Any game that lets you play with dinosaurs flinging magic at other dinosaurs, war machines that look like gargantuan infestations of Lego and armoured mutant elephants is probably going to be received pretty well.
And for the most part, that’s been the reception to Total War Warhammer 2 on Steam. A follow-up to Creative Assembly’s fantasy take on the Total War franchise, TW2 is currently sitting at a 89% user rating after more than 2900 reviews at the time of writing.
In Luke’s review, he found that Warhammer 2 was a solid improvement on the original with good variety between the four main factions, better end-game pacing, and enough adjustments to the Total War formula to set it apart as a sequel, rather than an overpriced expansion.
The Steam reviews tend to diverge along a couple of lines. Positive reviews generally praise the game for its improvements on the original: adding a better UI, the inclusion of the vortex campaign, good variety between the main factions, an improved magic system, accessibility compared to most Total War games, and improved optimisations.
But there’s also some hangover criticisms, flaws that remain from the original Total Warhammer and previous Total War games in general. Critics pointed to exceedingly long load times, something Luke also noted in his review. Others also questioned the lack of unit variety between the High Elves and Dark Elves, and the fact that the diplomacy system is simplistic and rendered moot come the end-game (due to how the vortex campaign works).
Users also complained about a lack of improvements to the AI, not enough content to justify its price compared to the original Total Warhammer, crashes in multiplayer and a strategic view that offers little information to the player.
Here’s what users are saying about Total War Warhammer 2:
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