The Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs, the latest expansion for the popular strategy game Total War: Warhammer III debuted on the market yesterday. Unfortunately, the release cannot be described as a success.
- On Steam, only 46% of player reviews are positive, which is categorized as "mixed" reception. This category covers the 40-69% range, so the DLC barely managed to avoid being pinned with the "mostly negative" tag.
- In comparison, the basic version of Total War: Warhammer III has 74% positive reviews on Steam. It should be added, however, that the developers worked a long time for this result - right after the release the game's rating was 35%. The title was saved by months of persistent patching.
Players do not like several things in Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs.
- They mainly complain about the high price (it is the most expensive of the Total War: Warhammer expansions so far).
- They also often criticize the limited content and the disappointing new mechanics, which are too reminiscent of the old solutions.
Below we cite a few sample reviews from Steam that reflect the sentiment of players.
"Only 3 new lords, a much higher price of the add-on compared to the previous ones, no new mechanics only remodeled old ones - they are slightly reworked and it only gives the impression that something new was added. I won't say that looking at the whole thing playing chaos dwarves won't make me happy, but the price compared to what we got is disproportionately high."
"Don't get me wrong, this DLC is interesting, but it is definitely not worth such a high price."
"Three legendary lords and one free hero for $25. The price went up and the number of lords went down, not to mention the fact that most of the "new" mechanics are simply reworked features from other races. The slave system? Old mechanics from the Dark Elves. Military caravans? Great Cathay mechanics, etc."
It is worth noting at this point that the expansion for Total War: Warhammer III are generally not held in high esteem among players. Ogre Kingdoms, Blood for the Blood God III and Champions of Chaos also have a "mixed" reception on Steam.
Total War: Warhammer III can handle up to 65,000 mods
Of the more positive news, it is worth mentioning that the latest update to Total War: Warhammer III introduced a new, higher limit on the maximum number of mods the game is able to load simultaneously. After the patch, there can be as many as 65,534 of them.
Such a change is an attempt to prepare the game for long-term development by fans. The hub for Total War: Warhammer III modding community is considered to be Steam Workshop, where a little over nine thousand projects are currently available. The chances of quickly reaching the new limit of installed modifications will therefore be zero for a long time to come.
- Total War: WARHAMMER III - Forge of the Chaos Dwarfs on Steam
- Total War Warhammer 3 - game guide
- Total War: Warhammer 3 Review - Quality of War