Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

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May 11, 2018

The wait for a new historical Total War game is finally over! Sort of.

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T.J. Hafer

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7.7 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

The first Total War Saga game tries a lot of new things, succeeding at about half of them. It improves on a few areas historical Total War games have struggled with, but at the same time falls back into some bad, old habits that other games in the series were able to rise above. The overall tapestry reads as more than competent, and I could watch hardened huskarls with their massive axes crash into a Saxon shield wall all day. But there are too many blemishes for me to place it alongside some of its truly great peers like Attila and Warhammer.

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73 / 100
Apr 30, 2018

A brilliant early game and bold experiments almost make up for the AI niggles and the boring march to the final battle.

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Metro GameCentral

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7 / 10
May 2, 2018

An understandable attempt to create a more accessible Total War experience, but it's been streamlined so much it offers only a small taste of the series' full potential.

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8 / 10
May 2, 2018

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia makes a hearty meal out of pig-sticking, pillaging, and politics.

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Apr 30, 2018

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia aims to focus the Total War series. Instead of a grand chunk of history to explore, it drills down to some specific decades, with a much smaller map. At the end of the day though, you still need to love the real-time strategy play for the Total War series. If you do, Thrones of Britannia is an experience that tries not to suck up all of your time and energy.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2018

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia has flaws, but it condenses properly the Total War formula in a more accessible way and, before all else, carves the optimum path for the forthcoming spin-offs.

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8 / 10
Apr 30, 2018

While Total War has often focussed on the big picture, Thrones of Britannia shows there's plenty of scope for a series of Total War Saga offshoots to explore the smaller conflicts and civil wars through history.

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8.2 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2018

Thrones of Britannia is a nice new view of the Total War franchise and the changes made by Creative Assembly seems to be the future for it.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2018

For Total War fans this is likely a must-have title, but to anyone else Thrones of Britannia is a confusing mess that simply isn't welcoming to series newcomers.

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Unscored
Apr 30, 2018

Creative Assembly's love for history absolutely bleeds through.

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May 4, 2018

Thrones of Britannia offers extensive tactical depth, but a lot of the time you won't need it.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 13, 2018

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a more streamlined, sleeker and quicker Total War than those before it. However, the changes to make it like this offer new opportunities and one of the more tactical campaign maps than ever before. While it still suffers from some issues, like boring end game and being altogether too easy, there's still a whole lot to gain from playing Thrones of Britannia.

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78 / 100
May 11, 2018

This is truly a Total War Saga– a smaller entry in a venerable series that's not interesting in rocking the boat.

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7 / 10
Apr 30, 2018

A good game despite the familiar Total War AI problems. Some of the new mechanics, particularly recruiting, are a great reinvention of the wheel.

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7 / 10
May 3, 2018

A Total War Saga Thrones of Britannia is a good spin-off with very good ideas especially in the Campagn. We can almost feel a Paradox's touch in the wargame part, so it's a very good things (food system, resupply, etc). Unfortunately the technical part and the graphic engine are old and we are far from the graphic slap of the era of Empire Total War or Rome II. Licence need really change engine for bring more epic in battles.

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May 1, 2018

Historical strategy isn't everybody's cup of tea, and this isn't the most broadly accessible historical strategy game. It plays to a niche of gamers who want more realism and in-depth management, and who like wrestling with the politics, warfare and complex challenges of a specific period and place. Even as someone who likes Total War, I wasn't sure whether I was having a good time for the first few hours.

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8 / 10
Apr 4, 2018

The various factions really give a different feel to each playthrough, so there's huge scope for replayability here.

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Sebastian Purtak

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8 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2018

Thrones of Britannia is a very good start of the Total War Saga series. It's not a revolutionary or an amazing title, but it has interesting and fresh elements that can attract players and gather new followers of the genre. This new approach to the brand – to make smaller and historically accurate games – makes me extremely happy.

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8 / 10.0
May 4, 2018

Total War Saga tries to make the series more accessible. They succeed, but there is still room for improvement. A must-have, but only for fans.

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