What are the best Total War games?

What are the best Total War games for you? Okay, for a franchise that has developed fourteen games in total and has spanned for nearly two decades, deciding which installment should emerge at the top is no way an easy feat. All Total War games are incredibly fun to play, but there are lots of factors that make each strategy game distinct from another. Of course, the graphics and gameplay have huge roles in determining the answer to our problem. Yet, the milieu in which the game takes place remains an important factor. After all, the stories, the conflicts, and the crusades are what make the franchise all the more exciting, right? Some say that if you are into fantasy, your best bet is to go for Warhammer. If you're looking for a few history lessons, Shotgun or Rome might be the way to go. Yes, it all comes down to what you really feel playing.

But for those who are newcomers to this world, our goal is to help you find which one suits your preferences. That's why we have curated a list of Total War games ranked by our community. Take your pick and let us know your favorite installment!

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    #1Total War: Shogun 2

    Total War: Shogun 2
    Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy video game set in 16th-century feudal Japan, in the aftermath of the Onin War during the Ashikaga Shogunate. It was developed by Creative Assembly and was published by Sega.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $29.99

    Raymond Mendoza
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "After playing all of the Total War games, I could easily say that this is the best. I really admire the graphics and the UI is solid as well."
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    #2Total War: Warhammer 2

    Total War: Warhammer 2

    Total War: Warhammer 2 is a  turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game published by Sega and developed by Creative Assembly. It was first released for Windows on September 2017.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $59.99

    Sharon Feng
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "Total War: Warhammer 1 was great but this is even better! The gameplay is really good, challenging game with stunning visuals and great tutorial. Definitely love it!"
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    #3Medieval 2

    Medieval 2

    Medieval 2 is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega. This game is the sequel to 2002's Medieval: Total War.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $24.99

    Zhao Song
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "Great game, some bugs but great gameplay overall. Love the additional of the new world."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know the success of Total War games has enabled its developer Creative Assembly open studios in more locations? The British video game developer based in England now has offices with more than 600 people. Before, they were a single-game studio working on a variety of sports games. In its early years, they worked to port games for different platforms. Later on, they worked with Electronic Arts (EA) to produce a variety of games such as sports titles. But the company's breakthrough title was the strategy computer game Shogun: Total War. The game released in 2000 has won some industry awards and became as one of the benchmark strategy video games. Soon after, they followed it with Medieval: Total War and Rome: Total War, which benefited from the rise in Roman pop culture interests.

Creative Assembly also branched into fiction and fantasy video game genre with the release of Total War: Warhammer. With this game, players must choose the best faction to play in Total War: Warhammer before they'll be able to play. Before all this happened, the Japanese company Sega has bought them. Following the acquisition, all preceding titles in the Total War series had been exclusive for computer games. The company has also produced premium mobile titles, web-based games, and multiplayer titles. But still, the game developer company has been known for its best Total War games.  

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    #4Rome: Total War

    Rome: Total War

    Rome: Total War is a critically acclaimed strategy game composed of both turn-based strategy and real-time tactics. It was developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA.

    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Rodrigo Montiel
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "Impressive on every level, it offers different situations and a lot of interesting managing sections and different modes for long-lasting entertainment."
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    #5Total War: WARHAMMER

    Total War: WARHAMMER

    Total War: WARHAMMER is both a turn-based and real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features a world of ceaseless battles that is being led by different races in the quest for dominance and peace.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $59.99

    Kenneth Miller
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "This game is pretty good for beginners. Gameplay is nice and the design is also good, but Warhammer 2 is better."
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    #6Total War: ATTILA

    Total War: ATTILA

    Total War: ATTILA is a historical strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. It is a part of the Total War video game series. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $44.99

    Susan Jackson
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "A really good strategy game, UI is pretty good and the visuals are really stunning."
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    #7Napoleon: Total War

    Napoleon: Total War

    Napoleon: Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game published by Sega and developed The Creative Assembly. This game is the sixth stand-alone installment in the Total War series. It was first released on February 2010.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $24.99

    Han Yao
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "This probably has the smallest map in all the total war games, but the naval combat is great."
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    #8Empire: Total War

    Empire: Total War
    Empire: Total War is a real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features Elizabethan-era settings of war in the oceans of Europe. It gives the player the thrill of commanding entire fleets.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $24.99

    Samuel Hill
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "I am a Total War fan since the start and I was disappointed by this, the game crashes all the time. The shooting accuracy in this is also really useless."
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    #9Total War Saga: TROY

    Total War Saga: TROY

    Total War Saga: TROY is a strategy game created by Sega and Creative Assembly. This game is focused on the Bronze-Age Mediterranean and the conflict between the kingdoms of Troy, and Mycenaean Greece. It will be launched sometime in 2020. 

    Games

    Windows

    To be announced

    Michael Fields
    Written on September 30, 2019
    "The announcement trailer of Total War Saga: TROY made me excited to get my hands on this. Can we just fast forward to the release date of this game?"

Summary

Best What are the best Total War games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Total War: Shogun 2Games 16 Paid
2Total War: Warhammer 2 Games 14 Paid
3Medieval 2Games 9 Paid
4Rome: Total WarGames 4 Paid
5Total War: WARHAMMERGames 3 Paid
6Total War: ATTILAGames 2 Paid
7Napoleon: Total War Games 2 Paid
8Empire: Total WarGames 1 Paid
9Total War Saga: TROYGames 0 Paid
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