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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence At Its Best!
Dawn Of War...this game truly wrote history. The game is based on "Warhammer 40000", one of Games Workshop's tabletop games. Many tabletop gamers out there, who have spent hundreds of hours of painfully sticking together their miniatures, then painstakingly painting them and then playing with friends on the battlefield will rejoice to see their models here, on the PC, in...
Published on 13 May 2007 by Griesmayer

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, and very fun. For a while.
This was an action heavy (not much base-building/defense) RTS and was a lot of fun for awhile.

However, after the final expansion (Soul Storm) came out, support for this compilation (i.e. Dawn of War games up to an including Dark Crusade) dropped off.

Much fun to be had multipler or even the odd skirmish. Not very good single-player design. Not...
Published on 17 April 2009 by ShinsFortress


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence At Its Best!, 13 May 2007
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Griesmayer (Wien, Österreich) - See all my reviews
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Dawn Of War...this game truly wrote history. The game is based on "Warhammer 40000", one of Games Workshop's tabletop games. Many tabletop gamers out there, who have spent hundreds of hours of painfully sticking together their miniatures, then painstakingly painting them and then playing with friends on the battlefield will rejoice to see their models here, on the PC, in FULL 3D Action!

And I really mean full 3D! This game's engine allows the camera to fully pan 360° and zoom so far in, that you can see the scratches on an Imperial Guardsman's armor! This allows each gamer to adjust his preferred viewing distance and most notably, takes him/her into the thick of action.

Also for gamers, who have never heard of the Warhammer 40k universe before, this game won't be disappointing. It offers many features an RTS gamer can only dream of: squad-based combat, morale, tactical terrain cover, units that can temporarily fly over impassable terrain, tanks and buildings that can garrison your troops, map-control through strategic point capture, forward bases, squad- and vehicle caps to avoid spamming (especially in Multiplayer) etc.

With a total of seven unique races to play, each having their own strengths, weaknesses, special powers, magic etc; this game is FAR from boring!

The game first came out in 2004, and now, in 2008, one has to admit that the graphics engine is indeed old. No HDR, no Bloom lighting, no anisotropic filtering etc. Nevertheless, what really stuns me is that the battle animations are truly a milestone: enemies don't simply drop dead if they die. No; when hit by a grenade, they fly through the air, and if they survive, jump back up and when in close combat, finish their enemies off with lots of gore.

While some complain about the old engine of this game, I am impressed what the engine is still capable of doing: Eldar summon a lighting storm over the battlefield. Space Marines call for orbital bombardment! Imperial Guard call in an air strike; Chaos summon daemons and a Bloodthirster into the thick of battle. Basilisks unleash earth-shattering rounds into the warzone, while Tau Skyray Ships literally flood the battlefield in liquid fire. All in fantastic detail.

A good feature of this game is the fact that you can review any skirmish games you have played, thus being able to enjoy the same relentless battle you played for the last two hours, from a completely different perspective. While you were struggling to keep the upper hand while playing the game, you can now sit back, zoom in, and just like the cameraman in a movie, view the battle with ease!

The Dawn Of War: Anthology pack offers 3 games:
Dawn Of War (original game, including Space Marines, Eldar, Chaos Marines and Orks)
Winter Assault (1st expansion including the Imperial Guard)
Dark Crusade (2nd expansion including Tau and Necrons)

...and to sum it all up: a total of 3 narrative campaigns (Space Marines in Dawn of War; Imperial Guard & Eldar as the forces of order as well as Chaos & Orks as forces of disorder in Winter Assault and one Risk/Total War style campaign in Dark Crusade, where you choose a race and aim to conquer an entire planet with all of its strategic locations, giving your warlord veteran units and unique pieces of equipment as you campaign across Kronus), next to skirmish matches and multiplayer and extreme mod-friendliness (there's TONS of mods out there for this game), this is one hell of an RTS package.

In my opinion an extremely good value for your money! You get more than what you pay for and this game won't be a let down for hundreds of gaming hours, for sure! Even though close to three years have passed since it first came out, Dawn of War is undoubtedly still firmly holding ground, and the latest upcoming expansion: Soulstorm, offering 2 more races (Dark Eldar and Sisters of Battle) as well as a free download from the internet featuring the Grey Knights (Inquisition Daemonhunt) and even a Tyranid mod (so a total of 11 races!) will guarantee that this game will live on in all its glory for a long time to come!

To get the most out of the graphics, make sure that you have added the following after everything else in the "target" bar after right clicking the game shortcut:

' -forcehighpoly' (without quotation marks)

Next, edit the local.ini settings file in your Dawn of War game folder with a text editor. Move the file onto your desktop to edit, in case you can't edit. Once you're done, move it back into the directory. This time you're adding a new line to the bottom of the file: fullres_teamcolour=1. Exact spelling IS important.
This graphics setting sets the badges, banners and all the other textures throughout the game to full resolution - no more fuzzy blobs for your banners and badges.
You'll be able to see the wrinkles in the Force Commander's eyes and all that lovely detailing Relic put into everything will jump out in sharp relief.

