Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 77 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jun 20, 2016
    100
    An old classic and new ideas put together a great continuation of the legendary strategy series. This is exactly what Total War needed. [Issue#264]
  2. 100
    Warhammer convincingly teleports you into a fantasy universe where those miniatures that you used to spend weeks and months painting in anticipating of grand tabletop wargaming are able to come to life.
  3. May 20, 2016
    98
    Creative Assembly has outdone themselves with the best concept for a Total War game since Rome with the biggest, varied and intriguing campaigns in the history of the franchise. The variety between the different races is enormous and the lore, upgrades and units are no slouch either. The tactical decisions you’re faced with are endlessly deep and everything looks stunning as well. This is a masterpiece.
  4. Jun 6, 2016
    96
    Total War: Warhammer is not only a great Total War game, but one of the greatest strategy games of all time.
  5. CD-Action
    Jul 21, 2016
    95
    Total War and Warhammer are a match made in heaven and Creative Assembly’s latest release is a dream come true for the aficionados of both franchises. As a fan of Game Workshop’s tabletop original I have waited my whole life for this game. [07/2016, p.70]
  6. May 19, 2016
    95
    This is one epic game. A great fantasy battle circus, the new CA title is quite the visual experience, while remaining tactically engaging.
  7. May 19, 2016
    94
    Total War Warhammer is perhaps the best Total War we ever seen, offers all great features of Attila and brand new fantasy gameplay with the creatures and magic of Warhammer, one of the greatest strategy games of the year.
  8. May 19, 2016
    93
    It is a shame Total War: Warhammer has not been made before because this game is fantastic in every way. All factions come to life, there are game mechanics that make every race different; they give the game personality. Thanks to the spectacular battles and four strong campaigns, this is the best Total War game we have ever played.
  9. Games Master UK
    Jul 25, 2016
    92
    A richly-crafted recreation of the Warhammer world and the best Total War game in years. [July 2016, p.66]
  10. May 19, 2016
    92
    Total War: Warhammer is a dream come true. The most complex and attractive way to dive into the Warhammer Fantasy world.
  11. May 24, 2016
    91
    The fantasy setting of Warhammer provides the perfect canvas for the mass-scale battles of the Total War series. While very approachable to potential new players, it will appease the demands of seasoned veterans. Creative Assembly has managed to capture the essence of Warhammer and transfers its epic feel in their best iteration of the Total War series, yet. All this has been delivered in a stellar performance-optimized package. It's a title which should not be missed.
  12. Aug 5, 2016
    90
    By building on a strong foundation, it allows its players the freedom of determining their own destiny, with little in the way of flaws holding it back. Sure, I may have some grudges that may never be removed from the great book, but in the end, this is the best experience I’ve had, bar none, when it comes to real time strategy games.
  13. Jul 11, 2016
    90
    Overall, while this is indeed in some respects a new skin for the Total War series, it’s one that it wears with honour and pride.
  14. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jul 7, 2016
    90
    TW: WH never slips into a routine, gameplay keeps player on tenterhooks from the beginning to the end. And thanks to the diversity of the factions – it’s quite replayable. At least five times. [Issue#210, p.86]
  15. Jun 23, 2016
    90
    Total War Warhammer is the best of its genre, but it still has room to keep getting even better.
  16. Jun 9, 2016
    90
    Total War has been striving to capture this feeling of Epic iteration after iteration and looking to a historical context for inspiration. But it's the realm of fantasy, the Warhammer universe and its wonderful storytelling, where I think the formula has found its true home. This is probably the best Total War game to date, and certainly the best Warhammer game. Put together the two make wonderful companions.
  17. Jun 6, 2016
    90
    Total War: Warhammer manages to keep fans of both the Total War and Warhammer franchises happy, delivering excellent strategy gameplay and the best Warhammer video game to date.
  18. Jun 6, 2016
    90
    Stunning tour of the Total War series into the fantasy world of Warhammer. Each of the four playable races offers a completely different experience in battles and on the strategic map. Innovation in the form of magic, heroes and giant monsters surprisingly fits well into the series style and refreshes it.
  19. May 27, 2016
    90
    The gameplay is Total War at its finest, and the variety in factions and units allow for many ways to handle your short and long campaign objectives.
