Top 10 Warhammer 40K Games of All Time

Warhammer 40K games are literally a dime a dozen these days, but Good The titles placed in this vast universe are few and far between. But if you’re willing to dig through the ever-growing pile of 40,000 trash long enough, you’ll eventually find some real gems. And it just so happens that most of those rare gems are already neatly ranked in the list below. Isn’t that appropriate?


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This list should be especially useful for those looking to pass the time until the launch of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, and a little later on the road, Space Marine 2 and Rogue Trader. Sure, you can play a bunch of other things in the meantime, but why do that when you can jump into some of the best Warhammer 40K games from last year instead?

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10 Necromonda: I rented a gun

Necromunda: Hired Gun was a pretty poor attempt to replicate Doom’s fast-paced gameplay, but the game still manages to be fun enough to warrant a place on this list. Hired Gun is one of the few Warhammer 40K first-person shooter games available at the moment. Moreover, it is one of only two games in the infamous cell city Necromunda. That alone is reason enough to check it out. Still not convinced? Well, maybe the fact that you have a robotic canine companion will improve the deal.

Necromunda: Hired Gun has its fair share of problems, so don’t get into it and expect to be blown up. The story is very nice and playing with guns could have used more action, however, the atmosphere is top notch and the difficulty is just right if you like games that always keep you on your toes. If you’re only interested in setting up, you won’t be disappointed. But if you are the first type of person into gameplay, you may want to skip this genre and check out some of the other entries on this list.

9 Warhammer 40,000: Detective – Martyr

Detective – Martyr is basically a Warhammer 40K meets Diablo. There’s not a lot of actual hacking and slashing, but it’s pretty much a traditional ARPG complete with plenty of areas to explore, quests to do, and Xenos to annihilate. However, unlike other games in this genre, Inquisitor – Martyr often feels more tactical thanks to the inclusion of cover mechanics. It’s also important to note that skills are mostly related to weapons, which means that your arsenal usually dictates your playing style, not the other way around.

Unfortunately, Inquisitor-Martyr has a few major flaws that prevent it from ranking higher on this list. First, it’s still surprising that there are bugs in a game that has been out for years at this point. Server issues are also quite common these days. In addition, the game takes a while to start, so expect the first few hours to be a little difficult. Inquisitor – Martyr It’s definitely a bit tricky, but if you can get past the general jokes you’ll find plenty to love here.

8 Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2

If you want to play a game that truly conveys the epic scope of the Warhammer 40K universe, look no further than Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2. While most of the 40K games focus on the endless wars waged on different planets across the galaxy, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 takes the action. to space. Here, the battles are not between armies but between entire fleets.

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Now, while the battles themselves are already very satisfying, the other parts of the game are less fun. These are campaigns that tend to get boring and repetitive after a while no matter which faction you play. The repetitive nature of campaigns along with some unnecessarily complex mechanics can be a real turn off at times. This is still the best Warhammer 40K set in space, but there are a few better ones that feature more traditional settings.

7 War Hammer 40,000: Battle Breaker

Although Warhammer 40K: Battlesector was launched in 2021, it feels like a turn-based tactical game from the late 1990s. And I mean that in a good way. The game doesn’t have all the fluff that you see in a lot of recent titles and instead focuses on gameplay above all else. In some ways, Battlesector is one of the most faithful mods for the backgammon Warhammer 40K that you can play right now.

It’s a shame that the game didn’t have a lot of content when it launched and a lot of people turned it down because of it. There were only two factions at launch – Blood Angels and Tyranids – and although Necrons have also joined the fray as a DLC in the meantime, Battlesector desperately needs more variety so far. Warhammer 40K: Battlesector could turn out to be a very good game if developer Slitherine keeps pushing out new content at regular intervals. As it stands now, the game is just fine.

6 Warhammer 40,000: Gateway to Chaos – Daemonhunters

When Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters was first announced, it looked too good to be true. An XCOM-style game centered around the Gray Knights and featuring voice acting by legendary Andy Serkis? This sounds like the formula for instant success. and here approx I was. The game does a lot of things right, including giving players control of a group of customizable badass Gray Knights that get stronger as the game progresses. Unfortunately, after the first two hours, the game slows down to a crawl.

