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Name: Total War: Warhammer
Release date: May 24, 2016
Platforms: PC
Genre: Turn-based Strategy, Grand Strategy

Description

Total War: Warhammer is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game developed by Creative Assembly, and a gameplay sequel to Total War: Attila. It combines the hybrid gameplay of the Total War series with the setting of Games Workshop's fantasy tabletop game, Warhammer Fantasy Battles.

It has two main pillars of gameplay - turn-based campaign map and real-time battles. In the campaign map, you choose a faction, and you settle cities, fight other factions, initiate diplomacy and partake in various quests and victory objectives. The battles feature vast armies of many troops, monsters, and heroes, who clash on numerous battlefields and have to defeat the other with battle tactics, overwhelming force or any other of the various means supported. The base game features four base factions (five with free DLC), and four other factions through paid DLC.

Recommendation

Total War: Warhammer's biggest strength is the factions. While in previous Total War titles, the factions were numerous and very similar in look and feel, this game presents distinct factions with unique and interesting traits, armies and feel, which adds a lot of replayability. While the campaign in the game isn't considered to be particularly deep in its mechanics, it suits the fantasy world well, and it is not the point - the battles are. They look great, and while it does take some time before you'll feel you're in control, they are high in both spectacle and tactical depth. The sieges are quite criticized in the game, though - particularly because they do not feel unique from one another, cities feel the same, and it forces very similar tactics, which doesn't fit the diverse world and factions.

If you're the kind of person who fantasized about massive fantasy battles from when he was a kid and doesn't mind the steep learning curve (particularly if you've never played a Total War game before), you will very much enjoy this game. 

Metacritics Rating: 86 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 20-40 h (one campaign)

Our recommendation

If you like the idea of massive fantasy battles and have the time to learn, then we recommend this game.

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Description

Total War: Warhammer is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game developed by Creative Assembly, and a gameplay sequel to Total War: Attila. It combines the hybrid gameplay of the Total War series with the setting of Games Workshop's fantasy tabletop game, Warhammer Fantasy Battles.

It has two main pillars of gameplay - turn-based campaign map and real-time battles. In the campaign map, you choose a faction, and you settle cities, fight other factions, initiate diplomacy and partake in various quests and victory objectives. The battles feature vast armies of many troops, monsters, and heroes, who clash on numerous battlefields and have to defeat the other with battle tactics, overwhelming force or any other of the various means supported. The base game features four base factions (five with free DLC), and four other factions through paid DLC.

Recommendation

Total War: Warhammer's biggest strength is the factions. While in previous Total War titles, the factions were numerous and very similar in look and feel, this game presents distinct factions with unique and interesting traits, armies and feel, which adds a lot of replayability. While the campaign in the game isn't considered to be particularly deep in its mechanics, it suits the fantasy world well, and it is not the point - the battles are. They look great, and while it does take some time before you'll feel you're in control, they are high in both spectacle and tactical depth. The sieges are quite criticized in the game, though - particularly because they do not feel unique from one another, cities feel the same, and it forces very similar tactics, which doesn't fit the diverse world and factions.

If you're the kind of person who fantasized about massive fantasy battles from when he was a kid and doesn't mind the steep learning curve (particularly if you've never played a Total War game before), you will very much enjoy this game. 

TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER DLC LISTarrow

Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Race Packs

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What does it add?

It adds a new playable race to the grand campaign with unique units and campaign mechanics, along with three unique Legendary Lords. Was a controversial, pre-order DLC.

Buy this if:

  • You like the aesthetics and feel of Chaos Warriors
  • You want to play as Chaos Warriors
  • Otherwise, we do not recommend it

Key store price: 5.64 $
Traditional store price: 6.69 $
Our visitor's rating: 59
Release date: May 24, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

Call of the Beastmen adds a new race with new units to campaign and multiplayer, and a mini-campaign with a new map and objective. It also features three Legendary Lords for the grand campaign with unique start positions.

Buy this if:

  • You like the feel and aesthetics of the Beastmen race
  • You like the idea of a more thematic mini-campaign
  • You really want to play the Beastmen

Key store price: 9.38 $
Traditional store price: 16.04 $
Metacritics Rating: 72
Release date: Jul 28, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

Realm of the Wood Elves adds a new race with new units and mechanics to the grand campaign and multiplayer, and a mini-campaign with a new map and objective. It features two Legendary Lords with unique start positions.

Buy this if:

  • You like Wood Elves aesthetics and feel
  • You like a smaller, more focused mini-campaign

Key store price: 10.40 $
Traditional store price: 16.04 $
Metacritics Rating: 76
Release date: Dec 8, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

Norsca adds a new race with new units to the grand campaign and multiplayer with unique campagn mechanics. It also features two Legendary Lords for the grand campaign with unique start positions.

Buy this if:

  • If you like the aesthetics and feel of Norsca
  • You like to stomp your enemies with armored mammoths

Key store price: 9.06 $
Traditional store price: 8.89 $
Our visitor's rating: 92.5
Release date: Aug 10, 2017
Trailer: YouTube

Lord & Unit Packs

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What does it add?

It adds two new Legendary Lords for the Empire and Vampire Counts factions each, each with unique quest battles. Also adds new units for those factions and special versions of all units, called Regiments of Renown, to those two factions.

Buy this if:

  • If you want a complete roster for the Empire and Vampire Counts
  • If you love Empire and/or Vampire Counts and want to have more campaign variety

Key store price: 4.91 $
Traditional store price: 7.99 $
Release date: Sep 1, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

It adds two new Legendary Lords, one for the Dwarves and one for the Greenskins, each with his unique campaign objectives, quest chains and starting positions. Also adds new units for Greenskins and Dwarves along with Regiments of Renown for both of these factions.

Buy this if:

  • You like the idea of new, unique campaign with Dwarves or the Greenskins
  • You want a complete roster for those factions

Key store price: 5.35 $
Traditional store price: 7.99 $
Release date: Oct 20, 2016
Trailer: YouTube

Miscellaneous

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What does it add?

It adds blood effects for the battles, along with some minor events in the grand campaign.

Buy this if:

  • You want the battles to feel more visceral and bloody
  • You don't mind paying little money for what is almost just a graphics effect

Usual price: 2.49 $
Release date: Jun 30, 2016
Trailer: YouTube
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Standard Edition PC 51.89 $ 16.59 $

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Key store recommendations

Key resellers are sites that sell game keys at (usually) much lower prices than traditional retailers. They do this through a combination of ways, like selling keys that come in a bundle, that were on a sale and many other ways.

The reason why we separated them from traditional retailers is that these stores have been the subject of a divisive discussion for a long time.

The reason we include them is that you can buy keys on these sites usually for very big discounts, sometimes quite ridiculously cheap. In 99 % of cases, they will work the same as a much more expensive key would. For many people, especially people from countries with lower standards of living, this can mean big savings that have a significant impact on their life, while also playing the game and not resorting to piracy.

If you are buying on these stores, we have a few recommendations to follow:

  1. Just know there is a tiny risk. Either your purchase will fail and you will use your money, or that the key you recieved won't work. It has never happened to us or anyone we know, but it has certainly happened to a number of people on the internet. That is partly the nature of the business, partly un-consumer business practices of some of the stores. In 99.9 % of cases, the purchase will be ok, but sometimes it won't.
  2. If the price is not cheaper on key stores (it almost always is, though), then we recommend to buy from the traditional, established retailers.
  3. If it is a store with multiple sellers with ratings, always pick the one with the highest number of sold keys and ratings. The probability of a successful purchase is much higher if buying from a reputable key seller.