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Dawn of War II: Retribution Review

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

By Tom Dann

Retribution – Noun. The act of punishing or taking vengeance for wrongdoing, sin, or injury.

In the Warhammer 40,000 Universe, as it quickly becomes clear, there’s plenty of wrongdoing, and therefore plenty of vengeance. As Obi-Wan Kenobi preaches, truths depend greatly on points of view, and, in Warhammer 40,000, there are a lot of points of view: Retribution is the first Dawn of War II game that lets players command any faction throughout the single player campaign. The game is the next chapter in the increasingly complex story of the Blood Ravens Chapter of Space Marines, which is interwoven with the stories of several other factions and characters. There are plot threads here that link back to the very first Dawn of War game in 2004, which is satisfying for those who have followed the series closely, but could prove daunting for newcomers. Read more…

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Shogun 2: Total War Demo Impressions

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

By Tom Dann

Total War games have always looked great. Environments are attractive, and individual units look good, especially considering just how many of them there are. But the Total War games have always very much been about function over form: while the games visual assets are impeccably recreated, there’s never been that little extra something, the little details or creative flairs, to set them apart. Shogun 2 changes all of that. Read more…

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Dawn of War II: Retribution Multiplayer Preview

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

By Tom Dann

Dawn of War II: Retribution will be the second expansion for Relic’s 2009 Sci-Fi RTS. The game follows the template the original Dawn of War set out: several expansions gradually adding new races and units from the incredibly rich Warhammer 40,000 background. Retribution’s addition to the game is the Imperial Guard, the humans of the 40K universe. Men in 40K are comparatively weak and numerous next to the other races, and consequently rely on big guns and big tanks. The Retribution campaign will follow the model laid out by the Dark Crusade expansion for the original game: a Risk-style map, that must be conquered with your race of choice. This is far more exciting than Dawn of War II’s previous campaigns which, while decent, only let players choose the Space Marines. But the campaign will be reported on elsewhere: the Retribution multiplayer beta has been running for nearly a week now, so while it’s not fully representative of the finished product, it’s giving us a pretty good idea of the changes to expect. Read more…

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