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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...
Release Date: 9 Oct 2006
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Notice: Works with boxed retail or Steam versions of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Gold Edition.
Does not require the original Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War game to play.

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Buy Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Master Collection

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: 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, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® II Chaos Rising, Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn Of War® – Winter Assault, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution, 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 Space Marines Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution Ork Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution Tyranid Race Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution: Dark Angels Pack, Dawn of War II: Retribution – The Last Standalone, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Captain Wargear DLC , Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Hive Tyrant Wargear DLC, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Chaos Sorcerer Wargear DLC, 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 - Farseer Wargear DLC , Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Ulthwe Wargear DLC, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Ultramarines Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Word Bearers Skin Pack , Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Death Korps of Krieg Skin Pack, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution - Last Stand Tau Commander

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Dawn of War Letter from the Designer

28 May 2014

Hello all –

On May 22nd, the original Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and its expansions underwent a major update in order to preserve multiplayer gameplay for all these titles.

Since their launch, Dawn of War and its expansions (Winter Assault, Dark Crusade and Soulstorm) have relied on the GameSpy service for multiplayer matchmaking. Since they are about to shut down their services for good it would otherwise leave these games without any way to play multiplayer. That is not an outcome anyone at Relic would want to see.

Dawn of War II and its first expansion (Chaos Rising) also rely on other external servers so we also intend to take this opportunity to migrate them over to Steam in order for a consistent multiplayer experience across the entire portfolio. This migration is in progress and we’ll have more details soon.

So, all titles in the franchise are being updated to use the same matchmaking and backend developed for Company of Heroes 2. This will not only mean multiplayer can continue on these titles, but the matchmaking experience will be improved. Matchmaking/login and so on will thus all be through Steam.

In the short term, there are likely to be some technical issues with the new setup. Recreating the multiplayer infrastructure for seven titles is no small feat, and there will be bugs. Ultimately, we felt that it would be better to get the update out in a slightly imperfect state in time to prevent an outright interruption in multiplayer play. So, bugs.

We are committed to tackling these bugs and getting all titles to be fully Steam enabled.

This update – and continued further support for DoW and DoW2 – is a big step for us at Relic. It’s a concrete signal of support for the Dawn of War franchise from us and from SEGA as a whole. Ever since SEGA acquired Relic we’ve been working on continued support for the Dawn of War back catalogue. It’s great for some of this to see the light of day at last.

I came to Relic in 2005 to work on the product that became Dark Crusade and went on to run narrative and campaign on both Dawn of War II and Chaos Rising. To be working on these titles again is a joy, and on behalf of all of us, I’d like to thank the fans who have continued to keep DoW in their hearts. You guys rock.

For the Emperor!

Philippe Boulle
Design Lead, Dawn of War Franchise

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About the 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
163 of 184 people (89%) found this review helpful
75 products in account
6 reviews
193.9 hrs on record
This game is so inspiringly coitus inducing that I played it for many days in the darkness of my cave under a single blanket made of hemp rocking back and forth and refusing to leave the game unattended to go to the toilet, for food and for water. My wife left me 3 weeks ago because I became engulfed by the need to purge the enemies of the imperium. This game destroyed my life, and I would do it again if I could. This game is like heroin. The more you take, the more you need to survive. I have lost 7 pounds in a week because of this game, much like heroin. The difference between heroin and this game is that you only buy this game once and it's legal. Don't do drugs. Drugs are bad. Like heroin or a pineapple pizza.
Posted: 13 March 2014
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80 of 101 people (79%) found this review helpful
84 products in account
3 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD.
SKULLS FOR SKULL THRONE
BLASGSDFDSF
Posted: 20 April 2014
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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
28 products in account
2 reviews
90.1 hrs on record
This is the definitive Dawn of War.
Very well crafted game with limited mod support and 7 races to play.
(On a side note, avoid Soulstorm like it was the plague.)
Posted: 11 March 2014
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
127 products in account
5 reviews
64.6 hrs on record
This game is the best. It adds Necrons. Necrons. And Tau, but they ARE PUNY AT THE FEET OF ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥TEP MWUHAHAHAHAH. One word - Necrons.

