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8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 365 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 365
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  1. Dec 28, 2010
    6
    This game IMHO ruined the single player story line of the Dawn of War series, as it introduced multi-race Campaign, so the story entirely depends on what race you chose, whereas the original had a very good story line that was only made for one race therefore the story was better. But I will admit that this game did increase the replay value and made multiplayer allot better.
  2. WillT.
    Jan 20, 2007
    7
    I will say that I really enjoyed the original DOW. This is also a good game, but the difficulty ramps up too quickly. Instead of using intelligent strategies, the AI just spawns more units. As a result the game bogs down from time to time with the computer just pumping out tons of units. From there it turns into a clicking match. In my experience, this seems to be a particular issue with I will say that I really enjoyed the original DOW. This is also a good game, but the difficulty ramps up too quickly. Instead of using intelligent strategies, the AI just spawns more units. As a result the game bogs down from time to time with the computer just pumping out tons of units. From there it turns into a clicking match. In my experience, this seems to be a particular issue with the Chaos faction. Still, the game is very enjoyable. Expand
  3. May 12, 2017
    5
    Early born child lack limbs and arms.
    Death to the corpse emperor
    Plain vanilla story writing, any fan could easily predict the story about 3 missions into the campaign

    Multiplayer AI resource cheat is real and stupid

    No retreat, units are weak as ants
    Micro intensive and lack auto-cast for units
  4. Jun 6, 2020
    6
    Глубоко под центральной пустыней Кронуса, в обширных сотах туннелей и погребальных камер пробуждается раса Некронов. Много эонов тому назад это были бульвары и площади великого некрополя. Он был построен для погребения останков рас, павших под натиском Некронов. Наконец, и сами Некроны ушли навечно в этот город. За прошедшие миллионы лет песок и камень погребли их, но неудачные раскопкиГлубоко под центральной пустыней Кронуса, в обширных сотах туннелей и погребальных камер пробуждается раса Некронов. Много эонов тому назад это были бульвары и площади великого некрополя. Он был построен для погребения останков рас, павших под натиском Некронов. Наконец, и сами Некроны ушли навечно в этот город. За прошедшие миллионы лет песок и камень погребли их, но неудачные раскопки вновь пробудили бессмертных. Играйте за любую из семи рас, стремящихся к власти над Кронусом. Захватывайте крепости других рас в жарких боях на разнообразных картах, индивидуальных для каждой крепости. Expand
  5. Nov 17, 2018
    6
    Неплохая кампания, если играть за некронов и имперскую гвардию. Очень весело когда-то было.
  6. Jul 3, 2020
    7
    I enjoyed this game as much as the previous 2. Although at first I missed the lack of story, I then got to play the game with just the races I wanted to - Orcs and Necrons. Both play enjoyably differently and it's unusual for me to enjoy a game enough to effectively play through it twice.

    There is a little bit of grind going on, but it's enjoyable all the same.
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 87
    The campaign mode is absolutely interesting and fits wonderfully within the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It's a great beginning to something that we're sure will be bigger and better in the future and provides a ton of gameplay hours and exciting moments.
  2. An enormous amount of top-drawer content for $29.99, and newcomers may rightly mistake it for a full blown sequel. Highly recommended.
  3. 90
    By adding more stuff for you to admire and kill, and more places and ways to do it, Dark Crusade gives the already lively Warhammer RTS universe even more life, personality, blood, and meat. It's a gory, giddy delight, with more depth and gameplay than ever.