The main thing that drags Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters down a few notches is, again, the lack of variety. While traveling from planet to planet and clearing them of Nurgle units is exciting at first, it soon becomes clear that this is all you will be doing throughout the game. There are only about a dozen different types of enemies and that’s not enough to keep things interesting after the middle of the game. Hence, why is the game only ranked 6th on the list, which is still not bad with all things considered.

5 Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Remnants of War

Now you may have noticed a trend here. Many of the best Warhammer 40K games are heavily inspired by highly successful titles from a variety of genres. Gladius – Effects of war are no different. This game is a 4X based strategy game that draws a lot of inspiration from the Civilization series. This combination may seem a little strange at first, but in the end it works really well. And unlike a lot of the other games on this list, Gladius – Relics of War has a great variety of factions to choose from.

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Having said all that, Gladius – Relics of War is far from the most beautiful game on this list. The graphics look very outdated and often make it difficult to distinguish between environments or even different unit types. As far as gameplay is concerned, Gladius – Relics of War doesn’t feel as polished as the Civ title, but it does get bone Things are right. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include the price, which comes in at over $100 for the game and all of its DLC packs. Perhaps it is better to get this on sale.

4 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Developer Relic Entertainment took a huge risk with Dawn of War II when they decided to create a real-time, team-based tactical game rather than another RTS game. This was a controversial decision at the time, but as it turns out, the developers made the right call. With excellent voice acting, storytelling, and music, Dawn of War II manages to deliver an even more memorable campaign than its predecessor. Also impressive is the fact that the game has only gotten better over time thanks to the excellent expansions.

The only downside to the campaigns is the fact that they all play the same thing. It’s great that Relic gives players the option to experience events from the perspective of different factions, but it would have been better to offer unique maps for each. On the bright side, the campaigns support four-player co-op gameplay, and there are two additional multiplayer modes to play with. Not many people play multiplayer these days, but you can still find some occasionally if you’re lucky.

3 War Hammer 40,000: Mechanic

There are plenty of Warhammer 40K games centered around Adeptus Astartes (Space Marines), so seeing a game centered on Adeptus Mechanicus is actually a breath of fresh air. Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus is a turn-based tactical game with light XCOM-like combat, a gripping story, and a great atmosphere. You can also expect some RPG elements here and there.

The main thing that sets Mechanicus apart from other 40K games is the narrative. The story, written by Black Library author Ben Counter, does a wonderful job of conveying the cold logic that guides machine cult. The amount of dialogue can seem a little excessive at times, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re someone who enjoys Warhammer 40K lore. The repetitive combat and lack of map variety can become boring for anyone, which is why Mechanicus only gets third place on this list.

2 Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

You’re probably familiar with the hype surrounding Space Marine 2. If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, it’s time to try the original. The marine spaceship really sparks the imagination of being a super killing machine of the 41st millennium. The combat is fast, visceral, and has a lot of weight behind it. Hitting an Ork in the face with a chainsaw feels just as satisfying as you’d expect and the ranged weapon isn’t half bad either. In addition, you can use the jetpack during certain parts of the game and this is always worth some brownie points.

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In more than a decade since its release, there are no other Warhammer 40K games like Space Marine. One could argue that there is not enough variety of enemies in the game, which is true. However, combat in Space Marine never gets boring though. What can get a little boring is the story but, let’s be honest here, the main reason you would want to play this game is so you can get rid of some Xenos filth. And that’s exactly what Space Marine has to offer. However, there is another Warhammer 40K game that offers more.

1 War Hammer 40,000: Dawn of War

It almost seems like an evasion at this point to say the original Dawn of War is the best Warhammer 40K ever, but it’s true. In the nearly two decades since its release, this RTS is still the gold standard for gaming set in the 40K world. Sure, the graphics look pretty outdated by today’s standards, but the gameplay is as solid as ever. The story, music, voice acting, and animation (especially sync kills) hold up remarkably well, too.

If you haven’t checked out Dawn of War yet, this is just as good a time as any to jump in. The base game alone is pretty good but things get a lot better once you start going through the expansions. The Dark Crusade, in particular, is nothing short of a masterpiece. Meanwhile, Soulstorm has some pretty cool mods, if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

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