Ranking EVERY Warhammer 40,000 Video Game – Tier List

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    In the lead up to Warhammer Skulls, we've enlisted our resident 40k nerd Dave Jewitt to rank his most loved and most loathed Warhammer 40,000 video games.

    Do you agree with his placement of games like Space Marine, Mechanicus, Dawn of War, Fire Warrior and beyond? And where do you think Space Marine 2 will end up once it releases later this year?

    If you want to see a ranking of the Warhammer Fantasy games like Vermintide 2 and Total War: Warhammer 3, be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

    #warhammer40k #warhammer #gaming

    Intro – 0:00
    Space Crusade – 0:37
    Space Hulk (1993) – 1:27
    Space Hulk: Vengeance Of the Blood Angels – 2:16
    Final Liberation Warhammer Epic 40,000 – 3:00
    Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Gate – 4:37
    Warhammer 40,000 Rites of War – 5:31
    Warhammer 40,000 Fire Warrior – 6:19
    Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War – 8:11
    Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War Expansions – 9:53
    NGAGE Warhammer Games – 10:22
    Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War 2 – 10:56
    Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team – 12:30
    Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine – 13:01
    Space Hulk (2013) – 15:00
    Armageddon – 15:22
    Storm of Vengeance – 15:55
    Space Hulk Ascension – 16:25
    Warhammer 40,000 Regicide – 16:54
    Legacy of Dorn Herald of Oblivion – 17:45
    Eisenhorn: Xenos – 18:15
    Battlefleet Gothic: Armada – 18:56
    Warhammer 40,000 Eternal Crusade – 20:10
    Warhammer 40,000 Deathwing – 21:29
    Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War 3 – 22:49
    Warhammer 40,000 Sanctus Reach – 24:19
    Warhammer 40,000 Inquisitor Martyr – 24:51
    Warhammer 40,000 Gladius – Relics of War – 25:30
    Space Hulk Tactics – 26:16
    Warhammer 40,000 Mechanics – 27:06
    Warhammer 40,000 Battlefleet Gothic 2 – 28:23
    Necromunda Underhive Wars – 29:25
    Warhammer 40,000 Battle Sister 30:22
    Necromunda Hired Gun – 31:15
    Warhammer 40,000 Battlesector – 32:23
    Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Gate Daemonhunters – 33:14
    Warhammer 40,000 Tacticus – 34:40
    Warhammer 40,000 Shootas, Blood & Teef – 35:47
    Warhammer 40,000 Darktide – 36:29
    Warhammer 40,000 Boltgun – 38:11
    Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader – 39:38
    Outro – 41:30



    1. One of my favourite 40k experiences is the Men of War assault squad 2 mod. Really represents the carnage of what an actual 40k battlefiend might feel like. Recommend!

      • @@IrregularDave One of the best 40k experience indeed! High level of tactical realism with wide variety of units using DoW2 models for the most part, i only wish the author had left the vanilla maps of the game, his custom maps are really mid…

      • Maybe I was just wounded by the fact that Winter Assault made me buy Imperial Guard, and I was quickly struck with how bad I am at painting faces.

      • @@IrregularDave that’s the main thing that keeps most people from playing the guard I think, having to paint hundreds of faces haha

      • @@Sevoverkill its the reason my friend that plays them only uses the models with full masks or full helmets

      • WA and Dark Crusade were pinnacle. I loved the Necrons. Had like a 70% win rate with them online they were so broken and bugged.

    2. Dawn of War 2 is best Dawn of War and the Dark Angels deserve another chance at being a video game protagonist chapter.

      Also Isador Akios is a Poindexter.

      Also also the graphic for Underhive Wars is bugged and incorrect. The person responsible has been handed in to the regimental commissar.

      Okay I’m off to paint my Death Korps, enjoy the video and thanks for watching my fellow 40k nerds ❀

    3. Imagine if every faction had a game like(or as good as) Space Marine. Really showing you what each army is like from a ground-level perspective

    4. I generally agree with most of these picks (Final Liberation is such an underrated gem!), but I’m definitely a lot warmer on the Battlefleet Gothic Armada games. I would honestly consider the first to be an A and the second an S.

    5. for me, Dark Crusade is the best DoW game. it added something new, besides new races ofc, and i think it was really good at what it did. i never played DoW 2 much but i never heard great things about them

      • To me, DoW2 is really about how much you enjoy playing against other players. In pvp skirmish, DoW2 was tighter and felt like it kept the players focused on the battle but if you wanted a campaign or focused on playing against AI DoW1 is the better experience.

