The warhammer ones are good because it goes completely against the normal military tropes and offers a different experience as a result.
I completely expected to hate it, but got it cheap in a sale and found there's a great diversity. You can't really criticise most of the total war games for things like cavalry being most effective in a lot of situations because that's just the reality of it.
I've played Medieval from its release and still do . I started with Shogun Total War but even though I own Rome and others including Shogun 2 total War I just can't get into them . It's the UI on the campaign maps. why did they change it I'll never know.
After 15 years I've stopped playing WOW. I cleared all instances as a prot tank first time around except for Nax and now we did that so doing TBC onward again seems pointless. But I am playing Diablo 2 Resurrected and I still love my Race07 (heavily modded) for my Racing Sim.
Steel Panthers just wont run on my triple screen. I played a lot of World of Tanks and World of Warships but Gold Ammo is Gold Ammo no matter what name you give it.
I recently played Ultimate General Civil War and really enjoyed it. It’s a few years old now so can be picked up cheaply. Similar battle style to total war without the campaign maps, just the battles. You manage your units in between battles though from picking commanders, spending XP, supplying weapons and ammo, etc. They’ve released one more recently called Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail which combines land and sea battles which I may have a look at but I’ve never gotten along with sea battles as they’re usually quite slow paced and a bit boring.
Mount and Blade Bannerlord is good if you like combining the tactical side of battles with getting stuck into the action yourself.