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1 month ago

Total War: Rome 2’s Ancestral update is intriguing indeed

The Creative Assembly are keeping a lot of plates spinning these days. Not only did they recently release Total War spinoff Thrones of Britannia, but they're still working on Total War: Three Kingdoms and continually updating their Warhammer games, too. They've clearly not forgotten about Total War: Rome 2 either, as they've just released a massive new update adding a major new gameplay element; family trees…

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2 months ago

Feature: Scream if you wanna go faster

Four developers of scary games explain how to make scary games very scary indeed

The inspiration for Alien: Isolation came from a simple thought experiment: what if somebody let a lion loose in developer Creative Assembly’s office? “I’d get behind my desk and make sure it wouldn’t see me,” says the game’s creative director Alistair Hope. “Then, you’d need to get to the fire escape. Maybe I’d move desk to desk and distract it. If you are confronted by…

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Check out the first footage of Total War: Three Kingdoms in action

Total War: Three Kingdoms is the latest outing from Creative Assembly's series of best selling strategy games that educate you about fun historical times and places and all the different ways that you can CRUSH their people under your iron will. TW:3K is set for release in spring 2019, and transports the series to Ancient China during the reign of child Emperor Xian of Han,…

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Total War: Three Kingdoms delayed into spring 2019

Bad news: the launch of Total War: Three Kingdoms will come in spring 2019, pushed back from autumn 2018. Good news: a new trailer has a selection of moving shapes, colours, and sounds that you might find comforting. The Creative Assembly's first foray into Chinese history for their strategy series needs a little more time to finish up properly, see. Better a better game later…

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Creative Assembly is hiring to produce a tactical shooter

As much fun as I've been getting out of the Total War: Warhammer games recently, I keep wishing that The Creative Assembly would branch out into other genres again. To this day, Alien: Isolation is one of the most mechanically and thematically exciting survival horror games ever made, and proof that they're a flexible studio. Someone at CA agrees, as a slew of job postings…

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3 months ago

Total Warhammer 2 unleashes Norsca horde & new DLC

It's a big and fighty day for Total War: Warhammer II, with extra factions, units, and lords flooding in from all over. The first Total Warhammer's Norsca DLC race have become playable in Twarhammer 2's cross-game Mortal Empires campaign, the new 'The Queen & The Crone Lords Pack' paid DLC is out now, new free DLC adds a brooding new High Elf for everyone, various…

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A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia invades Macs

Three weeks after its debut on Windows, A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia is now out on MacOS too. If you already own The Creative Assembly's latest historical strategy game on Steam, hey, you've now got it for Mac too; thankfully we're long past the days when Mac ports were sold separately. And sure, Macs can boot to Windows nowadays, but it's still handier…

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It’s elf vs. elf in Total War: Warhammer II’s next DLC

The High Elven Everqueen Alarielle the Radiant wants to make everything pretty nice and nice, while the Dark Elven Crone Hellebron wants to raze everything pretty in celebrations of chaos and death. Talk about a recipe for high school drama! Can these settle their differences? Which will be crowned prom queen? Might they even become friends? Or more? We'll get to find out in Total…

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A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia details post-launch revisions

A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a twist on the usual Total War formula. There's a dozen clans, each with their own skill sets, and each with their own populations that have to be managed while you build your empire. The new streamlined game mechanics built a title that's easier for newcomers, but this has also resulted in a wave of negative feedback…

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4 months ago

A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia out now

Bright and early at 8 o'clock this morning, The Creative Assembly released A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia. Perhaps you started ordering soldiers around while dipping soldiers in your eggie. Swelled your coffers while sipping coffee. Had your forces spread like butter on your crumpet. Ordered a full retreat while gulping tea. Burnt your toast like Alfred and them cakes, then razed Winchester for…

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Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia now pre-loading

"Never pre-order," we say, then youse go and pre-order A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia right into the Steam top ten. Ah but sure, you know what's coming: it's another Total War, and you can already read Nic Rueben's Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia review for our official word on it. So hey, you cheeky pre-orderers: know that you can now pre-load Thrones…

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A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia review

From my vantage point, there’s something enchanting about the snow-capped palisades of Dinefwr. Although I imagine its majesty is somewhat lost on the seven hundred exhausted Welshmen I’ve just ordered to breach the stronghold’s walls, with nothing but battered wooden shields between them and a typical British forecast of flaming arrows. I’d like to pretend their sacrifices come at the bitter end of a long,…

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5 months ago

A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia delayed into May

If you've already ordered in a hog to roast in celebration of A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia's launch, you might want to get your meat man on the blower. Developers Creative Assembly today announced that they will not launch the historical strategy game on April 19th, as had been the plan, as they want more time to polish it up. Thrones Of Britannia…

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6 months ago

Total War: Arena rumbles into open beta

Total War's free-to-play fighty spin-off Total War: Arena has returned to open beta testing, inviting all and sundry to 10v10 historical throwdowns. After this, the game will roll into a full launch without any wipes. Arena is a curious one, turning Total War into a faster multiplayer game with a different focus. Each of the twenty players only control three 'units' but, this being Total…

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7 months ago

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Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a smaller game with some very big ideas

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. That's a useful motto, a pick-me-up for the smaller among us, but the truth is right now, I am a very small dog with very little fight left in it. I'm the boss of Mide, a province in the middle of Ireland. The 9th century is…

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Total War: Warhammer 2 – Rise of the Tomb Kings DLC shambles out today

I know I can't be the first to say this, but this is the first chance I've had to moan about it and you can't stop me. Why oh why is Total War: Warhammer 2 not just called 'Total Warhammer 2'? As far as I'm concerned, consistent branding can get in the bin when there's an opportunity that good. Oh yes, the news: Total Warhammer…

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Total War: Warhammer 2 powering up Bretonnia when Tomb Kings arrive

The big news on the Total War: Warhammer II scene next week is the launch of its first expansion, Rise of the Tomb Kings (read our review of it), but there's good news for an older faction too. Recognising that Bretonnia were a little left out when others were powered up for Twarhammer 2, developers Creative Assembly are buffing the fantasy Frenglishmen in the update…

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Wot I Think- Total War: Warhammer 2 – Rise of the Tomb Kings DLC

I can sympathise, at least a little, with the ancient Egyptian-themed undead known as the Tomb Kings, and who are Total War: Warhammer 2’s newest faction. A decade ago, I was trapped underneath the Great Pyramid of Giza for a mere 20 minutes while another tourist had a claustrophobia-induced panic attack. Waking up inside a pyramid and discovering that your innards are full of embalming…

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Total War: Three Kingdoms tackles the turbulence of 3rd century China

Total War has been enjoying its time among the greenskins and the undead, but we've been waiting to see exactly which period it'd land in when it returns to its historical roots for its next major installment. Now the answer is here. Total War: Three Kingdoms. The year is 190CE. China is in turmoil. The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor. He is but a…

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Warhammer II’s Tomb Kings are a defensive juggernaut

If you've ever come back from holiday to find that your flatmates/children/parents have flooded the kitchen/dyed the cat blue/thrown out all your original Jethro Tull LPs, then spare a thought for the Tomb Kings, Total War: Warhammer II's first all-new DLC faction. Once upon a time, they ruled a pseudo-Ancient Egyptian empire in which scholars quested for the secret to eternal youth and tyrants went…

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