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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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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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Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising Review

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

By Tom Dann

Chaos Rising, like most modern games, is split into two very distinct game modes, which makes discussion of an overall experience problematic. The campaign mode will be most players first port of call, however, making it the best place to start. The story picks up shortly after the events of Dawn of War II, and sees the return of the six heroes from that game. The Aurelia Sector, home to the Blood Ravens Chapter of Space Marines, is witness to the reappearance of a long lost planet, along with a distress signal. What follows is an epic tale of betryal and corruption, unfolding through the eyes of the purest warriors in the 40K universe. Read more…

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