Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy setting is a unique beast. It was once a particular thing (high dark fantasy), and then it rebooted into Warhammer Age of Sigmar (hard to explain), and now it looks like they’re bringing Warhammer Fantasy back (via Warhammer: The Old World). Kind of confusing, right?
Well, it is and it isn’t. Warhammer video games are a great way to get into the world of Warhammer Fantasy, as it is varied and quite complex. Fortunately, most of the games below act as keyholes in that larger world. (If you’re more into grim sci-fi, we also rank the best video games set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.)
7. Bowl of Blood 2
Remember blitz: the league? Well, Blood Bowl is the tabletop version of that, except with orcs, elves, and trolls. It’s an entertaining (and fun) board game that has become one of the main entries in the Warhammer Fantasy setting. If you’re not familiar with the board game, you may not like the turn-based, dice-based approach to soccer, and that’s okay. But given its multiplayer and robust league mode, blood bowl 2 it’s an incredibly fun moment for people who probably already have a soft spot for the universe it’s based on.
blood bowl 2 is available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
6. Warhammer: Chaosbane
The Warhammer Fantasy setting is perfect for a Diablo-type ARPG, and Eko Software and Bigben Interactive Warhammer: Chasobane capitalize Like, full stop. It’s a Diablo game with a fresh coat of Warhammer paint, with a grim atmosphere and plenty of soft and bloody combat that makes for a fun if slightly repetitive gameplay loop. Warhammer: Chaosbane it’s pretty busy, but those opening hours are awesome as the loot is great and Nurgle always has nastier creatures to send you. That high dies down a bit as the game progresses, but it’s still a consistently rewarding game that really captures the decrepit, gothic beauty of Warhammer Fantasy.
Warhammer: Chaosbane is available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
5. Mordheim: City of the Damned
Based on the board game that Games Workshop originally released in 1999, Rogue Factor and Focus Home Interactive’s Mordheim: City of the Damned is a strange and incredibly challenging take on the XCOM formula. Warbands of mercenaries of all races from all corners of the Warhammer world have come to the city of Mordheim in search of the wyrdstone (a fantasy stone), and that leads to some difficult skirmishes throughout the campaign. of the game. It puts the player in a third-person perspective a la Valkyria Chronicles, with permanent death and permanent injuries to make the long game even more difficult. The atmosphere is deliciously somber and the vague and unforgiving learning curve makes this game, in my opinion, quite special.
Mordheim: City of the Damned It is available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
4. Warhammer: Dark Omen
Mindscape and Electronic Arts’ Warhammer: Dark Omen is a 1998 sequel to another game on this list (the one right below this one). dark omen it’s something like Total War: Warhammer on a smaller scale, skirmish. Build up your mercenary company roster and enjoy the trappings of Warhammer Fantasy’s grim yet strangely charming setting. It’s a Games Workshop version Warhammer fantasy battle The board game is deceptively simple, with melee, ranged, and artillery unit clashes on a variety of terrains. However, as is the case in the tabletop version, you need to be aware of lines of sight from one target to the next.
Warhammer: Dark Omen is available on Windows PC via GOG.
3. Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat
many people prefer Warhammer: Dark Omen to his predecessor. I am not one of those people. I love this game and its now rudimentary visual approach to real-time strategy in a Warhammer setting. Mindscape developed this 1995 strategy game in such a way that what it lacks visually, it more than makes up for in (sometimes unfairly) challenge and Warhammer Fantasy texture. From the dark but cheesy scenes to the over-the-top battle dialogue, Shadow of the horned rat it is unmistakably Warhammer. New units offer new tactics in Shadow of the horned ratThe quests in , which take place along a relatively linear path, but the optional quests and certain choices along the way in the story make the game feel a bit more unpredictable. Also, you can fight against wererats, skaven and orcs, the coolest and weirdest enemies in Warhammer Fantasy.
Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat is available on Windows PC via GOG.
2. Warhammer: Vermintide 2
I’m going to say it: Warhammer Vermintide 2 it is Left 4 Dead But better. by fatshark Warhammer Vermintide 2 is a 2018 first-person cooperative horde survival game set in the End Times era (a kind of somewhat slow-paced apocalypse that ushered in the Age of Sigmar) of the Warhammer Fantasy environment. Choose your class (I prefer Witch Hunter) and start slashing, shooting, stabbing, smashing and immolate your way through the hordes of Chaos. The gameplay, while simple, is incredibly satisfying. From Skaven to Chaos Champions to Beastmen, the variety of enemies is as amazing as the level design, which is only deepened and enhanced by the wonderful DLC campaigns. Additionally, the art direction is arguably the closest a video game has ever come to fully showcasing the variety of dark beauty that is the setting of Warhammer Fantasy.
Warhammer Vermintide 2 is available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
1. Total War: Warhammer 2
With total War: Warhammer 2, Creative Assembly took everything wonderful about the Warhammer Fantasy setting and tabletop battle game and did it justice tenfold. Total War: Warhammer 2 takes everything that was great about the first game, adds more, and refines most of it to near perfection: sprawling maps, ever-chaotic battlefields, large-scale narrative intrigue, all the racing you could want in a Warhammer Fantasy game, and graphics wonderfully detailed come together to make this the best Warhammer Fantasy game. Whatever you see on screen, no matter the battle, is wonderfully reminiscent of the board game: detailed and complex environments filled with as many miniatures as possible, fighting a full-scale war. (Total War: Warhammer 3 also worth noting on this list, especially after his recent immortal empires expansion, but is still ironing out its many wrinkles).
Total War: Warhammer 2 It is available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux.