Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Creative Assembly
- Release Date: Sept 28, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Real Time Strategy, Action
- Players: 1 (Online 2-6)
- Official Website: https://www.totalwar.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
First and foremost, when you boot up Total War: Warhammer II you’re going to notice an absolutely gorgeous cutscene play out. This is just the beginning of how detailed Total War: Warhammer II is. Everything from the graphics to the soundtrack in Total War: Warhammer II aims to immerse the gamer in this rich world of Warhammer. Though, while it may look good, the question most will care about is does Total War: Warhammer II play well. The short answer to that is a resounding yes.
The first choice you have to make in Total War: Warhammer II is what race you’re going to play as. There are 8 characters to choose from with each having different settings and difficulties settings. For example, players who might be new to RTS games might want to choose Tyrion as his skill set is simple and also is easy to manipulate. Though if you want a challenge you can choose Clan Mors whose skill set gives players a wide berth of freedom at the cost of having to be more hands on than with Tyrion. The story also changes with each character choice and that is how you’ll go into one of the several campaigns.
Now why difficulty matters comes in the form of the actual RTS gameplay. When you begin a campaign, players are tossed into a world where there are a slew of things to understand and it can be a bit daunting at first. However, we here at Honey’s Anime assure you that it doesn’t take long to get the hang of Total War: Warhammer II thanks to easy to understand tutorials that accompany the beginning of the campaign. Your goal is essentially to dominate the map by capturing different cities and defeating enemies. The city concepts are simple enough where players just manage resources and city buildings to gain more money and other resources such as units for battle or means of defending an area. Things get more complex when you enter a skirmish.
When a player’s character touches an enemy unit, the player is brought to large map where Total War: Warhammer II becomes a true RTS. Players will take their units and lead them to defeat all the enemies. It’s a simple gameplay style of dragging a mouse over the units you want and dictating whether to move somewhere or attack something though there is a few neat themes to Total War: Warhammer II. As we mentioned earlier, each leader character has different skills that can be used in battle. Some are simple skills that buff other units or give them strength in the form of morale, while other skills can be a means of summoning creatures. While in most RTS games, battles can become tedious or repetitive but Total War: Warhammer II does a great job of keeping battles constantly fresh and exciting.
Finally, let us discuss the multiplayer aspect of Total War: Warhammer II. In multiplayer, players have some choices of how to play. Players can either play co-op or can engage 3 vs 3 battles. There is a mind blowing amount of settings you can manipulate before battles to make them feel like mini campaigns against real opponents. Whichever you choose, Total War: Warhammer II plays incredibly well with minimal lag as far as we could tell. We would have liked more cooperative means of play aside from the 2 player co-op but what we get is perfectly fine.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Beautiful attention to detail in terms of environments and characters
- Rich story full of lore
- Impressive soundtrack and voice acting
- Solid RTS Gameplay
- Several campaigns to enjoy with various difficulties
- Excellent multiplayer
- Gameplay can be slow at times if you’re not use to RTS games
- Occasional frame rate issues but it is rare