Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War Gold Edition

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Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War Gold Edition

FEATURED Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War Gold Edition

  • Dawn of War Game of the Year Edition, plus Winter Assault expansion pack
  • RTS game based on tabletop war game; additional maps and online modes
  • Vie for humankind’s survival or its ultimate destruction; 4 unique races
  • Expansion pack introduces entirely new race, The Imperial Guard
  • Single-player campaigns; 2 to 8 multiplayer via LAN or Internet

“Ten thousand years have passed since the treasonous acts of Chaos toppled the Golden Age of mankind. Fires burn brightly throughout the galaxies, illuminating carnage and slaughter as mankind defends itself from ancient enemies. Hardened forces collide with one goal in mind, the complete extermination of their opposition. “Game of the Year” developer, Relic Entertainment, brings the world’s most successful table-top war game to the PC. Control one of five unique races in head-to-head or cooperative multiplayer action, where faith, skill, and strategy are requisites in ruling the universe. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Gold Edition presents the most exciting, visceral, frontline battlefield ever seen in a Real Time Strategy game with “Game of the Year” Dawn of War and “Expansion Pack of the Year” Winter Assault combined in one package.”

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  1. 42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent PC adaptation of the tabletop classic, Warhammer 40K!, March 31, 2006
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    Valnastar “Man With No Name” (Deep 13, USA) –
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War Gold Edition (Video Game)

    This package contains both the “Game of the Year” edition of Dawn of War plus the Winter Assault expansion pack.

    This “Game of the Year” edition of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (DoW) contains new battle maps, online features and an observer mode to enhance what was already a terrific RTS computer game. Each of the four races in the game look and behave as one would expect from Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 (aka 40K) universe. The Eldar are graceful and cultured in their speech and appearance (think High Elves in space), performing marvelous acrobatic moves in combat. Orks are brutal, awkward and ramshackle in their appearance and gait, Chaos Marines and their demonic minions are dark, cruel and monstrous while regular Space Marines (enhanced humans) are very industrial and all business. The animations in combat are so good you’ll want to play some skirmishes on easy difficulty so that you can take your time looking close up at the individual fighting using the fully moveable 3D camera. There are even special “sync-kill” animations when certain creatures destroy each other. For example, when the Space Marine Commander kills a gigantic Bloodthirster (huge winged demon), the animation sequence is one of the most spectacular in the game!

    The skirmish option offers both single and multiplayer modes with many different battle maps from which to choose. This offers near limitless permutations, providing tons of replayability. The campaign is a wee bit linear and not overly challenging, but is loads of fun, has an entertaining story and can be completed by all players regardless of skill level. Difficulty level settings can be used in both campaign and skirmish play to make the game more or less challenging as desired.

    The voice acting and music are quite good in DoW and enhance play enormously. The game is highly evocative of the dark, gothic feel of the 40K miniatures game produced by Games Workshop (GW).

    Resource gathering is used as is expected in an RTS game, but it is very simple and does not occupy an enormous amount of game time. The emphasis of DoW is all on the action and combat! Resources are gathered by capturing strategic points and critical locations on the battle map. Capture more territory and more resources will be available to you to complete your research and build your army.

    Note that the expansion pack for this game, Winter Assault, provides players with even more maps and options, as well as a new fully playable army, The Imperial Guard. The Winter Assault campaign can be played from either of two points of view, “order” or “chaos,” and involves a war against CPU controlled Necrons! Skirmish mode, as in the original Dawn of War, adds a lot of replayability value to the game, with many different battle maps and play combinations. Play any of five armies, play with allies or play free-for-all, and that’s not counting multiplayer mode!

    Between trying to hear all the fun voice acting, see all the great animations, and actually playing the game, Dawn of War Gold Edition will keep you busy and enthralled for many hours. “Let the galaxy burn!”

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  2. 29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Must Have RTS, April 24, 2006
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    Micheal Mathews (Woodbrige, VA, USA) –
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War Gold Edition (Video Game)

    Dawn of War is, in my opinion, one of the best Real Time Strategy games ever.

    For those who dont know what a real time strategy is;

    It’s a strategy game, (think chess or stratego)where players dont take turns but rather move their pieces simultaneously across the board or battle field. This results in the necessity to think very quickly and excersise strategies on the fly.

    While a lot of Real Time Strategy or RTS games force the players to micro-manage resources in order to maintain/strengthen and increase their army, Dawn of War allots resources based on the capture and control of key points located on the field of battle.

    This is what really sets the game apart from others of it’s kind.

    Rather than spend time making sure your pawns are gathering wood or gold, time can be devoted to focusing on the battle at hand and reassessing strategies as well as managing attacks and tactical retreats.

    I would strongly recommend that a parent play the game before allowing younger children to play, while it is an excellent mental excersize, the game is set in a futuristic war and can be pretty grisly, blood can be turned off however and bodies can be set to dissapear as soon as they’re defeated rather than lay strewn across the landscape.

    The expansion pack included with the Gold Version includes and all new single player campaign as well as a whole new playable team or “race”. Each Race has it’s own individual strengths and weakness so learning these and exploiting them as a commander can be key in beating the game or winning against friends.

    The game is also set to have another expansion in the near future that will add 2 more races to the roster for a total of 7 different armies to choose from.

    The fighting is excellent and features some of the most intricate animations you’ll see in any RTS, special attacks and deaths will happen at random giving the battles a sense of realism and really showcase the loving attention that went into the game.

    The graphics are great and while they wont stack up to some of the newer titles being released they still give the game a great sense of atmosphere and individuality.

    The online community is not as large as a few others but I’m the kind of player who prefers to play with close friends or against the computer anyway, since online communities can tend to get pretty immature and aggravating.

    Again if you like strategy games or Real Time Strategy game this one is worth your time and money. I’ve been playing the game for about a year and a half now and have yet to get tired of it.

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