This is another old review I wrote a long while back.
Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of war is a real time strategy game or RTS created by Games Workshop, Relic and THQ. The game is based on their popular turn based table top game Warhammer 40,000. There have been several Warhammer 40k games before this release but none of them this entertaining and fun.
The game took me several days to beat id say about 20 actual hours of game play on normal difficulty (there are 3 difficulties). This game unlike its predecessors had a solid story line to go along with the carnage and explained why things were happening in the game. The story line keeps you wondering “what’s going to happen next?” a very important aspect.
The games engine was a HUGE improvement over the prior releases by GW. I think one of my favorite parts is how the video turns into game play in one fluid movement of the camera. The graphics are good but not GREAT considering it is a 2006 pc title. I would also say the sound is good decent background music and good in game effects that let you know when someone is attacking. The games structured building was very intuitive as it lets you know what you cant build yet and why, pointing your mouse over an item will tell you its requirements.
Overall I liked this game and was well worth my money. This is what GW always needed in a Warhammer 40k game. The game really makes you think about War 40k’s universe in a more imaginative way. DOW was however not much of a challenge but there are 2 harder difficulty levels and online play making it have very good replay value. I definitely recommend this game for players of Warhammer 40k and any RTS fans.
9/10 Game play