  20. May 27, 2016
    90
    Total War: Warhammer seems like what the Total War franchise should have been all along, and after playing it I’m not sure I want to go back to the real-world Europe or Asia again anytime soon. Above all else, I don’t think I can stand losing the personality the battles have adopted. While it’s cool to see real historical figures and eras, games here just seem so much more alive. Total War: Warhammer has become the best of both of its worlds.
  21. May 25, 2016
    90
    Warhammer is an excellent turn-based strategy that takes the best of Total War and Warhammer, and melds them together wonderfully.
  22. May 25, 2016
    90
    The level of Warhammer-specific detail that has been translated into Total War mechanics is remarkable, ranging from the way in which different types of units compact each other to the way it’s incredibly risky and costly to venture too far into Vampire or Chaos territory.
  23. May 24, 2016
    90
    Total War: Warhammer is a lot of fun, but keeps the complexity that can make Total War titles intimidating for new players.
  24. May 24, 2016
    90
    Total War: Warhammer is a brilliant romance between an iconic tabletop game and one of the best strategy game-series ever made. New gameplay mechanics, epic fantasy battles and great variety makes Total War: Warhammer a highly replayable joyride.
  25. May 24, 2016
    90
    It is perhaps the best use of the Warhammer license that I’ve ever seen, easily rivalling the Dawn of War series (which is thankfully different enough that I don’t need to decide which is better or worse) and perhaps delivering a game that is dangerously capable of pleasing both Total War and Warhammer fans alike, because of how well it handles the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  26. 90
    Total War: Warhammer is the most interesting, most polished, and most enjoyable Total War game to date. Depending on which camp you come from you may have a slight learning curve, but its definitely worth it as this game has plenty to sink your teeth into if you're a fan of strategy, high-fantasy, or both.
  27. May 24, 2016
    90
    Total War: Warhammer is a lovingly-crafted representation of the Warhammer world that is ripe for players to forge their stories in. It’s a must-buy for every Warhammer fan and Total War aficionado and is potentially the best release from the studio since the original Rome: Total War.
  28. May 23, 2016
    90
    Prepare for some frustrations with such a complex campaign, but also prepare to lose hours of your life as you wonder, “But what if I handled that like this…” as you reload your last save for the umpteenth time.
  29. May 22, 2016
    90
    Quite possibly the most exciting strategy game to come out in a long time. It's a huge change for such a long running franchise, brings in so many new features that work so well, and looks downright stunning as huge numbers of fantastical creatures create all manners of havok across the battlefield.
  30. May 20, 2016
    90
    Total War: Warhammer could have been a parenthesis in the TW series, an experiment in a different genre, but has instead become one of the best Total War games ever.
  31. May 19, 2016
    90
    Total War: Warhammer is nearly perfect. The production value is sky high, you can immerse yourself in the world of Warhammer. The game is very well-balanced, even though magic is introduced and the Lords playing a big part in it. The game has a brilliant performance too.
  32. May 19, 2016
    90
    Total War Warhammer is a another great success for Creative Assembly. The factions are extremely diversified and, although some beloved units are missing, the variety of strategies and playstyle is impressive. The RPG-Style hero management, the new flying units, the introduction of side quests and of a loot system: every feature intelligently expand the classic formula of Total War.
  33. May 19, 2016
    90
    Total War Warhammer is not perfect, and not all the subsystems have gotten better, but the changes are there, and they bring a lot of new possibilities that fans of the Warhammer Universe and the Creative Assembly games will definitely love.
  34. May 19, 2016
    90
    Without any groundbreaking innovation, this amazing franchise jumps now to the Warhammer universe with fury, magic and great battles.
  35. May 19, 2016
    90
    A celebration of everything that is good about Total War and Warhammer Fantasy, a carefully orchestrated strategy game with lots of attention to detail that will make both camps happy.
  36. May 19, 2016
    90
    Warhammer’s fantasy elements add colour to Total War’s already impressive framework, with a strategy game that is both deep and tactical but also fun and attractive.
  37. May 19, 2016
    90
    Fans of Total War and Warhammer can now rejoice and form a pact as this is a game that blends the two franchises together beautifully.
  38. May 19, 2016
    90
    A charismatic, challenging, intricate strategy game that brings the Warhammer world to life.
