By: Mr Constantine
This week just got better because Epic Games has just made Total War: Warhammer free on their Epic Game Store. The strategy game will be free to all users from the 31st of March until the 7th of April. In that same time frame, City of Brass will also be available for free, but we'll be paying attention to Total War: Warhammer. If you've never heard of it, it's a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game that was released back in 2016 for Mac OS, Windows and Linux.
Warhammer was developed by Creative Assembly and published by both Sega and Feral Interactive. It's one of the games in the Total War series and was well-received by critics. It performed phenomenally when it comes to sales and so did Total War: Warhammer 3 which was just released in February this year. Since Total War: Warhammer 3 was recently released, the developers decided to make the first Warhammer free to introduce you guys to the series.
Obviously, with every single free title Epic Games gives out, you should definitely get it. But the real question is...should you play the game? Should you sink in hours of your time into Total War: Warhammer? Well, the answer is YES, but it also does depend on your personal preference. Starting off with the gameplay, Total War: Warhammer is a turn-based strategy game that shares a lot of similarities with previous Total War games. However, the previous Total War games featured historical settings, where Warhammer introduces the fantasy setting as well as characters from the Warhammer universe. The game features brand new units such as Lumbering Giants, Soaring Pegasus Knights, Ancient Vampires and Fireball Flinging Wizards. With Warhammer having more unique units compared to previous Total War Games, it allows players to create more diverse armies and be more experimental with tactics.
Warhammer also features factions that you can choose from, and each one features its own unique play style. Each faction is unique from one another, featuring different units and methods you use to accumulate resources. When it comes to the difficulty of Warhammer, it's much more challenging than previous Total War Games, but it can get way too challenging at times. Warhammer may not be as difficult as Dark Souls, but it's challenging and difficult to master. If you are someone who prefers games that are not so challenging and just flat out fun, then you might not want to play Total War: Warhammer. However, if you're looking for a challenge and if you are a big fan of turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video games that are leaning mostly to the Sci-Fi genre rather than the historical, then Warhammer is definitely something you should play.
Moving on, let's talk about the game's mechanics. Now the AI featured in Warhammer is much smarter compared to the previous Total War games such as Rome 2. The battles are not as messy or disorganized as previous titles, so you have an easier time managing your army in Warhammer. The game also features quest battles where each of the Legendary Lords have their own quests, and if you win, those quests give you an item. It's a very simple mechanic that is not so important for winning for a faction, but it's rather a fun new element that was added to the game.
Now the only downside to Warhammer is that the battles are too quick. At times, you'll most likely be in a situation where you're winning and you don't have the time to zoom in and watch your units attack your enemies. The battles are much faster and with the increase in difficulty, you're going to have to be extremely fast to get units in the right position to win. But don't worry about this because there's also an easy setting that you can turn on if you want to watch some cool graphics. Easy mode gives you enough time to watch the show and spectate your units attacking with all their might.
So overall, Warhammer is not the perfect strategy game out there, but it's still worth your time, especially with the fact that you can get this game for free on Epic Games. If you love the idea of being able to do some city and unit building, army maneuvering and diplomacy with other factions in a Sci-Fi turn-based strategy game,then you should definitely play Total War: Warhammer. By the way, if you're hesitating to play this game due to its difficulty and mechanics that require you to be lightning fast, there's always an easy mode that you can turn on.