Reviews for Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II


The Emperor guides my blade

KingTed | March 13, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

Warhammer 40k Dawn of War is probably one of my favorite RTS games. To see the Warhammer 40k universe comes to life with epic battles and huge units was really cool. Dawn of War 2 is a much different beast. The action is set at the very smaller scale and, actually, it makes the game better. Dawn of War 2's campaign makes you play the Blood Raven chapter of the Space Marines. While it's unfortunate that the other factions are not available in single player mode, the story and the missions are very epic and fun, thanks to the gameplay. There is no need to construct buildings here. You don't even have to gather ressources. The gameplay is much more action-based than before but it doesn't mean that it was dumb down. On the contrary, Dawn of War 2 gets really tactical during battles. You only have a few units and you need to use your brain to succeed. It's a lot like Company of Heroes. And in between missions, you can change your Marines equipment as you see fit. The campaign also uses a non-linear structure. There are optional missions and you can decide what story mission you will do next. It's all for the sake of strategy. Will you attack this Ork leader or will you capture this base? This makes the campaign very fun and gives the game a lot of replay value. Note that you can play the campaign in coop with a friend. However the real treat is the multiplayer. Here you can play any faction from the story, even the deadly Tyranids. Players fight each other in the same manner than in the single player mode and can gather ressources to enhance their possibilities. In a strange way, I think the multiplayer feels a lot like the wargame. It's a lot of fun online and players are tough foes. The presentation of the game is excellent with pretty graphics and an amazing soundtrack. It’s a shame that you need to pay a DLC to play the other factions in Single Player mode but the game is still a great addition to the Warhammer 40k franchise.


Just as good as the original wargame

KingTed | March 12, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

Warhammer 40k Dawn of War is probably one of my favorite RTS games. To see the Warhammer 40k universe comes to life with epic battles and huge units was really cool. Dawn of War II is a much different beast. This time you don’t construct buildings nor lead huge armies. The action is set at the very smaller scale. You still have your main base but that’s all. The campaign is action-driven. You have to use your wits to create clever tactics in order to succeed while improving your hero stats and gears and capturing strategic positions. The campaign is quite epic with greats battles and fun moments. The non-linear structure of the campaign reminds me of Dark Crusade which is cool. However the real treat is the multiplayer. You see, in the vanilla version you can only play the Space Marine in single player mode but the other factions are available in multiplayer. All DOW1’s factions are not there though, but now we can play as the dreadful tyranids (An excellent faction to play in this game!). The Multiplayer is, like the main game, pretty straightforward and feels like the original wargame. You have a set amount you can use to select your units then it's up to you to capture locations and enhance your forces. It’s a lot of fun online. (But it’s very challenging !) The presentation of the game is excellent with pretty graphics and an amazing soundtrack. It’s a shame that you need to pay a DLC to play the other factions in Single Player mode but the game is still a great addition to the Warhammer 40k franchise.


RTS fans Rejoice!

CyberSh3ff | Jan. 13, 2015 | See all CyberSh3ff's reviews »

I've always been a fan of the Warhammer games, and have all them either on disc or in my steam library. I love RTS games that need strategy and tactics to win, I was a huge fan of Halo Wars on the 360 and I feel that's because of the Warhammer series. The storyline is pretty good, with some challenging missions along the way. Definitely be sure to keep your marine upgrading with the latest armour, weapon and abilities, and definitely use your skill points wisely! I have played a lot of Co-op mode with a friend of mine and that's real fun to do and I recommend you give that a try. I have played some multiplayer games too, they're rather enjoyable and depending on the game type, can take some time to do!


Lovingly crafted for Warhammer 40K fans

MadDemon64 | Jan. 8, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »

Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 2 is a strategy game that is very similar to other strategy games like Warcraft or Starcraft, but it does enough things differently to make it its own thing. In the story of Dawn of War 2, you take control of a Space Marine squad and it is your job to lead your allies against Orks, Eldar, and Tyranids. Combat is very similar to many other real-time strategy games, but without anything like resource management or unit building, allowing the game to be very strategic without having too many slow-downs. Story mode also adds several rpg elements where you need to decide what weapons and skills your squad leaders will go into battle with. Where this game shines however is in the multiplayer, where you can take control of any of the four armies, customize their appearance, and have them fight for dominance against your enemies. You will spend a long time customizing the colors of your army, either making them match your favorite canon army colors or making up your own. Dawn of War 2 is very similar to other rts games, but everyone will get some enjoyment out of it, but in order to get the most enjoyment, you need to be a Warhammer 40K fan.


Giant marines in power armor and lots of squishy bugs

midgetjacks | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all midgetjacks's reviews »

I never got into Warhammer, of either variety, but this looked neat, so I gave it a try. What you get is a really neat little, character driven, RTS. It's based on small squad tactics, with laying down a solid foundation of covering and flanking suppressed enemies at its core. I really, really dig small squad stuff, so this was right up my alley. And then, on top of that, each member of your squad gains experience and levels up with assigning skill points and loot and everything. If you're a fan of the fiction or like romping around the galaxy with a four man squad, demolishing everything in sight, get this now.


Absolutely fantastic game

Qwertyfour | March 4, 2014 | See all Qwertyfour's reviews »

Warhammer 40K is an absolutely fantastic series, and I'd regard this particular game as one of the best. It's a sort of fuse between the RTS and RPG, so you have to micromanage some squads that each have leaders in real time. The game is mission based which is quite apt to the series and you level up your squads. The missions do get a bit repetitive to some, but it is all dependent on your preference. I personally had a ton of fun with the game. There's co-op play too, for more fun with friends. The graphics are sharp and the sound quality is above average and it keeps true to the lore and the whole Warhammer Universe in particular. Overall, I've had a ton of fun with the game and I'd imagine that anyone who loves RTSs like Starcraft would love this game.


Perfect for your real time strategy fix

taigatsu | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »

Dawn of War 2 is fantastic real time strategy game that takes a departure from its predecessor. Steeped in the lore of the Warhammer 40K universe, the action here focuses on a smaller number of units, utilizing their distinct abilities, a satisfying RPG system of progression and closer co-ordination of tactics and troop placement. Where as the first game was about large scale battles, DoW2 is all about smaller scale engagements, with an elite cadre of classic Warhammer archetypes facing overwhelming odds. Each unit has their own personality and skill set that they bring to each mission, and you have the freedom them to mix and match them as you see fit. There is a larger focus on the storyline, which while not particularly gripping, is enough to keep you interested. Even better though, mission offers different gear as loot rewards, allowing you to power up your units and customize them for different play styles. You want find epic conflicts of massive armies in this one, but for fans of smart, sharp tactical gaming, Dawn of War 2 is a fantastic use of the license and a unique take on real time strategy.


New spin on RTS

TheBarcaShow | Dec. 27, 2013 | See all TheBarcaShow's reviews »

This game is definitely a unique one and a well made game. In this game you control a couple squads of units each with their own characteristics, skills, weapons, armors and abilities, and you level up the characters as you progress through the game (of course) The gameplay is great and a breath of fresh air (pardon the cliche). In this game you have to take care that your units don't die, to do this you micromanage them, that is move them in active battle to dodge enemy attacks, especially important during boss fights. You also take advantage of cover and positioning. There is always cover in the various maps and you can pretty much take cover behind everything and take less damage because of it. Outside of the missions, you have various objectives. There are many times where you have to stratigize and think about which objective will help you in the long run. There is also a co-op mode, it isn't the best done but it still makes the game enjoyable nonetheless


Great New Spin on the RTS Genre

noobboy191 | Sept. 29, 2013 | See all noobboy191's reviews »

If you're bored of playing the same old rts then dawn of war 2 is for you. Dawn of war focuses on strategic placement of a limited amount of soldiers, while completely throwing away base building. This allows for more focus and attention on small battles instead of zipping around the map building new units and commanding units for 2 seconds. Some downfalls of the game is the fact that the space marines are the only campaign playable factions, kind of leaving the other 3 in the dust. Other than that this game is a must buy for the rts fans


Finally a competitor to Starcraft II

Oblaque | July 23, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »

Dawn of War 2 is an RTS/RPG-hybrid where the player takes control of a maximum of four squads of units. Standard RTS-controls apply. Each squad comes with a squad leader that can level up between missions and equip new items that are looted on the battlefield or gained as a mission reward. After each mission the player will be asked to choose the next mission objective from a star map where they will be able to see how much time is left for a mission, what the rewards are and what kind of assets are available on the planets. The ultimate goal is to stop the Tyranid threat which is represented by a bar that is constantly filling up as time goes by. Focus too much on one planet and you won't be able to save another. During missions there are three types of assets to be captured and each asset gives the player a strategic advantage. Winning the game relies on finding the time to capture these assets but not lingering around for too long as it diminishes the chances of gaining another deployment for that day. The more deployments per day that you secure, the slower the Tyranid threat grows and the more experience your troops gain. When 2 players engage in co-operative play, they will each be assigned two squads and although these are locked during the RTS stage, the players are allowed to both seamlessly control the interface during the RPG/tactical planning phase. As the person whom I played DoW 2 with put it "the Warhammer universe is endlessly repeating itself" so the story is just that; familiar. Sounds and video are excellent, the game looks and plays brilliantly. Although I am not a very big fan of the Warhammer universe, this game is legendary. Most fun can be had in co-operative play with a like-minded friend and my only grievances with it are the fishtank soundbug and the inability to rebind your special abilities and accessories!


Just when I thought WH40k can't get better.

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

I just LOVE the Warhammer 40k games,but this one just made me keep wanting to play it ALL the time,the campaign is just amazing.A must have for fans.


Decent RTS strategy

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

Overall this is a decent RTS strategy game, the graphics are good, the controls are relatively easy and the gameplay can be fast paced; making a good overall experience. However there is nothing really special about this either. For fans of the Warhammer 40K franchise then this would be a must buy as the game is heavily based around the lore of the warhammer universe, however the single player is quite weak with little in terms of storyline. The multiplayer can be fun however it often seemed to turn into a spam fest to see who could get the most troops in the shortest time possible, that may be due to my lack of skill at the game when I first started playing it however I felt that there are other RTS games that do the job better. Overall, a must for the fans of warhammer, otherwise worth a try if you are a serious strategy fan.