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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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Includes 27 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, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution, 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

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
106 of 106 people (100%) found this review helpful
168 products in account
4 reviews
182.1 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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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
110 products in account
1 review
68.2 hrs on record
A cut above DoW: II
Posted: 1 December 2013
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
20 products in account
1 review
361.8 hrs on record
Fun, replayable, and tons of online. Good all around. 8/10 for me.
Posted: 26 November 2013
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
51 products in account
3 reviews
24.5 hrs on record
This is a great game, past its time. The single player campaign is rather bothersome, the army painter is totally rad, and multiplayer is very intense and competitive with a high skill ceiling, if you can find a match.
Posted: 30 November 2013
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
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1 review
120.4 hrs on record
If I had to pick a single RTS from my collection to recommend to a friend, or really anyone with a remote fancy for strategy, destruction, and all out war, it would be this one. Dark Crusade was the expansion DoW needed; adding both the Necrons and the Tau, two races unprecedented in their leels of badassery, and a smattering of new maps that outshine anything you played on in the previous DoW releases. Chaos still steamrolls & Imp Gaurd are still silly, but whether you're a fan of 40k or just the great genre that is Real Time Strategy, DoW Dark Crusade belongs in your collection.
Posted: 16 December 2013
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