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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 245 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 15 out of 245

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  1. Dec 11, 2012
    6
    The campaign for this expansion is superior gameplay-wise to the original DOW2's, albeit shorter. However it's still the same multiplayer (same awful matchmaking, no base management, etc.) so if you didn't enjoy DOW2 MP you won't like this any better. I love Chaos and all but I still prefer the original DOW because of its base management and faction diversity. Worth picking up if you liked DOW2 but won't win any new fans to the franchise. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2012
    8
    Chaos Rising continues where Dawn of War 2 left off but leaves something behind in the process. It still attains the same quality and RTS/RPG-hybrid gameplay and even adds some new twists and turns which keep the game interesting but do cause the game to become slightly repetitive because of its more linear storyline and a lack of new unit types to play with. Now that the Tyranid threat has been dealt with, Chaos is introduced and instead of deciding what planets to save from the Tyranid threat, the player finds himself weighing the pros and cons of using "corrupted" items and performing "corrupted" deeds that will steer the squads away from purity and onwards to new, game-altering abilities. On top of that, a new unit called a "Librarian" is introduced which focuses heavily on casting offensive and defensive spells and the level cap has been raised to 30. Players are also allowed to import their old squads (and a part of their equipment) from a Dawn of War 2 campaign in order to play on with their old outfit. And if you're not satisfied with that setup, the game allows you to re-roll all your stats after the first mission. Loot rates have dropped drastically but that makes the lure of corrupted items all the stronger. A must-play for those who have played Dawn of War 2 as it is basically a continuation of the story. Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2012
    3
    The multiplayer is dead and it uses windows live. The campaign is fun but beyond that there's really nothing past that in this game. thank god i bought it on sale!
  4. 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)
  5. 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!
  6. Sep 11, 2010
    0
    This game holds none of the key elements of the table top game it is based after. The first dawn of war followed close with the elements and properly gave you the real felling of an rts as well as the table top game. All this game is an RPG placed under the wrong name and genre
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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. 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.