There is only a war in the distant future, and if Games Workshop has its way, there will be plenty of Warhammer 40,000 video games to play.
The sci-fi tabletop is undergoing a video game boom, with a few fantastic games set within its very dark and horrible universe in recent years. Where there was nothing but an endless stream of mediocre Warhammer 40,000 games to play, like the terrifying Tyranids, the genre has evolved, improved, and launched yet another wave, better than it has ever had before.
Below are some of our favourite Warhammer 40,000 games!
The Best 40k Warhammer games
The best Warhammer 40k games
Here are our favourite Warhammer 40k games:
The 40,000 Battlesector in Warhammer
Black Lab''s turn-based strategy game is arguably the finest video game version of the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop available right now. It''s "battle-scale," which means gameplay is of a scale larger than a XCOM-style game or the stunning Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Gate Daemonhunters, although smaller than the likes of Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon.
The Blood Angels chapter of the Space Marines takes center stage in a hefty battle against the Tyranids, but Black Lab has added the Necrons as a DLC faction, with more to come. I had a blast smashing through the Battlesector campaign, then sticking with my carefully laid instructions for each battle. Battlesector is a fantastic shout for anyone who wants to be wary of the ruthless, aggressive combat.
40,000 Chaos Gate Daemonhunters in Warhammer
Don''t let the awfully thin name fool you: this 40K / XCOM sequel from Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Gate Daemonhunters is a fantastic game, from the voidship-level resource management to the fun interactions between the three opposing personalities of Inquisitor, Grey Knight, and Tech Priest, with an occasional response from Andy "Gollum." Serkis'' stern veteran
The story, which sees the mysterious Grey Knights chapter struggle to contain a devastating new plague concocted by Chaos god Nurgle, doubles down on the grim dark, and it''s all the better for it. Daemonhunters will keep you interested in its chunky campaign with fun voice acting and a few decent twists along the way.
Always keep an eye on Daemonhunters! Each battle with a single squad of Grey Knights, each powerful but not invulnerable. This is where the charm of Daemonhunters comes to the test, despite being a dark and choppy planet. It seems appropriate that in Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Gate Daemonhunters, you''ll never be too far from it yourself.
40,000 Space Marines from Warhammer
PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
The ideal environment for playing Relic Entertainment''s Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine was never better in 2021. Relic left its strategy behind to form a fun third-person hack-and-shooter hybrid that, while failing to set tills alight for THQ, went down well among Warhammer 40,000 fans. It''s a bloodfest, and so it should be!
Space Marine became something of a cult classic among Warhammer 40,000 fans. It''s not particularly sophisticated, but it does exactly what it says on the tin: you knock out large chunks of Orks. Depending on the outcome, you might do a lot worse than dropping into the original.
Dawn of War 2 for Warhammer
We brave the warp as we enter real-time strategy territory with the eternally stunning Dawn of War 2. Relic expressed its delight with this sequel for abandoning the traditional RTS base-building of the first Dawn of War game, despite having each one being dominated by a powerful hero character. The decision was rewarded, because Dawn of War 2, perhaps more so than any other video game, possessed the value and power of the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Everything from the ear-breaking audio (those bolters are really bang!) to the detailed, smooth animations make Dawn of War 2 look and feel like Warhammer 40,000 come alive. The campaign, which now, years later, is perfectly replayable, assists you in making difficult decisions about which battles and even planets to fight in, with sometimes severe consequences.
While the Space Marines are the main event here, other playable forces include the Orks, Eldar, and Tyranids, as well as the Chaos Space Marines, and Imperial Guard via expansions. There''s something for everyone here. For the Emperor!
Dawn of War 40,000 in Warhammer
Relic''s Dawn of War is still the best Warhammer 40,000 video game ever developed, with heavy-duty base building and large-scale maneuvers that focus on geographic locations. While it has matured visually, it is still a joy to play. And those unique combat animations remain the same.
There are a lot of possibilities to play with, from Space Marines to Chaos Space Marines, Eldar, but after the launch, there were the addition of the Imperial Guard, the Tau, the Necrons, and Sisters of Battle. Dawn of War is for you.
Dawn of War 3: Warhammer
40,000 people were disappointed by the outcome, and Relic had to cancel the game until the end of the day. It''s a real shame, not just for fans of Dawn of War 3, but for those who found the ill-judged RTS and MOBA at a good time.
While Dawn of War 3 isn''t the best Dawn of War game, it''s got a lot going for it, I think. Considering the amount of variety available in previous Dawn of War games, only three factions (Space Marines, Orks, and Eldar) have my blood pumping, even if the units running about their feet aren''t the most inspiring. The mighty Imperial Knight, Gorkanaut, and Wraithknight make an appearance on the battlefield, causing great damage.
If nothing else, the inclusion of Dawn of War 3 in this list gives us an excuse to rewatch the incredible announcement trailer from Dawn of War 3, awesome, even now it raises the hairs on my neck.
Armada 2 is from Battlefleet Gothic.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is a real-time tactic game that focuses on 40,000 space battles. This means there''s loads of "engaging engines!" and "systems failing" barked about the bridges of several void ships. "Captain! Xenos contact!"... you get the idea. When you''ve got a planet-destroying stellar vessel, what are you waiting for?
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is set during the 13th Black Crusade of the Black Legion (there''s a lot of black when it comes to Chaos Space Marines! ), and Abaddon the Despoiler is rampant around the Eye of Terror. It''s the perfect canvas to maneuver complex, satisfying space battles. Boom!
The Tyranids, the Necrons, and the Imperium are all three perspectives to choose from. This is because you will reclaim worlds lost to the Black Crusade and enable them to be used within your faction. This one is great for Warhammer 40,000 enthusiasts who are following a bigger picture picture and even bigger battles. (The Gathering Storm, etc.) The story features famous Warhammer 40,000 men currently making moves in the latest developments, such as ancient Adeptus Mecha
Mechanicus is the name for Warhammer 40,000.
The Adeptus Mechanicus, the cyborg priest army of the Imperium, is on a mission to recover ancient techniques from the catacombs of a Necron Tomb World. Things are dark, but in a neon in the dark kind of way.
Mechanicus involves upgrading and outfitting your tech priests by using the resources and equipment you''ve gained while on Warhammer 40,000 video games, and of course the missions themselves, which combine exploration and turn-based combat encounters. It''s always good to see the Necrons clank out in the dark.
Armageddon: Warhammer 40,000
Armageddon begins its 10th birthday by fleeing a hex-based territory and assists players in the Armageddon Steel Legion of the Imperial Guard against the Orks, with a little help from the Space Marines (the Salamanders, Blood Angels, and the Ultramarines all lend a hand). Armageddon, the 2014 40K game is strewn at the seams, although it still offers an enthuseful fight against the greenskins.