Total War: Warhammer II

Game review by David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Steep learning curve leads to epic violent fantasy battles.

Windows 2017

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Amazing, but difficult, strategy title. Some suggestive themes.

Total War and Warhammer just mesh. I have played, and beaten, XCOM 2, Total War Shogun 2, Advance Wars, every Fire Emblem ever made, plus a dozen titles I'm forgetting... and Warhammer 2 is simply better than any of them. That said, the game is HARD. Brace yourself. There is a slight amount of suggestive themes, mostly concerning the costumes (or lack thereof), worn by the Dark Elf sorceress and cultists. For those interested, there is a suite of mods on the Steam Workshop that alleviate the problem: the mods are marked with a GR before the title.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 9+

Fantastic Game - Does Have Fantasy Violence and Few Adult themes

This is a fantasy based Strategic turn based war game. That includes battle simulation, city management, and Roleplaying elements. Players are allowed to choose from several good aligned(Humans, Dwarves, High elves, Wood elves, Lizardmen, and Brettonia) races to the other end of the spectrum of bad/evil races(Chaos, Beastmen, Vampire Counts, Tomb Kings, Skaven, Norsca, Dark Elves, and Orcs). There is the presence of death in the game for example the Vampire Counts race can fight with skeletons or zombies that have been 'brought back from the dead' via necromancy. There are demons in the game as well in regard to the race Chaos. Which are people that dedicate themselves to evil gods and gain grotesque favors and powers from them. Viewed on all accounts as bad/evil and understood to be the powers you should be fighting against to save the world. The main theme of the game is battle/war and the eternal struggle between good and bad. With this during the battle simulation part of the game there are battalions or units of individuals that fight and die. Also be aware there is a DLC(Downloadable Content) that can be purchased for a small amount of money that would include blood and graphic kill sequences. But this does not come standard with the game and without it the fantasy violence is very mild. 10-25% of the game is in this battlesim mode and the rest of the game is on a campaign map. There is the occasional 'Damn' word thrown around but that is the peak of bad language. Few adult concepts like slavery/death/pillaging/looting/execution that are not shown or can be participated in. Only used as flavor text to describe a scene for dramatic purposes. Very fun game that is challenging but has several adult themes discussed above. Play with your child for the first 20 minutes or watch gameplay on youtube for a better idea of what to expect.

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