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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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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13 January

Patch Notes and a Quick Community Update


Hello, fans! I wanted to take a quick moment to address our Dawn of War community and provide an update for you all!

First off, I'm very happy to announce that a minor patch that will be going out today. This update addresses a few technical issues, corrects some statistical anomalies and adds minor button functionality to our automatch completed game page.

In addition to this update, we also wanted to let everyone know that we will be building out our community team this year. We've shrunk in size here at Relic - from three people to one - and recognize that we need more assistance to better serve our Dawn of War community! We ask our fans for patience during this time, and are looking forward to introducing you to new staff as they come on!

Patch notes for today's update are as follows:

Dawn of War 2 Titles

Updated build:

ver. 2.6.10236 Dawn of War 2

ver. 2.6.10236 Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising

ver. 3.19.1.10235 Dawn of War 2 Retribution




1. WorldBuilder

  • Resolved crash issues with the Worldbuilder when creating user generated maps.
2. Automatch

  • Can now click “continue” after a ranked game is complete.
3. Statistics

  • Corrected issue where stats were only being recorded when a player conceded or ended a game.
4. Statistics

  • Corrected issue where some achievements would not unlock.

    • i.e. Primarch and other difficulty achievements.

    • i.e. Unlocking Last Stand war gear progression items.
5. Pause

  • Pause/Break Key now functions for Single Player.

  • Pause/Break Key during Replays now function.
6. Lobby/Chat

  • Some behavior with Party Chat and General Chat have been adjusted.

    • i.e. Party Chat isn't automatically selected when entering a party/lobby if the general chat is already open.


Dawn of War 1 Titles


Updated build:

ver. 197807 Dawn of War Game of The Year / Winter Assault

ver. 197806 Dawn of War Dark Crusade

ver. 452 Dawn of War Soulstorm



1. Misc.

  • Resolved some server exception issues.

This update will go live at approximately 11am pacific standard time.

We look forward to a bright year for both the Dawn of War 1 and Dawn of War 2 communities!

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13 January

Patch Notes and a Quick Community Update

Hello, fans! I wanted to take a quick moment to address our Dawn of War community and provide an update for you all!

First off, I'm very happy to announce that a minor patch that will be going out today. This update addresses a few technical issues, corrects some statistical anomalies and adds minor button functionality to our automatch completed game page.

In addition to this update, we also wanted to let everyone know that we will be building out our community team this year. We've shrunk in size here at Relic - from three people to one - and recognize that we need more assistance to better serve our Dawn of War community! We ask our fans for patience during this time, and are looking forward to introducing you to new staff as they come on!

Patch notes for today's update are as follows:

Dawn of War 2 Titles

Updated build:

ver. 2.6.10236 Dawn of War 2

ver. 2.6.10236 Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising

ver. 3.19.1.10235 Dawn of War 2 Retribution




1. WorldBuilder

  • Resolved crash issues with the Worldbuilder when creating user generated maps.
2. Automatch

  • Can now click “continue” after a ranked game is complete.
3. Statistics

  • Corrected issue where stats were only being recorded when a player conceded or ended a game.
4. Statistics

  • Corrected issue where some achievements would not unlock.

    • i.e. Primarch and other difficulty achievements.

    • i.e. Unlocking Last Stand war gear progression items.
5. Pause

  • Pause/Break Key now functions for Single Player.

  • Pause/Break Key during Replays now function.
6. Lobby/Chat

  • Some behavior with Party Chat and General Chat have been adjusted.

    • i.e. Party Chat isn't automatically selected when entering a party/lobby if the general chat is already open.


Dawn of War 1 Titles


Updated build:

ver. 197807 Dawn of War Game of The Year / Winter Assault

ver. 197806 Dawn of War Dark Crusade

ver. 452 Dawn of War Soulstorm



1. Misc.

  • Resolved some server exception issues.

This update will go live at approximately 11am pacific standard time.

We look forward to a bright year for both the Dawn of War 1 and Dawn of War 2 communities!

1 comments Read more

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
87 of 105 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: 16 November, 2014
FAITH IS MY SHIELD
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: 4 November, 2014
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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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: 24 October, 2014
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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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: 14 November, 2014
This Gamw Released in 2006 and is still one of the best RTS games I have ever played.
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12 of 14 people (86%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2,435.1 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
91.4 hrs on record
Posted: 4 November, 2014
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: 7 November, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.3 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: 22 November, 2014
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
254.2 hrs on record
Posted: 6 November, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: 31 August, 2014
Very impressive strategy game. Loved every minute.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: 7 November, 2014
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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
210.1 hrs on record
Posted: 7 October, 2014
Good and fun MP, too bad this game and universe was out manouvered by Blizzard who took everything from W40K and made their "own" with Warcraft...

-Now with the new "non gamespy"-version the LOCAL NETWORK is GONE!
I don't approve because this was an excellent LAN game.

The races are not at all balanced and with that and the missing LAN I want to give it "No" but I can't.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: 21 November, 2014
great game, simple to play with all the brest rts mechanics. brilliant game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.5 hrs on record
Posted: 13 November, 2014
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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1 of 1 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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