• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2017
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  • Summary: Prince Tyrion, Defender of Ulthuan, guides the High Elves in their desperate efforts to stabilise the vortex as it roils above their home continent. Atop his palanquin-throne, the Slann Mage-Priest Mazdamundi directs his Lizardmen war-hosts as they surge northward from Lustria. He, too, isPrince Tyrion, Defender of Ulthuan, guides the High Elves in their desperate efforts to stabilise the vortex as it roils above their home continent. Atop his palanquin-throne, the Slann Mage-Priest Mazdamundi directs his Lizardmen war-hosts as they surge northward from Lustria. He, too, is intent on preventing cataclysm, though the methods of The Old Ones must prevail. The Witch King Malekith and his sadistic Dark Elf hordes spew forth from Naggaroth and their labyrinthine Black Arks. He tastes great weakness in the vortex -- and great opportunity in its demise. Meanwhile a fourth, secretive race stirs, their motives obscured by sinister plots and machinations. The time for revelation is nigh... The second in a trilogy and sequel to the award-winning Total War: WARHAMMER, Total War: WARHAMMER II brings players a breathtaking new narrative campaign, set across the vast continents of Lustria, Ulthuan, Naggaroth and the Southlands. The Great Vortex Campaign builds pace to culminate in a definitive and climactic endgame, an experience unlike any other Total War title to date. Playing as one of 8 Legendary Lords across 4 iconic races from the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, players must succeed in performing a series of powerful arcane rituals in order to stabilise or disrupt The Great Vortex, while foiling the progress of the other races. Each Legendary Lord has a unique geographical starting position, and each race offers a distinctive new playstyle with unique campaign mechanics, narrative, methods of war, armies, monsters, Lores of Magic, legendary characters, and staggering new battlefield bombardment abilities. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 16, 2018
    100
    An innovative, original structure built on the solid foundations of the first game has exceedingly succeeded. Who was afraid that at second Warhammer developers will lose their breath, was terribly mistaken. [Issue#279]
  2. Sep 25, 2017
    92
    A worthy sequel, visually gorgeous and strategically engaging, that could have been even better if CA embraced a stronger drive to innovate.
  3. games(TM)
    Nov 3, 2017
    90
    It's easily one of the best Total War experiences yet, which in turn makes it one of the best RTS games available. [Issue#194, p.73]
  4. Total War: Warhammer 2 is an amazing combination of Warhammer and Total War for all of us to enjoy for a long time.
  5. Oct 16, 2017
    85
    The areas in which Total War: Warhammer 2 improves on its formula are plentiful, resulting in one best put together Total War games to be released. While the fantastical Warhammer setting won’t appeal to some, particularly a few of those who’ve enjoyed Total War’s previous historical releases and were expecting more, it’s wonderful to see the wonderful world of Warhammer come to love so expertly and vividly. If you’ve played and enjoyed Total War: Warhammer 1, then it’s a near given that you’ll love what’s on offer here.
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 7, 2017
    84
    The problem of Warhammer II’s campaign is that it’s not a grand-campaign. Traditionally, numerical Total Wars offered an expansionist gameplay, while intermediate games experimented with things like special victory conditions and new mechanics – and stuff that works best found its way into next numerical installation. With Warhammer II, Creative Assembley eschews that practice in favor of from drawing board straight to the game approach. [Issue#224, p.64]
  7. Sep 25, 2017
    70
    I’d like to see more of what worked in the first Total Warhammer, though. Less world-spanning disaster, more localized enmities and backroom politicking. I don’t just want factions to play differently in pursuit of the same goal—I want them to be different. That’s undoubtedly a hard trick to pull off, especially when it comes to balancing strengths and weaknesses, but I think it made Total Warhammer a much stronger game than this more traditional sequel.

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  1. Positive: 42 out of 64
  2. Negative: 13 out of 64
  1. Feb 1, 2020
    10
    one of the best game i even played. I have about 1000 hour in game and if i play more game is more funny, interesting and rewarding.
  2. Oct 14, 2017
    10
    it's my first total war game and it's amazing, especially the battles and character animations are unmatched, it's a complete joy to watch theit's my first total war game and it's amazing, especially the battles and character animations are unmatched, it's a complete joy to watch the replay of a fight to zoom in on the chaos and see all those troops running around and fighting, it's like a battle in lord of the rings movie every time.. tactical gameplay on the world map as well as battles is of course also top notch, it's fun to upgrade your army and dominate the map.. if you like strategy games this is the best I've ever palyed Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2017
    10
    Very fun game, compared to Total War: Warhammer this game has a better introduction to beginners as it goes through the basic steps that i hadVery fun game, compared to Total War: Warhammer this game has a better introduction to beginners as it goes through the basic steps that i had to learn through googling for the first game.

    The models and animation of the game is a lot better than the first one, also the dragons look and animate so much better than the first game.

    Overall they improved from their last game and made it a lot more beginner friendly with their introduction.

