2022 Games of the Year: Total War: Warhammer 3
I gave Total War: Warhammer 3 a real shot. I wanted to like it a lot. And, honestly, there are parts of the game that I did. This is another one of those games that is doing something interesting but didn't end up clicking with me.
I really liked the battles in Total War: Warhammer 3. I think I've liked the battling in most Total War games that I've tried. I also thought that they did some interesting things with the factions in this game that were fun to explore on the battlefield.
The part that constantly tripped me up was the strategy layer. All of the things between battles are less interesting than the battling itself. The strategy level of the gameplay ends up feeling like busy-work in between the fun of the tactics level gameplay. I shouldn't be surprised since this is the same reason I stalled out when I played Total War: Warhammer 2.
I think this is still a really solid strategy and tactics game, it's just not for me. I'm sitting here wishing for a version of Total War where I can focus in on just my hero unit and one core army while ignoring all the rest of the game that feels (to me) like a distraction.
This one lands in the lower part of my list for the year. The running games of 2022 list now looks like this:
- Elden Ring
- FFXIV Endwalker
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus
- Halo Infinite
- Vampire Survivors
- Nobody Saves the World
- Total War: Warhammer 3
It's not surprising to see a strategy game slot in lower for me. I've always been more of a fan of tactics games rather than strategy. Although that line can be blurry at times.