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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. 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!
  2. SteveM
    Mar 16, 2010
    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
  3. FrankSauce
    Mar 26, 2010
    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. Expand
  4. OllieT
    Mar 14, 2010
    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
  5. JamesJ
    Mar 28, 2010
    The multiplayer additions are brilliant, the new chaos race is incredibly cool, and the two new last stand heroes add new life to the mode. The singleplayer is short, very slow to start, and linear in the worst kind of way. I can't see how anyone could review the SP and come away with a positive rating, because it just doesn't deserve it. There are a couple of action packed missions towards the very end, but where the first campaign relied heavily on tactical strategy and abilities, the chaos campaign relies on drag selecting all your units and flinging them into battle. There's a bit more subtlety, but without the space to flank or cover to hide behind, the experience is mind numbing. Take into account that dow2 players without the expansion received all the new maps and new units for the other four factions free, and there isnt much motivation to buy this game. If you have $30 around and want to play chaos (its an incredibly fun faction) then go ahead and get it, but for everyone else, I'd recommend waiting till they sell the expansion and the original together in a 30$ deal. Expand
  6. 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. Collapse
  7. BrianD
    Mar 20, 2010
    The game is broken and is not able to be completed by many users. There is a bug at the end of the game that causes a crash after a very annoying and long boss fight. If you jump on the Relic forums, you will see 5 pages of people posting about this with no solution from Relic. There is absolutely no point in playing a game that you cannot beat. I can deal with a bug here and there, but this game is broken to the point that it cannot be finished, which is a deal breaker for me. Expand

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