Total War: Warhammer, Warhammer II & Its Best DLCs
Total War games have sold in excess of 20 million copies and are among the best known epic battle games with team-based strategy and resource management. Shogun: Total War was released in 2000, followed by several titles down the years, with Total War Saga: Throne of Britannia being the 12th and latest in the series and Total Wars: Three Kingdoms scheduled for release in March next year.
Total War: Warhammer
Total War: Warhammer is a popular title in the series, which though built around the original theme of building cities and units, maneuvering armies and diplomacy with factions, incorporates new elements such a broader range of animations, corruption caused by Chaos armies, agent participation in battles, a quest mode and various lores of magic.
Warhammer took the series into superb high fantasy realm with deep strategy and an excellent AI that makes fights feel more real and organic rather than simply a reaction to your tactics. Anyone progressing from the Total War series will love the challenge although new players may be daunted by the Warhammer’s difficulty, and find the assistance provided by the game’s Advisor particularly useful.
Warhammer has four factions, while the fifth – Chaos Warriors – is a free add-on. One of the neat features of Warhammer are the individual quests that you must complete immediately. Completing quests proactively rewards you with loot that can strengthen Lords’ and Heroes’ strengths.
Besides the Steam platform, the game is also available on Linux and macOS. You can purchase the game at a 10% discount directly from our catalogue.
The sequel to Warhammer was published in September 2017 and has better animations than its predecessor as well as being more beginner-friendly. Warhammer II’s visual strength and strategic depth have been lauded by players. The races are new but each has a distinct playstyle. The new campaign is also different and more engaging, keeping you busy with tasks at virtually every turn.
Like previous iterations, you can choose between a straight-up fight OR co-opt into or competitively participate in a multiplayer campaign. Warhammer II is mechanically distinct from its predecessor in terms of both campaign and battle. Credit goes to Creative Assembly, especially since Warhammer I has seven paid and 14 free DLCs. Even if you have spent hundreds of hours with all the extras, Warhammer II won’t feel like more of the same thing.
The game also offers paid and free DLCs, and the best of the lot are Rise of the Tomb Kings, The Queen and the Crone, and Curse of the Vampire Coast.
Warhammer II Rise of the Tomb Kings is a not-to-miss experience
Destroyed by necromancer Nagash, the Tomb Kings seek vengeance and will stop at nothing to get what they want. There are four playable factions: Khemri, Court of Lybaras, Exiles of Nehek and Followers of Nagash. Players must collect the cursed books of the Nagash, take over the Black Pyramid and unlock mysteries of the Nehekharan Dynasties. New campaign mechanics keep gameplay fresh. As you reach certain thresholds, mass-healing and resurrection waves are triggered to restore troops to full health. Each of the Legendary Lords has his/her own traits, skills, gear, situational challenges and chain of quests.
As you may imagine, there are many details to absorb, but the core gameplay elements include units and elite units comprising skeletal soldiers, realms of souls, day of awakening, canopic jars, mortuary cult and the nine books of Nagash. This DLC is not interested in the Vortex quest, rather, aims to capture the power of Nagash by controlling the Black Pyramid. And if you die on the battlefield, you can summon units, although there is also likely to be a significant loss if you face-off against a more or less evenly matched army. In this case, flight may seem better than fight.
Total War: Warhammer II Rise of the Tomb Kings is available at less than €18 at Voidu. You will need the base game Warhammer II to play this DLC.
This DLC has additional units, new Lords, updated gameplay mechanics and individualized quests for Dark Elves and High Elves. In contrast to the previously discussed DLC, it does not add new factions, rather, strengths the existing ones. Focused on the rivalry between Everqueen Alarielle and Blood Queen Hellebron, the DLC incorporates distinct campaigns for each.
Alarielle is trying to reclaim her home territory of Ulthuan and her tactics are mostly defensive. Hellebron’s campaign is based on seizing two capital cities to uncover the secret to eternal beauty and incorporates offensive play.
The new campaign mechanics keep the game interesting, although it is few notches below the more unique Tomb Kings. If you’re a Warhammer fan, you will enjoy the add-ons and lore-specific mechanics quite a bit. If you’re interested only in a DLC that offers a more innovative experience, Tomb Kings is the more substantial expansion.
At Voidu, The Queen & the Crone is available for just €7.49. If you have a Steam account and the base game, we suggest you take a stab at this DLC for the fun and kicks!
The latest DLC is a themed expansion that is all about nautical vampires, seafaring tricks treasure maps….an adventure on the high seas that won’t make you seasick! Besides the main Vampire Coast faction, there are three other sub-factions: The Dreadfleet, Pirates of Sartosa and The Drowned. Each of them has their own strong characteristics and skills. The Vampire Lord Luthor Harkon’s splintered mind multiplies his personality traits while Cylostra can resurrect demised knights to lead a ghostly unit.
This DLC also adds four unique rites and offers access to four Legendary Admirals through a Technology Tree. Some mechanics are shared with the Skaven and Dark Elves. Curse of the Vampire Coast makes the coast of Lustria an exciting place to be in!