More Reviews
REVIEWS God of War Collection (Vita) Review
God of War brings its PS2 heritage to Vita, and the results are more than a bit baffling.

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunk Review
I was confident in my Dark Souls abilities. Then From Software released new Dark Souls II DLC.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES CounterSpy
Release date: 08/19/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14

MotoGP 14
Release date: 09/01/14


LATEST FEATURES Water, Water Everywhere: 15 of the Best Water Worlds in Gaming
Lots of water worlds suck, but not these ones, and they're completely Kevin Costner-free.

An Updating List of PlayStation 4 Updates We Want
Sony and Microsoft have been updating their consoles regularly, but we wanted to share our own ideas for updating the PS4 firmware.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oneshotstop
Call of Duty will never be the same
By oneshotstop
Posted on 07/28/14
       We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Member Review for the PC

By:
Ivory_Soul
05/25/08
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Strategy 
PLAYERS 1- 8 
PUBLISHER THQ 
DEVELOPER Relic 
RELEASE DATE  
M Contains Blood, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

The Good: Translates the board game nicely to an RTS, great story and voice acting, simple design and game play mechanics makes RTS fun, fun multiplayer

The Bad: Camera and AI issues, can't kill off units, may not be deep enough for RTS buffs, cliffhanger ending

I love RTS games but when they try to be too deep (i.e. Civilization) they can sometimes be either boring or too hard. Dawn of War tries to remedy this with a simple design. If you don't know what Warhammer is then I wouldn't be surprised. Warhammer is a board game where you buy and collect outrageously priced figurines too build your army(s) and battle with other people. The models come in plain die cast metal so you can even paint them yourselves. Dawn of War does a perfect job of making that into an easy to access (and cheaper) form.

            The game has a great story with great voice acting as well and this is also a surprise. You play as the Space Marines who are trying to stop the Chaos and Orks from destroying the world Tartarus and unleashing an ancient evil. Through the 11 campaign missions you'll play you'll slowly unlock new things to use. Unlike most RTS games the squad cap is at 20 and the vehicle cap is at 17. Don't this is kiddied up at all. You can select each unit and "add soldiers" and even upgrade new weapons and abilities for them at your armory. Each "squad" can hold up to a certain amount of soldiers so choose wisely. You have four different powerful squads which are the Scout Marines (the weakest yet the fastest), the Space Marines (your main squad you'll be using), your Assault Marines (they have jet packs and are more powerful), and your Terminators which are massive mechs that are practically unstoppable. You can't unlock these until the last few missions. Your vehicles are the same you have tanks, powerful tanks, super powerful tanks, tanks that transport troops etc.

            To build all of these you do need resources, but unlike other RTS games, you don't need a ton of different things. All you need is Requisition Resource, and Power Resource. You get PR by building power generators and you get RR by capturing Strategic Points throughout the maps. You then can build Listening Posts on these and upgrade them with turrets and armored housing. You also can't get the better units until you upgrade your Stronghold (think: Eras in Age of Empires and Civilization). While there are only three different upgrades (remember they keep everything simple) you have to build certain structures before upgrading again.

        Most of the game play comes into play when you attack enemies. While you attack enemies you can use upgrades that you researched such as frag grenades, smite, rally etc. You can also attach your main characters to units to add attributes and you can even add commanders.

        While this is really fun and simple and easy the game has some flaws. First off the graphics look somewhat dated, especially up close. Second you can't kill units so if you accidentally created a Space Marine instead of an Assault Marine because you have to jet pack over a ravine you're screwed. You can however rally the Space Marines to an Orbital Station and that them dropped over, but you need the third add on your Stronghold for this. Another pain is you can't zoom out far enough. This makes finding squads tedious and annoying. The final thing is the cliffhanger ending. It leaves an opening for the expansion packs, but you aren't satisfied at all. There are also AI issues where units will pile on top of each other and get confused on where to go. This can make moving large amounts of units a pain since some will be further ahead then others.

        If you can overlook all of this Dawn of War is one of the best RTS games ever made. With it's simple design and easy pick up and play mechanics you're going to have a blast with this game.


More information about Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
 
B+ Revolution report card
Views: 782 Review rating:
comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution