Wednesday, 11 October 2017 09:09

REVIEW: Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC)

Written by Simon Hayward
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Two great franchises come together again bringing an amazing, intricate and detailed game that is not to be missed by Total War fans or Warhammer fans alike.

This time around you have the Dark Elves, High Elves, Lizardmen and Skaven added to the campaign with all the unique units and abilities to make any commander enjoy the feeling of excitement seeing their army march across the battlefield just like I imagined they would when I played the original table top all those years ago. But if you're thinking, have they just re-skinned the first one and added a two to it you will be surely disappointed and surprised that this is a vast improvement to the first game and easily holds up on its own, by improving on the dynamics the first one had to offer with leaps and bounds as all Total War games have over the years.

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Diplomacy and micro-management is a must in order to keep army’s running and your front lines secure, especially within the vortex campaigns main objective to perform rituals to gain further control of the vortex to ensure victory. The campaign consists of the four races (High Elves, Lizardmen, Dark Elves and Skaven) all to gain control of the vortex that keeps chaos at bay with unique play styles to unleash.

The Dkaven doom wheel is a treat to see on the battlefield as it charges effortlessly through waves of enemies alone, but having a whole group of them is a devastating effect on enemies moral and numbers. Now, not just to focus on the Skaven, each race have their own powerhouse of amazing, standout units, such as the High Elves with three different kinds of dragons such as the Sun, Moon and Star Dragon. Just a side note, I recommend zooming right in during the battle to see these heavy hitter and their fighting animation.

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With the vast map to conquer and territories to manage it can sometimes be overwhelming and tiresome, including the micro-managing of cities and upgrading of units. Sometimes I enjoy a good break by having a quick custom battle to see how units fare against each other on the battlefield, but with just four factions to play, i'm looking forward to future DLC that will definitely add to the hours upon hours you can have alone on the base game. Saying that, owners of the first game will have a free update from Developers Creative Assembly, which adds a combined campaign map that's composed of regions from both games, as well as multiplayer having the original races from the first game unlocked.

In the Warhammer universe everything is huge and detailed and that's what Total War: Warhammer 2 is all about. Growing up playing the tabletop game with friends in a dark garage, rolling the dice and moving my carefully constructed and painted pieces. It's great seeing everything I imagined growing up and how it exactly played out in my head on the battlefield and Developers Creative Assembly has definitely helped make my boyhood imagination come true again in this amazing sequel.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Genre: RTS, Turn-Based