Deep under the central desert of Kronus, a vast honeycomb of skull-lined tunnels and funereal chambers house the awakening mass of the Necron plague. Eons ago, these were the boulevards and squares of a great necropolis built to house the bones of the races who had fallen to the Necron purge, and ultimately for the Necrons themselves to...
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Release Date: 9 Oct, 2006

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"Get this and the Gold Edition. Rock soild game mechanics that we havent seen since. I'm not much of an RTS guy but this game is amazing. -Rev"

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29 September

Dawn of War Server Maintenance

We will be performing maintenance on the Dawn of War servers on September 29th at 10:45 pm PDT (5:45 am GMT). The servers will be offline for approximately one hour and players will be unable to access online features during that time.

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8 September

The new Dawn of War site & forums

We're excited to announce the launch of a new website and community forums for the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series. The site will be the home for all things DoW, including an all new set of forums.

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The Relic community team and members of the development team here at Relic who have been working on the recent updates to the Dawn of War franchise will be active on the forums providing support and taking your feedback.

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About This Game

Deep under the central desert of Kronus, a vast honeycomb of skull-lined tunnels and funereal chambers house the awakening mass of the Necron plague. Eons ago, these were the boulevards and squares of a great necropolis built to house the bones of the races who had fallen to the Necron purge, and ultimately for the Necrons themselves to retire to. Over millions of years, sand and rock had covered it all until ill-fated excavations awoke the deathless again. Play any of seven races, striving for control over Kronus. Take other races' strongholds by winning challenging battles on various maps individually associated with the respective Strongholds.
  • New playable races, each with individual features
  • Brand new Single Player Campaign experience, playable by all seven races
  • Non-linear game-play: conquer an entire planet in the way you choose
  • Watch a unique, non-linear story unfold from your race's perspective
  • Customize and manage a persistent army as you sweep across the planet
  • Customize the appearance and abilities of your commander unit as he grows in power and influence
  • Discover the dark secrets of a planet shrouded in mystery

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP, 2.0 Ghz Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP or equivalent processor, 512 MB RAM, 3.5 GB free hard drive space, 64 MB DirectX 9.0b compatible AGP video card with Hardware Transformation and lighting, 16-bit DirectX 9.0b compatible sound card, DirectX 9.0c, Mouse, Keyboard
    Recommended: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent, 512 MB system RAM (required for 8-player multiplayer games), nVidia GeForce 3 or equivalent with 64 MB of Video RAM , Sound Blaster X-Fi Series
    Required for Multiplayer: Internet: Cable modem, DSL modem, or better for online multiplayer play; Network: LAN or broadband WAN
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: 24 October
Really fun game, simple mechanics that make it easy to get into. Really easy to get into large scale fights, but not so confusing that most times you can still see what is going on.

Downside is its starting to look dated
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: 16 November
FAITH IS MY SHIELD
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: 7 November
Fantastic game, its a shame it's not in the popular "too play" list of alot of people. It is a very fun game and relatively balanced races makes for fun multiplayer with friends. Single player however does get boring very fast a must play game with friends or online. Would strongly recommend if you enjoy games like SC1/2!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: 4 November
Dark Crusade was probably my favorite RTS throughout my college years. While my friends were busy playing Starcraft, commanding the forces of Terrans, Protoss, and Zerg, I was busy fighting wars in the 41st Millennium, taking on foes ten times my greater and defeating them with honor and earning glory. This was also the version of Warhammer 40K's Dawn of War series that got me into modding, giving me a sweet, sweet taste of what the penultimate prize of Modding experience would be promised to me upon getting Soulstorm.

If you've ever gotten the previous two, Dawn of War and Winter Assault, you'd know gameplay-wise that nothing's really changed. However, with the addition of two new factions; the popular Necrons and the mysteriuos Tau Empire; and new units for all other factions (including Grey Knights for the Blood Ravens, which remains my favorite unit choice to this day), it definitely shines in front of its predecessors. That, and with an awesome campaign where you can play not just one but all seven factions, promising continuous replayability even after you've beaten the campaign once...there's nothing here that's not to like.

