A maximalist sequel that improves on almost every aspect of the first game.
No matter how good a Total War game is, the follow-up campaign is always better. Warhammer 2's is no exception.
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.
An excellent follow-up that expands and improves on the original in unexpected and innovative ways. Plus, it has magic-wielding dinosaurs.
The pairing of Warhammer and Total War continues to be a refreshing and on-point marriage of both franchises
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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