Not only is Warhammer 40K great with its tabletop and board games, but it has an amazing selection of video game titles too. From the 15 video games we researched, here are the top 3 best Warhammer 40K games, with Dawn of War II as our #1. Check out the rest here.

Best Warhammer 40K Game: Dawn of War II

Warhammer 40.000 Dawn of War 2 Master Collection (PC)
  • Dawn of War II
  • Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising
  • Dawn of War II - Retribution

Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War was already an amazing game especially back in 2006 to 2007 but when Dawn of War II came out in 2011, nobody was prepared for how much it became better. Sure, there may be a handful of WH40K fans who didn’t like the sequel due to its more streamlined approach, but with the inclusion of the Tau Empire in the fight, things have gotten more interesting. Not only did the battlefield look better from afar and zoomed in, but Dawn of War II was one of the last great RTS before the genre started dying out.

Warhammer 40.000 Dawn of War 2 Master Collection (PC)

Pros

  • The best in the trilogy
  • Improved combat
  • Tons of new content

Cons

  • Some elements from the first game did not return
  • Story of first game is arguably better
  • Physical copy is hard to find

Best Action Warhammer 40K Game: Space Marine

NEW Warhammer 40k: Space Marine PC (Videogame Software)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine PC Game
  • Action / Adventure - Rated Mature

Space Marine is Warhammer 40K’s “answer” to other popular action shooters like Gears of War and Uncharted. You get to play as – obviously – the Space Marine as you uncover dark secrets and enemies in your journey. While the story is pretty decent, the combat is brutally satisfying. Guns are beefy, the sword combat is great to control and the battles are always intense. We did wish it had a proper sequel because we honestly think it is a very underrated game, let alone a Warhammer 40K game.

NEW Warhammer 40k: Space Marine PC (Videogame Software)

Pros

  • Lots of enemies on-screen
  • Responsive 3rd person combat
  • Embodiment of the violent board games

Cons

  • Grey in some areas
  • Some characters are forgettable
  • Predictable story

Best Strategy Warhammer 40K Game: Gladius: Relics of War

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War
  • eXplore: Play as one of four iconic Warhammer factions (Astra Militarum, Space Marines, Orks or Necrons), each with their own unique playstyle and technology tree. Explore a randomly generated world filled with special features and threatening wildlife that can crush your troop's morale. Secure control of powerful ancient artefacts to grant you an edge against rival factions.
  • eXpand: Construct cities, buildings and fortifications to expand your empire and produce an army to vanquish your foes. Harvest resources and research new technologies to fuel and upgrade your machinery of war.
  • eXploit: Progress through a different storyline with each faction as their destiny on Gladius Prime, a world tainted by the warp, unfolds. In the end, when all the dust has settled, only one faction can emerge victorious
  • eXterminate: Command a wide array of devastating weaponry, issue city edicts and deploy tactical operations. Recruit hero units that possess distinct special abilities and can be equipped with items, ranging from advanced grenades to mighty relics of the past. As they become more and more powerful with each rank, they turn into true champions of your cause.

Gladius: Relics of War is another game not many people know of. But for those that do, it’s one of the best strategy games ever made. Think of it as Civilization minus the diplomacy and you get Gladius. The objective is simple: choose from one of four factions, dominate territories, attack other factions and win. It also has a more streamlined and faster gameplay mechanic compared to the original Sid Meier game. Even if you don’t buy the DLCs, the game is already packed with lots of goodies.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War

Pros

  • Play as Astra Militarum, Space Marines, Orks or Necrons
  • Unique strategy and mechanics
  • Best for turn-based strategy players

Cons

  • Slow-paced
  • Stories are just par
  • Outdated graphics

Alternative Warhammer 40K Games

Space Hulk: Deathwing - Enhanced Edition [Online Game Code]
  • Level up and customise six classes
  • Powerful weapons and abilities
  • Infinite replayability in solo & coop
  • Chinese, English, French, German, Russian (Playback Language)
  • Chinese, English, French, German, Russian (Subtitles)

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What I Would Buy

These are the top 3 best Warhammer 40K games but if you want the top choice in this list, we recommend Dawn of War II: an RTS game that made everything about the first game even better. If you are looking for a 3rd person shooter, play Space Marine. And if you like a more slow-paced strategy game, Gladius: Relics of war is a great game too.

FAQs

Which Warhammer 40k game should I start with?

Start off with first Dawn of War game on the PC. Even to this day, the game still holds up pretty well in terms of combat mechanics.

What is the most popular Warhammer 40k army?

Space Marines and Orks are the most popular factions in the WH 40K universe. Fans know, the non-players recognize it.

Why did people hate Dawn of War III?

Because Relic Entertainment threw away everything that was good in DoW  1 and 2. They broke down the game into a hybrid MOBA-RTS for the sake of it becoming esports material.

Is Dawn of War 1 good?

Yes, it is. A lot of players even prefer the first game over the 2nd because of its more extensive gameplay.

Do people still play Dawn of War 2 online?

Yes there are but only by the hundreds. You might want to join a dedicated WH40K discord group for that. You’d be surprised to know that Dawn of War 1 still has more players than the 2nd and 3rd.