  39. May 19, 2016
    90
    It's a triumph of real-time strategy design, and the best the Total War series has ever been.
  40. May 19, 2016
    90
    Total War Warhammer is literally one of the best franchise combinations ever made. A huge amount of content, made real by unique gameplay features and a handy user interface, makes it a must-have for every strategy fan.
  41. May 19, 2016
    88
    Total War: Warhammer is one of the best Total War games I’ve ever played, and fans of either franchise should find themselves with a winner here. Those looking for more historically rooted fare may find the fantasy over the top, but plenty of solid strategy lurks under the magic and mayhem.
  42. May 19, 2016
    87
    A good amount of new additions, very few shortcomings and many hours of fun. Total War: Warhammer is a game strategy fans will enjoy no matter if they like the franchise it's based on or not.
  43. May 19, 2016
    87
    Total War: Warhammer cuts out many features that fans of both franchises have come to expect. Personally, it doesn’t really bother me that sea-battles are now decided by the roll of a dice and sieges don’t include the entire city anymore, because the developers of Creative Assembly rather focused on more important elements. The enemy-AI behaves a lot more clever and battles have overall become way smoother. Obviously Total War: Warhammer never comes close to the complexity of a Civilization-game, but Warhammer’s real time battles definitely make up for that fact. What appears to be a bit of a weird decision by the developers though, is that you’re no longer able to paint your troops and cannot upgrade standard-units in any way or form.
  44. May 24, 2016
    86
    Ultimately TW: Warhammer is a deep game with plenty to keep the fan of the genre committed. The learning curve is steep, but will prove rewarding once climbed.
  45. May 19, 2016
    86
    Total War: Warhammer brims with exciting ideas, awesome characters, and delightful units and faction mechanics.
  46. May 19, 2016
    86
    If you find real history a bit bland compared to glorious nonsense made up by strange British people then Warhammer is the Total War for you.
  47. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 14, 2016
    85
    Total War: Warhammer is a match made in heaven. [June/July 2016]
  48. Warhammer's enormous universe brings a fresh angle to Total War's slow and steady gameplay style. It is possibly one of the greatest ideas ever seen by the whole gaming industry. It has it's ups and downs but still, it's a great experience.
  49. May 25, 2016
    85
    After more than 70 hours spent with Total War: Warhammer I can confidently say that it is one of the best strategies of the year (and the year isn't over yet). Creative Assembly has used its experience and applied well known solutions but there's a ton of new stuff that freshen up the Total War brand in a very good way.
  50. May 23, 2016
    85
    Even though there is little progress in terms of the opponents’ troop movement, to me this is the most impressive Total War in a long time. The races are varied and even with the AI shortcomings the battles are as full of visual effects as they are of challenge.
  51. May 23, 2016
    85
    Total War: Warhammer mixes computer and tabletop effortlessly into a fantasy bloodbath. With four diverse races, plenty of character and a promise of much to come, it’s hard to not recommend this to anyone who’s ever dreamed of playing armchair general in the High Fantasy realm.
  52. May 19, 2016
    85
    Warhammer: Total War: Warhammer brings the fresh air that the series created by The Creative Assembly needed. It offers hours and hours of fun and a very well-designed game.
  53. May 19, 2016
    85
    The new fantasy setting offers huge and spectacular battles and new strategies, but the world map has been greatly simplified.
  54. May 19, 2016
    85
    Total War: Warhammer is an excellent beginning for the new franchise from SEGA. You can see the game as a traditional Total War on steroids, where everything is more powerful and more spectacular. The gameplay changes drastically depending on the race you choose, and that's a really nice addition for everyone eager to experiment a little bit, or for newcomers to the series.
  55. May 19, 2016
    85
    Despite performance quibbles and a repetitive endgame for the campaign, Total War: Warhammer is an exciting strategy game that stands on its own. The four factions offer unique playstyles with compelling strategic options, and the hero units, fantastic creatures, and monstrous enemies make for spectacular battles that are almost as much fun to watch as they are to command.
  56. Jun 3, 2016
    84
    Whether you are a fan of Total War or a fan of Warhammer you will find something to love in this game. This might truly be the best of both these franchises worlds. This may even rival the great team up of peanut butter and chocolate.