I'd be a fool not to recommend Dark Crusade. Any RTS player would be a fool to deny that this game stood the test of time. Stop reading the review, fork out some cash or grab that debit/credit card, and get the sodding game. The best part about it all is that the multiplayer options are compatible with all versions and are standalone, so you only need one game to have fun. I recommend giving it a go, it's worth it. Let's keep this game alive. For the Emperor!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: 14 November
This Gamw Released in 2006 and is still one of the best RTS games I have ever played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: 22 November
one of if not the best rts games i have ever played if you have friends or like warhammer buy it.
+insanely huge armys that still feel tatical
+a fullblown 20 hour single player
+5 totaly separate difficulty levels
+epic final units for most armys with some exeptions (the tau end game unit feels small when compared to the epic necron monolith)
+up to 8 people multi player.
+custom armys
+great animations

- older graphics but i would argue this is a mixed problem as it just means people with bad computers (like me) can play it.
- could be more music but a small problem really
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: 26 October
Domination mode is fun and exciting. Units unique and fun. 9/10!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: 20 November
Dawn of war
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
238.9 hrs on record
Posted: 24 October
i have been playing this and its great to kill them so try this a shot
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
195.7 hrs on record
Posted: 9 November
This is a great game in some aspects portrays the WH 40k universe quite accurately however in others fails it features 7 of the WH 40k universes races them being:Space Marines Tau Empire (for all u Greater Good fanboys out there lol)Imperial Guard Orks (I might do some orky talk later) Chaos Eldar and the Necrons it takes place on a formerly Tau ruled planet called ''Kronus'' where each of these 7 powers come to sip tea around pink tables and say ''Oh jolly good my dear fellow'' to each other well of course for the planet this time round unlike WA and the original DOW it does not have missions instead it has a campaign map with territories u conquer to gain ''planetary requistition'' and ''honour guard units'' which planetray req allows u to purchase honour guard and reinforce areas so if it is attacked when u defend u nwill start with those units eg. reinforcing a territory with Chaos Space Marines squad if u are forced to defend the territory u will stat with that Chaos Space Marine squad (Chaos FTW) then honour guard are units u start with whether u are attcking or defending a territory however these are improved like u may get an honour guard shoota boyz squad that will have a different name and mroe health and damage than a normal squad (cause those humie gitz and chaos boyz think theyre better than us orks but orks are made for fightin and winnin! WAAAGH!!!) if someone does waaagh and there aren't enough a's then they aren't doing it properly then u also earn ''wargear'' for ur commander which are basicly permanet upgrades for him/her (The Eldar having a female leader ;] )
DOW DC is a base builder RTS that pits these 7 factions against each other in campaign battles skirmish or multiplayer they each have their own strengths and weaknesses however every faction (excluding Tau and Necrons) feels somewhat similar if only slightly the game is also well balanced
Pros:
Good balancing
Good variety
Large faction choice
Necrons and Tau are very different from the others
Good lore accuracy
Cons:
Stupid story (eg why are the SM and IG fighting?...)
Can get boring fighting the same race as the same race in campaign constantly
Very innaccurate towards the lore in some aspects (how do some guardsmen beat a squad of Tactical Marines!?)
Overall I will give it 7/10 I would reccommend get it with the Titanium Wars mod with that a 9/10 (Chaos are best Slaanesh FTW!...people who know alot about Chaos or WH 40k in general will know what Slaanesh is the god of...)
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
136.3 hrs on record
Posted: 31 October
aahhahah wtf
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0 of 17 people (0%) found this review helpful
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: 9 November
Something happened with my game. I was about to finish off the Chaos Space Marines on their homw turf and it all the sudden it said, "Fatal Scar Error"...MY guys wouldn't shoot back and they just sat there...dying. Any fixes? LOVE the game franchise by the way! I will definitely recommend this game if a fix becomes available and I can finish it!
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3 of 33 people (9%) found this review helpful
98.7 hrs on record
Posted: 10 November
this game is good but it'll turn you in to a warhammer fan so it's not worth it
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20.1 hrs on record
Posted: 26 October
Hi there.
Do you like strategy?
Do you like the kind of strategy that games such as Command and Conquer and Halo Wars fall under (RTS)?
Have you played either of those games?
Do you like Warhammer 40k?