And finally, go to your graphic card's control panel and turn on Anti Aliasing or FXAA and watch the jaggies disappear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VISTA PROBLEMS - PLEASE READ, 20 Mar 2008
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David Wilson "Dave W" (Oxford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dawn of War: Anthology (PC DVD) (Video Game)
You may have problems installing this with Vista. When you go to install the software you get a message along the lines of "Installation ended prematurely". To fix this you need to:
The fix: Start > Run > 'cmd'

When command prompt appears type in the following (without the hyphens).

'msiexec.exe /qb /i <cdrom drive letter>:\DawnOfWar.msi TARGETDIR="<desired directory to install to>"'

ie. msiexec /qb /i e:\DawnOfWar.msi TARGETDIR="D:\Program Files\THQ\DawnOfWar"

Once installation has asked for all 3 disks you will be required to manually edit the registry entry that relates to the cdkey as it was not asked for during installation. To do this click Start > Run > regedit

The key that is of interest to us for this particular situation is located within:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > THQ > Dawn Of War

Find the Name CDKEY, right click on the name and click modify then enter your cd key in place of the value 0000-0000-0000-0000.

If this sounds like too much hassle or too difficult you might want to check twice before buying this for Vista. Thanks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game[s] Ever, 22 Feb 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Dawn of War: Anthology (PC DVD) (Video Game)
install ALL of these games for a truly awesome gaming experience! By itself DoW is OK, with the Winter Assault Expansion Pack it's better, but to enjoy the game at it's best install The Dark Crusade Expansion Pack. Don't throw the serial code away or [as i found out he hard way] you will not be able to enjoy the full benifeits of this game

Overall this game rocks!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best RTS ever, 23 Feb 2007
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Andrew Powell "AP" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This game is the best RTS you will play thus far. It immerses you into huge battles and provides great graphics and camera movement (The camera movement is the smoothest and best around). All forces are nicely weight up so that any faction can win a battle.

I personally play the imperial guard lots online especially, and to counter a previous review you need ogryn to protect you men when in tight spots (they are also in the books). This is why the game is perfectly balanced.

Event when not playing online it is thoroughly enjoyable as the skirmishes can keep you happy for month, even years in my case.

The game is much better than most other strategies as it attaches you to your units, therefore you want to protect them and give them the best change possible. The only other competitor in my mind is Company Of Heroes which is also created by THQ.

A Supremely perfect game, and a must have for all RTS gamers. Go for it!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthology - Bargain!, 21 April 2010
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This review is from: Dawn of War: Anthology (PC DVD) (Video Game)
What a Bargain this was, hours and hours of fun playing with the "little men" of my childhood! No bloody painting, learning the rules and hours of making crappy looking scenery, plus they actually shoot each other. Fantasy fulfilled!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forces of chaos order you to buy this game, 30 Dec 2007
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Michael Alexander Fisher (Cannock, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dawn of War: Anthology (PC DVD) (Video Game)
This is definately the Command & Conquer killer everyone has been seceretly wishing for, Dawn of War, dare I say, the GREATEST RTS of all time.

Dawn of War and all its expansions are an RTS set in the glorious universe of Warhammer 40,000, where there is only war, pain, suffering and worshiping corpses. The game lets you control 7 races, they include the Forces of Chaos, The Tau Empire, The Imperial Gaurd (humans basically), The Adeptus Astartes also known as Spacemarines, The Orks, The Necrons and The Eldar. All races even though completely unique are all balanced, so basically one side is not pure awsomness and another cannon fodder.

Dawn of War and Winter Assualt both have brilliant linier campaigns that could equally make a brilliant hollywood block buster with brilliant voice acting and great plot twists, while Dark Crusades campaign is alittle different, you choose one of the 7 races then fight over the planet Kronus one territory at a time.

You do not have to be a Warhammer 40K fan to enjoy this game, but I will say doing alittle backgroud research into the 7 races in the game will help choose the best one for your prefered fighting style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old school fun, 22 May 2014
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Brought this game because I used to play it day in day out a few years ago and it's just as good as I remember :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of war, 13 Feb 2014
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Great valentines day present , got it the next day and in great condition , boyfriend loves it and played it early lol
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great strategy stuff, 3 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Dawn of War: Anthology (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I really like this one. It pretty faithfully reproduces the Warhammer 40K universe. I regret, though, that this is a RTS and not turn based - this makes the game much more hectic when comparing it to the board game.

I'm running this on a MacBook Air, using Parallels 5, and it runs very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great games - worth a tenner!, 28 Nov 2009
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Brendan (Brighton, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dawn of War: Anthology (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I bought this game looking for a decent RTS, something along the lines of the - simply fantastic - Total Annhilation. What I got was in many respects better, at least as far as tactics and strategy are concerned.

The game is well designed, the units thoroughly enjoyable to deploy in battle, and the concept of squad limitation and other stategic rules both original and insightful. The first two levels on the single player of the original DAW are a little boring - though I should add that I'm of the school that tends to ignore cut-scenes and just get on with the fighting - but after that it just gets better and better.

If I were pressed to name a flaw, I suppose you could highlight the somewhat cliched characterisation. At times the storyline can seem a little too preposterous - what sci-fi set 40,000 years in the future wouldn't? - but the games more than make up for this with brilliant combat playability, genuinely effective units (see the Hellfire for a case in point, as well as the ability to 'deep strike' units directly into battles!), and an in-depth, well thought out world.

In short, if you like RTS games and are partial to mech-fights, I'd buy this game as quickly as you could say 'war'!
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