T.J.’s Game of the Year
Total War: Warhammer 2
Creative Assembly is crushing it, stealing my top spot two years in a row with the same franchise. Almost everything I said about why I loved the original still holds true, but Warhammer 2 manages to present us with an across-the-board improvement. The new races all bring a spice that was missing from the original’s stew, from the heroic and dauntless High Elves to the creeping, sneaking Skaven. The campaign map and interface have been improved in a number of ways that make the original feel clunky and cumbersome. The Eye of the Vortex campaign manages to solve the pacing issues with the infamous Total War End Game Slog in a meaningful and exciting way for the first time ever. But the true crown jewel here is the Mortal Empires map, allowing all of the races to fight over the largest fantasy world possibly ever created for a strategy game. It did get off to a rocky start, but part of why Warhammer 2 deserves this award is that Creative Assembly has listened carefully to fan feedback and made needed changes in a timely manner – not something that can really be taken for granted in this day and age. Like last year, the question I asked myself when trying to pick out a champion was: “What game did I have the most fun playing in 2017?” Most assuredly, that was Total War: Warhammer 2.
No date has been announced for Warhammer 3 yet, but I’ll just say to my friends across the pond that this might be the only time in history any developer has a real shot at a hat trick.
T.J.’s Honorable Mentions: Ultimate General: Civil War, The Long Dark, Expeditions: Viking