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  • Summary: In an era of ceaseless conquest, a myriad warriors clash in epic battles as entire races wage war on one another, each led by a notorious hero seeking dominion over the world. All at your command. The courageous Karl Franz marshals the men of the Empire, looking to unite the fracturedIn an era of ceaseless conquest, a myriad warriors clash in epic battles as entire races wage war on one another, each led by a notorious hero seeking dominion over the world. All at your command. The courageous Karl Franz marshals the men of the Empire, looking to unite the fractured elector counts under a banner of strength against their common foes. Hungry for the vicious brutality of combat, the Greenskins flock to the tribe of Grimgor Ironhide; Orcs and Goblins alike filled with an insatiable thirst for carnage. High King Thorgrim helms the stoic Dwarfs forth from their mountain strongholds, marching to right the serious injustices wrought upon them over the millennia. Yet the motives of the Vampire Counts under Mannfred von Carstein are shrouded in murderous secrecy, his armies raised from the decrepit ranks of the dead. And while the Old World is torn by betrayal, war and the unleashing of unfathomable power, a rising threat still whispers in the winds from the north. The fabric of reality itself begins to rend and buckle. Expand

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  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. 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.
  3. May 19, 2016
    90
    It's a triumph of real-time strategy design, and the best the Total War series has ever been.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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. Negative: 30 out of 169
  1. Oct 7, 2017
    10
    Gameplay is fun, different, and engaging. Visuals are nice to look at. All that Warhammer charm is there. While there is a ton ofGameplay is fun, different, and engaging. Visuals are nice to look at. All that Warhammer charm is there. While there is a ton of replayability to start with there is a lot of dlc that doesn't make sense. Expand
  2. May 28, 2016
    10
    Потрясающая игра!!! Одна лучшая стратегия 2016 года! Разработчики просто молодцы! Остался доволен игрой, своих денег она стоит!Потрясающая игра!!! Одна лучшая стратегия 2016 года! Разработчики просто молодцы! Остался доволен игрой, своих денег она стоит!
  3. 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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  4. Jun 1, 2016
    8
    I was hesitant to purchase Total War: Warhammer. Rome II was such a disappointment when it released that it soured my love for the series toI was hesitant to purchase Total War: Warhammer. Rome II was such a disappointment when it released that it soured my love for the series to the point I never bothered with Attila. I played every Total War game prior as far back as Medieval Total War. I even picked up Total War Eras. Sure Empire and Napoleon had their problems. But even they paled in comparison to the mess that Rome II released as.

    My concern with this Warhammer iteration was whether CA had learned from their mistakes and could deliver a game that worked upon release. I am pleased to say that Total War: Warhammer is a solid effort. Its well optimized and runs well even on my modest i5 with 8gb of Ram and a GTX 750ti with 2gb of Vram. Surprisingly the GPU requirements for the game seem rather low. My 750ti falls just short of the recommended GTX 760. File size is also odd considering the minimum and recommend specs call for 35gb of HD space yet the download from Steam was only 9gb. The game had a few delays and perhaps they were for the best given how polished the end product is. The game is richly detailed on the unit models themselves right down to the UI. The UI is also highly customizable allowing you turn off unit markers.

    It needs to be said that I know very little if anything about the Warhammer universe. However I love high fantasy, magic and fantastical creatures. Its this new spin on the Total War formula that spoke to me. Yes you can jump into this game without any prior knowledge and have a good time. The intro cinematic gives you a quick rundown of the four factions Empire (Humans), Dwarves, Greenskins (Orcs), Vampire Counts and a fifth the Chaos faction as dlc (more on this later). The core of the game is still very much a Total War game and will immediately feel familiar to series veterans. You still build buildings and units, manage taxes, etc. However there is a noticeable lack of troop formations like wedge, etc. The developers have said they used them where applicable as many of them aren't part of the Warhammer IP.

    You still have your infantry, ranged, and mounted units as well as siege units like steam tanks. In my time with the game it appears as though there are no naval battles like in previous games. The game does however feature aerial units like gyrocopter and gyrobombers which add another layer of tactical strategy to the equation. (This makes me dream of a Warcraft Total War someday). You also have giants and trolls as well. Among other new touches are subterranean battles where you can fight. There are tunnels that give you shortcuts but can present ambushes. One of the cool new features is a tactical map. You can move the scroll wheel to pull the camera back to an overhead view and get a general look of the battlefield at a glance.

    The AI is something CA has been trying to get right for a while. It was an absolute mess in Rome II at launch. Its certainly a good deal better here. Enemies will flee only to reform and try to flank you. Reinforcements may appear behind your position. I have also noticed less 'clumping'. That isn't to say there still aren't issues. I have had instances where I give a unit an order and it seems to just remain in the same place. Fortunately these instances have been infrequent.

    The biggest issue I have with the Total War license and indeed SEGA is the 'whoring' of faction DLC. SEGA already does this with Relic's Company of Heroes. Its no secret that the announcement of Chaos as a preorder bonus rubbed fans the wrong way. This prompted CA to change the preorder bonus to being available for the first week the game was on sale. This was a step in the right direction but I feel its a band-aid on a bigger problem. When you announce DLC 6 months ahead of release that will be available day one? It should be in the base game. Its not like this game has a ton of playable factions anyway with just 4 available (not counting Chaos).

