Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
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  1. Mar 4, 2011
    Dawn of War II - Retribution has a well-designed campaign, a fast-paced multiplayer and solid gameplay. It's a generous expansion.
  2. Mar 29, 2011
    The new playable race and nifty multiplayer additions compensate for the disappointingly short, boring campaigns.
  3. Jun 6, 2011
    Developer Relic also seems to be having a lot more fun with the loot this time around, as players can even equip some of their heroes with rare items that sound ridiculous but in practise turn out to be quite awesome. Like a machine gun that has a chance to call in an artillery strike.
  4. 90
    Thankfully, all the fundamentals are sound: From the well-designed campaign, to the fast-paced multiplayer, to the graphics, to the sound, this is a solid, well-constructed title that's sure to be worth your money.
  5. 82
    For those who never played a Warhammer 40K : Dawn of War 2 title, Retribution is a very good introduction, giving access to all six factions and an improved multiplayer mode, from a technical standpoint. For the veterans, however, the novelties may be a bit too superficial and the campaigns may disappoint those who appreciated Chaos Rising.
  6. Mar 14, 2011
    The fast paced action, smooth gameplay and variety of units provide a much needed boost to the single player game play of the series. Even with some minor annoyances with the menus and on some loading screens the overall game makes up for it in spades, especially at a reasonable price tag on Steam.
  7. Mar 2, 2011
    It's hard not to recommend Retribution. You're getting a standalone experience with an exceptionally large amount of replayability, depending on how into Warhammer 40,000 you are. And even if you ultimately only touch one of the campaigns, try out the multiplayer for a bit, and dabble in The Last Stand, it's worth picking up.
  8. Edge Magazine
    May 8, 2011
    The choice to bring six armies to the pretend tabletop leaves Retribution short on one playthrough, but overflowing with things to do in comparison with its predecessors. [May 2011, p.95]
  9. Mar 4, 2011
    And there's the trade-off: the tight, narrative flow of Chaos Rising may be gone, but in its place, there's enormous diversity, and more toys than you could possibly hope for in a £20, standalone expansion.
  10. Mar 8, 2011
    Despite a single player campaign that tends to reapeat itself for every faction, the multiplayer experience and the price are more than enough reasons to convince you to play Retribution.
  11. 70
    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution manages to be a good expansion, continuing what has been done well in this franchise. There are many missions, many races, many customization options for the units and lots of action and chaos.
  12. Mar 8, 2011
    A great expansion (that you can play without having the original game) designed for Warhammer and Dawn of War II fans, but also a great entry point for people new to the franchise.
  13. Mar 14, 2011
    Despite being priced as an expansion, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution delivers a full experience with a solid campaign. However, at the moment the multiplayer leaves much to be desired, with poor architecture and weak matchmaking.
  14. Apr 1, 2011
    If you're still playing Dawn of War II, or if you're a fan of the Imperial Guard, Retribution is practically a no-brainer. If you're a fan of Warhammer 40,000 or the real-time strategy genre, now's a great time to get started, since Retribution is a standalone game with access to everything from the first two Dawn of War II games, save for their campaigns. Either way, it's a return for one of real time strategy's great names, and certainly worth your time and dollar if you've got any interest in following more of the story of Subsector Aurelia.
  15. Mar 7, 2011
    Unless you're going to dive into multiplayer, though, Retribution is a mediocre expansion pack even though the base gameplay is still quite good.
  16. Mar 15, 2011
    Should you buy Retribution? It really depends. Are you a fan of either the previous games or the tabletop game on which they're based? If so, then chances are, you will enjoy this entry enough to justify the modest $30 price tag. For those new to the franchise, however, I would advise getting Dawn of War 2 instead, which is by far the better experience and often cheaper, as well.
  17. Mar 8, 2011
    This expansion is certainly geared towards satisfying long-time fans instead of bringing new people into the mix. However, if you're just looking for a fun multiplayer RTS experience, then you won't be disappointed.
  18. Mar 4, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  19. Mar 22, 2011
    The combination of the RTS and action RPG elements into a new, hybrid game work beautifully here, making this the most successful (so far) iteration of the experiment Relic began with DoW II. It wonʼt appeal to hardcore strategy enthusiasts, but then itʼs not trying to.
  20. Mar 1, 2011
    But the bottom line is that buying Retribution is just paying for a new faction and not much else. It's a great faction, to be sure, but beyond that, it's a damn shame that Relic squanders their energy on frippery like the silly campaign when important issues like the AI remain unresolved.
  21. Apr 14, 2011
    Retribution is a solid stand alone expansion that I would have no problem paying $50 for... and it retails for $30.
  22. 70
    In some ways, Retribution feels like a step backward for the series, turning its back on some of the points that made Dawn of War 2 stand out from more traditional RTS games. It's not a bad game by any means, its just not as good as its predecessors.
