• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2004
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  • Summary: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is a science fiction real-time strategy (RTS) game set in the violent, post-apocalyptic universe of the 41st Millennium. Utilizing the exceptional game design skills of Relic Entertainment, Dawn of War provides an immersive entertainment experience of epicWarhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is a science fiction real-time strategy (RTS) game set in the violent, post-apocalyptic universe of the 41st Millennium. Utilizing the exceptional game design skills of Relic Entertainment, Dawn of War provides an immersive entertainment experience of epic proportions. Command hardened troops, deadly vehicles and high tech weaponry with one goal in mind, the complete extermination of the opposition. Whether you lead Humanity's finest - the Space Marines, the diabolic and villainous traitors of man - the Chaos Space Marines, the brutal and savage beasts - the Orks, or the psychic and technologically advanced alien warriors - the Eldar, you control the action and the fate of your race! [THQ] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. 100
    There's no question that Dawn of War will turn even the meekest, mildest players into bloodthirsty battle addicts.
  2. For all Warhammer 40,000 fans, you'll find a sumptuous, satisfying look at the age of war, with units that are both familiar and completely faithful, including the impressive Avatar of Khaine. Those of us that are RTS fans will find a game that has some deep gameplay elements, furious action, and absolutely gorgeous art design.
  3. 90
    Relic Entertainment's latest effort does most of the usual RTS things right -- well-balanced, good-looking, deep multiplayer game, all that -- but what sets it apart is how good it looks and sounds while it's doing them.
  4. There’s not much here that’s new, but at least it’s accomplished, and has been put together with style.
  5. Dawn of War's tremendous unit design and the resulting balance makes for some addictive, tactical gameplay. The limited campaign isn’t very long, and, more importantly, isn’t very interesting, but crushing online foes and battling the computer is a blast.
  6. It's charm which cements Dawn of War in the affections. In fact, it charms so casually that the contrary parts of the gaming world will just lazily dismiss it as a bimbo. It really isn't. Charm lures us in, but there's enough happening upstairs to keep it firmly in our affections.
  7. Playing over a LAN without the headaches associated with internet play can be a blast, either in head to head, teamplay, or grouping against those vicious computer opponents.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. Chimp
    Sep 11, 2004
    10
    If you enjoyed starcraft, you will LOVE this game. if you play 40k tabletop, this is the PERFECT pc version of that. im not going to goIf you enjoyed starcraft, you will LOVE this game. if you play 40k tabletop, this is the PERFECT pc version of that. im not going to go explaining all its features but lets just say it takes an excellent RTS base thats simple and makes sense, with amazing battles that can be viewed from any angle, and it does this perfectly to the tabletop game, i.e., giving squads heavy weapons, attaching characters, etc. NOTE: you need one hell of a good PC to run this game so it looks as good as the screenshots and runs perfectly. Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2012
    10
    One of the best (if not the best) game I ever played. Got clever design features which make the game really nervous at all stage, whereOne of the best (if not the best) game I ever played. Got clever design features which make the game really nervous at all stage, where numerous RTS you might stay in your base until you have a big army. Best translation of Warhammer ever. Epic animations who make want to watch replays on and on. 9 factions in total with the extensions. Great in multiplayer or in Skirmish vs IA (especially with Dawn of Skirmish Mod). Best RTS game ever. Expand
  3. AntoninusC.
    Sep 29, 2004
    10
    Without a doubt the best 40k PC game ever, they got the feel right, it looks right, and plays right. On a par with StarCraft as a uber Without a doubt the best 40k PC game ever, they got the feel right, it looks right, and plays right. On a par with StarCraft as a uber quality RTS. Well done to the Relic team, but really, what else do we expect :) Expand
  4. EvaH.
    Jan 4, 2009
    10
    One of the best games ever, only lacks more than one playable party in single player campaign. But hey, just get the expansion packs and you One of the best games ever, only lacks more than one playable party in single player campaign. But hey, just get the expansion packs and you can play them all! Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2013
    10
    This is the 2nd BEST rts game i´ve ever played( Company Of Heroes being my favorite). The whole game feels balanced and i have never seen aThis is the 2nd BEST rts game i´ve ever played( Company Of Heroes being my favorite). The whole game feels balanced and i have never seen a single bug in the time i´ve been playing it. The story is great, the skirmish is fantastic and with the other expansion packs you will never want to leave it. As it is an old game it is very cheap and easy to get hold of for less than 10 pounds. i am really recommending this for anyone how have played or like rts games. Expand
  6. CrazyMonkey
    Sep 17, 2006
    9
    If any game was meant for expansion pack it this one if you get additied to any game it should be this one! The best game I've played in years.
  7. Apr 11, 2017
    2
    Ce serait un jeu très sympathique s'il ne croulait pas sous les bugs (unités qui n'obéissent pas, capacités qui ne s'activent pas) et siCe serait un jeu très sympathique s'il ne croulait pas sous les bugs (unités qui n'obéissent pas, capacités qui ne s'activent pas) et si l'interface n'était pas aussi perfectible. La vue du champ de bataille n'est pas assez éloignée et l'ensemble exige une micro-gestion permanente particulièrement soûlante. L'environnement est aussi bien trop torturé avec des impasses et des obstacles (naturels ou non), ce qui ajoute au bordel ambiant déjà bien assez bordélique comme ça.

    Dommage, car ça n'a pas trop vieilli graphiquement et le principe des points stratégiques à capturer est intéressant mais faute de rigueur suffisante dans la jouabilité et la finition, Dawn of War s'avère être une merde de plus dans le genre surabondant de la stratégie en temps réel. Signalons une musique agréable mais une VF très caricaturale pour ne pas dire ridicule : il faut dire que c'est aussi l'esprit de la licence Warhammer, un jeu de plateau bas de plafond et bas du front.
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