Total War: Warhammer 2


#1285

Agents\Heroes can be fun in Total War, but as the difficult level gets higher and the AI gets more extreme bonuses and everyone starts to solely target you it can hit a critical mass where it becomes way more annoying than enjoyable. So what else is new with Total War and how they try to make the AI a challenge at higher difficulty levels.

Agents in Empire, Napoleon and Shogun II weren’t really as massive an annoyance to me since while they could be powerful I rarely found them running around in the same numbers that the AI spams them in Rome II and later titles. Whether it was because there was actually less of them in play at the time or the AI just wasn’t as single-mindedly hell bent on making your life miserable with agents, Shogun 2’s agents are largely this style of agent done right to me.


#1286

Yeah sry very little difference. I suspect processor is the way to get faster speed in that game. But I dunno.

As for agents I am sorely torn. They can be a pain in the rear end but they give you a lot of bonusses and can actually hold their own in a fight. But I think overall I would probably get rid of them were I Total War queen. I think they add less than the take away.


#1287

Interesting.

I have a fairly powerful computer, so I was thinking ssd was the bottleneck.


#1288

That’s interesting, SSD should make a massive difference when loading into battles. I had to move the game to my SSD and it probably cut load times by 75%. I guess with my CPU it was purely the HDD that was the bottleneck.


#1289

I’m discussing very similar issues I’m having with this game with a brand new computer with decent specifications here:

It’s a very odd thing to me.


#1290

The TW2 engine is a pig, I’ve seen people have super brand new spanking PCs with 1080s and I think they only get 47 FPS or something.

ALSO medium on one video card is not the same as medium on another video card.


#1291

Yeah, it can wrestle the strongest systems to the ground.


#1292

Agents are probably particularly painful in this patch because there’s a bug that basically gives them 100% success chance that some probably are running into.

The other big bug of the patch is 100% crash when a Vampire Coast AI is eliminated when the player is not also playing Vampire Coast.

No idea how these are making it through QA.


#1293

At turn 128 I finally recovered Karak Eight-Peaks for Belegar Ironhammer. hard/vh. That is my only settlement now. I am surrounded by orcs and stuff. There is hardly an old empire faction left. the whole world is in chaos.

Toughest Warhammer campaign there is in my opinion. And I hate agents.


#1294

Congrats!

I do think Skarsnik’s campaign is harder. Or at least I haven’t figured out what to do with him.

I have one successful reclamation of Karnak Eight-Peaks as Belegar (pre-Pirate Coast admittedly) and several very unsuccessful attempts to play as Skarsnik.


#1295

Pirate coast added some difficulty for sure. But I think the Empire being weak and letting the vampires in was worse. When I took karak 8P I had no settlements back there … I had my ironhammers and my ghost heroes. Well, and 3 unites of Bugman’s.


#1296

Empire weak because stupid orcs too strong as of a few patches ago.


#1297

So I’m truckin along as the Empire (Total Warhammer 1 only, no dlc). I didn’t appreciate the fact that you can only go past tier 3 buildings in the province capital so I knocked down the barracks (that the tutorial told me to upgrade, no less) to relocate to a backwater somewhere. Interestingly the building for Reiksgard is a solo T3 so that was also obvious to put outside the capital… And now I can recruit heavy cavalry! I want to build the normal cavalry chain in my second province, because I don’t even know what a demigriff is but it sounds cool, but if this is anything like other TW’s then the differences between shock cav will be largely cosmetic (and expensive) so I should probably go for cannon first.

I also have a captain and a priest now, and the ability to be either a hero on the battlefield or an agent on the map is really cool.

I got a hedge wizard follower for my amber wizard, which was great, but then I got like 3 more and I have nowhere to put them. I can’t even find them… Is there a screen that displays followers and items other than the character screen where you assign them (and can presumably see only the applicable ones)?

Also my wizard now summons a manticore… the orcs did not like that one bit.

Finally, the capital-D Dwarves declared war on me, for no reason I can tell, and I don’t know where they are. On the other side of the vampires, maybe?


#1298

Is this Mortal Empires or Warhammer I campaign?


#1299

Tw1. …no mortal empires I thought?


#1300

Not just for that. I didn’t know if you had both to get ME.


#1301

I’m pretty sure it’s not Mortal Empires. I’ve only purchased TW1 and I’ve never seen “Mortal Empires” in game.


#1302

Correct, reading my last post it was worded very oddly lol.


#1303

Death Incarnate mostly.


#1304

Started working my way through the undead and I really like how different the battles are. The thing where they dissipate instead of flee is cool; they seem to last a bit longer in combat (ie beyond where I’d expect similar-level humans to flee) and then poof! …and I can immediately swing around and roll up the line without worrying about chasing them down. Also has a neat impact on the strategic layer because I don’t seem to need to really chase them there, either (though sometimes some survive a battle but I can’t figure out why).

They also don’t seem to have ranged units* but instead some flyers and monsters. And that one heavy cav they brought outclassed my Reiksgard, which was… yikes.

I also confederated someone; not sure it was worth it because I ended up with an extra general (having just recruited one the turn before, not realizing this would happen) so I went broke for only one extra province. Still, I’d have needed to get it in the end anyway.

I’m thinking it’s time to settle up with the vampires for some cash, now that I’ve knocked them down to one or two provinces, gobble up this human fiefdom that I awkwardly surround, and then go and finish them off. Still worried I’ll overextend, though. Plus I need to save up some tens of thousands of coins to complete these quests the Emperor keeps getting…

  • Though I distinctly remember seeing photos of skeleton archers from the table top game.