    The only complaint i have with this game is the performance, it's worse than the first game. But it will probrobly be improved over the next few patches.
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  4. Oct 4, 2017
    9
    I was an early adopter of TW1 (preordered and jumped on the hype train) but when it first came out it wasn't everything I thought it was goingI was an early adopter of TW1 (preordered and jumped on the hype train) but when it first came out it wasn't everything I thought it was going to be. Now, my opinion improved as they added more and more content to it but, just comparing initial releases, TW2 is...well it's incredible! I've only played it for 4 hours this morning but it's got me hooked! Beautiful campaign map! The detail in every inch is amazing! Great new units and diverse races with unique mechanics! Magic also seems to have been given a large buff, but that could be because I've been played as the Slann mage. Nothing more satisfying than lining up the perfect comet of cassandora (sp?)!! Also the rituals are an interesting, if sometimes frustrating mechanic. Frustration in this sense is good bc if it was too easy to complete then I'd get bored in a week or two. It's basically a choice. Do I defend my lands and progress further towards (vortex) victory or do I focus my efforts on conquering and/interfering with everyone else's rituals? And a note about conquering, this map is huge. Like, what the heck! When I zoomed out and looked around I was stunned! If I conquered Lustria (which I fully intend to do) I'm pretty sure I'd have the same, if not more, territories than all the human settlements combined in the TW1 campaign! And Lustria is about 1/3 to 1/4 of the whole campaign area!!!
    Anyways, I just wanted to put it out there that if you're on the fence about this game, don't be. If you can afford it, this game is a great game with tons of fun content!
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  5. Nov 19, 2019
    8
    Total War Warhammer II est la suite du premier opus, avec en ligne de mire, l’extension gratuite Mortal Empires, qui permet de fusionner leTotal War Warhammer II est la suite du premier opus, avec en ligne de mire, l’extension gratuite Mortal Empires, qui permet de fusionner le contenu des deux jeux, MAP et faction sont donc présentes, proposant une durée de vie colossale, d’autant plus que le jeu possède une véritable rejouabilité, puisque le gameplay et les objectifs changent d’une race à une autre. D’ailleurs, je n’ai pas joué l’œil du vortex, qui est la campagne propre de cet opus.

    Il faut bien sûr, posséder les deux jeux pour profiter de l’extension Mortal Empires. Le troisième Warhammer devrait lui aussi être compatible. J’ose à peine imaginer la durée de vie que cela représentera. Bien entendu, il faudra prévoir qu’un certain nombre de faction devra être acheté via des DLC payants, comme pour ces deux premiers opus de la trilogie. Ce dernier Total War Warhammer serait par ailleurs en pré-production, voir en production selon une courte recherche internet.

    Mais revenons à nos moutons avec du concret puisque Warhammer II lui, est bien là.Le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est qu’il en impose. La campagne fait partie je pense, des plus longues et des plus riches que l’ont est vus dans la franchise, grâce à Mortal Empires cité précédemment. Les batailles sont comme toujours, vraiment aux tops. Attention cependant, le jeu peut se montrer vraiment punitif. Au moindre faux pas, y compris diplomatique, on peut le payer très chère.

    Quatre nouvelles factions sont disponibles de base, sans DLC donc. Il s’agit pour être plus précis des Skavens, des haut-Elfs, des Elfs noirs ainsi que des hommes lézards. J’ai d’ailleurs perdu à de nombreuses reprises avec les Elfs noirs et leurs gameplay difficile. Quand je disais que c’était punitif, c’est d’autant plus vrai avec cette faction en particulier, ou peut être est-ce moi qui n’a pas su en comprendre les subtilités…

    J’ai à souligner deux défauts importants du titre selon moi. Tout d’abord, les temps de chargements affreusement longs… Ensuite, bien que j’ai joué en vanilla, sans mod donc, et bien mon jeu a connu quelques crashs, toujours désagréables.

    Pour conclure, ce deuxième Total War Warhammer est dans la continuité du premier, à savoir dans l’excellence !
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  6. Oct 2, 2017
    5
    Same weaknesses as the first game: the battles are not fun to play. It is very difficult to track all of the units across the map,Same weaknesses as the first game: the battles are not fun to play. It is very difficult to track all of the units across the map, particularly with the huge variations in sizes. All of the battles are huge 20v20 brawls without any tactical depth. I just spammed armies of Spearmen and autoresolved everything to get through the campaign.

    The loyalty mechanic makes the Dark Elves and Skaven a PITA to play, with risk of mini civil war (the mechanic that ruined Rome 2 and Attila) constantly. The campaign itself is quite weak, with less depth than the first game. The 'rituals' just involve defending yourself against multiple 20-stack armies placed into your territory every few turns.

    A sad downturn in enjoyment as compared to the awesome Empire and Shogun 2 games. The series has been on a downard trajectory since Rome.
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  7. Jan 11, 2020
    0
    This game is a waste of time. They could have done better. This is no better than total war was 10+ years ago. I can whole heartedly say ****This game is a waste of time. They could have done better. This is no better than total war was 10+ years ago. I can whole heartedly say **** TOTAL WAR! THIS IS THE WORST TOTAL WAR GAME EVER MADE. PREDATORY AND GREEDY! FAME IS RIGGED WHERE KILLING A FACTIONS WHILE ARMY AND ALL BUT 1 SETTLEMENT, THEY CAN MAKE A GIANT ARMY LARGER THAN YOURS AND TRANSPORT IT ACROSS THE SEA ALL IN 1 TURN. WARHAMMER 2 IS RIGGED! Expand

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