But seriously, this is really fun, but I HIGHLY advise getting it with the full game, it allows for play with the other races besides the two mentioned. Its also, in my opinion, better than Winter Assualt and Soulstorm. Only getting this by itself is fun for maybe a few games, but a lot better with Dawn of War.

Too boring with the full game? Download Firestorm over Kronus 3.5 - it adds all new units, gameplay mechanics, buildings, and also fixes some issues, like the zoomed in camera and upgraded UI. AND BLACK TEMPLARS HAVE THEIR OWN RACE. ALSO NECRONS CAN HAVE MULTIPLE MONOLITHS.

This game is awesome. Hours of fun.
Posted: 4 June 2014
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
26 products in account
2 reviews
101.1 hrs on record
Actually the best RTS game I've Ever played
Posted: 9 June 2014
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172 of 173 people (99%) found this review helpful
194 products in account
4 reviews
240.4 hrs on record
Alright, Dawn of War Dark Crusade, where to begin? This game is by far the best Dawn of War game to date, including Dawn of War 2 and its expansions. If you're an RTS fan, there is little here not to like. (Also, you don't need to own the original Dawn of War OR Winter Assault to enjoy this game)

The gameplay is simple and very fun, you start out with a base and a builder unit, you proceed to make buildings filling various roles such as research, unit creation, and defense. You proceed to make a base and units to defend yourself, and you eventually attack the enemy. You have two resources, power and requisition, power is used for vehicles, upgrades and research, requisition is used for everything. Requisition is easy to get, just capture points across the map and fortify them with listening posts. Power requires you to create power generators, but bases have a limited amount.

Campaign is simple, you pick a race, and you are given a map divided into territories, each territory is provides you honor guard (Elite units to defend your commander) and a planetary requisition bonus (to buy honor guards or defenses for territories, or buildings if you get a specific plot of land) The map is turn based, with you and the 6 other AI going to territories and trying to claim them, when you attack or defend a territory, you are put into a basic RTS battle. If you win, you get/keep the territory, and whatever buildings you made (not research, though) on that territory. You are also rewarded for attacking/defending, allowing you to get wargear for your commander. Your commander can equip new items that can change your playstyle with him/her or simple make them better. Now, the best part of campaign is the stronghold missions, these missions are when you attack another race's main territory, so instead of destroy the enemy HQ, you are presented other tasks, such as destroy these artillery units to stop part of the map being bombarded or kill this commander and get these soldiers to fight for you. Strongholds are very long, hard and entertaining.

The game has a nice selection of races, each filling a playstyle.
Tau = Strong ranged units, good offense
Eldar = Stealth based, fast moving
Orks = Melee swarm
Imperial Guard = Ranged Swarm, great tanks
Space Marines = All around, good melee and ranged
Chaos = Kinda like Space Marines, Melee focused
Necrons = Slow as hell, turtling, but can be near unstoppable when they do attack

Multiplayer and Skirmishing is fun, pretty basic for an RTS but with bots or people, and your own rules.

The graphics and sounds are nice, the graphics show battles in their full glory, with colorful explosions and blood flying from units, and the sound includes powerful gunfire and units yelling in battle. Not much more to be said, the game looks pretty and sounds like war. The soundtrack I do give a shoutout to, its very nicely done.

The only real thing I have a problem with this game is the crashing I get. Sometimes in a match or on the menus my game just freezes up or crashes on me, its not common, but commen enough to add it to this review.

I think RTS or Warhammer fans will really like this game, given you didn't buy it already, 9/10, great game, but some crashing and freezing stops it from being perfect.
Also check out the mods for this game, some of them are very nifty.
Posted: 25 November 2013
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