    In game content shouldn't be locked behind a pre-order paywall under the guise of a 'bonus'. Certainly not on day one when most games have embargoes leaving many consumers with few reviews of said game. If your game is good you shouldn't have to worry about embargoes or giving fans 'incentive' to buy it. It wouldn't surprise me if they charge $5 for 'blood' like they did for Rome II. On a positive note they have said that the game will be supported with free DLC including Lord, Race, and Campaign packs. Hopefully we see other races like the elves get their own campaigns.

    In the end if you are a fan of high fantasy or Warhammer I think there is a lot here to like about Total War: Warhammer even if it may have a learning curve. Conversely if you are a Total War fan; the change to a fantasy setting may prove to be an engaging unique experience.
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  5. Jul 5, 2016
    7
    If you have never played a Total War game but love strategy titles, you'll love this game. Dripping with atmosphere and it nails the WarhammerIf you have never played a Total War game but love strategy titles, you'll love this game. Dripping with atmosphere and it nails the Warhammer licence visually.

    If you've played Shogun 2 though... bit of a different story. See, this game is not "bad", and is actually comfortably ahead of the more recent Rome 2 and Attila Total War games, but the problem is the rampant streamlining of the game at the expense of immersion and challenge.

    In fact, it's so stripped down that at times you feel each individual battle is a tech demo of what could be, rather than a finished product. I feel incredibly harsh saying that, as so many things are done right here and the level of detail involved is stunning, but all of that is tainted by the game alternating between too easy and too obvious. Would it have hurt to put a bit more focus on the "behind the scenes" elements of getting your armies together and so on? How about making the battles feel like the epic blood and thunder encounters the Warhammer universe is famed for? Why are all the battles incredibly short? Why is every single siege in the game the same thing over and over again?

    It's like they had the basics there, and forgot to build on them. Can I still recommend this game? Yes, I really can. In fact, I know this review is going to look unduly harsh, but it's because I've played Total War games in the past that are simply hands down better than this one, even though if taken in isolation this is a good strategy game in its' own right.

    As a fan of both strategy and Warhammer, this is both a decent game and a massive disappointment at the same time.
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  6. Mar 14, 2017
    6
    Tras completar una campaña larga, y probar en distintas partidas un poco a cada una de las razas (disponibles en la versión base), puedo decirTras completar una campaña larga, y probar en distintas partidas un poco a cada una de las razas (disponibles en la versión base), puedo decir que es uno de los mejores Total War de los últimos tiempos.

    Esta primera afirmación se que puede generar un poco de polémica, sobre todo viendo la cantidad de votos negativos que contiene esta entrega a comparación de los anteriores, pero es por el mero echo de que actualmente las personas se esta dando cuenta del timo de los DLCs, cosa que yo no valorare en este análisis por un simple motivo. ¿No os gusta? no lo compréis, veréis como, si todos hiciéramos eso mismo, al final o los pondrían más baratos o añadirían algunos de estos de modo gratuito (una cruzada que lleva mucho tiempo activa, pero que poca gente utiliza). Dicho esto, paso a valorar el juego.

    Esta valoración esta solo enfocada al modo campaña, no toco el multijugador.

    La historia y los acontecimientos en el juego son interesantes y bastante variados, dejando interés a lo largo de toda la partida por mucho que la mayoría de facciones ya no os planten cara. Orcos salvajes, tribus, Caos... sin duda son variados y dan guerra. Añadir que no tengo mucho conocimiento del Universo Warhammer (lo poco que conozco es por los juegos relacionados que he jugado, y por pequeñas cosas que he leido), asi que no puedo valorar este apartado desde un punto de vista rolero, solo jugabilitico.

    Las facciones por fin son mínimamente variadas entre ellas, ya no en aspecto solo, si no en forma de juego. Por ejemplo, el amor por la guerra y la sed de sangre Orca se traslada muy bien al juego. Una de las cosas en este tema de las que más he oído discutir es el sistema de conquista, ya que las distintas facciones no pueden conquistar todo el mapa por sus afinidades con el entorno y demás. Mucha gente lo odia y a un pequeño grupo le gusta, yo soy de los segundos por que me encanta la estrategia que otorga esto, ya que al no poder conquistar todo, tienes que pensar por que zonas puedes moverse de una manera más correcta para poder ganar una guerra con un enemigo que este lejos.

    En cuanto a gráficos ya sabéis que esta saga siempre ha destacado. Animaciones, mapa, variedad en las animaciones...

    Sin duda yo lo recomiendo para todos los amantes de Warhammer y Total War, hacia tiempo que no me lo pasaba tan bien con un juego de esta saga.
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  7. Mar 31, 2017
    0
    I really love the series total war. My acquaintance began with Rome 1. The series developed all these years and reached its peak at Atilla.I really love the series total war. My acquaintance began with Rome 1. The series developed all these years and reached its peak at Atilla. But, in my opinion, the warhammer, a serious step backward. Expand

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