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I was able to play a battle of Warhammer: Total War at PAX AUS. Long story short: the pitch of this game is perfect, at least for me.
If you liked the old world of Warhammer, and the idea of massive armies clashing above and below ground, then this game is going to suit you.
The campaign was not available to play, but you could take control of the Dwarfs under Thorgrim Grudgebearer as they get ambushed while travelling through the underway. Thorgrim gives a nicely rousing speech as the lines form up.
The battle gives a good overview of what the game will contain. The Dwarf army as you would expect comes with hardy infantry who are difficult to break, and some fearsome war machines. Watching goblin spears vanish under flame cannons before the survivors break and run through a hail of crossbow bolts is very satisfying! As is sending in the slayers to deal with some trolls who have wandered up to attack the army from behind.
On the other side the goblin Doom Divers were implemented well, cackling as they landed on my cannon crews. Luckily I was able to send out a trio of gyrocopters to take care of the goblin ranged forces. I didn’t snap a pic but it looked something like this:
The arachnarok spider was also in play, throwing Dwarf warriors to and fro as it crashed into my lines. Thorgrim charged in to finish it off, helped by the slayers once they had dealt with those pesky trolls.
If you are a Warhammer player wondering about this game, then wonder no more. Total War: Warhammer is an accurate conversion of the game world, theme and atmosphere to the computer. You won’t be rolling dice or calculating wheel angles, but you will be playing a battle game in the Warhammer world, on a grand scale.
In terms of game editions I’d say this was closest to 4th and 5th in look and feel, but newer models, like the arachnarok, will be in the game. After playing this battle twice I’m looking forward to April 2016!