Percentile Rank

Total War: Warhammer II is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 61 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

Based on 61 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 25, 2017

It's an exceedingly strong beginning to this chapter of the Warhammer trilogy and is a strong contender for the best game in the series.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Sep 25, 2017

No matter how good a Total War game is, the follow-up campaign is always better. Warhammer 2's is no exception.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 3, 2017

Warhammer 2 might have a lot in common with the first game, but everything it has done to set itself apart is big and fresh and daring, making this a game that's worthy of its own place in the spotlight.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 3, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 shakes up the wonderful strategy of its predecessor with new factions and locales. Although the DLC X-factor could shake up the campaigns even further. Buy it.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 8, 2017

I love the beast of a game that Creative Assembly has brought forth, but that doesn't mean that I can forgive its technical faults. I feel bad for loving it because it punishes me so hard for not being good. I don't like the idea of failing a campaign for a move I made 100 turns ago, but it compels me to try again until I master this strategy business

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Scored Reviews

PC Aficionado
9.7 / 10.0
9.7 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2017

Much more than a sequel or overpriced DLC to Warhammer I, Total War Warhammer II is one of the most stable and enjoyable Total War entries ever.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2018

Creative Assembly did something with Total War: Warhammer II that is, in my experience, quite rare in the Warhammer franchise … It followed up an excellent title with an equally (and in many ways, superior) excellent title.

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Hobby Consolas
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 25, 2017

Total War Warhammer II is a step forward for the saga, with a bigger and more exciting campaign, and new game mechanics that bring a greater depth to each and every adventure. Creative Assembly has managed to exceed something that seemed unbeatable.

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CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 is a fantastic love letter to both Warhammer fans and strategy game players alike.

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Wccftech
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Total War: Warhammer II takes the fantasy setting to its next logical level. Bringing in completely unique factions, giving them all a personality of their own in the franchises most focused campaign ever has led to an incredibly compelling game. The only problem is that the old Total War issues of poor AI with diplomacy still prevails and that the economy is easy to game to your advantage. Still, altogether an outstanding release.

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AusGamers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2017

Proving that a sequel can take a very different perspective, showcase a new part of the world, and be all the better for it.

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Digiato
93 / 100
Digiato
Shayan Karami

Top Critic

93 / 100
Nov 17, 2017

Total War Warhammer 2 shows once again why many developer can't keep up to the standards of this series and why its formula is unreachable for them.

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PC Gamer
92 / 100
92 / 100
Sep 25, 2017

A maximalist sequel that improves on almost every aspect of the first game.

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IGN Italy
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

A worthy sequel, visually gorgeous and strategically engaging, that could have been even better if CA embraced a stronger drive to innovation.

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IGN
9.1 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

9.1 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

I feel like a broken record saying this is the best Total War game so far, since I've felt that way about each major release since Attila. But it really is true: Creative Assembly's designers are honing their campaign and faction design consistently from game to game, and that progression is clearly on display in Total War Warhammer 2.

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Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

Regardless, in the end, Total War: Warhammer II is a fantastic “Upgrade” to its predecessor and a great addition to the Total War series.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 24, 2017

Honestly, this review could go on a lot more, but so much of it is attention to details and improvements on the prior title that it would miss the point. That point being that Total War: Warhammer II is a game where you can have a T-Rex throw down with a Wizard. There are great strategy elements, the new vortex victory is a great refresher from normal conquest types, and the new races are all great; but reading this review means missing out on the dino action. Still reading?

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IGN Spain
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 is the sublimation of both the Warhammer fans desires and the work in the previous game. With this second game Creative Assembly is expanding his universe to a major scale but we know that they can do it better (and they will with the next DLCs).

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 has taken the original Total War: Warhammer and fixed a lot of the issues that people complained about. It’s breathed fresh life into the series and in my opinion possibly made the best entry into the series to date. It’s beautiful, hard, and fun. The new gameplay mechanics bring Total War into a higher realm of gameplay that makes you ask “Why didn’t they do this before?” This is something that I could get lost in, and sink in hundreds of hours into without realizing it.

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Windows Central
Sep 27, 2017

Total War: Warhammer II is a great game for both novices and experts alike. The fantasy races provide a great diversity of units and exciting animations to keep battles lively, and the extensive tutorials and streamlined UI of this installment make it less confusing and faster to play. Multiple ways to win campaigns, cooperative and competitive multiplayer, and a big arsenal of separate quest battles all add tons of replay value as well.

