Dawn of War II: Retribution Collector's Edition (PC DVD)
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista
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Choose your race and determine the final fate of the entire sector in Dawn of War II: Retribution, the next installment in the Dawn of War series.
Ten years after the events of Chaos Rising and the fall of the Blood Raven’s Chapter Master to the forces of Chaos, Sub-Sector Aurelia remains in a constant state of warfare. The pirate Freebooter Orks have arrived to take advantage of this and loot the sector, the vile forces of Chaos continue to spread their blasphemy, the Eldar of Craftworld Alaitoc work to recover key artifacts from their past, and the feral Tyranids remaining from the failed Hive fleet invasion have suddently reestablished contact with the Hive mind.
Choose your race and determine the final fate of the entire sector in Dawn of War II: Retribution, the next installment in the critically acclaimed Dawn of War real-time strategy franchise.
For the first time in the Dawn of War II series, choose from 6 different playable races and play through a customized single player campaign for each.
Army Builder Metagame
Upgrade your heroes and unlock new buildable units as you progress through the single player campaign.
New Super Heavy Units in Multiplayer!
Take the battle online once again in 1-6 player matches and field your new Super Heavy Units, unique to each of the 6 playable races.
Collector's Edition includes:
- Retribution PC game
- Race artcards
- Unlockable bonus items
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Lets start with the arrival of the game. Comes in a meaty box with a plastic surround to protect the case. Inside the case is the game disc itself, the manual, a nice big DOWII: Retribution poster and some art cards. Nice.
Inseting the game will bring up steam. Yet another steam DRM game, no bother. For those who don't want to download all the files see below, otherwise allow it to download the files.
STEP 1. DON'T want to download.
- Insert disc and let steam download SOME files, then pause, right click -> delete local content.
- Exit steam completetly, leave the disc in tray.
- Go to Run
- Type: C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe -install E:
NOTE: C: is the letter of your hard drive and E: is the letter of the DVD drive where the game disc is inserted.
For windows Vista and 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) users the path will look like the one below:
C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\Steam.exe -install E:
- Steam should now restart. Log in and let it install.
- When install from disc is complete it will arrive around 90-95% done. The 10 or 15% accounts for updates or other content not on the disc.
- When complete. PLAY!
The graphics haven't really progressed from DOW II: Chaos Rising and DOW II though you can zoom right in on your units and see almost every tiny detail.
The gameplay is same old same old.Read more ›
It's worth mentioning that the Collectors Edition comes with special war gear for each race, normally available as paid DLC on Steam so it comes at a bargain price on Amazon. Also Relic have ditched Games For Windows Live in favour of the Steam overlay which makes inviting friends a much easier task.
Overall a brilliant addition to the Dawn Of War franchise, crafted with the passion and dedication you'd expect from a top developer. Nice one, Relic.
Lets' recap. The original Dawn of War was straightforward old-school RTS. You had one or two hero units, but the meat of the game was base building & wave after wave of attacks of disposable peons. Strategic slaughtering unadulterated fun. It was epic in scope if not in story. Even then, the developers made an effort to engage the player and I loved the characters & the glimpses into the W40K universe. Fast forward to the original Dawn of War II. Gone is the epic in scope, but instead we are treated to an in-depth viewpoint on the Space Marines, a tight RPG-like focus on heroes, wargear, upgrades, and tactics, as well as an engaging story. Again, I couldn't help but fall into the universe, and shepherd every marine as though they were my own children, considering it a personal failure if one died (I exaggerate slightly but you get the idea - I got immersed). In short, DOW created a saga, one that kept pulling the player back in.
By comparison, Retribution feels like a game thrown out on the basis that fans will buy any garbage with W40K on it. It lacks the tight RPG focus on heroes, because now you get those same disposable waves of peons to work with should you screw up. It lacks any meaningful story - indeed the wonderful exposition by Gabriel Angelos in the intro ... is about it. There's less pithy back and forth, no sense of evolution of heroes, almost no visible changes in them - it's a thoroughly spartan effort, as though the soul of the game got devoured in Warp transit, replaced with a little points counter & Steam achievements. So, unlike the preceding Chaos Rising which was pretty much more of the same DOWII, it has nothing really going for it.Read more ›
You are paying for a game with exactly the same unit choices as in the previous games, except that each race has a new unit. You may say that this is not true as you get a new race to play with, Imperial Guard. However I'm not even going to bother to class this as a race, as the hero choices for the race are lacking in depth and character both in game and on basic looks. Furthermore, the actual units you get are appalling to play with and are useless in game. The way the units are structured is again poor and lacking in imagination, as each of the units is supposed to fill out a certain role and yet they simply fail at this when compared with the same kind of units from other races. The heavy weapon teams are poor, the basic guardsmen are worse than useless in a fight and you have to send masses upon masses of them to get the job done and the catachan devils which are supposed to be `effective in close combat', but they are not and the weapon choices are boring and not imaginative, even if they can be used for `every occasion.' The only redeeming factor about the Guard is the tanks which are fairly cool. But, overall the Imperial Guard are a boring race, with poorly structured tiers of troops and their heroes are dull. THEREFORE, IMPERIAL GUARD IS A RUBBISH RACE.
Personally I not a player who buys a game for the campaign, but even though you get a new campaign for each race, the missions are very similar with only slight changes every mission for each race.Read more ›
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Previous DOW games are better, but that is not the sellers fault! :)Published 9 months ago by Andrew B.
I love it but its not the best game if ur bird its more for friends to play with uPublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by oakleygunn117
It is a shame THQ went down. But thankfully they were able to give us some truly epic titles in their final years (Space Marine, DoW II Retribution, CoH 2, Metro 2033 etc.). Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Arun
First, a confession: I love Warhammer 40k and it was the Dawn of War II that won me over. I had tried the original DoW before but found it derivative, however DoW II charmed... Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Vasilis Dimopoulos
The designers have put in 6 different races all to play the exact same dam maps, exact same missions the thieves basically tried to fatten this game with pointless programming they... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by Matthew
love the fact that you can play every faction story. Just the unit building and the lack off story difference with each faction you play the story through makes it a bit... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2013 by bram
I prefered Dawn of war I, I have all the stand alone which are issued from this game. The only good thing are the graphics. There are the same maps for all the factions !Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by Damien