  23. 70
    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 - Retribution is probably the best game in the Warhammer 40K universe to date. It's just a little bit hard to enjoy everything when it's tormented with bugs and flaws.
  24. Mar 14, 2011
    The best Dawn of War II expansion and an excellent value. For $30, you get a solid campaign, tons of multiplayer maps, and the so-much-fun-it-should-be-illegal Last Stand mode, all wrapped up in a beautiful package.
  25. Apr 11, 2011
    It's nothing revolutionary as far as Dawn of War II goes, but six excellent campaigns and great gameplay make this a must for both Warhammer 40K and RTS fans.
  26. Mar 1, 2011
    A new fraction, fresh units, additional multiplayer maps and an extensive single-player campaign with a high replayability factor- to describe Retribution only as a simple extension verges on insult.
  27. Mar 7, 2011
    That said, I like a lot of what Relic has done here in both opening up the campaign a bit and finally giving the basic grunts of the Imperial Guard their time in the sun.
  28. Mar 8, 2011
    This stand-alone expansion is the best iteration of Dawn of War II yet.
  29. Mar 9, 2011
    For a standalone expansion pack, Retribution does pretty much everything right; it has a ton of content, and it makes that content more accessible and more fun than it was in DoW2, although it's still probably not going to appeal to gamers who are fans of a more traditional, gather-build-rush RTS formula.
  30. Mar 15, 2011
    Dawn of War II - Retribution is not a genre-beater; it has its issues. But none of its niggles stop it from being a great RTS romp. It still offers that unique Dawn of War II experience, deep strategy, interesting (although repetitive) missions and is one hefty standalone package for the $30 asking price.
  31. Apr 4, 2011
    Calling Retribution an addon is almost an insult. This new episode offers not only new units and missions, but six single player campaigns, lots of improvments and a fully fledged multiplayer game. That's more than some full-price games.
  32. Mar 11, 2011
    Mixes up the series' gameplay fundamentals in interesting ways without fouling up what makes it unique, reinvigorating the multiplayer game in process. It's a remarkably ambitious standalone expansion, and at a mere $30, it's a great introduction to those who've yet to take up arms.
  33. Mar 9, 2011
    It may be based on a two-year-old game, but Retribution looks, sounds, and plays brilliantly and is virtually impossible not to recommend.
  34. Mar 25, 2011
    With a great single-player campaign including six fully-playable races, Retribution once again scores a win for the venerable series.
  35. Jun 6, 2011
    Beyond that though there isn't much to say about Retribution. It builds on and enhances many aspects of the previous games while still using the same game engine. The graphics and sound quality are the same as they've ever been so it's really all about the gameplay changeups. The game unequivocally succeeds in giving people more of what they love but there is the real danger of stagnation here. The next games are going to have to do something impressive if they want to continue wowing gamers with each release.
  36. Mar 25, 2011
    The newest add-on doesn't introduce any revolutionary changes, but sums up the game's evolution well by offering an immersive single player campaign as well as a great multiplayer mode. And since Retribution is a standalone product, it is also a great game for people who want to begin their journey into the world of Dawn of War II.
  37. Feb 25, 2011
    It makes warfare into something violently beautiful, and pays homage to the nerdy lore that Warhammer fans like me can't get enough of.
  38. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 22, 2011
    It is surprising how fun it can be just dull mouse clicking, lots of violence, blood and death mingle in shadowy battles with soundtrack of stunning explosions and endless exchanges of energetic projectiles. [Issue#203]
  39. Mar 10, 2011
    If you already have the core game and first expansion and are satisfied with them, there may not be enough new here to entice you into buying. But if you want to finish out the story of Sub-Sector Aurelia, or you want to try out a different race, or if you just can't get enough, Retribution is a steal at $30.
  40. Mar 9, 2011
    Stays true to its previous releases without compromising on innovation. The developers have chosen to resemble the campaign mode more like multiplayer games and this leads to awesome confrontations. To this we must add the new faction, Imperial Guard, and the possibility to play the campaign with any of the 6 standing armies. Bound for fans of the franchise and lovers of fast-paced RTS.
  41. Mar 10, 2011
    The pace of innovation is only fractionally slower in the second expansion to Relic's superb action strategy, with plenty to entertain new fans and old.
  42. Mar 9, 2011
    Perhaps it has something less than the previous add-on but the new campaign and the new race are something no Dawn of War II fan can miss.
  43. Mar 17, 2011
    Through a combination of great storytelling, a user-friendly interface and gameplay so fun that it'll keep players entertained for hours on end, Dawn of War II – Retribution offers both new fans and veteran players with a compelling reason to delve into the action.
