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WarHammer 40,000: Dawn of War II review

The hero selection screen.
The hero selection screen.Ken Kriho

WarHammer 40K: Dawn of War II

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WarHammer 40K: Dawn of War II is a real time strategy game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by the defunct THQ. The game was released on February 19, 2009. The story varies as there were two expansion packs, Chaos Rising and Retribution, as part of Dawn of War II, and all three games have a different plot.

WarHammer 40K: Dawn of War II title
WarHammer 40K: Dawn of War II titleKen Kriho

Graphics-As expected, the graphics were updated to include ragdoll physics and cleaner looking character models, and it worked in this game’s favor. The war torn atmosphere and scenery was retained from the first game and the results look even better. Speaking of scenery, the environment is less durable as some objects can be toppled over in order to make room for movement.

Sound-The soundtrack isn’t as impressive as the first, and the voice acting is average.

Gameplay-As a whole, the gameplay remains the same, but this game underwent a makeover, and there were some sacrifices made. The first example would be there’s less concentration on building structures. This works because this allows the player to focus more on their units capturing points. The second favorable mechanic is that now you have a leader for each unit, and each provides their own abilities. This does add some depth to the gameplay, but it would’ve been better if they were a part of recruitment. The third favorable and first unfavorable mechanic is that experience points are rewarded for kills. It makes sense for the leaders to gain levels, but units? This doesn’t for units because if the whole squad is dead, you’ll have to start all over again. The second unfavorable mechanic is restoring units that were killed. In the first game, if you need units, one click of a button, and in a few seconds, another unit appears. In this game, in order to restore units, you’ll have to retreat all the way back to base and then restore your units. This wastes both time and resources, especially if your units are suppressed.

Changes-The vast majority of the changes this game made did this game a huge favor. While some were taken away, it was for the better.

Overall-Dawn of War II isn’t a terrible game, but with so many features removed that made the first game great, this game however doesn’t quite match the first game’s gameplay.

Score: 3/5

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