Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. 100
    Warhammer Online has had the smoothest, most complete MMO launch we've ever seen. Game balance and other elements of the game need tweaking but they're all there, they all work and most importantly, they're all fun.
  2. 100
    Public Quests are some of the most fun I've had in PvE, and, as I mentioned, crafting feels a lot more like an alternate activity than just something else to grind.
  3. If MMOs are what you enjoy, Warhammer Online is one of the best on the market. It may not have a new combat system built from the ground up, or flashy next-generation graphics, but its success without those two elements is a feat in its own right.
  4. Warhammer Online is more of a traditional MMORPG then the recently released action based MMO Age of Conan, but with that “traditional” label Warhammer is also one of the most polished MMORPG's gameplay wise at launch.
  5. Whether you’ve never played an MMORPG before or you are an avid fan, this game is an absolute must play. It took me a few weeks to come to this decision and a fair amount of game time. In that time I turned from being completely underwhelmed at the start, massively frustrated with game glitches in the middle to relishing logging back in for another session of all out war.
  6. The license is strong, the game is great, and the quality of the content is second- to-none. If servers are stable, players are listened to, and expansion content is as well tweaked, inventive and superbly written as its launch material, this could be the game that savages WOW's subscription numbers.
  7. Overall, Warhammer Online is a thoroughly enjoyable game.
  8. Overall, WAR is a really solid game, very well designed and bringing truly valuable new features to the genre. It still lacks some things, but also has a very long way to go for improving, evolving and growing.
  9. After looking back at all these factors, it’s obvious to me that even when it faltered, Mythic poured every ounce of its soul into WAR.
  10. All the same, bravo, Mythic. Bravo! Do you know what you’ve done? Do you have any possible reckoning for what you’ve unleashed here? In one act, you have brought more ruin upon the geek community than a fall line-up thick with wonder! Already there were thousands, perhaps tens of thousands who would forgo the normal daily needs to get that extra edge over their peers. My god, sirs, you have opened Pandora’s Box.
  11. Easily the most important MMO launch in years, and a much needed shot in the arm for the genre. [Dec 2008, p.90]
  12. 90
    Endless depth, gorgeous graphics, excellent polish for a new MMO.
  13. Its strong license, great quality and interesting innovations mixed with a fairly conventional fantasy MMO, makes this an online role-playing game to reckon with.
  14. 90
    The true test of an MMO is the one of time. There’s simply so much to see and do that it would take months to experience the entire game.
  15. No matter how you will want to play it, WAR is really all about RvR and not getting involved in such events makes you miss the real point of it. It can't be the best MMO overall, but it beats the best one in many areas, especially when it comes to going against other players.
  16. It's clear that much of Mythic's efforts have gone towards creating a balanced and inclusive PvP MMORPG and, for the most part, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is just that.
  17. If you're looking for a new MMOG, or simply want to try an online role-playing game for the first time, you won't be disappointed in joining the defenders of Order or the marauders of Destruction.
  18. Warhammer Online does a lot of things well, and is deserving of attention by most MMO fans. WAR is definitely on a good path, let's hope it doesn't stray from it.
  19. WAR pretty much kept all its promises. It’s certainly different from all the other MMORPGs out there – it’s an all-out war in the world of Warhammer.
  20. Anyone tired of the WoW juggernaut or who wants something else to try are doing themselves a disservice by not giving Warhammer a try. With just a little TLC it has the ability to grow very long legs.
  21. It's difficult to recommend Warhammer Online to anyone who isn't into player vs. player, as that's the real focus of the game, but for those who do, it's definitely an interesting take.
  22. Whether your preference is for PvP or PvE, the frustrations of aimless wandering and vague directions are gone.
  23. The end result is simply that Warhammer Online is a big deal for those who want to kill other players, but may be ho-hum for those who want the most compelling, charming, content-filled fantasy world out there.
  24. The real stars of this game are the gameplay and community. The game is multi-layered with enough of an open-ended experience to allow players to play and succeed in the manner they wish – whether in the RvR or as a PvE player.
  25. Mythic Entertainment may have created the best MMORPG based on an outside property. The universe of Warhammer fits perfectly into a game of this nature, and was implemented by the folks at Mythic with precision and dedication.
  26. In the end there’s no accounting for taste, but if you have any serious interest in MMORPGs, you owe it to yourself to at least try Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.
  27. Although one faces problems in getting started, WAR is a very entertaining game and enriches the landscape of MMORPGs.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 367 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 151
  1. JohnH.
    Oct 7, 2008
    PvE seems very unpolished: mobs that warp around, they keep chasing you after being snared, cast bars not representing the actual casting PvE seems very unpolished: mobs that warp around, they keep chasing you after being snared, cast bars not representing the actual casting time, cooldown counters are not precise, animation that doesn't represent the game state (if you try to cast while you're knocked down, you jump up and fall back down), the UI buttons don't get grayed out when you're knocked out .. etc I mean these things are so obvious, they should feel ashamed of releasing a game with problems that are so clear and obvious. On my server the RvR was completely absent. During the week I played, I have not seen one single assault on a keep. I grinded some BGs, but could not buy any more gear since order didn't hold any keeps. Public Quests are nice, but again there seems to be a lack of participation. You eventually end up solo grinding them, and rarely do you get enough players (4 or 5) to push them over the 1st stage (grind 50 mobs). There are no official support or community forums either (WTF ?!?!?), the best I've seen was a fan forum I think. The game has some performance issues too, there are bugs that make the game choppy on machines that play crysis on high settings. Full Review »
  2. ChrisR.
    Dec 25, 2008
    Ok so while the reviews on this one are a little bloated for the most part your right. It is a fairly good PvP based game. (or RvR if youOk so while the reviews on this one are a little bloated for the most part your right. It is a fairly good PvP based game. (or RvR if you will). Now PvP is fine and dandy but MMORPG's are based upon the simple fact that there will in fact be a RPG part of the game. None non-existant. You want to raid? unfortunately the only raiding is done by 6-mans. You can take 20 people in, but the rewards are the same. So save some time and frustration and 6 man it. Note* this is the second game to come out with no end game content and raiding this year. Fail AoC. Fail War. Full Review »
  3. Nov 25, 2011
    I know many of you will discredit me when saying this, but I tried WAR coming from WoW. Tbh, I probably would not be into MMO's if it werentI know many of you will discredit me when saying this, but I tried WAR coming from WoW. Tbh, I probably would not be into MMO's if it werent for the PvE of WoW. I was given 2 months of paid subscription from my friend, since he knew I played the free version and didn't like it, and I couldn't play it for more than a day... The graphics and mechanics all point towards an unfinished game, and the PvE is just terrible. PvP is decent, but I couldn't get into the RvR. Full Review »