Coming in to the new millennium, the quantity and quality of Warhammer games remarkably improved. The trailblazer during this period is probably Dawn of War, making Warhammer computer games finally accessible and acceptable to the mainstream.
2003 – Fire Warrior
A strange game in that you play as the main protagonist who is a Tau Fire Warrior; this was probably due to the Tau making their first appearance in the 40k universe only a couple of years beforehand. I’ve never had the joy of playing it but I know it was an FPS and the reviews were on the average side. If you want a copy, you might be able to find a hard copy somewhere on amazon or ebay.
2004 – Dawn of War
Finally, the Warhammer game that brought the universe(s) to the mainstream. Dawn of War (DoW) is a real-time strategy classic, even without it being Warhammer related. The gameplay is good solid base-building and the combat is pretty good as well. The single-player campaign as the Blood Ravens is immersive and the multi-player is epic. I still occasionally give the game a whirl and I enjoy it just as much as I did when it first came out. You get can get the game on steam for a very reasonable price – as you can with all the subsequent expansions.
2005 – Dawn of War: Winter Assault
DoW with added Imperial Guard, both in a single-player campaign and in multi-player. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Imperial Guard, but this expansion didn’t do much for me. One for the completionists out there if nothing else.
2006 – Dawn of War: Dark Crusade
By far the best of the DoW expansions, Dark Crusade allows you to play as one seven races in a dynamic single-player campaign. Never before had a 40k fan had so much choice on a video game. The satisfaction in stomping your Necrons over everyone was a particular highlight of playing this. I recommend this expansion in particular to any 40k or real-time strategy fans.
2008 – Dawn of War: Soulstorm
Soulstorm is a good idea in principle but the execution was average and Dark Crusade had already done it and done it better. The idea of Soulstorm was to have a sector wide dynamic campaign but with added Dark Eldar, Sisters of Battle and some flying units. It was fine, but I find myself going back to Dark Crusade rather than this. One really only for Dark Eldar and Sisters of Battle fans.
2006 – Battle for Atluma
A collectible card game for PSPs – frankly I’d never heard it before doing this list and looking at the reviews, I won’t look at it again!
2006 – Mark of Chaos
Mark of Choas is a fairly decent real-time strategy game set in the Warhammer Old World. It features a good single-player story and campaign and reasonable multi-player. I did play it a fair bit at the time but I can’t say I have really fond memeories of it in the same way I do with Shadow of the Horned Rat and Dark Omen. I think it might be the lack of a character to warm to or maybe just the fairly average gameplay. I might have gone back to it again but for Warhammer: Total War doing all of it but a thousand times better. Best place to get it now is probably an old copy from Amazon or eBay.
2008 – Battle March
Battle March is the expansion to Mark of Chaos and simply contains another single-player campaign and a couple of new races. It is more of the same, no brilliant new features or gameplay.
2006 – Glory in Death
This one was a turn-based strategy game with a focus on Space Marines. It was for the N-Gage (!) – I don’t even remember what an N-Gage was. Suffice to say, if you want to play this, it isn’t going to be easy!
2007 – Squad Command
Yet another portable game (remember a world without smart phones?) and yet another mediocare one. I did try this when I had a DS, but I wasn’t a fan! Clunky gameplay and a frustrating camera really limited the enjoyment on this one.
2008 – Age of Reckoning
Age of Reckoning was an MMORPG and a pretty fun one at that. It wasn’t Warcraft or Lord of the Rings Online, but it did have its own unique style and I spent a fair bit of time playing it. It was a shame that in 2013 the servers shut down but a free-to-play version, Return of Reckoning, has seen a resurrection of sorts for it through a very dedicated group of fans. If you like Warhammer and you like MMOs then it is worth taking a look at.
Blood Bowl and Dawn of War II (both 2009)
Technically cheating but I’m going to cover off both in the next in the series.