  57. PC PowerPlay
    Jul 6, 2016
    80
    A slightly flawed version of each, but still an epic combination of two great franchises. [Issue#252, p.54]
  58. Jun 26, 2016
    80
    A great blending of two franchises. [Issue#175, p.74]
  59. Jun 23, 2016
    80
    Total War with better battles is better Total War, and Warhammer brings exactly that to the table.
  60. Jun 19, 2016
    80
    Total War: Warhammer is a great addition to the Total War formula and the most radical departure from the series yet, and the differences between each group offer more replay than anyTotal War before it. Unfortunately, a tiresome endgame comes too early and kills the pace of each campaign. If Creative Assembly can find a way to deal with that issue, this entertaining entry will be truly outstanding.
  61. Jun 8, 2016
    80
    Total War: Warhammer wears its high fantasy outfit and sets off to new gameplay and setting horizons. It breathes fresh air to a –somewhat- tired franchise, thanks to the implementation of flying unit, the inclusion of asymmetrical and distinctive factions as well as the use of magic. It also brings back the series’ always-prevalent questionable A.I. (in both the strategy and the battle map alike) while also maintaining an oversimplified campaign and city management model.
  62. Jun 1, 2016
    80
    Warhammer’s world is sketched out by an ocean of rules, obsessed with the collision of fantasy with the specter of realism.
  63. May 30, 2016
    80
    Total War Warhammer takes all the best from The Creative Assembly's IP and skillfully mixes it with the background of Games Workshop's game.
  64. May 25, 2016
    80
    Total War: Warhammer redefines the series with this great fantasy entry, but not without caveats. While the battles are arguably more spectacular than earlier and the campaign is based on the traditional Total War formula, it does take some time getting into. The game focuses on few factions and more linear campaigns than ever before, but what is present is undeniably exciting, and bodes well for the future of the series.
  65. May 24, 2016
    80
    But it’s so much more than just Total War. Even with Attila making good on some of Rome II’s promise, I found myself dreading drawn-out engagements and increasingly bored with the Total War formula. Total Warhammer doesn’t tamper with much, but it injects enough personality to revive a series that’s been steadily collapsing under its own weight.
  66. May 20, 2016
    80
    Total War: Warhammer is a successful entry in the storied franchise, its biggest advantage being the opportunity to guide perfectly recreated units from the tabletop original. This diversity encourages to try and finish all the campaigns, even though the differences between armies should have been emphasized a little bit stronger.
  67. May 19, 2016
    80
    There's no denying that Total War: Warhammer is an enjoyable and accomplished title. But it's also one that takes few risks, and so a sense of what could have been occasionally floats over its crowded battlefields.
  68. May 19, 2016
    80
    Total War Warhammer is a classic Total War game with some magic, heroes and monsters. It offers few factions to play with and needs a more sophisticated interface to help the newcomers into the series.
  69. May 19, 2016
    80
    Fantasy tabletop warfare meets historical strategy simulation in a game that should be inaccessible but ends up exciting.
  70. May 19, 2016
    80
    Developing this project must have been a massive undertaking, because it somehow manages to not sacrifice the core tenets of the series while staying true to the ever-expanding source material of the Warhammer universe. After nearly two decades of historical battles, having the chance to command a magical undead army is a breath of fresh air.
  71. May 19, 2016
    80
    With four strikingly different races, Creative Assembly have done a fantastic job in bringing the Warhammer tabletop game’s fantasy setting, variety and tactical trade-offs to life.
  72. Jun 23, 2016
    75
    Total War: Warhammer should be given credit for breathing new life into the Total War franchise, a task it primarily accomplishes with distinct factions and a fun battle system.
  73. Jun 3, 2016
    70
    The match-up of Warhammer and Total War is as harmonious as hoped, adding tremendous faction diversity and fantasy flavour to the familiar series mechanics. It’s technically sound too, but several old flaws (like AI blind spots in sieges) remain. An invigorating addition to the series, nonetheless.
  74. May 28, 2016
    70
    Yeah, Total War: Warhammer is pretty good and a step in the right direction to boot, but I refuse to be dazzled by some stickers when the core game takes only a tiny shuffle forward at best.
  75. May 22, 2016
    70
    Total War games past have expanded, changed and morphed over time and this will doubtless be similar. As it stands, Warhammer is a worthy addition to the series, particularly as a melding of two universes we’ve long wanted to see collide. And before long, as the patches roll in, it could be even more than that.
