurgency, you're gonna like Verdun. Like Insurgency, the developers keep adding content in free updates (they've added 2 new maps since I've owned Verdun), so I highly recommend this unique shooter as it gives you far more bang for your buck than your typical AAA shooter that charges $50 for a season pass.

EDIT: I just found out that they recently added VOIP, but it's limited to your squad only. The developers are adding free expansions that will include gore, new maps, the trench gun, flamethrowers and new squads, including the Americans and Belgians and in future expansions they'll add more fronts, such as the Eastern front between Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary and many more. More details can be found here:
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