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...
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (837 reviews)
Release Date: 9 Oct, 2006

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Includes 4 items: Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Game of the Year Edition, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Soulstorm, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn Of War® – Winter Assault

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Includes 26 items: Dawn of War II: Retribution – The Last Standalone, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution Chaos Space Marines Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution Eldar Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution Imperial Guard Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution Ork Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution Space Marines Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution Tyranid Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Ultramarines Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Captain Wargear DLC , Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Chaos Sorcerer Wargear DLC, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Death Korps of Krieg Skin Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Farseer Wargear DLC , Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Hive Tyrant Wargear DLC, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Last Stand Tau Commander, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Lord General Wargear DLC, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Mekboy Wargear DLC, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Ulthwe Wargear DLC, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Word Bearers Skin Pack , Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution: Dark Angels Pack, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Game of the Year Edition, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Soulstorm, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® II Chaos Rising, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn Of War® – Winter Assault, Warhammer® 40,000™: Dawn of War® II

 

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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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27 April

Space Marine Trading Cards

Warhammer fans, good news!

The Space Marine Collection is on sale for 75% off on Steam from April 27-May 4.
The game has also been updated to now include Steam Trading Cards! Collect cards, earn badges, and do it all FOR THE EMPEROR!

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24 March

Server Maintenance - Today at 3 pm PDT

A quick notice for all of our players: our Dawn of War servers will be down for maintenance from 3 pm PDT until 3:30 pm PDT. This downtime is for maintenance only, and does not include new content or a patch. As always, we have specifically scheduled this maintenance to fall outside of our peak player hours. We thank everyone for their patience during this time!

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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
39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,435.6 hrs on record
Posted: 14 January
This review is coming from someone who has been with this game since the date it released, I was professional ( sponsored to play ) In the early days of the game. By far the best RTS your fingers will ever touch. My hours will shine light upon this statement.

Pros
-7 Races but somehow cleverly balanced ( Tau and necron are broken but can still be countered )
-Active friendly community in the sense of I see a lot of the same people everyday helping them improve and befriending them so we can have a lobby of 8 players who all know eachother.
- One of the best resource systems in any RTS very simple to learn but a huge part of the game.
- Micro can be used to an insane degree.
- Macro can be easy to learn.
- Decent graphics and voice acting for how old the game is.
- Space marines, Chaos, Orks, Eldar, Imperial Guard. Oh My.

Cons
- Steam servers have messed up a some multiplayer aspects of the game.
-no more stat tracking ( you cant see how many games a person has played/won )
-Sync errors happen every once in awhile very low chance but none the less really annoying
bugged lobbys
- Having to own every prior expansion to have all the races.
-Sometimes the population of the game will have 200+ people online at other times 20 people online.


I highly recommend getting this game when it goes on sale and you can pick up all the games at a low price,
otherwise I suggest every RTS fan in existance should own this game. It really is something amazing.
I had no idea what Dawn of war was prior to this game, it shaped my habits as a gamer, and got me into computer games. So if you have the money pick up this game and learn how to play it, it's incredible. A game I wake up early in the morning to play before class, that's detication!
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: 21 December, 2014
I spent the entire of summer 2007 playing this game, and I would quite happily spend the next 40,000 summers playing it again
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
230.2 hrs on record
Posted: 18 March
HERESY GROWS FROM NOT PLAYING DARK CRUSADE!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: 27 December, 2014
For the Greater Good of your steam library, buy this gem of an RTS game!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: 26 November, 2014
The Very Game that introduced me to Warhammer 40k. Back around '07, friend had in disk form. Borrowed, loved it (more than Warcraft), and got it from him. The best part about the DC CD back then was that you didn't the CD to play it: install it, good to go.

ok enough memories. let's talk shop

fun game, it can be played causally. it's mod friendly. Game is Fully voice acted. Warning: Chaos units shout a lot, it annoyed my cousin when he played (lol).
While Units are not Hardcore detailed (easily changeable through mods) but it does the job pretty damn well as the bits and pieces pop out. it also helps increase framerate because of the broad details, and there is going to be a mass of units.

