Warhammer: PC Games Update

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Do you like Warhammer & the Grim-Dark? Do you have a PC? Need a painting break? Then check these games out!

There are a BUNCH of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 themed games out there. Here’s a quick run down of the games you may be interested in. Some of these are even playable RIGHT NOW and they cover a wide spread of video game genres so take a look:

Eternal Crusade

Eternal Crusade has a recent Livestream up and ready for your viewing pleasure:

Brent Ellison, Katie Fleming, Ghislain Barbe, and Nathan Richardsson recently showed off the plasma cannon, showed a detailed art update, played live with fans in Closed Alpha, and answered Q&A.

Nathan Richardsson also sent out a new State-of-the-Crusade newsletter which you can read. But everything sounds likes it’s moving along very rapidly with over 6,000 players already in the Closed Alpha! They are hoping to open up the Closed Alpha to all Sergeants by the end of October and Warriors by November. It’s pretty ambitious as they are “building the plane as they fly it” to borrow an analogy. If you want to get in on the action you can order a founders pack and ride in with the appropriate wave of new recruits!

 

Vermintide

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Vermintide has announced it’s release date but if you want a shot at trying it out for free you can sign-up for their beta event going on now (Sept. 30th through Oct. 1st). This game looks like a mash-up of Dead Island or Left4Dead and the Warhammer Old World (RIP). Basically take one of those Co-op zombie bashers, replace the zombies with Skaven, make all the weapons Warhammer approprate, and update the graphics – you’ve got Vermintide!

Here’s a gameplay trailer from the folks at TGN:

 

Blood Bowl II

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Blood Bowl II is out (Sept 22) and available in stores for PC, Xbox One, PS4 and on Steam as well. If you enjoyed the previous incarnation this one appears to be more of the same – but with much better graphics.

Lead the famous star team Reikland Reavers back to glory, in a new solo story campaign supported by the hilarious commentators Jim & Bob from Cabalvision. Each match is unique, with unexpected and surprising events constantly renewing the experience!

The single and multiplayer modes are bigger and richer than ever. In the online persistent mode against players (or offline against the AI), create, manage and develop your own teams comprised of eight races from the Warhammer world – Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, High Elves, Dark Elves, Chaos, and the Bretonnian newcomers – gaining XP and unlocking new skills. But beware! On the pitch, all losses are permanent… Online, organize entirely customizable championships, from qualifications to finale, and trade your players on the new Transfer Market to build your Blood Bowl dream-team!

Just a heads up: Some of the fans of the original may want to read some of the reviews/critiques of this one before purchasing because the experience has been tweaked.

Here is a quick launch trailer:

Here is a quick game-play example of a game between Orcs and High Elves:

If you’ve ever played the board game, after watching the game play video, I kinda had flash backs…which isn’t a bad thing at all! It seems very true to the source material.

Total War: Warhammer

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Total War: Warhammer is moving right along. Their latest video introduces the Dwarf Artillery units in action. It’s a pretty cool “behind-the-scenes” and it’s worth two minutes to watch:

Using in-development concept art, animations and models from Total War: WARHAMMER, Introducing.. Dwarfen Artillery offers a glimpse at some of the most powerful and beautifully crafted weaponry in the Old World.

This video focuses on the mighty Grudgethrower Catapult, the Organ Gun and the terrifying Flame Cannon, just three of a number of deadly artillery units included in the Dwarf unit roster.

One of four playable races in the initial launch of Total War: WARHAMMER, the Dwarfs are gifted engineers exhibiting incredible ingenuity, technical know-how and buckets of design flare. As such, artillery will form the cornerstone of any self-respecting Dwarfen army and its devastating power can more than compensate for any perceived shortcomings of this proud and mighty race.

This game is really shaping up and I’m excited to take a crack at it. I’m hoping that it scratches that real time strategy itch that has been growing for awhile now. I guess I’ll play some more Dawn of War II until this game comes out. I know they are completely different but I need to play some digital Warhammer games…

Dark Nexus Arena

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Dark Nexus Arena is going strong in the MOBA category. If you’re a fan of DOTA, League of Legends, or Heroes of the Storm and you’ve always wished to play those games set in the Grim Dark, well this is the game for you. If you want to give it a shot they actually have an Early Access Program where you can purchase founders access and take a crack at the game while it’s being developed. Keep in mind the game is still a work in progress and that access to the game servers is only available on weekends. Then again, the basic “Raider” pack is $15. That’s the price of a movie ticket in some places and this gets you recurring access. Not a bad deal, but it’s not for everyone either.

If you’d like to take a look at it before taking the plunge check out some footage from the in-game engine:

Bonus: BattleTech Kickstarter

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This may not be a Warhammer game – but it’s something you should be aware of: BattleTech is BACK! The folks at Harebrained Schemes (Shadowrun Returns, Golem Arcana) are bringing the ‘Mech genre back to it’s Turn-Based roots. Jordan Weisman, the creator of BattleTech and MechWarrior is leading the charge. After a successful Kickstarter and launch for his previous creation Shadowrun, I can tell fans are willing to put their money into this one. It’s already over it’s $250K goal and quickly approaching the 1-Million-Dollar mark…in less than 24 hours after launch!

