Reviews for Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition


For the Imperium of Man!

KingTed | Oct. 6, 2014 | See all KingTed's reviews »

It took ages to bring the Warhammer 40k franchise to the world of PC Real Strategy Games but it was worth the wait! Contrary to other RTS games, Dawn of War is more focused on guerrilla tactics than building your base and gathering resources. Sure you have to keep an eye on your energy supplies and requisition, but to get them, you just have to capture some targets on the map. So the game is more about controlling the area than just gather things and obliterate your foe. Campaign is good. It's a shame that only the Space Marines are available. You have to get the extension to play other factions in Campaign Mode. The game was quite impressive for its time and the music score is great. One last thing : you can even paint your army like in the real tabletop wargame! How cool is that?!


Great strategy.

Furrek | Sept. 11, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

What I remember from gaming few years ago is that there was many great strategy games. Is Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War one of them? SURE! First of all, you don't need to be fan of Warhammer universe - but if you are one, then you will have even more fun. As for strategy game, Dawn of War is really well made. You can play missions in campaing mode, select how "hard" you want the enemy to be, or play just simple skirmish mode. Also, if you have a friends, you will sure have fun playing this game over internet. What's really also great (for fans mostly) that you can paint your own units in this game. You will have great times playing Dawn of War, even after many years this game is still playable and more fun than many new games.


Dark millenium of mankind

RakuPL_Markolf | May 14, 2014 | See all RakuPL_Markolf's reviews »

Step into the world where man, creatures of chaos, orcs and eldars fight for their lives. Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War is the first game from the strategy series. And probably the best due to traditional story telling campaign. You control Space Marines and need to overcome hordes of Orcs in a world full of brutal war. There is no other option beside war. Prepare to spare your life for Emperor!!! Blood Ravens advance!!!!


Old school glory

link2498 | Feb. 12, 2014 | See all link2498's reviews »

I don't know if Warhammer is the first to do an almost entire in game cinematics but it is one of the old games I know that does that. The game play is still very good for how old it is, but hard to get used to if youre used to current RTS style games. The game does not have the comedy that made warcraft so much fun but in a way the really cheesy cinematics and how they serious they are take it makes it that much more hilarious. Great game new or old players


Good for its time, still decently fun.

ExtinctThings | Sept. 2, 2013 | See all ExtinctThings's reviews »

Warhammer 40k is a gigantic franchise and one that's great to jump into. This game is the best Warhammer 40k so far, as a fully-featured RTS. It has many unique features, like units having both ranged and melee attacks and infantry being squad-based. However, it is hurt by some physics and terrain bugs and poor AI, as well as a relatively short campaign. Furthermore, the balancing of the factions is completely off, making it very hard to play multiplayer without immediately being frustrated. Lastly, there is no campaign for my favorite faction, the Eldar; this is a personal con, but still, I would have liked to see that.


A strong RTS

redpaw99 | July 11, 2013 | See all redpaw99's reviews »

A great game to play with friends. The multi-player repeatability is its greatest strength. Great anamiation and graphics for its time, a really interesting and fun lore. Base building without worrying about to much resource management. Great idea with squads and squad building.


A Warhammer RTS

izzy_bond | July 9, 2013 | See all izzy_bond's reviews »

I love this game. While this doesn't play like a turn based game, kicks butt with color schemes, it's the closest you can get to painting the game pieces that you don't have the money to keep buying, lol. If you like other RTS you gonna love this. If you love 40,000, this is your game to get.


Blood for the blood god!

kayvaan | July 4, 2013 | See all kayvaan's reviews »

Dawn of War is the first installment of the Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War series and it couldn't possibly be more true to the Warhammer 40k theme. It is grim and fast. Gone are the days of slowly foraging for resources; instead, you want resources? You'll have to fight for them. You dislike fighting? Too bad, there's no option for you to wall up and "turtle". In DoW you can play as 4 out of the 9 armies available in the series: Space Marines, Orks, Chaos Space Marines, and Eldar. Sadly the campaign is only available for Space Marines but seriously, after one campaign, most would be itching to face their friends...and that is where DoW is truly fun.