  44. PC Format
    Apr 23, 2011
    Worth grabbing when the price drops. [May 2011, p.92]
  45. PC Gamer
    Mar 24, 2011
    The short campaign isn't as replayable as it should be, but Retribution's three bloody modes each offer great combat options. [April 2011, p.68]
  46. Mar 1, 2011
    Exactly what Dawn of War 2 needed: a generous dose of variety, options, and vicious silliness. play through it at least twice.
  47. PC Games (Russia)
    Apr 8, 2011
    An example of an add-on the way it should be, Retribution is even more engaging than the original game. [May 2011, p.97]
  48. PC PowerPlay
    Mar 31, 2011
    This is the expansion pack that Chaos Rising should have been, and essential strategy gaming! [Apr 2011, p.58]
  49. May 5, 2011
    Another good stand-alone expansion from Relic, that once again manage to convince players with a quality product set in Warhammer 40.000's universe.
  50. Mar 4, 2011
    Dawn of War II keeps improving and shining. It is a game which will be liked both by seasoned strategy players and also newcomers.
  51. Mar 10, 2011
    There's a lot of choice to be had for your money, but the campaign feels a little bland compared to its predecessors, and the idea of repeating it over and over for each of the six races is hardly a pleasant one.
  52. Apr 26, 2011
    For the price of thirty bucks Dawn of War II - Retribution is absolutely a must buy. This expansion is packed with enough content to be a game of its own.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 241 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 59
  2. Negative: 8 out of 59
  1. Mar 1, 2011
    Unlike a RTS such as Starcraft, Dawn of war is better because of it is affordable for it's content ($30 USD and $35-ish in Canadian in storesUnlike a RTS such as Starcraft, Dawn of war is better because of it is affordable for it's content ($30 USD and $35-ish in Canadian in stores I believe). It has a great re-playable campaign with six different races (Imperial Guard, Blood Ravens, Tyranids, Orks, Eldar and Chaos). So far I have only played Imperial Guard and Eldar campaigns and have finished neither in the time I have had to play it. The DLC Last Stand adds a unique twist the multiplayer making you manipulate your individual heroes rather then small armies and using teamwork to achieve victory. The micromanagement of your armies is way more challenging than RTS involving mass-Spam/Suicide *Cough Cough* Starcraft 2. If you're new to the game series you will have to get used to things like Unit facing, the easy to use cover system, and the tech-up system. Another more important thing is the immense strategy involved, if you have a sniper and they have a lot of infantry it willl help you win fights, However if they have armoured vehicles and you do not you are most likely finished. If you are finishing off the series like I am and all three, one of the most notable differences is the generals added into multiplayer game play that and not more windows live (The loss of xbox achievements makes me a bit sad). If you are still reluctant to get it, I think you will be missing out. Relic took a new approach on this game in hopes of picking up first time buyers and I hope more people will be willing to play this great RTS. Note: Please first time buyers do not get this mistaken as a spin of starcraft, The 40K had the concept of space marines way before starcraft was even created. Overall I think this RTS deserves a 10/10 for affordiblity, graphics and gameplay. Full Review »
  2. Oct 8, 2011
    Retribution adds a lot to the already exisiting multiplayer in the form of a new faction, new units and overall improved balance. On the costRetribution adds a lot to the already exisiting multiplayer in the form of a new faction, new units and overall improved balance. On the cost of this, the single player takes a large hit and is reduced from a story driven tale of heroics, down to simple cookie cutter maps with loot, where the story is just down right bad. But, this is okay. The game instead turns the focus to multiplayer (and the developers are currently busy balancing and tweaking further to make the game better), where Starcraft 2 revolves around a lot of macro-management, Retribution takes that entire part away and fully embraces a focus on micro-management, where you use few units to accomplish great tasks. I won't lie, from a difficulty point of view, this game is a lot easier than other RTS' in multiplayer as soon as you get used to it. However, up until then, you will be punished a lot for mistakes. Overall: Great multiplayer game, great soundtrack, good graphics and well made. + the developers are still working to make it better, which is always a plus. Full Review »
  3. Mar 2, 2011
    Excellent game! It is a stand alone, so you do not need the original or chaos rising to play. I haven't tried the multi-player, and I don'tExcellent game! It is a stand alone, so you do not need the original or chaos rising to play. I haven't tried the multi-player, and I don't intend to, so my rating isn't based on any part of that. You get to play the campaign with any of the races, which is excellent. That is one of the things I didn't like about the prior games. There is also a new system for recruiting troops while on the battle field. Similar to playing a single player, non-campaign game. You no longer have to collect war supplies, or health supplies or any of that. All of these items use the squad/hero's energy instead. The supplies in the crates are replaced by requisition and energy, which you use to recruit troops or upgrade heroes. The only thing I really hit it on, is that the campaign is a little short. Not a big deal, as there are five of them, I just sorta wanted to play the Space Marines a little bit longer. Great game! Ignore the 60 over there on Critic reviews. I have no idea what GamePro is thinking. Full Review »