If the answer to these questions is yes than a simple this game is for you would cover it.
If not, continue reading anyway, you might change your mind

This game is definitely on the list of "money well spent" I bought this game a couple of months ago now along with it's other Dawn of War brothers (or sisters) on sale for little under £8, the game itself is £9.99 and this isn't a bad thing, this game is worth that money and the time not knowing anythign about the game other than it is Warhammer I didn't know what a steal it was...seriously it is pretty much theft. I'm turning myself into the police as we speak. The campaign to this game reminds me that of Star Wars Battlefront II with a map segregated into sections owned by the different armies. However, there is not the basic "GOOD VS EVIL" "REPUBLIC VS SITH" "REBELS VS EMPIRE" that Battlefront II gives you on its plate. Nope. In this game's campaign you can play as the Following:

1). Blood Ravens (Space Marine chapter)
2). Word Bearers (Chaos Space Marine chapter)
3). Imperial Guard ( Now Called Astra Millitarium)
4).Orks (Not a spelling error)
5.) Tau (They have a lot of battle suit mech things)
6.) Eldar (Elves...but in space)
7.) Necrons (The ones featured on the art)

During the campaign your goal is a simple murder everyone else and rule the planet, average day in the Warhammer 40k Universe. You move and conquer enemy territory each turn, each territory giving you a bonus, you can upgrade your leader, making him a bigger badass and get bonuses to take into every battle with you. Each army plays differently and to go in that for you detail wise would lead on until 2016 so I won't do that but it is a good way of doing it as that is how the armies in actual 40k work all of them unique. to learn about what army to go in the game I would read up on the ones listed or even just look at them in game on like google or whatever and see which ones look the coolest, it is by fare the most efficient way to do it if you don't know the universe too well. The multiplayer as much as I have done is decent also as you don't have to stick to the colour schemes provided in the campaign and make your own or use the other ones in the game provided

However you must have the other Dawn of War games installed to play as the certain factions online which is honestly a terrible thing for them to do so if you like say Chaos Space Marines, You would need to add the original Dawn of War to use them in multiplayer so don't believe the notice if that is the case.
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91.4 hrs on record
Posted: 4 November
If you like warhammer, or just want a good strategy game, you should choose this game. It plays pretty much like a standard RTS, but with some elemens like points. Some points gives you recources with which you buy units and some give you a bigger chance of winning.
The campaign is great, and while I have not finished it I can tell you I like it. It plays similarly to risk, except its up to your own skill and not blind luck to win.
There are seven races, all of which plays differently and have different strengths.
And if you have to choose between Soulstorm and this, definetly choose this.
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23.5 hrs on record
Posted: 7 November
Screw tabletop elitists, this game is great and fun. It's what've gotten me into Warhammer and now it won't let me go. EVER.
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253.9 hrs on record
Posted: 6 November
A must have for DOW players, adds 2 new races and has a Risk like campaign, just wish T'au was in DOW 2 :(
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1.9 hrs on record
Posted: 12 November
Little old, but the gameplay is still top notch.
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98.0 hrs on record
Posted: 13 November
A really good, fast paced RTS, if you like the 40k universe, you'll love this (and if you can't forgive the minor mistakes in lore stuff, there's always mods - Titanium Wars and the Tyranid mod are a couple of mods I'd heartily recommend.
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: 12 November
Very fun RTS with lots of cool features.
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