The Warhammer 40,000 milieu is one of the most fascinating fantasy universes around.

It’s horrible, there are no good guys and there are these guys called Space Marines who carry machine guns that shoot rockets and people deify them as gods. It’s not the happiest place. Demons, orcs, and aliens of all kinds abound, and in many ways, mankind is the worst of all the warring factions. From tabletop to screen, it’s usually a serious affair.

But playing the game is a fun setting, as World Games Workshop has created for both tabletop and video games, from battles fought on an unimaginable scale to in-your-face encounters. There’s an absolutely gorgeous array of games from the countless nooks and crannies of the 40K universe, and if 2022 is any proof, their proliferation shows no signs of slowing down. Here are some of the best bunches released so far.

9. Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition

Space Hulk: Deathwing is a first-person survival shooter released in 2016. You and an AI (or live player) control a squad of Terminator Marines from the Dark Angels Chapter as they search for abandoned Space Hulks (vast space vessels often diverted through The Warp, a realm of unreality) for artifacts. From vast spaces to maze-like corridors, you and your team will fight with bolters and blades through hordes of Tyranid Genestealers that have taken refuge in the space hulks you and your team are tasked with exploring. It’s not a perfect Warhammer 40,000 game by any means, but it’s a first-person shooter with wrist-mounted guns and chainswords, so it’s still a rip-roaring (often literally) good time.

Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition Available on Play Station 4, PlayStation 5 and Windows PC.

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8. Warhammer 40,000: The Inquisitor – Martyr

Do you like Warhammer 40,000? do you like diablo If your answer is yes to both these questions Warhammer 40,000: The Inquisitor – Martyr (It gets no points in the name department) This is the game for you.

This 2018 game puts you in the role of an Imperial Inquisitor (a sort of armed, galactic super priest) as you fight across the universe in familiar action-RPG fashion. This Diablo-like and through with loot and deep character building. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a mess — glitches, poor microtransactions, a forgettable story, and a boring endgame hold. Warhammer 40,000: The Inquisitor – Martyr Back from being really special. But it’s still a thrilling time, and it throws in a wrinkle that helps it stand out from other ARPGs: its cover system. With a focus on ranged combat, especially with specific classes, the cover system helps enable a more tactical ranged experience. It works better than you think, and it will make for some truly memorable ARPG encounters.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquistor – Martyr Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox oneand Xbox Series X.

7. Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

of Hammerfall Publishing Warhammer 40,000: Regicide, released in 2015, is just straight-up heavy metal chess. What if King Peace had a bolter? What if a Ruka had a chain sword? Regicide They answer both questions in bloody, often hilarious ways. This is a surprisingly simple game that allows the player to engage in some tactical mini-encounters using an 8 by 8 chess board. It is one of a kind Kill Team Without any actual cover or description. It’s a deceptively simple game with a low skill log but a high skill ceiling (PvP, when this game was at its peak, I often lost badly in various games.The Queen’s Gambit But Regicide“players). Regicide is available on both PC and iPhone/Android, and works wonderfully as an on-the-go game, since you can pause it after each turn. Need a little bite-sized Warhammer 40,000 in your life? Then give it a go. Regicide go one

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Available on Android, iOSand Windows PCs.

6. Legacy of Dorne: Herald of Oblivion

What initially turned me on to the Warhammer 40,000 universe, oddly enough, wasn’t tabletop games or miniatures. They were novels.

I really love Warhammer 40,000 and the Horus Heresy books (I could go on for hours about this stuff) so the Tin Man Games’ piqued my interest. Legacy of Dorne: Herald of Oblivion Released in 2015. It’s a choice-based piece of interactive fiction that manages to tell an interesting story, be unforgiving in the consequences of certain choices, and be visually appealing. You see text and gameplay (minor combat encounters) through a simple, green screen that’s meant to be like an in-universe picture-screen. Herald of Oblivance It’s a decidedly simple game that’s almost in many ways a lot Punishment You control the choices and outcome(s) for Space Marines in a bleak future where there is only war, so you know, don’t mess with it.

Legacy of Dorne: Herald of Oblivion Was released on Windows PC, but is currently delisted.

A battle scene from Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate

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5. Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate

Remember the 1990s? Serge, Sam Goody and Warhammer 40,000 Third Edition. It was a world in which Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate Released in 1998. And luckily, it’s still available through GOG, and there’s also a newly released semi-sequel/remake of sorts for the game.

It’s a classic turn-based strategy game with some light RPG elements where you play as the ever-respectable Ultramarines of Ultramar (they’re not the most creative faction) as they wage war against the monstrous Chaos Lord. With multiple scenarios, a custom mission builder, a timeless art style and the ability for players to command space marines and vehicles alike that brought the classic tabletop war game to violent life, Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate It’s a classic for a reason. And fortunately it still survives. Although it’s a little rough around the edges, the game is just as fun today as it was when it launched. I also can’t say enough about the art style, and how well it evokes that grand and hyper-gothic Warhammer 40,000 feel. There’s even a pre-Horus Heresy artifact to discover!

Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate Available on Windows PC via GOG.

4. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2

Tindalos Interactive Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 Warhammer 40,000 is one of the best video game adaptations of the tabletop game. Battlefleet GothicThe tabletop game focuses on large ship battles in space which is similar in many ways to a naval war game. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 Every way leans towards it.

It’s a slow-paced game that requires thinking three steps ahead. The real-time strategy nature of ship-to-ship combat, positioning, and total war is endlessly rewarding, even if you lose. It never feels unfair, though – if you flank an enemy ship and open up on you before you can fire on them, you’ll lose. Which is to say: proper planning and tactics pay off. And Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2The sound design and packaging is gaudy, creepy, dark, and over-the-top, in a way that only a 40K game can be.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 Available on PC.

3. Space Hulk: Tactics

Space Hulk One of the most famous and beloved Warhammer 40,000 tabletop games. Unfortunately, the most recent edition — the fourth edition — is more or less out of print, hard to find, and always overpriced.

fortunately, Space Hulk: Tactics exist. It’s a shockingly faithful and lovingly detailed adaptation of the board game. It also adds its own flavor through a card system that allows additional abilities to be used, lending even more depth to squad customization. The story, while barebones, can be played through the eyes of Blood Angels Terminator Space Marines or Genestealers, and each turn-based encounter is riveting, incredibly tense, and difficult in a way that never feels unfair to the player. At face value, this seems simple. But that simplicity belies depth and engaging strategy loops. If you’re like most of us and don’t own a Space Hulk board game Space Hulk: Tactics is the next-best thing.

Space Hulk: Tactics Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and more Xbox Series X.

2. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2

An absolute classic. Relic’s 2009 real-time strategy masterpiece, Dawn of War 2The classic RTS takes a unique approach to gameplay, especially in its main campaign, in which you control a small squad of Blood Angels Space Marines against an entire army. Dawn of War 2 A bit of a rote, Warhammer 40,000 story is also incredibly engaging.

It also features a Diablo-like loot system that gives players the ability to equip their Space Marine squads with various armor and items. And only through that system Dawn of War 2 seems consistent with Warhammer 40,000 Tabletop game. One of the most fascinating aspects of the source material is customizing, personalizing, outfitting and painting miniatures. Dawn of War 2The loot system and squad customization add flavor. However, it is the most similar looking tabletop game Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team.

Small-to-medium scale skirmishes that are intense, loud, and incredibly brutal Kill Team And Dawn of War 2 Lines of sight, cover, lines of fire, weapon types, and loadouts all add up to determine victory or defeat. They also add endless, replayable fun. Whether you’re in single-player, DLC campaigns, or running PvP multiplayer, Dawn of War 2 Never gets old. This is one of the reasons why it is still popular and most Warhammer 40,000 fans have many memorable war stories from this game. I know I do.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 Available on Linux, Mac and Windows PC.

Warhammer 40,000 Space Marines - Anniversary Edition Scene A heavily armored marine blasts the oncoming Orks

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1. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines

Ah, yes. The 2011 third-person shooter that gave us Captain Titus and the game we’ve been waiting for a sequel for over a decade. And we’re finally getting one! For my money, Relic’s Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines The best Warhammer 40,000 game ever.

A third-person shooter and brawler without a cover system, Space Marines is an exercise in grandiose violence. Space Marines are the Emperor’s Angels of War, so they don’t need a cover system; Ceramite power armor is sufficient. Controlling Captain Titus of the Ultramarines (blue boring people, sorry Ultramarines players), players trek across a fictional world in the grip of a besieging ork planet. The combat is slick and over-the-top, and Titus is a unique space marine in every sense of the word. some aspects of his former humanity. As the game enters its third act this is tested and new threats arise; It all ends on one hell of a cliffhanger. And FinallyIt looks like we’ll be seeing the rest of Captain Titus’ story in the recently announced sequel Space Marines 2.

While in story mode Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines Incredibly memorable, the multiplayer was an absolute blast at its peak. The Space Marine customizer in the game’s multiplayer suite was incredibly detailed and robust, the gameplay loop tied in well with the PvP mode, and they even added an incredibly fun survival mode after launch. It plays best on PC as there is still a marginally active multiplayer community. After all, this is a game that lets you control a Space Marine at the peak of his powers. You use bolters, chainswords, bolt pistols, and lightning claws. What more do you want?

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines Available on PlayStation 3, Windows PC and above Xbox 360.