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Generally favorable reviews- based on 275 Ratings

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  1. SteveM
    Mar 16, 2010
    10
    Chaos Rising is a great addition to DoW2. The single player campaign is very intense and really refelcts the Warhammer: 40, 000 lore. The RPG elements of it make u attached to ur units and the pursuit of better wargear really has u coming back for more. The option to be evil and become corrupt or noble and stay true to the Space Marines, also adds to the replayability of the SP campaign. Chaos Rising is a great addition to DoW2. The single player campaign is very intense and really refelcts the Warhammer: 40, 000 lore. The RPG elements of it make u attached to ur units and the pursuit of better wargear really has u coming back for more. The option to be evil and become corrupt or noble and stay true to the Space Marines, also adds to the replayability of the SP campaign. The SP campaign has also ditched some of the tedious missions from the original, it has some really unique missions that are the best i've seen since Warcraft 3!!(none of that uninspired "destroy enemy base to win the mission" type stuff, really unique mission designs). l Multiplayer has been imrpoved w/ the addition of Chaos faction, which in itself is a badass and exciting faction to play. All users recieve the new units that come with CR for all the other factions, and the addition of new unis for last stand and free for all MP mode makes this a must have game. Relic is renowned for continuing to support its games after releasing it, unlike other developers, and DoW2 and Company of Heroes are testaments to that fact! Graphics are absolutely gorgeous and u dont need a power house of a computer to enjoy them, its without a doubt the best looking RTS on the market. Sound is exciting and heart thumping & add to the atmosphere. W/ all that said, this is without a doubt the best expansion i've played in ages. If u loved DoW2 this is a must buy, if u love RTS games this is a must buy, and if didnt care for the original it'll definitly suck u in w/ all the additions. Expand
  2. OllieT
    Mar 14, 2010
    8
    As an RTS expansion this is a very good example. although one could be a lil critical as to say why couldnt there have been 2 new armies like the old dawn of war series instead of just chaos. there are plenty of nice additions such as weapons and upgrades. the new level cap feels like it could of been a little bigger than just 10 levels as you get to level 30 pretty fast. its obvious As an RTS expansion this is a very good example. although one could be a lil critical as to say why couldnt there have been 2 new armies like the old dawn of war series instead of just chaos. there are plenty of nice additions such as weapons and upgrades. the new level cap feels like it could of been a little bigger than just 10 levels as you get to level 30 pretty fast. its obvious though that there will more expansions continuing with the blood ravens so a max level 30 is sensible. the corruption mechanics in the game are kinda cool although there arnt that many in game events where ur actions have consequences i would of hoped for more. it feels a lil half arsed. one could also complain at the fact there is no real benefit to keeping ur squads "rightious" where there is a plenty of cool abilities for being evil. i feel that thq have been quite clever in doin this as it makes the path of corruption much more appealing. overall the game is fun and well paced. the missions are all unique unlike dawn of war 2. the story is pretty good and leaves it on a cliff hanger for the next expansion. it you liked the first dawn of war 2 then u will like this. shop around though as it might not be worth the total £30 to some. Expand
  3. AndrewK
    Mar 26, 2010
    9
    This expansion pack to the already great Dawn of War II is (metaphorically) more icing on an expertly crafted cake. Dawn of War II had almost everything I like in video games: strategy, good pacing, character choice, and involving characters. The story in DOW II was good, and Chaos Rising doesn't disappoint in that regard. The new chaos race is a blast to play as and the upgrades to This expansion pack to the already great Dawn of War II is (metaphorically) more icing on an expertly crafted cake. Dawn of War II had almost everything I like in video games: strategy, good pacing, character choice, and involving characters. The story in DOW II was good, and Chaos Rising doesn't disappoint in that regard. The new chaos race is a blast to play as and the upgrades to the other races are very welcome. In the single player, 10 more levels and the corruption system add depth and more choices. So while the campaign is pretty freaking short, it's easily replayable. I guess the shortness of the campaign could be the only weakness in this package, but come on people, it's an expansion pack! A company with a more renowned name might have released something like this as a sequel. Accept it for what it is: an expansion pack. For half the price of a regular game, I say this is a good deal. If you liked Dawn of War II, you will love Chaos Rising. Expand
  4. FrankSauce
    Mar 26, 2010
    10
    Better than Dawn of War 2, shorter but definitely sweeter, and lots new content. Anybody who complains that the 8 - 10 hour campaign is too short (especially for $30!) are just spoiled and can't appreciate how packed and carefully crafted the whole experience feels. Especially if people generally agree that a 4 - 6 hour campaign for Modern Warfare 2 is worth $70.
  5. PeterL
    Mar 24, 2010
    10
    The first game was great, but not worth a 10. However, ever negative element of that game is gone now - singleplayer is more creative, free additions to multiplayer, a new race, and its more balanced than ever. I highly reccomend this game if your computer can run it.
  6. Nov 25, 2010
    10
    Absolutely excellent. Fun game play, more fun from the 40k Dawn of War franchise. If you liked the first one, you'll probably love this one. Great story, great acting, fun game play. imaginative universe fully realized and very enjoyable!
    And best of all, a challenging and climactic ending!
    Enjoy!
  7. Jun 26, 2013
    10
    one of the best strategy games ever !
    i couldn't stop myself at all when i enter it i keep playing as long as i can !
    Relic did Extremely Great Job and i am Really hoping for new Warhammer game (DOW3)
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85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Chaos Rising is the perfect expansion: everything you can expect from an add-on is there. A good single player with a story that follows Dawn of War II and several new things in the multiplayer starting from the new faction, the Chaos. The only negative aspect of the game is that the newcomers may feel it too complex, and only those who have played Dawn of War II will have the complete experience.
  2. PC Gamer
    91
    Not everything is perfect, but you'd earn incompetence points by missing a refined and reduced-price version of Dawn of War II. [May 2010, p.72]
  3. Chaos Rising is about as generous an expansion as you could possibly want. The single-player mode could stand to be a lot bigger, but it's gone to incredible lengths to address the main complaints about Dawn of War II.