Top 10 Best Warhammer Games, Ranked Best to Worst

For the Emperor!
For the Emperor!

Don your armor; it's time to go to war in the best Warhammer games!

What’s cooler than a tough-as-nails knight in giant armor? How about a tough-as-nails knight in giant armor with an equally giant gun? In space??

Initially a spin-off of the tabletop wargame, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer 40,000 transports all your favorite fantasy tropes into a distant dystopian future, trading horses for starships, broadswords for hellguns, Orcs for Orks, and more. And while chiefly inspired by medieval mythologies, it has grown into something more – an enduring science-fantasy powerhouse that has spawned all manner of merchandise, including books, card games, and of course, video games.

These games take us to the 41st millennium, when humanity has colonized the stars, and forged an empire called the Imperium. But our interstellar expansion hasn’t been a walk in the park; our contact with various alien species, such as the Orks and the Eldar, have been far from peaceful.

While the Imperium of Man’s holy directive to conquer the galaxy has been part and parcel of our gaming experience since the early ‘90s, the first decade of the new millennium produced some of the best Warhammer 40,000 games. How well do these games stack up to one another? Everybody has their own take on the matter, but here are our top 10 best Warhammer games, ranked best to worst.

1. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine


That's gotta hurt!



We’re willing to bet no one has ever looked at a Space Marine and not wished they could put on that snazzy armor, wield that ginormous gun, and just lay waste to every filthy, stinkin’ Ork in sight.

This is exactly what Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine lets you do. As Captain Titus, you’re given free rein to crush as many of the Orks that have overrun the Forge World Graia.

Space Marine is a fast-paced third-person action game that fluidly combines ranged and melee combat. Tired of perforating Ork scum with bullets? Why not give them a taste of your chainsaw? And you don’t have to do things alone. You’re the head honcho, with a squad of Ultramarines ready to provide covering fire if things get too hairy. Because slaughtering bad guys is no fun if it’s not a team effort!

Critics and fans alike extolled Space Marine’s exhilarating action, but there were some who were less enthusiastic about its linear campaign and some uninspired environments. Nevertheless, due to its decidedly juicy combat, we think it deserves top spot on our list of best Warhammer games.

Our rating – 5/5



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