Total War: Warhammer III
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Total War: Warhammer III
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Total War: Warhammer III is a fantasy real-time strategy game available on Windows based PCs. The game's based on Games Workshop's popular Warhammer Fantasy line of tabletop miniature and role-playing games, and is the final chapter in the Total War: Warhammer franchise. Players choose from a selection of factions and control large armies of fantasy characters, demons, monsters, and more as they wage war against each other for dominance of their land. Violence is a core focus of the gameplay, with characters using medieval weapons, magical spells, and demonic abilities in battle. There's some blood and detailed depictions of violence, though nothing that's overly graphic in nature. The game's dialogue features some occasional profanity and the online chat feature could potentially expose players offensive language from others.
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What’s It About?
The end is nigh in TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER III, the final chapter in the popular Total War: Warhammer real-time strategy series. The Kislev Bear-God Ursun has been captured by the Gods of Chaos, imprisoned and tortured in the Dark Forge deep in the heart of the Realm of Chaos. As his lifeforce slowly fades, Ursun's painful cries bellow out with the power to rip apart the barrier between worlds, much to the delight of the Chaos Gods. As these rifts to the Chaos Realm appear, some see a sign of doom while others see opportunity. For the Kislev, there's an opening to rescue their god and return him to their pantheon. For the Grand Cathay in the east, there's the change to discover the location of one of their own lost Dragon gods. For the Ogre Kingdom, there's the opportunity to feast upon the flesh of a true god. And for the followers of Chaos, there's a world ripe for corruption in the name of any or all of their gods. Whatever the motivation, each faction will use diplomacy, intimidation, or simple brute force to accomplish their goals. It's total war across two distinct realms. With the fate of the world at stake, can order ever be restored? Or will Chaos truly reign supreme?
Is It Any Good?
They say that all good things must come to an end, and such is the case with the Total War: Warhammer series. That said, Sega and Creative Assembly have made sure that Total War: Warhammer III sends the series off with a bang. The game's just about bursting at the seams with various content and gameplay tweaks. There are now eight playable factions, more than either previous entry. And the world map is more than twice the size of any previous entry, with battles taking place in the Eastern Lands and deep into the Realm of Chaos. The characters, the environments, and all the other visuals are polished and detailed, making this the best looking game in the series. The story is surprisingly engaging as well, turning the campaign into a sort of love letter to Warhammer fans.
Total War: Warhammer III continues the series' trend of complex gameplay and cranks it up to an eleven. This strategy game's not for the faint of heart. There's an insane amount of micromanagement involved in the gameplay, controlling troop types, battlefield aftermath, resource routes, and more. Each faction also plays substantially different than each of the others, almost requiring a complete relearning of the mechanics. The Daemon Prince in the new Daemons of Chaos faction exemplifies this by mixing and matching both body parts and units resulting in literally thousands upon thousands on unique combinations to experiment with. The whole thing can be intimidating for even hardcore players, overwhelming for more casual players, and almost impossible for newcomers. Even so, for Warhammer fans willing and able to invest the time and patience into it, Total War: Warhammer III is a daunting but fulfilling end to the Warhammer saga.
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- Platform: Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Sega of America
- Release date: February 17, 2022
- Genre: Strategy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: February 14, 2022
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