Our BATTLETECH game is set in the popular 3025 Succession Wars Era of the BattleTech Universe – often referred to as “Classic BattleTech”.

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With your help! The success of our last few games allows us to fund the Base Skirmish Game – but with your support BATTLETECH can become so much more. Here’s how the game will expand as the campaign’s funding increases. (For a full summary, see the Game Stagessection below).

  • STAGE 1 (Already funded by Harebrained Schemes): A turn-based tactical skirmish game – command a Lance of 4 ‘Mechs & MechWarriors against AI opponents across a variety of battlefields.
  • STAGE 2 ($1,000,000): We add a full, single-player story campaign to the game.
  • STAGE 3 ($1,850,000): We add side-missions, procedurally-generated missions and the campaign becomes open-ended.
  • STAGE 4 ($2,500,000): Introduces PVP multiplayer combat in the famous arenas of Solaris VII.

BATTLETECH is in development for PC, Mac, and Linux in English and will be delivered in standard and DRM-free versions on Steam, GoG, and Humble stores. The game will also be made available in German, French, and Russian (with localized text, and audio subtitles) in a post-launch update. Other platforms and languages may be announced at a later stage. BATTLETECH is expected to launch in early 2017.

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BattleTech and MechWarrior are game I grew up with and have a lot of memories playing. Heck, I still hop on MechWarrior Online frequently and blow-up Mechs for fun! So I’m thrilled to see BattleTech coming back to the turn-based side of things. Go check out the Kickstarter for more info.

 

That’s it for this PC Game round-up! Tell us what you think – And if there are any other Warhammer/Tabletop games making the jump to the digital realm, and you want us to follow them, let us know in the comments BELOW! AdamHarry, OUT!

  • Sputnikwriter

    We’re gonna need a bigger hard drive…

  • pokemastercube .

    i would be playing eternal crusade as i have the alpha access but the game wont start up and they havnt been replying to my messages for help

  • Cue the whining about too many mobile games, GW is clearly ignoring the PC market 😉

    Space Hulk Deathwing and Inquisitor: Martyrs are also in the pipeline (and the Xenos game will be for both PC and mobile, and Deathwatch is being ported to PC). Clearly GW just hates PC gamers 🙂

    • Necro Alienerd

      No one whines that they are ignoring PC gamers, its more the fact they are pissing their IP around at everything. Instead of trying to focus on hitting a home run like DoW they are just swinging the bat at any old balls, especially those of the consumer.

      • Actually lots of people whine about them ignoring PC gamers, I know because they argue with me all the time. People do also complain about more licenses, either because they don’t understand licensing and think GW is involved in the actual game development, or because they mistakenly think making new games that explore different aspects of their IP is what is stopping a developer from making a new DoW, when in reality the answer is either A. That it is already in development (likely) or B. It isn’t considered worth the risk because the original 2 DoW games didn’t sell that well.

        • Necro Alienerd

          Original 2 didn’t sell so well? DoW is regarded as one of the best RTS games of all time and has sold millions of copies. And that is just the base version.

          • Millions of copies isn’t impressive for big game developers, RTS games sell poorly compared to more awful sequels is shooters. There are only a few RTS franchises still kicking and they are niche compared to pretty much every other category. Making DoW 3 would be a major investment and it is either being made now, or it isn’t worth the risk, we don’t know the answer but none of it has to do with the quality of the first 2 games.

          • Necro Alienerd

            I never even mentioned making DoW 3.

          • Since that was the context of didn’t sell well, you didn’t need to, you’re out of your element, Donnie

          • Necro Alienerd

            I am the walrus.

    • Mathew G. Smith

      Why would snyone whine about them ignoring PC gamers on an article entirely about high profile PC games?

      • Because every thread I read about GW video games includes at least one person complaining about how they have so many mobile games but are ignoring PC gamers. Those people, of course, don’t understand that it takes longer to make a PC games which is why a ton of mobile games came our first.

  • Porty1119

    Battletech…ooh shiny…

    • euansmith

      They raised of $1,000,000 in pledges in under 24hrs… who’d have thought there would be a market for an old school turn-based wargame 😀 I’ve just got to wait until May 2017 for it… I hope there is no slippage…

      • Me

        I would have been part of that if I had seen something about co-op (did I miss it?). I love the Battletech universe, but I do not do much on the PC anymore without cooperative play.

        • euansmith

          They aren’t planning co-op; there is a PvP stretch goal. I guess that a four mech co-op game would be a bit like a MOBA.

          • Me

            I could live with a turned based MOBA… I’ve not seen one before, and it might be a good change of pace.

  • zeno666

    The Battletech game looks interesting

  • euansmith

    Blood Bowl and Warhammer: Total War are appropriate looking games. The others look like reskinned projects from action franchises. Game developers, and GW’s licencing team, seem to have little feel for the danger and wit of the grim darkness…

  • durendin

    beware “early acess” also known as – “not finished, never will be finished, we’ve got your money now you sucker!” games. Thinking of you, Mordheim, you scam merchants!

    • daggermaw

      what are you talking about? they just released the first half of the single player campaign. the game is very close to being finished and it’s loads of fun.

  • daggermaw

    somehow you forgot mordheim. It’s still in early access but just had its 8th update and released the single player campaign. I’m having loads of fun with it.