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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC DVD)

by THQ
Windows XP
 Ages 16 and Over
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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  • 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, choosing from a variety of playable races and play through that race's unique storyline, developing the skills and abilities of your squads and commander as you progress through the game
  • Co-Op Multiplayer - Play through the entire single player campaign cooperatively 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.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001MBUDYY
  • Release Date: 20 Feb 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,109 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Dawn is about to break on a whole new style of wargame, as you coach a team of hardened Space Marines through gaming's toughest Sci-Fi universe. Although this is still a real-time strategy game, the story campaign is now focused on controlling smaller squads of highly specialised units, instead of just anonymous hordes of cannon fodder soldiers.

Watch your squad grow from inexperienced rookies to veteran warriors
The human Space Marines take on their mortal enemies the Orks
Encounter the evil Tryanids for the first time in a Dawn Of War game
Each faction has its own totally unique vehicles and equipment

There's no base-building or resource management, as you dictate the tactics on the ground at the speed of an action game. Each character and vehicle can be upgraded with weapons and items left by defeated enemies, adding in new role-playing elements as well.

For those looking for a more traditional approach, the multiplayer and skirmish modes add all the old features back in - giving you the best of both worlds. With stunning graphics and an authentic Warhammer 40,000 storyline this revolutionises the idea of PC strategy games for both new players and old.

Key Features
  • Chimeric strategy: New story campaign blurs the line between strategy, action and role-playing games with faster action and all new tactical control.
  • Action tactics: Faster paced action includes a new emphasis on cover, the special abilities of your force commanders and even arcade game style boss battles.
  • Pincer movement: Play the story campaign on your own or with a friend online, as you both experience the exciting storyline featuring the Space Marines faction.
  • Old school: Combative multiplayer has all the new features of the campaign mode, plus more traditional real-time strategy features such as base building.
  • Race relations: Play as one of four authentic Warhammer 40,000 races: the human Space Marines, Orks, Eldar and, for the first time ever in a Dawn of War game, the monstrous Tyranids.
About the Developer: Relic Entertainment
Specialising in real-time strategy games this Canadian company first rose to fame with outer space strategy classic Homeworld. Although a third game is rumoured most of their recent games have been part of either WWII series Company of Heroes or Warhammer 40,000 license Dawn of War.

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77 of 89 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First impressions 22 Feb 2009
By Aimzy
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
My rant:

Before I go into whats good and bad about the game I just want to get this said.

Its really frustrating that the trend seems to be that games are being made unfinished, this game is no exception there is a patch already out. I would prefer to wait and buy a complete game.

Also this game ties in steam and windows live, which for me is annoying as setting the game up takes ages AND ESPECIALLY as you have to register the game before you can even play it.
I have a big problem with this, because if the game sucks then you cannot take it back to the shop, nor sell it on easily (unless you give up you steam account)....... in my opinion if there worried about people selling games on, they should focus more on making the game good rather than thinking of how to introduce more security measures.

The game itself ...

The good points:

Campaign mode = (so far) this has been very good, with the added bonus of going through with a mate online its great fun. I also approve of the extra wargear which can be unlocked with various codes wizzing round the internet.

A possible gripe for some could be that the units you control do not increase when you play it in co-op, instead you divvy up the units that are available. - its also looking like there will just be a space marine single player campaign (although I could be wrong).

The best thing with campaign mode (for me) is the wargear and experience your marines recieve. When they level up you get to choose how they level up, so you can shape them to match you gaming style.

The Bad points:

Multiplayer in general - - - which is kinda annoying because thats why I got the game!!
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97 of 114 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
What people seem to get wrong is that the use of the Essence Engine in Dawn of War II makes it Company of Heroes set in the Warhammer 40k universe. This is simply not true.

Dawn of War II is really different from Company of Heroes, but so it is from Dawn of War I. And this is what must be perfectly clear to everybody who played Dawn of War I and want to dive into Dawn of War II.

So what's different? First of all, the number of units in the roster and on the field was strongly reduced.
For example, a Tactical Space Marine squad is one of the 8 Space Marine unit types, comes with three members and may be equipped with a Sergeant after reaching Tier 2, which makes a total of 4.
Orks on the other hand have Slugga Boyz squads of five (again plus a Nob after Tier 2) and are much cheaper, which makes it roughly 4 Marines vs. 12 Orcs.

Now, the point is that this is actually a really good gameplay decision: You need to care about your units, because the death of a single Space Marine has a much greater impact than it had in DoW I, since you had 8 Marines and could reinforce in the field instead of having to retreat to your base (another change in DoW II).
Apart from that, Space Marines are finally what they ought to be: super warriors. You buy them for a lot of ressources and they are really tough, but you must take care not to lose them.

