Total War: Warhammer 2


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Total War: Warhammer 2 is about to hit its release date of September 28. I'm certain the game deserves a thread of its own.


Official blurb said:
Millennia ago, besieged by a Chaos invasion, a conclave of High Elf mages forged a vast, arcane vortex. Its purpose was to draw the Winds of Magic from the world as a sinkhole drains an ocean, and blast the Daemonic hordes back to the Realm of Chaos. Now the Great Vortex falters, and the world again stands at the brink of ruin.

Powerful forces move to heal the maelstrom and avert catastrophe. Yet others seek to harness its terrible energies for their own bitter purpose. The race is on, and the very fate of the world will lie in the hands of the victor.

The second in a trilogy and sequel to the award-winning Total War: WARHAMMER, Total War: WARHAMMER II brings players a breathtaking new narrative campaign, set across the vast continents of Lustria, Ulthuan, Naggaroth and the Southlands. The Great Vortex Campaign builds pace to culminate in a definitive and climactic endgame, an experience unlike any other Total War title to date.

Playing as one of 8 Legendary Lords across 4 iconic races from the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, players must succeed in performing a series of powerful arcane rituals in order to stabilise or disrupt The Great Vortex, while foiling the progress of the other races. Each Legendary Lord has a unique geographical starting position, and each race offers a distinctive new playstyle with unique campaign mechanics, narrative, methods of war, armies, monsters, Lores of Magic, legendary characters, and staggering new battlefield bombardment abilities.

Shortly after launch, owners of both the original game and Total War: WARHAMMER II will gain access to the colossal new combined campaign. Merging the landmasses of The Old World plus Naggaroth, Lustria, Ulthuan and the Southlands into a single epic map, players may embark on monumental campaigns as any owned Race from both titles.
There's some reason to buy the game sooner rather than late as anyone who gets the game in its first week of release (from one of these retailers) gets the Norsca DLC for the first game as a bonus. This eventually will also eventually unlock the faction in the Second game when the combined campaign is released for owners of both games.
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I've watched a fair amount of gameplay video and it does look great, even better than the first one. The biggest reason I'm not sure I'll be buying it right away are
a) The whole argument against pre-orders.
b) Already have Norsca DLC for the first one, so I don't have that on the line.
c) Just bought Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Heat Signature, so I have plenty of new stuff to play already.
d) Waiting to see if reviews and public reception find something wrong with it. (The biggest potential issue I see here is whether the ritual mechanic combined with the distance the main factions start from each other leads to a Euro board game style mostly uninteractive race to the finish line.)

Now, it'd a sequel to a mature game, so part d) really isn't that big a concern in truth except for that particular concern listed in the brackets, but the rest do apply. So I am excited for it, and may still pull the trigger early, because despite my reservations, it does look pretty great, and based on the pricing policy for the first one, it won't be in any significant discounts any time soon. (Though I did eventually nab it for $12 in Humble Monthly.)


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I preordered simply based on the strength of the first game. I don't care so much about the factions in 2, but the combined map campaign is really something I can't wait to play.


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I'm really enjoying TWW #1 right now, but I don't think I'll buy this until I finish my VH playthroughs and maybe pick up the DLC races.

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2 days. Preloading going on now. 25.5 gigs? Yeesh!

Also, my collectors edition showed up yesterday, and I wasn't aware of it. Thought the package was for my father, turns out it wasn't! It's all pretty awesome.

If you try to do the hard install via the disks you get, Steam stops you cause the game isn't out yet. But it does add it to your library, which means you can preload. Wooo! School has early out thursday, but I think I have a staff meeting I have to go to.... I wonder if there's a way to get out of it?

Surely Total War 2 is a good excuse right?
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