Creative Assembly has been cranking out the Total War franchise for well over a decade and shows no signs of slowing down as fans keep eating the series up. Taking a break from their historical themed releases, the company along with Sega decided to go the fantasy route in Total War: Warhammer, which combines the strategy players of the series love with the deep universe of the Warhammer franchise to make an epic game that will appeal to fans of both and those looking for the next big RTS.
This being my first time playing a Total War and Warhammer games, I’m not exactly sure on the vast lore of both series, but this title allows you to play as the Empire, the Dwarfs, the Greenskins, the Vampire Counts, and if you purchase the DLC, you’ll have access to the Warriors of Chaos and their leaders and mounts. Whichever one you choose, it’s up to you to lead them to victory against the other factions once you’ve setup your units and position them (which can take awhile thanks to the grand scale of the battlefield). Creative Assembly has placed a lot of detail into these epic battles, as every unit can be seen playing their part when zoomed in on, and all of the shooting and slashing looks like a grand battle from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit films.
There’s also an option to speed up and slow down the speed of the game that gives you chances to make your hero stay and fight or make a hasty tactical retreat. Each faction has their pros and cons as well, from the Vampire Lords having powerful melee attacks, to the Dwarves having great ranged attacks. I also like the fact you can have a friend join in the fun via online co-op in both the campaign mode and multiplayer mode. I’ve always been an advocate for co-op campaign play, so this is a welcomed addition for me and others who love it as much as I do.
As I mentioned earlier, Creative Assembly has done a marvelous job making everything look and sound great here. I could go on all day about the painstaking details of the units, their animations, the environmental effects, and so on, but it has to be seen to believe them. It also helps to have a good gaming PC to run this one, as having hundreds of units duking it out can take quite a toll on your rig.
Fans of Total War and Warhammer are sure to love fighting their way through Total War: Warhammer. While it can bit a little overwhelming at first (especially if you’re new to it like I am), you’ll soon be deploying units and battling with the best of them. Add in the amazing level of detail of the factions, the epic scale of the battlefield, and online co-op play, and you have a deep, fun RTS for the ages.