I’m a Total War purist so when I heard about Total War: Warhammer, I was like what the frigate! Gameplay is one thing but real history is what makes Total War so freaking awesome. Okay, the guys at Creative Assembly do exercise some historical liberty to make a game more interesting (e.g. Egyptians in Total War: Rome fighting on chariots), but there were no dwarves and spider monsters last I checked my history books. But that’s what we get in Total War: Warhammer.
The latest Cinematic Trailer shows us the dwarves. These ain’t your LOTR dwarves, these are the gadget dwarves. The dwarves that are good with machines and engineering. And very innovative. If these dwarves really existed, and they didn’t go extinct, they would probably be in Silicon Valley right now, starting start-ups, making cool gadgets, riding around in Teslas with hot ladies.
The dwarf in the trailer has a helicopter and a gun. At about 1:24 we get a spider monster. He looks like something from the old N64 Zelda games. Very colorful and smiley.
I’m guessing the dwarves are a faction you control and the spiders are not. The cinematic trailer doesn’t show any gameplay, but it can’t be that much different than previous TW games: move units, reform, flank, etc, etc.
Total War: Warhammer will probably be fun to play. It might not have the replayability as the previous TWs, but it’ll still be worth the price of admission. But TW is a much more interesting games when based on real history. And there is so much history left unexplored – after all, all history is all war. So I say, leave the fantasy to the fantasy games. There’s so much more history left to be Total-Warred.
Game’s out in 2016.