Total War Studio’s Creative Assembly’s relentless Rat Nazler did it again. In other words, we have released a paid DLC that is somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous free update. Free Wood Elf faction overhauls and some sort of free Legendary Road Dry Cha are the most fun new additions, which turn conversations about monetary value into basket-like vague and slippery soaps. Of the eels washed in, it makes the reviewer’s job a little trickier.
But there are still some great new paid content. Both the new Wood Elves and Scavenging Units in the paid DLC part are a lot of fun, even if the campaign to introduce them is pretty boring.
The change in scavenging isn’t that dramatic, so before we talk about Wood Elves, let’s make it like a 17th-century Londoner and have a heated conversation about some mice. Clan Mulder, formerly represented by a small number of giant units, is now a new addition that has been granted its own faction and campaign led by Sir Slot the Unclean. Thrott is the thickest rodent, forever hungry, and tends to prefer unclean biological experiments. This will appear in a few new monsters, Monster Buff Packmaster Heroes, and the Meat Lab upgrade system.
At the Meat Institute, you can spend resources called growth juice earned by winning battles or sporadically delivering them on mutations that are horrifying and useful to the military. Some are practical, such as maintenance and reduction of combat buffs, while others are pure scavenging stupidity, such as undead monsters and releasing huge flesh explosions. Building on top of the old unlocks the new mutation, but pushing the unit too far can result in a terrifying creation that rots from the inside. Delicious.
Flesh Lab does what Skaven is best at. It provides a way to interrupt the game in a consistently interesting and evil way. Like the previous Skaven Roadpack, the new Molder mechanic offers both power creep and comic relief equally. The campaign itself, which involves weakening the Wood Elves by destroying major settlements as the timers tick by for the final battle, feels a bit streamlined, but pure Mulder. Running an army is still an explosion. For Skaven as a whole, the addition of new speedy flanker and anti-large options can make already powerful races scary with your right hand.
The new Wood Elf campaign, starring the Sisters of Twilight, works well as an introduction to the new faction’s mechanics, but doesn’t offer much of what is unique to the Sisters themselves. They are a great choice of Lord in terms of design and dialogue, and while it’s fun to spend time with, the mechanics of the campaign, which involves upgrading special items, feel half-hearted.
Wood Elves are now claiming to win the campaign by improving the health of the Enchanted Forest settlements and performing rituals. This is achieved by occupying, destroying, or allied with surrounding settlements, and fighting battles of surrounding quests, which usually involve a dilemma. Fighting these dilemmas is the best part of the Sisters campaign, changing tall and defensive playstyles and consistently changing highly challenging enemies (at higher difficulty levels).
Personally, I love playing tall in total war. Also, like Lolux, a kind of mental illness, I love the weight of the theme of quickly crushing people who mess with the forest, so re-doing the faction is really interesting. The new dilemma also continues Warden and The Paunch’s tendency to have a longer segment of great writing to bring the campaign event to life.
The new Wood Elf unit also fills the actual tactical gap in the roster. Great Stag Knights are giant impact cavalry that attack like trucks on big trucks, but tend to melt if left in combat for extended periods of time. Zote is perfect for attacking large giant enemies with healing and armor spells, sorting and flattening flanker. The blade singer is a terrifyingly efficient anti-tank, anti-tank blender, and the new hero Ariel is a powerful wizard. Overall, they’re already adding more micromanagement to the micro-heavy faction, but they continue to be very happy to try and master Wood Elves.
The perfect way to take advantage of these new features is the revenge-burning Branch Wraith Drycha’s new Mortal Empire campaign. To play it, you must own both Warhammer 1 and 2, and the Wood Elf Realm DLC. Drycha has the same purpose as other Wood Elven factions-restoring the Ages tree-but does something very different, being ambivalent or seemingly hostile to other elves. .. The tree unit is buffed, but the elf unit is penalized for being effectively brainwashed and fighting for her. She can also recruit beasts such as spiders, wolves and manticores. The result is a very unique and flavorful campaign experience that is far more flexible than either paid service.
Not immediately eye-catching, but when implementing many of the changes needed for the core of the game, the release of Twisted and Twilight and its accompanying patches isn’t a crown of glory, but a strong oak root. The network. The DLC campaign itself feels like a tutorial on the Mortal Empire, but both new factions have so many personalities that you may not notice. This isn’t the best DLC we’ve seen, but it makes Total War Warhammer II a better game.