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Total War: Pharaoh thrusts you into the turbulent events of the New Kingdom period

Determine the fate of three great cultures. Total War: Pharaoh is the next installment in the award-winning strategy franchise, and it will release in October. Over the weekend, a listing for the game popped up on the official website, with many thinking it would be a Saga title. Can you stand against the collapse of a civilization? Play Total War: Pharaoh and find out. Set during the collapse of the Bronze Age, in Egypt, the Pharaoh is dead and its people along with Canaan, and the Hittite empire want a new leader, and that happens to be you. As the…

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You can customise Total War: Warhammer 3’s endgame scenarios in multiplayer now

Fantasy strategy game Total War: Warhammer 3 has got its final patch of 2022, update 2.3.0, which brings the single-player customisable endgame scenarios to its multiplayer mode. This change allows whoever is setting up one of the game’s Immortal Empires campaigns in multiplayer to fiddle with the endgame how they please. Devs Creative Assembly have even gone and done one of those video thingies for the update, which you can watch below. Read more

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Total Warhammer 3’s next patch will slow the Souls race

At the heart of Total War: Warhammer 3 is an extremely relatable struggle to murder four members of the monarchy, claim their souls, and cash them in so you can meet a really big bear. I would like to meet a big bear. I’m willing to do a lot to meet a really big bear. But many players have felt that this ‘Souls race’ forces the game into an unpleasant and uninteresting shape. Thankfully, the devs have plans for the next patch which they say should “make the Souls race less urgent”. Read more

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Total Warhammer 3 is out now, but performance is a problem

Almost six years after the historical strategy action of Total War crashed into Games Workshop’s wacky fantasy world of Warhammer, the trilogy wraps up today with Total War: Warhammer 3. Oh I’m sure expansions will follow, and the game-joining Mortal Empires campaign is still to come, but Total Warhammer 3 is here now. Sadly, the launch is somewhat blighted by many players suffering serious performance problems. Read more

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Total War: Warhammer 3 review: a heavyweight RTS with transformative changes to multiplayer

Total War: Warhammer 3 is an extremely hard game to review in isolation. It’s utterly massive in itself, with eight hulking single player campaigns at launch, not to mention a greatly expanded range of multiplayer and PvE skirmish options. But that’s just the start of it. For indeed, just like beloved Warhammer villain Ebeneezer Scrooge, any attempt to form an opinion on this game has to contend not just with the present, but with the bedevilments of its past and future to boot. While it is very much a game you can buy and enjoy on its lonesome, TWW3 is…

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Total War: Warhammer 3’s campaign map looks prettier than ever

I don’t know my Warhammer from my Warlathe, Warchisel or Warphillipsheadscrewdriver. You, you might watch the reveal trailer for Total War: Warhammer III‘s campaign map and think, “Gosh, what a beautiful rendering of the home of Katarin Bokha, the ice queen of Kislev.” Me, I’m just enjoying it for the pretty textures and fog effects. Read more

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Total War: Warhammer 3 reveals Slaneesh’s horny, hedonistic army

While some Chaos gods have perfectly reasonable cover stories for their interests in pursuits like decay and mutation or murder and mutilation (I mean, one can hardly get skulls for one’s skull throne at Ikea), Slaneesh is unashamedly ‘horny on main’ (as middle-aged people like me believe young people might still say, possibly?). This much is clear in a new trailer which introduces the Slaneesh of Total War: Warhammer 3, clad in hot pinks and meat lingerie. Read more

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A Total War Saga: Troy is now on Steam, alongside new Mythos expansion

It seems as if the historical Total War series has been looking enviously at the gleeful monsters of Total Warhammer for a couple of years now, but Mythos is the clearest sign so far. An expansion for A Total War Saga: Troy, it embraces “the legends of Ancient Greece” by saying ‘fuck it, let’s put a gryphon in.’ It also marks the base game’s arrival on Steam after a year of Epic Games Store exclusivity. Read more

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A Total War Saga: Troy’s DLC Mythos will let you pet the hellhound

A Total War Saga: Troy’s upcoming DLC Mythos fills the historical battle sim with fantastical beasts. One of those, Cerberus, is the tri-headed guard dog of Hades. It’s a creature so intimately entwined with death that it draws strength from souls wrenched from their bodies during battle. He can summon shades, filling his army with the walking dead. His roars are known to cause armies to retreat in chaos. But he’s still a good boy, and will roll over and let you pet him. If there’s any justice in the world, it’ll also have some sort of effect in the…

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Was Total War: Warhammer 2’s Silence & The Fury DLC designed by actual Beastmen?

“Right then,” I can imagine the Creative Assembly’s Ian Roxburgh saying, as he commenced the brainstorming session for The Silence And The Fury, the latest and last DLC pack for Total War: Warhammer 2. “We’ve got Taurox. Giant metal bull geezer. He needs a special campaign mechanic. Any ideas?” The rest of the team look at each other uncertainly. “Maybe give him some sort of anger meter?” suggests one poor soul, plaintively. “What if he’s got to assemble enough oxo cubes to make a big castle?” offers another, through a trembling cringe of fear. “Nah!” roars Ian, smashing his fist…

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Total War: Warhammer 3’s new trailer shows off Kislev’s big, awesome bears

Kislev and Khorne are going head to head in the newest Total War: Warhammer 3 trailer that just landed today. The next part of Creative Assembly’s series is giving some serious love to the snowy folks of fantasy Russia with cavalry bears, magical bears, and other pretty cool looking icy units. You can spot the lot in the new cinematic trailer right here ahead of the gameplay reveal that’s still scheduled for tomorrow. Read more

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Total War: Rome Remastered announced, coming in April

Creative Assembly today announced they’re revamping 2004’s Rome: Total War for modern PCs with a re-release. Total War: Rome Remastered (flipping to the new naming style, I see) is due April 29th, with a little visual polish, a few new bits and pieces, and some tweaks to the interface and other systems. It’s not a full fancy remake, but they are sweetening the deal a little by offering a temporary 50% discount to folks who already own the original on Steam. Read more