Step into a brutal battle between three warring factions.
In Dawn of War® III you will have no choice but to face your foes when a catastrophic weapon is found on the mysterious world of Acheron.
With war raging and the planet under siege by the armies of greedy Ork warlord Gorgutz, ambitious Eldar seer Macha, and mighty Space Marine commander Gabriel Angelos, supremacy must ultimately be suspended for survival.Read full description
Step into a brutal battle between three warring factions
In Dawn of War® III you will have no choice but to face your foes when a catastrophic weapon is found on the mysterious world of Acheron.
With war raging and the planet under siege by the armies of greedy Ork warlord Gorgutz, ambitious Eldar seer Macha, and mighty Space Marine commander Gabriel Angelos, supremacy must ultimately be suspended for survival.
UNLEASH THE GIANTS
Take control of towering war machines and tip the balance of battle in your favor with the biggest characters in Dawn of War history. Turn the tide with the mighty Imperial Knight (Space Marine), the clattering Gorkanaut (Ork), or the haunting Wraithknight (Eldar).
Dawn of War is famous for its epic action and those immense clashes are back - but now they're off-the-scale. Wage war with massive armies across violent volcanic terrain or onboard battlecruisers travelling fast through space.
CALL UP YOUR ELITE
Take your battle plans to another level by deploying powerful collectible elite squads, each boasting their own special abilities and bonuses that will help you unlock and develop new attacking strategies to conquer your foes.
Cause devastation on the battlefield with powerful super-abilities. Rain down total destruction on your enemies with the Space Marine's Orbital Bombardment, the Eldar's blistering Eldritch Storm or the Ork’s Rokks to counter your unsuspecting rivals.
Learn what makes each force formidable through alternating missions. You'll soon come to understand the combat advantages of Space Marines, Orks, and Eldar and the rules of a universe with no heroes or villains… only war.
ONE ARMY TO RULE
Build your own universal army from the very first moment you are matched in a melee. Progress through battle after battle with loyal troops by your side across both challenging campaign missions and dominating multiplayer maps.
A NEW DAWN ONLINE
Your army will wreak havoc in online co-operative mode. Join the multiplayer community and forge new alliances - then turn the tables on your new 'friends' as they become foes in explosive, chaotic and competitive maps.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III is a continuation of the fantastic RTS series set in the Warhammer 40K universe.
I played a level from the Space Marine campaign, where I had to destroy 3 Eldar warp-gates across the map. The first thing I noticed was that base-building had returned, after its absence in Dawn of War II. Actually, that’s a lie, the very first thing I noticed was the Imperial Knight special unit, a towering mech with missile launchers and a huge sword. Well this is new!
A new feature of this game is the summonable special units. After a cooldown period, you can click these units and summon them to the battlefield. Each race (Space Marine, Eldar and Orks) have a selection of these, changing depending on the campaign mission or chosen by you at the beginning of a multiplayer game. For this particular mission, I had the aforementioned Imperial Knight, a squad of terminators (heavily armoured space marines with thunder hammers) and a drop-pod of tactical space marines.
As I moved my huge force and even larger mech around the map, taking out groups of Eldar as I went, I started to remember that in the Dawn of War series, ‘attack-move’-ing your way to victory simply doesn't work. Soon my strike force had been whittled down, and even my mighty Knight had fallen under a hail of concentrated fire. I regrouped and started upgrading my units with better weaponry. More critically, I started to learn about their active abilities.
Upgrading my squads with plasma melta guns was a turning point, and really encapsulated how I feel about Space Marines on the table top - small unit count, big and versatile weaponry. The guns even 'get hot', which is a rule from the tabletop whereas if you roll a one, the plasma gun doesn't fire. As a Warhammer fan I should’ve known this from the start! The Terminators and my champion unit Chapter Master Angelos used their ‘leap’ abilities to jump into groups of fragile Eldar, knocking them down with their mighty hammers, as the squads of marines laid down heavy fire from a distance, and a melta gun crew on a speeder flew flitted in and out to land hits on enemy armour.
It's very fun, and hits a great middle-ground between the base and army building of the first game, and the squad micro-management of the second, whilst also introducing a handful of excellent new features that make the game not only fresh and an exciting RTS, but brings it as close to the rules of the table top as its ever been.