  76. May 19, 2016
    70
    Total War Warhammer is truly a breath of fresh air. If you love The Creative Assembly's games but are tired of playing through History, you'll enjoy this game. In it, you'll be able to play as green skins and enjoy a wealth of new features (reworked AI, flying units, and more).
  77. May 19, 2016
    70
    When you walk away from Total War: Warhammer, you’ll feel like you’ve played yet another decent Warhammer game. It has the attention to detail and adherence to lore that fans of the IP look for, but without many of the compelling qualities that are needed to substantiate AAA games in a release-heavy year like 2016.
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  1. Oct 19, 2016
    Make a Lord of the Rings version next if you have to. Then Conan. Then Game of Thrones. Then, I don’t know, Krull. Whatever it takes to keep injecting that old strategy vs tactics formula with cool story quirks and fantastic magical powers, I hope Creative Assembly keep doing it, because Total War: Warhammer has been a blast.
  2. None of this diminishes the fact that I’ve had a wonderful time playing Total War: Warhammer and am far from finished with it. But the more I play, the more convinced I become that this is a game that makes a devil’s bargain. It feels exactly the way a Warhammer-themed Total War game should feel, and creates tons of dramatic battles and storylines over the course of each campaign. But to reliably generate all that excitement and tension, it secretly disconnects many of the strategic systems that hold good Total War games together. So do you want a good Warhammer game, or a good Total War game? Because I’m less and less convinced that you’ll find both inside Total Warhammer.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 814 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. May 24, 2016
    10
    For anyone wondering if this will be another rtw2 kind of launch. No worries. This total war is stable and a very solid launch. ConsideringFor anyone wondering if this will be another rtw2 kind of launch. No worries. This total war is stable and a very solid launch. Considering the staggering number of new unit types. Flying units, giants, trolls etc this game is really well designed which exceeds my expections. The game does tell a brilliant story from what i have seen so far. The develops hit a bullseye with this fantasy total war mix.

    Like any tw game it does have its typical total war issues. Nothing serious. The game performs great on my old gtx 780. I`m getting high/ultra settings and a lot of eye candy on. + huge unit numbers. Which is perfect for me.

    Keep in mind that installing the latest nvidia driver makes the game hang on the warhammer logo. Playing steam offline helps for now. Suppose this will get fixed soon as rtw2 had the same issue.
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  2. May 24, 2016
    7
    I'll be honest, I didn't come into Total War: Warhammer with much faith in CA. After the release of Total War: Attila, I was worried that theI'll be honest, I didn't come into Total War: Warhammer with much faith in CA. After the release of Total War: Attila, I was worried that the franchise might not rebound, but with Warhammer it seems to be on the right path, but not necessarily the right direction. What I mean is that I'm playing Warhammer, but it doesn't necessarily feel like Total War. The game has been dumbed down dramatically, in particular with managing provinces and raising armies. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it lacks the Total War feel. Of course you have to expect some give and take in that regard, but it's also the reason why I only gave it a 7 and not an 8-10.

    Yes the game has great graphics, yes it runs much smoother than Attila, however it didn't really expand on the elements that made so many of us love Total War in the first place. In fact it felt like they tried to do the same things they did with Attila, for instance, there are only 4 starting races, with one bonus race if you pre-ordered. That's about the same amount of factions in the first game, as far as unique unit types. So what you can expect is numerous new factions being added, but only at a cost. The trick to appeasement is to offer new stuff, but not significant amounts of new stuff, to make us believe that they're not trying to nickle and dime us on additions to the game.

    Alright, so the game play is good, simplistic, but good. The addition of a fantasy element really does make you think. Is it a bad game? By no means. Is it everything I'd hoped for? By no means. Would I still buy it knowing what I do now? Most likely, but I'd still be griping about what I felt should've been changed or kept the same. Maybe I'm just one of those people that can't be satisfied. Anyways, I hope that helped.
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  3. May 24, 2016
    0
    Weak game. No cinematic combat. Units hit the air instead of other units.

    Skip this one. Also you only get 4 factions. This is really
    Weak game. No cinematic combat. Units hit the air instead of other units.

    Skip this one. Also you only get 4 factions. This is really sickening. Scam!
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