BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Its the future and a planet is under attack by maurading space orcs. The Imperium’s finest warriors, the Space Marines, are here to turn the tide. Do they succeed? What other foul forces are at play on this planet? Dawn of War allows you to make that decision.
PROS: Excellent graphics, Ties in well with the GW WH40K mythos, focuses on tactics and combat than collecting resources
CONS: Only 11 missions in a single campaign all played from a single race perspective
BOTTOM LINE: If you like RTS games and Warhammer 40k, this is a game for you. The campaign told a good story, but left me wanting.
The Warhammer 40k universe is one that comes mainly from a board gaming world. There have been some attempts at releasing other computer games in this universe and most have met with dismal failure. This game is developed by Relic Entertainment (the folks behind the fantastic Homeworld game.) The game is a real time strategy game and it allows you to play any of four possible races (Space Marines, Chaos, Orks and Eldar.) Thats where there
is a problem in that you can only play the other races when in Skirmish mode or against other humans. I am not against this type of game, but I really
feel that if your going to compete against Blizzard in RTS games – make sure you reach parity.
The campaign is not a bad story, and gives cut scenes rendered using the game engine both at the start and at the end of each mission. The computer
AI was challenging on one mission, but it turns out that was pretty much luck and the fact that I let the computer get ready for me. On the last mission,
I rushed forward a bit and basically hobbled the thing and made the last mission a cakewalk.
The game looks gorgeous and plays pretty well assuming your playing multiplayer modes. The units are well done and feel like a 40K game done on the computer. I think that if your looking for that experience, then this is the game for you. I was looking for that, but wanted a decent single player
effort, and this was not it. I feel that this trend to make everything multiplayer has really hurt storytelling. I am happy that games like KOTOR exist,
but I wish more folks would also recognize that the market is flooded with multiplayer crap – adding this one did not help.