Reviews for Dawn of War: Franchise Collection
Best and biggest RTS pack availabledarkyhbk | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »
This pack offers some of the best RTS games of all time in one pack, guaranteeing hundreds of hours of gameplay and enjoyable experiences. Dawn of War, with all the expansions, is my personal favourite sci-fi RTS game of all time. You get an incredible 8 different races to play with, each with their own particular strenghts, weaknesses and gameplay models. The original game and Winter Assault offer story-driven campaigns, while Dark Crusade and Soulstorm consist of TBS-style conquarable maps, and a more RPG feel to certain elements. Not to mention the huge number of multiplayer maps - guaranteed fun. Dawn of War II and its expansions offer a more tactical take on the universe, with no base building or micromanagement, and a larger emphasis on unit abilities, progress and equipment. Despite the less varied, fewer available units than in the original game, this makes up for memorable tactical battles, in which whoever makes best use of his abilities wins. Both games are almost flawless gems of the RTS genre, and no sci-fi fan should miss them.
For the EmperorArmokGreyjoy | July 9, 2013 | See all ArmokGreyjoy's reviews »
The Dawn of War series is easily one of the best series of strategy games ever made not only those it set in a very interesting universe with all of the lore but the first one is easily one of the bet RTS I ever played with all of the different factions and the fighting gives a very satisfying feeling also great for multiplayer with friends, the second Dawn of War mainly Dawn of War II and Dawn of War Retribution were dumded down in the sense that all base building was removed yet the campaigns really saved the games in my opinion and only for those I am happy to have bought the collection.
Worth it.xProiii | July 5, 2013 | See all xProiii's reviews »
This is some of the best RTS games ever made, these are the games that made games like COH what they are, 10/10 5* this is awesome.
Two Great But Very Different GamesIAmUnaware | July 4, 2013 | See all IAmUnaware's reviews »
There is a ton of gameplay in the Dawn of War Complete Pack, but anybody interested in buying it should know that Dawn of War 1 is a completely different style of game than Dawn of War 2.
Dawn of War 1 is a full-fledged RTS in the vein of Warcraft or Starcraft. The campaigns are long, the combat is fun and intellectually challenging, and the swath of included DLC gives 40k fans the choice of nearly all of their favorite armies (even my personal favorite, the Sisters of Battle). The races have slightly different resource systems appropriate to the 40k universe, such as the orks building up their WAAAAAGH resource by reaching a critical mass of little green dudes. Also included is an army painter, making it easy for 40k fans to make their little digital men look just like their favorite little plastic men. It's a fantastic adaptation of the 40k universe, but its mechanics are a little dated when compared to newer games like Starcraft 2.
Dawn of War 2, on the other hand, is less of an RTS and much more of a squad combat game like Company of Heroes, which is no surprise because it was developed by the Company of Heroes team. That alone should be praise enough to get you interested if you've ever played CoH. In the original Dawn of War 2 and the expansion Chaos Rising, you play as a group of Blood Raven space marines attempting to save some craftworlds from orc, tyranid, and chaos invaders. The games feature semi-randomized loot systems and upgradable units, and they're very tightly executed. The only caveat here is that the missions can be a little long and after a while they start to blend together; there are only so many different mission types, and you'll start to get the feeling that everything is just repeating quite a while before you get to the (pretty impressive) ending.
Dawn of War 2: Retribution shakes things up by keeping the upgradable heroes but adding back in some of the original's RTS elements. There's resource capturing and optional army building, although if you prefer the CoH squad combat style you can just spend all the resources upgrading your hero squads. Retribution also adds 5 more races (orks, chaos marines, tyranids, Eldar, and a mixture of Inquisition/Imperial Guard) to the single player and features an incredibly fun three-player horde mode called The Last Stand. Retribution is definitely the most polished product of the pack, although it lacks the impressive scale of the original Dawn of War.