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Readers Gambit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2017

My complaints are fairly minor, especially when compared to the vast amount of fun I had with Warhammer: Total War 2.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 26, 2017

An excellent follow-up that expands and improves on the original in unexpected and innovative ways. Plus, it has magic-wielding dinosaurs.

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Hu3br
Oct 16, 2017

While retaining its amazing presentation, Total War: Warhammer II sets itself apart from its predecessor with unique mechanics and even more unique factions. A sequel worth having.

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Invision Community
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 8, 2017

All in all though, Total War: Warhammer 2 is a solid continuation on the foundations set by it’s predecessor. I don’t feel it’s enough of a technical improvement to justify the numerical release, as many of the quality of life advances could, and perhaps should have been released as a patch for the original, but it is a solid improvement on the formula none-the-less.

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PCGamesN
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 26, 2017

This is a rich and thoughtful strategy game that is a joy to engage with at practically every level, and a new high-water mark of ambition and quality for Creative Assembly.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2019

In short, Total War: Warhammer II offers plenty of content for fans of strategy games, Warhammer and Total Warhammer fans, and new starters to the genre. It is easily one of the genre's finest, standing alongside X-Com 2 as one of the best PC games of the last few years.

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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 9, 2017

Ultimately Total War: Warhammer 2 is an excellent game. If you're a fantasy fan, a strategy fan, or just looking to kill a few hundred hours, this is the title for you. It's a game that's great now and is only going to get better.

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3DNews
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

Being, in fact, a simple expansion, Total War: Warhammer II also acts great as a standalone game with its four new different races and beautiful lands, while constant race for getting the Vortex keeps you up all the time.

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M3
9 / 10
M3

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 25, 2017

With Total War: Warhammer 2, Creative Assembly takes what they have learn from last version, and improves on every detail. One of the most entertaining strategy games in a long time.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 27, 2017

Total War: Warhammer II is a hybrid turn-based strategy and real-time tactics game that stands among the best of both. Its emphasis on campaign pacing, fantastical battles, and complex battlefield tactics easily positions itself as an all-time great.

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Oyungezer Online
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

Both Total War and Warhammer fans could enjoy quality time with Total War: Warhammer 2. As a gamer, you owe to yourself to play this one.

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SomHráč.sk
90%
90%
Oct 9, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 is still the best massive scale strategy. Creative Assembly haven't left anything up to chance and once again brought us a great mix of a turn-based strategy and real-time tactical fighting.

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Game Debate
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Regardless of how its future looks, today we get to enjoy Total War Warhammer 2. With all its polish and rich Games Workshop lore, it's the most well balanced and enjoyable Total War game so far, and that's a strong accolade.

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GameWatcher
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 continues to hoist the bar even higher for both Total War and Warhammer.

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MMOGames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2017

Total War Warhammer II is definitely a game I could see myself playing for a very long time and I, in fact, will be going back through to finish the various campaigns. If you're a strategy gamer, or if you want to jump into the Total War arena and have an extra $60 to spare, do yourself a huge favor and pick this up. You're not going to regret it.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2017

The pairing of Warhammer and Total War continues to be a refreshing and on-point marriage of both franchises

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GameCrate
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2 manages to iron out almost all the rough edges from its predecessor while throwing in enough quality new content to keep things fresh and challenging. The result is a journey into the Warhammer fantasy universe that's both engaging and infinitely fun to play.

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GamesBeat
86 / 100
86 / 100
Oct 3, 2017

Overall, Total War: Warhammer II is an exciting edition to the Total War series, and the Warhammer characters certainly add a lot of personality. They're the sort of characters who generate more interest in the narrative and make you more interested in pursuing the rest of the story.

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SA Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2017

Bigger battles that you can win without having studied to be an actual tactician of war

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GRYOnline.pl
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

Total War: Warhammer II is a really well made sequel. It improves lots of tiny gameplay elements and, as a result, there is more fun to be had and you can really feel the strategic & tactical elements. Great map, cool world and quite a complex storyline make you forget about some inevitable simplifications.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2017

Total War: Warhammer 2's inability to solve some longstanding franchise-wide issues don't really dampen the sense that this is the biggest, and one of the best, executions on the same formula. Adding that this is only the second game in a planned trilogy ends up only making me more excited to see what's in store for Total War: Warhammer 3.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

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.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2017

If you like the first Total War: Warhammer you have no choice: you must buy this new Total War: Warhammer II

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

A beautiful sequel to an already great franchise innovates in some key ways without changing the game's look and feel too much. There is a lot of content here with the large campaign map and all the different factions vying for control over the New World. The real-time battles are as fun to watch and play as always, and the differences between races force you to approach every campaign differently, to great success.