      • Dark Crusade is best for me too. I mostly play as Eldar or Space Marines. Fill the map with turrets so the Defence missions are over quick! πŸ˜‚

      • @@jakemonkey7 from what I remember, DoW2 was more focused on smaller squads rather than a more broad army etc. I never played DoW2 multilayer so I don’t know if that side of the game is better.
        Ofc, visually DoW2 is superior and it’s gameplay is nice, but I just preferred the overall experience Dark Crusade provided.
        Soulstorm was also good but I think it fell short of Dark Crusade for me. Not 100% sure why though. Haven’t played it in years and when I did play it, I didn’t play it much compared to Dark Crusade so maybe I should give it another chance

      • DoW2 actually felt A LOT like they balanced it with 5th edition tabletop feel in mind, but with adding some CoH mechanics (like firing arches for heavy weapons). Flamers in the tabletop ignored cover – in DoW2 they dealt additional damage against targets in cover. Tanks had different sides to them and and it mattered towards the damage calculation. It’s also wasn’t possible to wreck tanks without the anti-tank weapon just like in the current tabletop.
        Some of the things that first appeared in DoW2 migrated to the tabletop (that’s my theory, could be s coincidence). For example, assault marines could deal damage with their jumps in the video game – and in the tabletop, hammer of wrath rule appeared. And currently almost every unit has some sort of the active ability, pretty much like on DoW1/2.
        So I personally liked DoW2 much more because at the very same time I first started playing the 5th edition 40k, and the general feelings of the tabletop was there. Also it felt a lot more visceral, as the pace was much faster, and you had to be more precise with our actions.
        DoW1 and DLCs are awesome, but it would be safe to say that they prioritized in-game balance over the codex authenticity – tactical marines being basically tactical and devastator units, tau crisis being almost like a walker type unit instead of mobile suit squad, the list goes on.
        To me, the only bad thing about the DoW2 was the fact that it was almost like a reimaining for the mostly players, who couldn’t follow the evolution of Relic design philosophy by playing both DoW and CoH. They should have make DoW2 a little closer to the CoH (it has many DoW2 mechanics AND the base building/building capturing).

      • @@MrFiremagnet maybe? I wouldn’t know tbh as I’ve never played tabletop. But tbf, they are games and game balance is important so if DoW1 is more balanced then imo, it’s better

    6. It’s such a shame there aren’t more video games in the setting. They could make an entire trilogy on Loken

    7. Should be illegal to not mention Darktide’s music track! As long as you don’t play it 24 hours a day, Darktide is one of the greatest 40k games now

    8. Dave you are living the dream, getting paid to talk about 40k and hanging out with everyone’s favorite Keeper of Firearms and artillery, keep it up dude

    9. Small correction: Last Stand wasn’t introduced with Retribution, it was before Chaos Rising. It was used both as a competiion for Relic (the first group of people to beat it won a graphics card), and to tease the main antagonists for the next DLC.

    10. Rock solid list, wonderful vid. I only dissent on 2 points: Darktide’s OST is something that should be experienced in game and pushes it up to an S tier game for me. And Rogue Trader’s devs tinker on their games for years after their release. The critiscism about the skill tree is 100% legit, it’s definitely something they can improve, and they probably will.

      • 100% agreed on Darktide’s OST, easily one of the best videogame soundtracks I’ve heard, if not the best, as far as both quality and immersiveness; even outside of the game, it’s worth listening to. I have my own issues with the game that mean I can’t in good conscious push it to S tier (not quite yet anyways), but man, when you’re in game and Immortal Imperium or Imperial Advance starts playing, phew, that really gets the blood pumping alright!

    11. The thing I liked most about Fire Warrior was how it portrayed the Boltgun. It was big, heavy, and genuinely felt like it fired miniature rocket propelled grenades. It doesn’t line up with other versions, but it’s stuck in my memory.

    12. I was a tester on Space Marine and can confirm that the devs loved the game! They unfortunately knew their studio was doomed before it was released (thanks to the old THQ publisher thinking it was going to fail when released around the same time as Gear of War and sinking too much of their funds into that dumb draw tablet) but at least they were able to add as much content as possible. The horde mode was especially fun to work on since it was the last thing that was implemented. They wanted it to have legs and be actually hard so they would send us a build a daily with tweaks. They asked for a lot of feedback and wanted it to take our best testers all day to beat it a single time. I am happy to say that I was on that team that beat the final wave, equipped as always with my trusty Plasma Cannon. For the Emperor!

      • Exterminatus mode is so so much fun to play on and it was really hard to clear all stages, but I did it in the end. Thanks for your great work! And even the Dreadnought dlc is amazing in the PvP mode!

        Another little side story was I remember Space Marine wasnt intialally support Pentium D CPUs at launch but I wanted to play the game so much and contacted the support for it, and after they released an update so players with older spec can play! I still remember the care the devs had the joy they brought me till this day.

    13. Oh man… I’ve been trying to remember the name of “Final Lineration” for years! My dad and I used to play it back in the day on his old PC and neither of us could find it anymore or remember what it was called to look it up. This made me so happy!

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