You have the Campaign, the voice acting pulling you into the intro. Battle map with different faction having a world war. Each with different quirks and you play one of them. Getting started (fighting the first few battles) is easy and used as a teaching tool and a way to explore the different units, if you don't plan on using the tutorial.

Gameplay:
the first game that I experienced that a unit has both melee and ranged combat. Explosions!! that actually does knock back!
Abilities. Blood. Jumping assault units. Warcries. Deathcries. Blood!! Semi-gore pieces. More Blood!! Special melee kill animation (Sync-kills). Super Units. Heroes. Separate Cap for infantry and vehicles for full battlefield. BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!!
Flamethrowers
^yes it gets its own line
Basically, what the picture and video has.
Experiencing all that in a single battle makes me drool.

AI is pretty easy and repetitive unless you go high difficulty.
Maps ranges from small 1v1 to large 8 player maps (Mods to get more and/or bigger maps)

Customization is a little limited, being able to change the color of only a few pieces sets of the whole army, but still fun in my opinion.
changeable Banner and flags (mods for more, or easily make your own)

I have little experience with multiplayer, so I can't review that portion.

I Highly recommend it.
For the Dark Gods!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
237.1 hrs on record
Posted: 16 January
Orks orks orks orks.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: 25 December, 2014
Best of the 40K game franchise, fun but challenging at the same time. Ta'u master-race!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
84.5 hrs on record
Posted: 22 December, 2014
This game is my childhood. It has its flaws, but to be honest, it is RTS the way it's mean to be played. Pick this game up for cheap along with DoW-GOTY Edition and DoW-Winter Assault ASAP. You are missing out on all the glory!

10/10. Fun as hell, super challenging too.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
318.5 hrs on record
Posted: 25 January
This game is abselutly AWESOME.

it can become even MORE! awesome by adding MODS

if you like RTS and fast paced combat, and base boulding then buy this most MAGNEFICENT GAME

you wil NOT regret it EVER!!!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 4 April
Dear Emperor, I have been ever so faithful this century. Upon your reawakening I would like the following :
- Purity seals
- Holy Promethium
- A dead juvenile equestrian
- Death to the Heretics
- Death to the Xenos
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: 18 December, 2014
Probably the best of the 4 (DoW, Winter Assault, Dark Crusade & Soulstorm). Standalone, campaign playable with all races. This may be the RTS I enjoyed the most so far.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
114.9 hrs on record
Posted: 8 April
MY FACE IS MY SHIELD! MY HAIR IS MY SWORD!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
75.1 hrs on record
Posted: 24 February
Fear me but follow!

One of the all time best RTS games

Automatch works!
very solid mechanics
great line up of troops faithful to the lore
addictive game play
easy to add friends through steam

There were great wars fought long ago in the Oasis of Sharr for the relic in the centre where daemons and avatars clashed with land raiders and monoliths

Great to see it back for online play

Highly recommended for fans of Warhammer and RTS games
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: 23 January
Best heresy crushing simulator.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: 17 December, 2014
So much good memories... "They are coming.." 11/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
356.8 hrs on record
Posted: 5 January
One of the best RTS games you'll ever play, and almost certainly the best one you can buy on Steam. I can't recommend this game highly enough.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: 2 February
Recommended by thousands of iterators.
FORO TE GLOORE OF TEH GOD EMPRAH.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: 17 May
Play as one of several factions as you try to take over a strategic map one area at a time, fighting tactical RTS battles for each one you attack or have to defend. Good variety in the factions and a decent amount of replayability.

This one is quite good, even if it is getting old.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: 5 December, 2014
For fans of the tabletop and those of RTS in general, Dark Crusade is a fantastic game. While there are balance issues and its visuals have not aged particularly great, the setting combined with the gameplay create an addicting experience that I still play with friends today. There is also a good number of mods, increasing scale or bringing things 'Closer to Codex' which when applied I argue is when this gem begins to shine. Surprisingly the community still sees activity today.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: 19 May
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