The new standard mode is 3vs3 and maps are much smaller. There are Requisition Points, Victory Points and Power Points on the map. Instead of building generators in your base, you capture a Power Point and pay Requisition to upgrade it with power plants.

Before the game, each player must choose one of the three heroes per race.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There's a good game in there somewhere 21 Mar 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
As a big fan of the previous Dawn of war titles i was excited when i heard this was being released, especially as it contains my favorite 40k army - Tyranids.

Good points firstly. The graphics and character animation is brilliant - possibly the best of any rts at the moment. The single player campaign plays like a mix of roleplay and strategy with small scale skirmishes and big boss fights being prevalent throughout. unique special abilities for each squad make it difficult to pick which units you would rather have with you on any mission as they are all useful. Upgrades and unique wargear are given for completing each mission, but you may find additional pieces if you search the maps fully.

Bad points. Long set up time, mainly due to the steam activation process - this wasn't in any of the previous games so why THQ felt it necessary this time is beyond me.
The big problem is the sheer amount of bugs and glitches which really hamper your enjoyment usually by causing the game to crash repeatedly - even after a month and three patches this is still happening.
Only one single player campaign - smacks of laziness really.
Lack of multiplayer maps and victory scenarios reduce replayability.

Overall the developers messed up and they will need to do some major improvements if i'm going to buy any more of this series.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarification of facts 4 Mar 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I will not be fully reviewing Dawn of War 2, but rather clarifying some facts about the game.

1. It requires an internet connection to activate. You must use Steam to do this.

2. Once the game is running it will ask you to create a Games For Windows Live profile in order to play single player, this is not necessary as you can create an OFFLINE profile.

3. It requires internet activation ONCE. I access my internet through a school proxy server that blocks Steam so I took my laptop down to Starbucks to activate the game on the Wi-Fi. I can now play LAN and campaign without being connected to the net, with Steam in offline mode.

4. It runs well on modest sytems, I have a 2.53 ghz dual core with 4gb RAM and nVidia 512mb 9600gt. I can run it with most settings on high and some on medium (ultra is for gaming PCs).

5. It will run on a Boot Camp partition if you are using a Mac. I play it on my Macbook Pro with the specs above.

6. It is more of a skirmish game, the armies are usually fairly small. Tactics are key. If you've played Company of Heroes campaign you'll know what to expect.

7. The RPG elements work well, especially the wargear.

8. Multiplayer has NO base building, you start with one HQ building and upgrade it. That's it. To get resources you capture territory just like Company of Heroes.

9. DoW 2 is essentially Company of Heroes in the future, but with smaller armies. That is why I have mentioned it so much. If you liked CoH you'll like this, there are some wow moments throughout the campaign too.

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I hope this summary helps as it answers all the questions I had before buying the game. I am on the Video game forums here if you need more help/info.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A more tactical 40K
is pretty different from the first game and a good deal more challenging, didn't like the save system but otherwise yeah good game
Published 3 months ago by Ramsays
1.0 out of 5 stars Really not worth it anymore
I've been computer gaming since there were computers - so that lets out my age at any rate. I have all the Dawn of War 1 series and have loved them all. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Just very tired
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie and Goodie
Had this game years ago and didn't think I could get another. But I did and it's still very playable.
Published 17 months ago by Petrovitch
1.0 out of 5 stars Second Hand Versions
May I just advise you against buying a second hand copy of this game due to it having a steam registration key that will registered to the previous users account. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by Jinx
5.0 out of 5 stars Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC DVD)
Great game.. Truly enjoy the whole Warhammer series. This stage takes the game to new levels and is exciting as much as the previous games...
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by Guidion LoTRO
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
OK...Many people on here give a bad review about this game, all I can say to them is shut the hell up. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by Sturmovik man
3.0 out of 5 stars If you can put aside the childishness, the gameplay is quite good!
This game was very fun to play but i thought the gameplay was repetitive! The fact that you had to gain weapons from loot drops is fun but annoying, should have been a shop system... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by Nico101
4.0 out of 5 stars Good-ish!
Dawn of War 1 was my first real game I found great to play, I enjoyed many hours of fun trying to outwit my AI opponents. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by SteveP
2.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of war 2 install
I only bought this game two days ago and i'm still installing it. I have a reasonably fast computer with high RAM and graphics but it took over 5 hours to install. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by Mr. J. Rose
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously disapointing.
Honestly, I can't understand what all the fuss is about with this game. It is not tactical or interesting in any way whatsoever. Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by C. A. Mew
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