Total war is one of the most popular franchises and genres in gaming history. There are more than 20 total war titles that have been released and now, we’ll rank the top 18 best total war games to the worst. For you who just interest in total war games, this could help you figure out where to start.
Since there are a lot of total war games with different settings, era, and story, some players may confuse with one title and another. Other than that, every title also has its own unique and some different gameplay system. So it can’t guarantee that you’ll like every total war game out there.
Alright, without any further ado, these are the best total war games to the worst.
Total War Games from Best to Worst
1. Shogun: Total War
Shogun: Total War is the first and the best total war game ever made. Back then, this game is one of the most popular strategy games and competing with the Age of Empires or Warcraft. This game released in 2000, published by EA and developed by The Creative Assembly.
Like its name, Shogun: Total War set in the Japanese Feudal Era where Shogun holds the highest position both for militaries and government. One of the most surprising things you can experience back then is the real-time 3D fight which none of the other games could do.
2. Medieval: Total War
After the huge success of the first game, Creative Assembly want to repeat the same action in 2001 by releasing Medieval: Total War. If the Shogun only covers Japan Faudal Era, this game has a more large scale world.
Medieval: Total War cover almost all around the globe, including Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Even though the gameplay similarly the same, but now this game receives a lot of critics for the unit management.
3. Total War: Three Kingdoms
The next best Total War game has about 18 years gap. Medieval: Total War published by Activision in 2001 and Total War: Three Kingdoms published by Sega in 2019. I could say that this is the new era where people came back to play Total War games after more than 10 years being mediocre strategy game.
Total War: Three Kingdoms developed by Creative Assembly exclusively for PC, either it is Microsoft Windows, Linux, or Mac OS. And the most captivating thing in this game is they bring back the legendary three warlords war, Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Sun Jian in the modern game. Especially after the newest Dynasty Warriors 9 failed to impress people.
4. Total War: Warhammer 2
One year before releasing Total War: Three Kingdoms, Creative Assembly also released their new game named Total War: Warhammer II in 2018. This is the sequel of the 2016’s Total War: Warhammer that got quite a lot of dislikes.
Comparing to its prequel, Warhammer 2 receives a lot more positive responses. Even though this game still set in the same fictional Warhammer world where they mixed the dinosaur era and modern technology.
5. Rome: Total War
Rome: Total War is the third strategy game after the Medieval: Total War. This game still developed by the same company and originally published by Activision in 2004 for PC. And recently, in 2018, this game ported to Android and published by Sega.
Just like its name, Rome: Total War set in an imperial period of ancient Rome. This game also still has the same overall gameplay as its predecessor. There are no many updates or new features yet. And that makes people kinda feel “been there, done that” and starting to bored with this game.
6. Empire: Total War
In 2007, Creative Assembly begin to make a new captivating features again in Empire: Total War. As their collaboration with Valve, Creative Assembly begin to develop the fifth Total War games and the second game published by Sega.
Empire: Total War set in the 18th century and focused on the British Empire and the United States. There’s a special campaign about the development from the United States Settlement of Jamestown to the American War on Independence. Even though this game got some critics, but a ton of peoples also praised it back then.
7. Total War: Attila
The next best Total War game is Total War: Attila that released in 2015. Counted from Shogun: Total War, this is the 9th standalone game in Total War franchise. This game published by Sega for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Total War: Attila is quite a unique game because it’s set on the Late Antiquity era in about 395 AD. This is an era where they start the transition from Classical Rome to the Medieval age in Europe history. You’ll also be playing as the Huns, nomadic peoples who live in Central Asia.
8. Total War: Shogun 2
And the last best Total War game in this list is Total War: Shogun 2. This is the direct sequel of the first Shogun: Total war in 2000, which is the first Total War game. This game published by Sega in 2011 for PC only.
Unfortunately, Total War: Shogun 2 can’t surpass its predecessor’s success. Even though Creative Assembly make it way bigger than the prequel with more clan and almost entire island to journey, but not everyone likes this game as they love the first title.
Other Best Total War Games Worth Your Try
Even though all the best titles have been ranked in the previous list, there’s also another Total War games that still worth your try. There’s also some sequel, prequel, and spin-off that came out for mobile platforms.
9. Napoleon: Total War
10. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
11. Medieval II: Total War
12. Rome II: Total War
13. Warhammer: Total War
14. Total War Saga: Troy
15. Spartan: Total Warrior
16. Total War Battles Kingdom
17. Total War Battles: Shogun
18. Total War: Arena
And that is all for the best Total War games to the worst. So, which title is the best to start of? If you don’t care with graphics, then Shogun: Total War could be the best to start. But if you do, then start with Total War: Three Kingdoms. Since it the newest and best from all.