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  • Summary: Set in the grim, war-ravaged world of Games Workshop’s vast Warhammer 40,000 science fiction universe, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising transports players into the midst of an intergalactic war between ancient enemies. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising introduces the Chaos Space Marines as a new playable army, continues the single player campaign from the original Dawn of War II, delivers all new wargear and raises the level cap from 20 to 30. Relic Entertainment will also deliver new multiplayer maps and new units for the Orks, Eldar, Tyranids and Space Marines. Veterans of the Dawn of War II single player campaign can use their existing squads’ accumulated wargear, abilities and experience to battle the traitorous Chaos Space Marines of the Black Legion throughout 20 new missions. Newcomers to Dawn of War II will begin the single player campaign with a squad of Space Marines fully equipped to take on the malevolent forces of Chaos. Powerful Chaos tainted wargear can be equipped and used against your enemy, but doing so could lead to dreadful consequences. Will you risk corruption for power? [THQ] Expand
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  1. Positive: 47 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Excellent detail comes through in terms of the characters, items, and environments. Sure, there aren't a lot of different locations, but everything looks great with lots of depth and dimension.
  2. 90
    Chaos Rising is a great first expansion, and while new players looking to try the single-player should start with the original game, it's an instant purchase for those of you looking for some good online RTS mayhem.
  3. The characters are not just puppets and have their own different personalities, which provides Chaos Rising a dramatic tension never seen before in the RTS genre.
  4. Nearly two years after its launch, Relic finally fills the gap that was intentionally left for Chaos Marines in Dawn of War 2. Though if you didn't like the original there's nothing better to find here, Chaos Rising fits perfectly in the Warhammer 40K atmosphere, bringing a unique experience that truly delivers.
  5. The new features and game modes will please both series followers and newcomers.
  6. If you want to get more of the Warhammer 40k story, there is no way around Chaos Rising. Although quite challenging, this game offers good action and story elements.
  7. It lacks enough pure content to be for anyone but Dawn of War fanatics. [May 2010, p.68]

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Jun 26, 2013
    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) Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2010
    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!
  3. Jul 28, 2012
    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
  4. Dec 11, 2012
    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
  5. Feb 3, 2012
    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! Expand
  6. Sep 11, 2010
    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 Expand

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