Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II
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Developed by award winning Relic Entertainment, Dawn of War II ushers in a new chapter in the acclaimed RTS series - taking players to the brutal frontlines of war to lead an Elite Strike Force on a mission to save the galaxy.
With a focus on fast-action RTS gameplay, Dawn of War II brings to life the science fiction universe of Warhammer 40,000 like never before. Experience the intimate brutality of battle as you play through the epic campaign. Clash with enemies on battlefields ablaze with visceral hand-to-hand and ranged combat. Lead and develop your squads into the most battle hardened elite strike force in the Galaxy.
Brutal Frontline Action & Tactics:
Get straight into the action and experience intense melee & devastating ranged combat. Use vicious melee sync-kills to obliterate your enemies. Outsmart your opponents - using dynamic and destructible environments to suppress, flank and destroy your foes.
Non-Linear Single Player Campaign:
Command an elite strike force, developing the skills and abilities of your squads and commander as you progress through the game.
Play through the entire single player campaign co-operatively with a friend, at any point in the game, anytime.
Next Generation RTS Engine:
Utilizing Relic's proprietary Essence Engine 2.0 to deliver cinematic visuals, detailed graphics & special effects
The Emperor guides my bladeKingTed | 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 wargameKingTed | 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 fansMadDemon64 | 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 bugsmidgetjacks | 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.