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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The main focus of the game is to take your chosen faction on a path to ultimate victory. While there are factions that might be considered "good" and others considered "evil," there are tactics available to all sides that spotlight brutality and moral flexibility on the battlefield.
Positive Role Models
Players choose their factions and play accordingly. Some focus more on the chaos and warmongering, while others have more of a focus on honor and harmony. In every case, though, players' actions can be more merciful or punishing, affecting not only their troops, but how other groups may respond.
The game takes place in a high fantasy setting, with many of the characters and units not even being human in nature. That said, there's still some diversity in how the characters are represented, many of which have a noticeable basis in different cultural mythologies.
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Ease of Play
The game combines all the intricacies and complexities of the Total War games with the equal intricacies and complexities of the Warhammer Fantasy tabletop and role-playing games. There's a lot of micromanagement, tactical thinking, and planning involved. Each faction also plays vastly different than the others, requiring players to almost completely relearn the base mechanics each time.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is core to the gameplay, with players' armies fighting using a combination of medieval weapons, magical spells, and brutal physical attacks. The camera is usually pulled back from the action so players can see the entire scope of the battle, but it can zoom in for a more up close and personal view. There's some blood and death on the battlefield, but little in the way of gore or graphic violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few of the female units of different factions are shown in revealing outfits. There are also occasional lines of suggestive dialogue that can come up during the campaign.
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The game's dialogue does include some mild profanity, such as "damn," "bastard," etc. The online component of the game also could expose players to offensive language and conversation from others via chat.
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Products & Purchases
The game is the "final chapter" in the Total War: Warhammer series. It brings together the popular Total War game series with Games Workshop's hit Warhammer tabletop and role-playing franchises. Warhammer has spawned various spinoff games, books, and other merchandise. There are also plans to release additional future content in the form of paid downloadable content.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are references to alcohol in the game's dialogue, as well as in the merchant portions of the game, where it's traded as a commodity.
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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.
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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