A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Some factions have more heroic, noble traits than others, as explained in text, cut scenes, but their actions are just as ruthless as others. After winning a battle, players given option to pardon, forcibly recruit, execute all enemy combatants, with both benefits, consequences for those actions.
Positive Role Models
Wide spectrum when it comes to types of characters, but gist of their motivation remains the same. They're all looking to defeat other rival factions to increase their power, influence over land.
Ease of Play
Very complex, managing formations, analyzing enemy armies, scoping terrain, not to mention micromanagement for individual squads, all in real time can be both overwhelming, frustrating. Definitely a steep learning curve, but patience can pay off as you're learning ins, outs of how factions operate, leading players to dominate battlefield.
Violence & Scariness
Although violence usually happens on small scale, players can zoom in on battles to see brutality up close. Using an array of fantasy weapons, units stab, slash, shoot, maim each other in bloody messes. Even cut scenes feature detailed combat, bodies strewn about battlefield.
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Minor language in dialogue, usually in form of remarks directed at enemy units during pep talks, may be considered insulting but not vulgar.
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Products & Purchases
Total War: Warhammer is 10th game in Total War franchise (not counting spin-off titles), first to make use of Games Workshop's popular Warhammer license, which includes various video games, tabletop games, books, numerous other licensed product.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Total War: Warhammer is a war strategy game that combines the Total War video game series with the fantasy of Games Workshop's popular Warhammer franchise. The game is a complex mix of real-time and turn-based strategy, with players ordering large numbers of troops into combat in various environments. The different factions fight against each other using a variety of medieval and fantasy weapons, including swords, spears, cannons, steam-driven tanks, magic spells, and even dragons. Despite the scope of the game, players can zoom in to the battlefield to watch the brutal fights take place, up close and personal. Although the warring factions may insult each other with various dialogue pieces, it's the game's in-game chat with other online players that runs the biggest risk of opening up younger players to offensive language.
Is It Any Good?
Let's get one thing straight: This is one of the most impressive strategy games around, but it's also frustrating, brain taxing, and exhaustive with a high level of complexity. It's difficulty is definitely more of an acquired taste and not for everyone. That being said, it's also one of those games that rewards patience and gives you a real sense of accomplishment when you score a victory. You'll never feel like you or your opponent lucked your way through a battle. Instead, whether you win or lose, it's all because of your quick thinking, your skill, and, most likely, the hours you spent learning all the nuances of battle.
As far as the presentation goes, it's sort of a mixed bag. The cinematics look great, and if you zoom in on the action during battles, you'll be treated to a harsh and brutal look at fantasy combat. The problem is, there's no way to adequately manage all your troops from the front lines. Instead, you'll spend most of your time using a much broader viewpoint, which makes things look more like battle for domination between two or more ant colonies. And as much focus as there seems to be on the action, it's everything leading up to the battle where the focus really lies. That means resource management, heavy text, tweaking stats and abilities, and the like. The actual battles are just where everything you've done before comes together. It can be a slow, plodding process, but if you have the motivation to stick with it and the patience to learn, there's a surprising amount of content to enjoy.
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