50 Best Games of 2016

Total War: Warhammer
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'Total War: Warhammer' Creative Assembly22/50

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

22. Total War: Warhammer

Previously Total War looked to history to inspire its strategy campaigns. The fantasy setting of Warhammer – Tolkien warped with heavy metal imagery and tongue-in-cheek humor – gave it a much-needed push towards something very different. Fantasy means asymmetry: dwarfs defend rich mountain holds with steampunk guns while mobile orcs ride boars and have an economy based entirely on raiding. Even Total War: Shogun 2 felt samey when replayed as a different faction with slightly better samurai, but ending a siege by bashing down a gate with a giant or flying gyrocopters over the walls feels unlike anything else.

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