The best Warhammer games capture everything we love about the tabletop classic, from its twisted lore to its wealth of diverse factions.
Warhammer Fantasy Battle began almost 40 years ago and has since helped shape many fantasy worlds, inspiring countless video games. If you need convincing, just look at the beefy, broad-shouldered Orcs of World of Warcraft.
For those of you scratching your head at the lack of space marines and chainswords, this list of the best Warhammer games specifically highlights those set in the fantasy universe. Don’t worry, those with a thirst for grimdark sci-fi can check out our best Warhammer 40K games list.
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Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Who would have thought that Warhammer and Left 4 Dead would make such a perfect match? Set during the apocalyptic end times, Vermintide 2 features a faction fighting against the forces of Chaos as well as Skaven, Beastmen, and other evil creatures.
There’s nothing more satisfying than turning an enemy army into mincemeat, whether it’s cutting them down, crushing them or blasting them into oblivion, each hero has their own weapons and unique abilities. It’s in those nail-biting moments that the magic really happens, as monsters come in from every angle and force teams to either stand together or fall apart hopelessly.
Total War: Warhammer 3
This is the closest thing to getting a digital version of Warhammer Fantasy Battle: The Masters or the triumphant trilogy of real-time strategy. Total War: Warhammer and its two sequels recreate The Old World in all its glory, from the putrid Chaos Wastes to the lush jungles of Lustria.
Take control of a famous general in the Warhammer lore and lead your army to victory, conquer enemy territory and form alliances with other powerful leaders. While the past Total War games are all historical, being free in this fictional world has given Creative Assembly the freedom to expand on the core gameplay of the series, add flying/monster units, and experiment with different campaign mechanics.
For the ultimate Total War: Warhammer experience, you need to play Immortal Empire. This epic-sized campaign covers every faction and location – a true battle royale that can take weeks – if not months – to conquer.
Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat
Is this the most sophisticated Warhammer Fantasy video game experience on this list? No, not by a long shot. However, there is still something incredibly charming about the shadow of the Horned Rat. It was an early attempt to translate the GW tabletop game, which put players in charge of a group of mercenaries on a brutal campaign of encounters.
It’s a different flavor of RTS game, for sure. Units don’t move in the same order and precision as in Total War or Age of Empires. Instead you’ll click command icons to turn, move and charge, movement and positioning are just as important here as in Warhammer Fantasy Battle. While those rough edges will be too abrasive for many players, there’s also an irresistible nostalgia factor.
We’re surprised it hasn’t been done before – a Diablo-esque dungeon crawler taking players on a gritty, loot-filled journey through the old world. Specialize in one of several characters, based on familiar Warhammer archetypes such as Dwarf Slayer, High Elf Mage or Witch Hunter.
Chaosbane might not be the strongest game in the genre, but it will definitely appeal to Warhammer fans, especially if you can find 3 friends to play with. From besieged Empire cities to the frozen plains of Norsca, you’ll leave a trail of corpses full of chaos as your fantasy crack squad strikes down enemies with an endless whirlwind of strike blows and slashes, spells and missiles. Once your journey through the main game is over, you can also visit the Tomb Kings of Khemri in some of the desert dungeons.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
After the rise and huge success of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, the late 00s saw wave after wave of copycat MMORPGs, each looking to carve a corner in this highly lucrative genre. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning was one of the few games that pulled this off and also came up with some interesting game ideas of its own.
For the first time, fans will be able to create their own unique characters in the world of Warhammer, exploring its vast network of realms and cities. Public events will occasionally appear in the game, absorbing any nearby heroes to kill enemies and boss raiders or complete other communal objectives.
Why does Age of Reckoning make this list? EA may have sunsetted its Warhammer MMO in 2013, but fans have kept the game alive through free-to-play private servers. There are a few hoops to jump through but it’s worth installing.
And you have the best Warhammer games available right now. With Games Workshop shelving Warhammer Fantasy alongside 40K and Age of Sigmar, we’ll likely see fewer adaptations based on this classic setting. Meanwhile, we’ve seen a number of GW specialist games adapted over the years, including Blood Bowl, Mordheim, Battlefleet Gothic and Necromunda.
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