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
Absolutely fantastic gameQwertyfour | 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 fixtaigatsu | 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 RTSTheBarcaShow | 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 Genrenoobboy191 | 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 IIOblaque | 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!