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  • Summary: It is ten years since the events of Chaos Rising and Sub-Sector Aurelia has been in a constant state of warfare with the Imperium struggling to retain control. The apparent betrayal of the chapter by Gabriel Angelos and his Space Marines has shaken the Blood Ravens and now the ImperialIt is ten years since the events of Chaos Rising and Sub-Sector Aurelia has been in a constant state of warfare with the Imperium struggling to retain control. The apparent betrayal of the chapter by Gabriel Angelos and his Space Marines has shaken the Blood Ravens and now the Imperial forces are beset on all sides by hostile aliens. Retribution allows the player to select the race of their choosing in a battle to determine the very survival or destruction of the entire sector. Expand
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  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Apr 11, 2011
    92
    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.
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    87
    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.
  3. Mar 22, 2011
    85
    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.
  4. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    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.
  5. PC PowerPlay
    Mar 31, 2011
    80
    This is the expansion pack that Chaos Rising should have been, and essential strategy gaming! [Apr 2011, p.58]
  6. PC Format
    Apr 23, 2011
    79
    Worth grabbing when the price drops. [May 2011, p.92]
  7. Mar 1, 2011
    60
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 58
  2. Negative: 8 out of 58
  1. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2012
    10
    One of the best RTS games I have ever played, it's so good I even bought some of the DLCs, which are generally rip-offs that aren't worth theOne of the best RTS games I have ever played, it's so good I even bought some of the DLCs, which are generally rip-offs that aren't worth the trouble. One of the best features is the game mode , "The Last Stand" which has great replayability and near endless character setups. Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    9
    This is how an expansion is done.

    Pros: Voice acting is great Long time to complete for an expansion (12-14 hours) Graphics may not be much
    This is how an expansion is done.

    Pros:
    Voice acting is great
    Long time to complete for an expansion (12-14 hours)
    Graphics may not be much different from Dawn of War 2 but it is still great
    Get to choose alot of races
    Multiplayer is awesome
    Brings back Requisitions & Power (from Dawn of War 1 but no base building to an extent)

    Cons:
    No matter what faction you choose, the single player campaign maps are the same.

    Overall a gem of a game and one of the best games I've played in 2011
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  4. Nov 30, 2012
    8
    Having played all DOW1 and DOW2 plus DLCs in sequence, Retribution started to get old and downhill. All six race campaigns shared same mainHaving played all DOW1 and DOW2 plus DLCs in sequence, Retribution started to get old and downhill. All six race campaigns shared same main story and it gets boring and repetitive. I finished and enjoyed the Space Marine and Chaos Marine campaigns, but I will not be doing third play-through any time soon, let's say a year or two. I hope Relic Entertainment by now realized it was brilliant to add six races, but what good are they when I am reluctant to go through same map again on third and more play-throughs. Expand
  5. Dec 29, 2014
    7
    It's not the best game in the DoW2 subseries. The elements that made DoW2 campaign are gone with the style from multiplayer for each fractionIt's not the best game in the DoW2 subseries. The elements that made DoW2 campaign are gone with the style from multiplayer for each fraction as a campaign [fairly repetitive and the same for all fractions save for dialogue] and it leaves the story unfinished.

    Still it's a lot of fun, just a bit disappointing at this point of the series.
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  6. Jul 8, 2016
    6
    -: Very very lazy. Seemingly expanding campaign to all factions, which turns out to be the same thing! Even chaos ends up fighting chaos(?!).-: Very very lazy. Seemingly expanding campaign to all factions, which turns out to be the same thing! Even chaos ends up fighting chaos(?!). Similar nonsens as in Dark Crusade. Loot is horrible, missions are few with even less optional ones. I think there is no importing of previous equipment as in Chaos rising.

    +: it is possible to actually recruit units in the campaign and fight with some sort of an army, although the generic units die like flies. Game is really cheap now.
    And not to forget, a really funny ork campaign aand playable baneblade.
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  7. Jan 18, 2015
    0
    Very bad game, one of the worst I've ever played, do not play it if you live, the game sucks, graphics 0, 0 gameplay ..... one word crap
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    Very bad game, one of the worst I've ever played, do not play it if you live, the game sucks, graphics 0, 0 gameplay ..... one word crap
    I'm a bit disappointed with this one.
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