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Dawn of War III doesn't quite keep up with its predecessors' pedigree of high production values. The game certainly sounds amazing, with crisp sound effects and an excellent soundtrack, but the same can't always be said of the visuals. Battles often look great zoomed out, but pulling in shows plenty of blemishes. The camera also doesn't do a great job of showing off the battlefield. Even at its most distant, very little of the map fits in the screen, meaning that you can expect to need to move around a lot during play. An odd chimera of its forebears, there's a lot in this fast-paced RTS that?s a little bit off. Parts of the interface don't work sometimes, inter-match army management is half-baked, and the micromanagement needed to use the game's signature hero units effectively doesn't jibe with the extensive base-building you'll need to support them. But those problems fall away when you?re in the heat of battle. Dawn of War III builds and maintains an organic tension that yields huge pay-offs, and there?s nothing else quite like it.
The previous Dawn of War titles had an enjoyable multiplayer mode, even having a co-op hero and horde based mode in the previous title, but tended to be remember as much as, or more in the case of DoW2 and its expansions, for the single player and co-op campaign. Dawn of War 3 removes just about everything that made the campaign of the previous game good, you can no longer upgrade your heroes in the way you want, find and equip gear with different lore entries and benefits, you have three races instead of six, the co-op modes are gone, and you only have one campaign of 17 missions that switch between armies with each level. The campaign opens fairly strong with Gabriel Angelos of the Blood Ravens defying an Inquisitor's blockade to land on a planet besieged by Orks. You fight your way through a nice looking environment with things going on in the backgrounds, battles you can't reach, all while different forces join you as you fight to your objective. What ends up following are a series of levels that mostly take place on dull and similar looking planets where you will take advance of the AI, on any of the three difficulties, you build up a massive force and resource count while they leave your base alone, you will the take that force to easily wipe out the objective or to wipe out the objective to then be forced into an immediate second goal which often makes it necessary to sit around and build up forces while the computer does nothing. The story itself is mostly dull with the Blood Ravens, Orks, and two factions of Eldar fighting over a Spear on a planet that has recently appeared, the only amusing parts are some of the lines from the Orks and some of the few lines that Diomedes of the Blood Ravens says. Three different armies are available including the Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks. Each army has their own units, though they tend to end up filling the same roles, a unique AoE ability they can call down every 300 seconds, and each army has some differences in how they play. Space Marines can land units in drop pods and drop a standard that will improve the ability of nearby units, the Eldar have less health but have shields, bonuses at the start of a battle, the ability to relocate their base structures, and get buffs when near a certain type of structure, and Orks are able to make use of scrap to give each unit a unique bonus or to allow their builder units to construct vehicles at a lower cost. The game has simple base building with each faction getting two infantry buildings, a main base, a vehicle builder, something to upgrade units, a listening post to plant on resource points, and a unique structure for the Eldar and the Orcs. There units are pretty much the same and there are only about five infantry and five vehicle times, to go along with your choice of three out of nine elite units that can be summed into battle by spending elite point resources and that can be respawned a set amount of time if they are killed. Each elite unit has two different doctrines they can choose from that will give your army passive benefits when they are on the field, you can also choose three other doctrines from around 25 options that will give your infantry, vehicles, and structures passive or active skills. You might take a doctrine to get your Tactical Marines to move faster, give heavy gunners the ability to pin down their targets or remove their ability to have to set up their guns before firing, or you might take a doctrine that allows you to heal elites and reinforce damaged squads when they are near listening posts instead of having to go back to base. These allow you to play armies a bit differently and to find ways to work together with allies in multiplayer to best make use of your unique bonuses but with the limited number of things you can take they don't end up changing much and some of them will just end up giving back abilities to units that they used to have in the previous titles. When playing multiplayer or skirmish games each side has shield generators, turrets, and a power generator. You need to destroy a shield generator to allow damage to be done to a nearby powerful turret, and then need to destroy the power generator to win the game. The game has removed one of the best features of the series and of Company of Heroes in losing the ability to garrison inside of buildings and to use objects in the environment as infantry cover, cover is now typically just going to be used at your shield generator or in set cover structures that usually don't have much reason to make use of. The new cover is a circular spot with small walls on