Skulls for the Skull Throne!
On the other side, Khorne’s armies are pretty much exactly what you’d expect. They’re red. They’re angry. They cause quite a bit of a mess when they get into melee range. Keeping them at safe distance seems like a smart play, though quick units like the winged Furies and daemon-mounted Skullcrushers can close the gap before you have much chance to respond. The daemonic units also work much like undead in Warhammer and Warhammer 2: They don’t suffer morale damage, but will start to dissipate once they’ve taken enough damage.Winning a survival battle requires holding out against wave after wave of these bloodthirsty beasts, spending a slow trickle of resources on towers, barricades, and reinforcements. I found it really hectic and challenging the first couple times, and it made me think in ways Total War never has before. Especially at the end when you’re trying to hold three different control points and deal with a terrifying Exalted Greater Daemon, one of Khorne’s most powerful servants, the sense of desperation is palpable.
Survival battles won’t only be available to the human factions, either. While Creative Assembly didn’t want to spoil too much about the story, they did confirm that each of the four Chaos Gods will have their own version of this battle to play, and that you’ll get to experience them even when playing as the daemons. In Warhammer lore they rarely get along very well, so it’s easy to imagine that they may invade each other’s realms to prove who gets to be the headlining act at the apocalypse.We’ll also be able to play these battles in multiplayer co-op, which sounds like a great way to cut down on how hectic and difficult to manage they feel in the later stages. I was never able to actually bring down the big guy on my own, so I’d be more than happy to call in a friend for support. But until that day, I only have one thing to say to the Blood God: You won the battle. But the war is far from over. Do svidaniya.
Leana Hafer is an avid PC gamer. Talk strategy games and more with her on Twitter at @TilFolkvang.