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New Game Network
84 / 100
84 / 100
Oct 12, 2017

The Magical Vortex that serves as the focal point for the campaign proves to be the spark of life that was missing from the series' first venture outside of historical realms, and alongside a host of other tweaks and refinements, makes Total War: Warhammer II a strategic success that any fan of the series should be able to get behind.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2017

Pairing the tactical brilliance of the Total War series with the rich lore of the Warhammer universe is a natural fit, and Total War: Warhammer 2 fulfills the promise of that combination. It is a deep and challenging experience with an epic story to tell. It is also one of the most overwrought games of the year, a game where complexity seems to be piled on for complexity's sake.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 26, 2017

While many Total War fans might scoff at playing with elves when they could be conquering Europe or Japan with historically accurate techniques, Total War: Warhammer II is the best place for the typical gaming nerd to start.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG
Vadimeys

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 24, 2018

The Total War series is more and more like a constructor with each new game. And Warhammer II became the apotheosis of this thesis. Creating a base in the form of the original game, the development team began to slowly push it highter. Yes, we do not have sea battles yet, but it's possible that with the release of another new game we will get the most ultimatum Total War among the existing ones.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 11, 2017

Taking the familiar end-game in a much needed new direction and introducing four new races, Total War: Warhammer 2 is packed with fresh content, with more yet to come. Although some of the additions are more annoying than engaging, the overall experience delivers strategy and style in spades. A must-have for Warhammer tabletop players and Total War fans alike.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 26, 2017

Some lingering series quirks persist, but other smart lessons from the first game have been applied to Total War: Warhammer 2. Another four mechanically diverse factions, each pursuing a singular campaign goal on a richly detailed map, make this a powerful sequel.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

Total War: Warhammer II is a fantastic strategy game that shows a deep understanding and even control of the best elements of the genre, but the game demands that same level of dedication from you to get the most out of it. I can't recommend this game as a place to start, but I can wholeheartedly say to veterans and strategy faithful that you'll have a lot to dive in to.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
BaziCenter
Amir Ali Ghobadian

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 14, 2017

Second installment in Total War Warhammer, has taken the series into a right direction with more focused narrative campaign and improvements all over the aspects of gameplay. It is an evolution of the first game, which still suffers from some problems. For instance, complexity of user interface and AI behavior in battles. However, it is considered as a true Total War game that would be enjoyable for a time being.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Fans of Total War series are sure to love this Warhammer 2.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 25, 2017

Despite more work on accessibility, this is a dauntingly vast and complex strategy game, but it's one with an equally huge sense of fun.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 25, 2017

For fans of the original game, Total War: Warhammer II is a great follow-up. Creative Assembly has created something both new and familiar, keeping that central core intact while transporting players to a part of this universe ignored in previous video game adaptations. That change of setting and the narrative drive of the Great Vortex will be enough for most, alongside a suite of smaller, more subtle changes. There's also the exciting prospect of new armies, campaigns, and other features that are no doubt just around the corner.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

Warhammer II is a worthy successor to its older brother, and fans of either series will relish the chance to throw themselves into its immersive world. However, those same shop-worn Total War tropes that were pretty past it last time have surely well and truly earned a peaceful retirement now.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 25, 2017

The overall the game offers the best what an RTS can give: deep campaign and largescale battles with some of the best fantasy units I've seen.

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GameSkinny
Sep 28, 2017

While there aren't many factions and some of the Total War complexity can be vexing, as a whole, this is among the best versions of Warhammer to hit the PC yet.

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PCWorld
Sep 25, 2017

Total War: Warhammer II is a more daring take on fantasy than its predecessor, adding Lizardmen (dinosaurs) and Skaven (rat-men) to the mix—but it's not necessarily a more daring Total War game.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 27, 2017

Total War : Warhammer II is not a new game but an extension. Very good mecanics and very good AI, but not enough content to call it as a NEW game. Despite that when Warhammer III will be released, the three games will probably be the best Total War never made.

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PowerUp!
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

This game is not for the time poor or impatient, but if long pitched battles and a game you can occasionally set down walk away and come back to without anything lost, this is a title for you.

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