WarHammer 40,000: Dawn of War is a real time strategy game developed by Relic games and first published by THQ, but is now published by SEGA. The game is based on the popular table top game of the same name, minus the Dawn of War subtitle. The game was released on September 20, 2004. The plot depends on which pack you’re playing, as the plot is different.
Graphics-The graphics of each unit is well done and do resemble their minis figures quite nicely. What’s also a plus is that you can create your own faction with the paint mode, and there are plenty of colors to choose from. The scenery being gloomy, war torn, and having earthy colors brings out the best of WarHammer 40,000.
Sound-Despite solid voice acting, the quotes from each of your units gets really annoying after a while, but then again this is crucial because they need your help in making strategic offensive and defensive moves. The soundtrack is also well done and helps bring the atmosphere together even more.
Gameplay-On the outside it may look complicated, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be conquering other factions in no time. The main focus is on capturing requisition points to build up requisition so that you can purchase buildings, units, training, etc. The combat in this game is also well done and each unit knows when to attack and what to attack with. Terrain also plays a vital role in combat as specific terrain can give or take away bonuses. These rules applies to all modes, be it single player, multiplayer or skirmish.
Units-The units in this game are also well done, and each one brings something different to the table. An example would be the Space Marines are balanced in all categories, with no specific strengths or weaknesses. The Eldar have strength in numbers, but aren’t very powerful solo. Packs were later developed to introduce more units to play with.
Advantage-The advantage of having this game is that you don’t have to worry about spending money on minis.
Overall-If you want a strategy game that isn’t very difficult to learn and master, WarHammer 40,000: Dawn of War is your game. You’ll have a lot to choose from, and you won’t play the same game twice.
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