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

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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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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
32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: 16 November
FAITH IS MY SHIELD
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
16.2 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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10 of 10 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
304.4 hrs on record
Posted: 12 July
Even in death.I still surf
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
71.8 hrs on record
Posted: 5 July
Because stealthing a death pyramid is balanced.
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9 of 12 people (75%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: 4 August
I thought the first game was the peak. the expansion Winter Assault was good but is short length hurt it quite a bit.
(I am also a die-hard 40k fan, so I am also a little bias in the review, you have been warned)

This game however far out-classes all before it (and to an extent after it).
The addition of two new playable factions, those being the Tau (Space commies with Mech suits and angry rooster people) and my personal favorite faction in all of 40k, The Necrons (Spooky scary skeleton robots), of course all the previous factions return with a new unit or two (Imperial guard get weapon teams, Chaos now lets you turn your lord into a daemon prince, etc)

This game also adds a new between-battle map screen where you can upgrade your commader, train an honor guard, reniforce captured provinces and, of course, attack your enemy. Most of the battles are just basic multiplayer style skirmishs against the computer (with the exception of some missions that give you a space port or a daemons fury) but, in the heart of the enemy lines, there is a more mission based level, much like the previous games, that if you can conquer, that faction will be removed from the game, an you'll most likly get a wargear out of it too.

Out of all the 40k games I have played, this is probably the best and most lore faithful (with the exception of the necron/human mix the Parias, they're gone now), sure it plays nothing like the table-top game, but lets be honest here. If it did play like 40k table top, the game would be alot slower and several hundred dollars more costly (But no less awsome)

8.5/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: 26 November
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
114.7 hrs on record
Posted: 17 August
I love Dark Crusade, There is nothing like watching the Righteous Adeptus Astrates take on the forces of Chaos and primitive fools, And the eldar ofcourse.
This game will get your blood boiling and the blood running, I recommend you get the zoom out mod, Other than that, The game is damn near perfect, Seeing massive armies decimate one another in glorious combat.
I have beat the campaign as most races, All but necrons and chaos, it never gets old, But even better is the skirmish maps, Me and my friend once had a 4 hour battle against two tough AIs, I was Space Marine, He was imperial Guard, He gave me artillery cover while my Adeptus Astrates decimated wave after wave of Eldar and IG, over 40,000 must have died, It was glorious like no other game can be.

15/10 Must buy if you like brutal massive warfare RTS games.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 18 August
I could get steamrolled by necrons all day long and still be okay with it. 14/10

BEST CAMPAIGN EVER
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: 8 July
I played this for hundreds of hours when it came out, I only recently was able to get my boxed copy transferred to Steam though (thanks Sega Support!) anyway, I wanted to let everyone know how great the Dawn of War series is, especially Dark Crusade. As a fan of RTS games and Warhammer, I had to get Dawn of War, and I am glad I did. To this day the Dawn of War series is one of, if not my most favorite RTS series out there. If you are even remotely interested in the game I urge you to look further, there are alot of different Dawn of War games you can buy, I am sure that if your taking the time to read this review you will at least find one of the Dawn of War games to your liking!

Dark Crusade, like all the "standalone expansions" of the Dawn of War series, adds new maps, a new single player campaign, and one of more new races to choose from. Dark Crusade itself adds playable Necron, and Tau Races, and an Overhauled single player campaign experience. Overall though, I have got to say out of the 4 original Dawn of War games, DoW, Winter Assault, Dark Crusade, and Soulstorm, I think Dark Crusade was my most favorite. I however am not counting any of the Dawn of War 2 games in that decision, as I have not played them all. In the end, I hope my Review has helped you decide whatever you where interested in, good luck in finding what game is right for you!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
155.6 hrs on record
Posted: 8 December
Good game, recommended. Such review much wow
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: 21 December
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: 18 October
great game
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: 2 August
tau arent weak

11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.7 hrs on record
Posted: 27 June
Honestly one of my favorite games and I am glad that the multiplayer isn't dead any longer!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: 24 June
I remember my childhood love for the table top game and when I hit that huge monetary barrier when I was younger I was incredibly discouraged. Then I found DoW and it just rekindled everything that I loved about Games Workshop's grim dark fantasy sci-fi universe. I played the games for a long time and thanks to a recent steam sale have picked them back up and am not only rediscovering my love for this series, but I have a whole new respect for the depth of the game and the level of detail to be found.

A great game that I'd whole-heartedly reccomend to lovers of Warhammer, lovers of RTS games, and anyone interested in enjoying a quality game.
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