Warhammer Fantasy: A Video Game Retrospective [VIDEO]

With the release of Warhammer: Chaosbane, a new action-RPG that’s all about collecting loot, we wanted to celebrate the entire Warhammer Fantasy franchise and look back at the many awesome games linked to this legendary table-top strategy game.

If you’re like us, it’s the video games that drew us to the franchise in the first place. Old games like Warhammer: Mark Of Chaos attempting to faithfully replicate the games with the added thrill of seeing your characters moving around in real-time, using magic and chopping their way to victory against terrifying armies of evil.

Created by UK-based Games Workshop, Warhammer Fantasy is along-running tabletop strategy game where players build (and paint) miniature armies, then field them against one another. The game itself takes a lot of effort, sweat, and cash to build your perfect army — and that’s where the games excel. They can delve into the deep well of lore based on the different factions, and showcase massive armies. And you don’t even have to be a master painter!

That grand scale is absolutely true in what might be the best games in franchise history — Total War: Warhammer 1 and 2. These sublime games from Creative Assembly, the team behind coveted classics like Rome: Total War and Shogun: Total War, built the most comprehensive (and polished) version of their strategy games to life, including lesser-factions like skeleton pirates along with established favorites like Chaos Legions.

Watching an Imperial Army devastate a horde of Skaven with a broadside of cannons is absolutely thrilling, and each game builds after the last — the armies and map locations included in each new release are added to a giant map, giving you access to a huge variety of units, armies, and terrain. It’s the most complete version of Warhammer you can find anywhere.

There’s so much more to talk about, too. There was a Warhammer Online game, which you can still play even if the public servers have been shut down for a very long time. Warhammer: Vermintide has brought back L4D-style cooperative gameplay that might be even better than the original zombie-slaying classic. There are so many Warhammer games, it’s tough to talk about them all!

But, we’re giving it a try. Check out the video above, or explore all the guides we’ve published for the many, many Warhammer related video games in the links below.

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