four different sides, you move a unit inside of it and they will create a magic shield that absorbs all attacks while they (or multiple units) just awkwardly stand in the middle of it. If the magic shield bar goes all the way down the cover is destroyed, melee units are able to run inside and if units leave or are knocked out of cover a capture meter will quickly drop that will remove the cover. The AI is terrible, units will just stand still and ignore being shot if they are being attacked out of their range, in a co-op skirmish battle the computer refused to attack my base even after defeating my entire army. I gave the computer 30 minutes to attack my base, when they didn't I respawned my three hero units, ran into their base, made use of your boring and overpowered faction ability and destroyed their generator to win the match. With the loss of cover options we are back to the boring and outdated old RTS way of units just awkwardly standing still bunched up firing at each other, which makes them all perfect targets for the boring and overpower AoE attacks that can be called down by each of the game's armies. Some unit abilities just won't work when you push them. Some of the larger units have difficulty moving around in battle and seem to struggle at deciding on a target or if they should be using a melee or ranged attack when units are moving or being knocked back and force near them. The developers seemed to have decided to ignore the campaign to focus on the multiplayer, which seems like a terrible idea given the popularity and modes of the previous titles, but the game also feels like they neglected the multiplayer as well. There is only three armies, they don't have many units or much unit variety, they removed features that should have been improved on and build up even more with the inclusion of larger elite units that could have effected the battlefield layout, the multiplayer mode only has eight maps (though you can download player made ones), and one of the strangest half inclusions is a pointless leveling system and need to buy elite units and doctrines. When you start the game each army has five locked elite units and all of their doctrine choices are locked, you can purchase these by getting skulls which are earned by playing through the campaign, leveling elite units, and finishing skirmish and online matches. This is obvious a terrible idea because it hurts the balance of the game but what makes this even stranger is that by playing the game through on normal you will have enough to buy every unit in two of the armies and to buy three doctrines in each army. Leveling up units also doesn't do much, getting to an early level unlocks their other doctrine choice, getting to level eight unlocks on of their two doctrines to be chosen as one of your three options, and the other eight levels are all cosmetics options, bonus skulls to unlock other things, or an alternate costume for them and portrait for your profile. The game can be fun when it is working well and if you have friends to play with online which can allow you to make some strategies around your unit types and your army, elite, and doctrine choices but with the gutted single player, removal of co-op, lack of multiplayer options (and seeming lack of players already), and step back in terms of mechanics it's not worth a purchase at full price and likely only going to be worth it for people who want to see Warhammer 40,000 units.
Whilst it doesn't really bring anything new to the table, DOWIII is another solid entry into the series. Visually manic with explosions of gore, the bare bones of the game hasn't really changed. You move around the map, taking control points to generate the resources you need to build, upgrade and maintain your forces. Base building has made a return, but the gameplay is still more akin to DOWII with highly mobile forces and a need to push ahead quickly. Units feel a bit more varied with multiple scout types (That are far more useful) and other unit types that actually fill a need and better suited for different situations. The campaign itself -what I've played- has you shift between the three factions as you follow the storyline. Though depending on your tastes, playing some factions may feel like a chore as you push through just to get back to the guys you want to play as. Graphics are impressive, though not exactly a resource drain (my system is hardly top end, but it gets a solid frame rate with everything cranked up) There's lots of detail and body parts and weapons fire spray across the landscape in a pleasing manner. Gameplay, nothings really changed. If you liked the previous games and were able to overlook the flaws, then you'll enjoy this one.
Dawn of War III is another great title of this year. In fact, from the very beginning of its announcement, I was scared away from the leaving dark climate towards ore colourful approach. I was definitely against it, just great trailers (some of the best ever) have started to build small hype. What did we get? First of all, a very good RTS that is demanding, it provides many units with specializations that actually change the course of the game, and a number of well-known heroes of the universe. Overall good.
If you're not that bothered about artstyle or lore, and you weren't that enamored with the gameplay of the previous titles and are interested in trying something more akin to Command and Conquer, or Dota or Starcraft, then this game would probably be interesting to you. However, with the current blob vs blob gameplay this game promotes, as well as the ridiculously strong Elite units and lack of map variety and game modes, I'd say give it a miss.
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