The Warhammer series has expanded over its decades-long life from its origins of table-top play to books and into video games. Within the realm of video games, the series has had multiple offerings for fans who want to step into the shoes of their favorite factions whether it be Space Marines, Dwarves, Elves, or any other in the Warhammer universe. The games span a number of genres, but much like the table-top miniatures are focused heavily on strategy games both real-time and turn-based. Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters is the latest in a long lineage of Warhammer games.
The RTS genre really is where the Warhammer games are their strongest, with a good number of offerings that saw enough success to get sequels. But their foray into other genres like hack-and-slash, shooters, and an MMORPG also saw success within the fanbase. With 22 individual entries into the Warhammer franchise across all platforms from PC to portable handhelds like the Nintendo DS, there are a plethora of games for fans to immerse themselves in.
10 Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Has Epic Four Player Co-Op
Vermintide 2, the sequel to Warhammer: Endtimes – Vermintide, continued to build on what was already a very good game. Vermintide continued the legacy of Left 4 Dead as players joined forces with three others in online levels against the forces of Chaos and Skaven.
There is a single-player mode, the but the AI is lacking, so this game definitely excels when players are playing together. There are different heroes and classes, numerous weapons and abilities to choose from and upgrade, and the story and levels feel like there was a lot of care put in by people who care about Warhammer.
9 Engage In Strategic Warfare In Dawn Of War: Dark Crusade
This standalone expansion to the Dawn of War game is one of the best entries in the Warhammer universe. The real-time strategy game offers players several new missions added to the main campaign, two new races, and a handful of overall game improvements.
The story is well written, the dialogue is well-voiced, and the explosive gory combat is loads of fun. Players can go it alone or add a little flair by playing co-op with friends online. There are times when a franchise can begin to feel stale, even with expansions, but Dark Crusade breathed new life into Dawn of War.
8 Go Mobile With Top-Down Space Marine Action In Deatchwatch – Tyranid Invasion
In this mobile RTS game, players take control of the Deathwatch, an elite team of Space Marines, as they engage the hideous xeno race of Tyranids in epic battles. The tactical combat engagements take place inside ships and across war-torn landscapes.
Players are able to customize their Deathwatch team with over 150 weapons and relics. There is a big meaty campaign mode, and players can also take on each other in an online multiplayer mode. It is a great entry into the franchise for the Warhammer fan on the go.
7 Total War: Warhammer Set The Stage For The Future
The Total War series of games offers players real-time tactical control in its strategy games. It only made sense to then adapt the world of Warhammer into this form, and Creative Assembly did so with this game. It breathed new life into the Total War franchise and gave Warhammer fans a new game to dive into and immerse themselves in epic battles between several factions.
Total War: Warhammer adapted numerous gameplay elements from the original series including city and unit building, army control, and diplomacy with the other factions on the map. The base building and unit management worked as a turn-based element against AI enemies, but when forces clashed, the battle played out in real-time.
6 Total War: Warhammer II Built Upon The First
After the success of Total War: Warhammer, the sequel arrived a year later in 2017. It built upon the success of the first installment making gameplay improvements and adding new factions to play as. These factions featured in the campaign, which had different missions and cut-scenes for Lizardmen, High Elves, Dark Elves, and Skaven.
The campaign dealt with a raging epic battle between the factions as they challenge for control of the Great Vortex. Each faction responds to the events differently which gave players a reason to control each one for unique experiences. It offered single-player and online co-op experiences for players to engage in.
5 Total War: Warhammer III Is The Epic Conclusion
The third installment in the Total War: Warhammer series took a few more years to come out than the second game, releasing in February 2022. It still features the fantastic gameplay of the previous entries and has a new campaign double the size of the last one set within the Realm of Chaos
Players can take control of several factions, including two human factions and five Chaos factions, and engage with them across the expansive campaign which serves as a conclusion to the story told through these three games. It also features a custom battle mode where players can create their own real-time and online battles using factions from this installment and from the previous game, should they have purchased them.
4 Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning Was An MMORPG Ahead Of Its Time
The MMORPG set in the Warhammer universe arrived on PC back in 2008 but, after a drop from 800,000 subscribers to 300,000, the servers shut down in 2013. However, the game does remain active on server run by fans called “Return of Reckoning.” The game featured several ways of battling including Skirmishes, Battlefields, Scenarios and Campaigns, all of which pitched one faction against another in preset pairs.
Warhammer Online’s factions included Dwarves vs. Greenskins, High Elves vs. Dark Elves, and Empire vs. Chaos. Players created an avatar to control and joined either the Order or Destruciton faction, but could travel to any of the preset pairs mentioned above and join those fights. It hasn’t had an update in years, but during its peak, Age of Reckoning was a top tier MMORPG.
3 Warhammer 40, 000: Dawn Of War II Gave Fans More Space Marine Goodness
The sequel to Dawn of War gave players a new campaign to play through either solo or cooperatively online. Players take control of the Space Marines in a non-linear interplanetary campaign that reinvented the series compared to its predecessor.
Instead of base-building and unit-building elements, Dawn of War II‘s campaign had players choosing their units prior to starting the mission and didn’t allow them to create more during the mission itself. This actually sped of up the battle gameplay leading to frantic, fast-paced encounters with the enemy. Alongside the campaign mode, there was also the Skirmish battle mode as well as a horde-type mode called Last Stand.
2 Jump Into Epic Hack-And-Slash Shooting In Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
In 2009, Warhammer fans were treated to an epic campaign following the tough and glorious Space Marine Titus. This third-person hack-and-slash shooter game put players inside the Holy armor and tasked them with taking on Orcs and the Forces of Chaos in order to prevent total annihilation.
The game took a lot of cues from the success of Gears of War and some of its elements including the cover mechanics and look of the game and mirror that seen in Gears. Players can acquire upgraded weapons and relic abilities throughout the campaign, and it features some beautifully gory finishing kills for players to execute against their enemy. The game also featured an online co-op horde mode and a sequel was announced to be in development in December of 2021.
1 Dwarves Shine In Warhammer: Chaosbane
This hack-and-slash action RPG is set just after the events of The Great War against Chaos and put players into the boots of a Human, High Elf, Wood Elf, or Dwarf as they take on hordes of enemies solo or in online cooperative play. Warhammer: Chaosbane features a complex battle system that includes over 180 abilities that players can use to create numerous unique builds.
This battle system allows for a lot of replayability through Chaosbane‘s Campaign mode, Boss Rush mode and numerous Dungeons that received regular updates. Players also get to face over 70 different enemies as they take on waves of them throughout the different levels, so the combat doesn’t get too stale too fast.
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