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The best Total War games

7. Empire: Total War (2009)

The AI is weak and the scale and scope can be troubling for anyone stepping up from Medieval 2, but Empire is still an incredible achievement. Oh, and the theme from the main menu is amazing. 

6. Total War: Attila (2015)

It's not just about fighting: Attila is a game of politics, feasting, famine, desolation, and migration, set during one of the most fragile and fascinating periods of history.

5. Rome: Total War (2004)

Rome was the first game where the scale of the conflict overwhelmed us. The only thing better than driving the Roman war machine across Europe and beyond is defying history and withstanding it.

4. Medieval 2: Total War (2006)

A standout entry thanks to its exemplary setting—a time of conquest, crusades, and corruption, with emboldening opportunities for expansion and invasion. 

3. Total War: Warhammer 2 (2017)

A gem of a game that takes the series' thrilling RTS battles and campaign gameplay, then adds dragons, giant rat monsters, and dinosaurs with lazers mounted on their backs.

2. Total War: Shogun 2 (2011)

There are entries with greater scope and grander settings, but Shogun 2 is TW at its cohesive best. Globetrotting conquest is replaced by a frenzied struggle to unify Japan, but it never feels small.

1. Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019)

Whether its fighting dramatic duels in the midst of a chaotic battlefield, or the gorgeous campaign map and soundtrack, Three Kingdoms combines aspects of fantasy and history to create an epic experience. It's the one to play today.

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