Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War III – Review Roundup

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The Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War III reviews are in and are mostly positive, with the fast-paced RTS praised for its intriguing battle system and complex mechanics. With some of the reviews still in progress and only a reflection of the single-player campaign, so the multiplayer mode can be further tested, we’ll be sure to keep you updated with final scores.

Gamespot – 8/10

“Dawn of War III is a game at odds with itself. Matches start with a lot of momentum and expand quickly before settling into a soft balance for long stretches. Careful control of elite warriors on the front line is essential, but so is constantly nurturing your base and marshalling upgrades for your armies. Despite that, Dawn of War III holds its own, offering delicious tooth-and-nail fights that will push both your technical skill and strategic aptitude to their limit.” [Full Review]

Polygon – 8/10

“Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 is a war game in which I view the battle from above, like a child of yore playing with tin soldiers. Its central activities are building futuristic, fantasy warriors and sending them off on sorties in order to capture strategic points, destroy enemy units and demolish enemy infrastructure. With that in mind, I approach a one-vs-one encounter with all the necessary precautions. I build, I prepare, I attack. Sneakily, I send a small detachment of snipers and space marines to maul an enemy resource point to my left. They will die, but their sacrifice will be worthwhile.” [Full Review]

IGN (single-player review in progress)

“The single-player campaign of the third Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War RTS is a bloody mess, in both the good and bad senses. The pendulum of the series’ design ideas has swung back from Dawn of War 2’s tactical RPG mechanics toward the larger armies and basic base-building of the first game, which is fine in concept. But the Dawn of War 3 campaign’s scattered pace and complex mechanics, seemingly aimed at high-level competitive players, make it tough to dive into and get the hang of.” [Full Review]


“Editor’s note: this is an early verdict on Dawn of War 3 based on a full campaign playthrough and a couple of hours in multiplayer. Watch out for our final thoughts after release, once we’ve had a chance to see how the online holds up in the wilds.

“Twelve missions deep into Dawn of War 3’s campaign, I’m getting a little tense. It’s been an enjoyable, if predictable ride so far; the story’s a schlocky, quintessentially 40k mixture of stoicism, but all pretty steady-as-she-goes as far as mission design.” [Full Review]

Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War III is out on 27th April on PC.