Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade

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Deep under the central desert of Kronus, a vast honeycomb of skull-lined tunnels and funereal chambers house the awakening mass of the Necron plague. Eons ago, these were the boulevards and squares of a great necropolis built to house the bones of the races who had fallen to the Necron purge, and ultimately for the Necrons themselves to retire to. Over millions of years, sand and rock had covered it all until ill-fated excavations awoke the deathless again. Play any of seven races, striving for control over Kronus. Take other races' strongholds by winning challenging battles on various maps individually associated with the respective Strongholds.

Key Features:

  • New playable races, each with individual features

  • Brand new Single Player Campaign experience, playable by all seven races

  • Non-linear game-play: conquer an entire planet in the way you choose

  • Watch a unique, non-linear story unfold from your race's perspective

  • Customize and manage a persistent army as you sweep across the planet

  • Customize the appearance and abilities of your commander unit as he grows in power and influence

  • Discover the dark secrets of a planet shrouded in mystery

Customer reviews


Dawn of a new crusade

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

Dawn of War was an excellent RTS game but it was frustrating that we could only play the Space Marines in the Single Player Campaign. Warhammer 40k’s lore is too rich to limit the game like this! That's why Dark Crusade exists. This time the single player campaign can be played as any of the races available for Dawn of War : Orks, Space Marines, Imperial Guards, Chaos, Eldar, Tau or even Nekrons. It's a whole new story set on a different planet.

The Tau and the Nekrons are very interesting to play. The Taucan be specialized in ranged or closed combat making devastating damages one way or the other. The Nekrons are pretty straightforward : they are the “undead” of Warhammer 40k. For that very reason you can form an army which could be revived during the battle. It’s just really fun to do that.. During the new campaign, you must conquer the entire planet one region at a time. It feels a lot like the tabletop game Risk, in my opinion. You select the region you want to attack and have to take hard decision in order to apply your strategy. It's a lot more fun that the original Dawn of War campaign. And between battles, cutscenes might happen to tell you the story.


Good game!

cubecka | March 25, 2015 | See all cubecka's reviews »

Since this is a world of Warhammer 40,000 from Relic, which is excellent in strategic games like Dawn of War series, Space Marine is not at all disappointing as some crying your here. :)

In the campaign to download the role of Captain Tita, so you can put yourself in a real toil Head of marines and find out firsthand what it takes to be Marines. The campaign is short when you're playing on normal but difficult to go, then it's right; P In the campaign you have lots of weapons, there are also Jackpack.

Since this is the first such game in administration Relic, evaluate it very positively, graphics are nice, the story of a little weaker, but also interesting. :) Importantly, the multiplayer is perfect and everyone! There are a number of styles games like annihilation, occupy flag etc ... :) You can play for both sides and as the Codex, and here you have three of each Marine classy: Tactic (guy for everything) Devastator (Heavy Weapons) Assault (Maník to close) + DLC Dreaghnout (giant robot with a variety of weapons and rapid slaughter)

In a word, I look forward to Space Marine 2! Try this game for one reason multiplayer :))

my rate 8,5/10


A very good Warhammer RTS

drakso | Dec. 22, 2014 | See all drakso's reviews »

Warhammer RTS game. A lovely combo for all the RTS and Warhammer fans alike. This game does almost everything right. The core mechanics are really good and it feels very good and smooth when you play the game. The graphics are acceptable and the art and design... well lets just say if you never heard of the warhammer universe you are in for a big surprise. The sound assets are pretty okay. The only thing that this game lacks is a good story. The story is actually a map of a planet with predetermined territories that you must conquer in a turned based manor. It is great to play but its a bunch of skirmish maps and not much more. There are some missions that put you in a map where the opponent has a strange advantage over you like a unique weapon system or a fortress but that's about it. Other than that the game is pretty good.


A large add-on to Dawn of War

homes223 | Feb. 5, 2014 | See all homes223's reviews »

Dawn of War was a great RTS from Relic who also made the critically acclaimed, Company of Heroes. Now the 2nd standalone expansion pack is out for DoW. The first being Winter Assault which need DoW itself. This being standalone could be its own game due to its large amount of hours that can be had.

With 7 armies to choose from, The Tao, Bloodangels, Chaos, Orcs, Imperial Guard, and the Eldar. You can play each of them and try to conquer the planet. You do this by whipping out the other armies territories and claiming for them for your army. Each army's conquest will take around 10-20 hours depending on how thorough you are with taking out your enemies. If you add that up it will be around 100+ RTS gaming hours.

With that in mind Dark Crusade can get tedious at times and if you don't switch up your strategy you can feel the repeatitivness in the gameplay. It is mostly the same game as DoW but with more features for the different armies.

The new maps and RPG feel of conquering, reinforcing, and hold land is a new touch. Your main hero/leader can also be equipped with add-ons that include missile launchers, upgraded swords, and other special items depending on the background of your hero.

Overall Dark Crusade is a great expansion that is what an expansion is meant for, to expand the current game, even if it is for countless hours. Now you won't need the original Dawn of War to play and enjoy this RTS gem from the makers of Company of Heroes.

Pros+ Lots and Lots of Killing, 7 armies, Countless hours of fun, Low Req, High Quality gfx, Hero RPG Elements, Like a virtual Risk game

Cons- Tedious at times


Excellent RTS in the 40k Universe

OdoyleRules000 | Nov. 9, 2013 | See all OdoyleRules000's reviews »

Of all the Dawn of War expansions, this is by far my favorite. Unlike the first Dawn of War, every race is playable in the single player campaign, each with its own story. The mechanics of Dawn of War remain largely unchanged although I'm happy to say that each army plays very differently. Instead of linear levels, the game is separated into a large, segmented game "board" of sorts where each race battles over the various map pieces. Each piece of the map is its own level which provides different bonuses and special units as they are captured. The campaign ends when all of the other races have been wiped off the map. For the sake of not being too wordy, I'll end my review here. If you're a fan of Dawn of War, this stand-alone expansion has tons of replay value and at its current price point, you're unlikely to find an RTS that has more personality and variety of playable races. This game is a must buy!