Best Warhammer 40k game

Demilisz | July 4, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

When Dawn of War comes out it was the best RTS released that year. It had everything - stunning graphic, famopus universe, great race variety and it actually require tactics rather than throwing a mass on single unit at opponent until victory. And the single player campaign, although focused solely on Space Marines, has a good plot and missions. The game aged surprisingly well. Graphics may not be so great now, but are still very good, gameplay defends itself and single player campaign is still as good as back then. Multiplayer may be quiet dead, as community moved to Dark Crusade and Soulstorm, but still the game is worth buying even now. It is better to grab Gold edition with Winter Assault expansion included.


Warhammer 40k! it's always good.

WildWest123 | June 6, 2013 | See all WildWest123's reviews »

I was never really into fast-paced RTS,but the fluff of Warhammer 40k is so enjoyable that just playing the armies and hearing the quotes is fun,but the gameplay is actually fantastic,me and my friends spend dozens of hours doing massive campaigns in the multiplayer and the campaign is just fantastic.the only flaw I can think of is that it is old,but you got DoW 2 if that worries you!


Great game.

brenker99 | June 4, 2013 | See all brenker99's reviews »

This game is simple. deserve to be played. To bad its awfully off balanced and that ruined my experience. The Chaos is just to Over powered, Then the Marines then the rest, wich don't really stand a chance agents the Other armies. if this game was balanced it would have gotten at least a 9/10.


A good RTS based in the warhammer universe

wildster30 | June 1, 2013 | See all wildster30's reviews »

The game that started the very successful dawn of war franchise, this is one of the best RTS games I have played. There are 4 main playable factions each with their own unique play style and buildings/units etc. which adds a great sense of variation to the series. Just a note this version does NOT contain the winter assault expansion which includes the imperial guard, however it is required to play that expansion pack. All in all this is a very good RTS that has stood the test of time, as it is still a game I pick up and play every now and then even with much more modern games available in my library.


A Fantastic Entrance to the Warhammer 40k Universe

AkaRai | May 26, 2013 | See all AkaRai's reviews »

Using the engine previously used for Impossible Creatures, Dawn of War became one of the best RTS games released in a generation, in part reviving interest in the genre. The Warhammer 40k universe is an extremely rich license, with vast lore and a really exciting world the characters inhabit, and Dawn of War owes a great deal of what makes it so playable to the setting. In this, the first entry to the series, you start off with access to the versatile Space Marines -who you also play as throughout the campaign, the mysterious and stealthy Eldar -who are essentially space Elves, the volatile Orks and the vile Chaos Space Marines -who actually do play somewhat different from their counterparts. Gameplay is fast and rewarding, with a somewhat different resource system centered on capturing points rather than mining or gathering. The campgain will walk you through playing as the Space Marines quite well, but it will take some skill to effectively make use of the other races. The Dawn of War series boasts an impressive army painter with a high level of customization, and a fairly large library of mods -though the community moved on with each new installment. I still find myself installing the game again every few years when I get a new computer, so I'd say it's held up fairly well.


The start of an amazing franchise.

Warragh | May 24, 2013 | See all Warragh's reviews »

Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War is the first instalment in the Dawn of War franchise. It includes a fairly lengthy story-driven campaign revolving around the Blood Ravens Space Marine Chapter. The other three races available in the game are the Orks, Chaos Space Marines and the Imperial Guard but they do not have separate campaigns and are only available to play in custom games and multiplayer. The game looks and sounds really good even if a bit dated (it would be hard to be otherwise considering the age of the game). Gameplay wise, its a classic RTS. You gather two resources (Requisition and Power) in order to build up your forces and crush your opposition. The story is pretty good, nothing very special or breathtaking but there are some very well made characters. In conclusion this is both an amazing RTS and an exceptional Warhammer 40k experience well worth the money.