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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 RisingSet 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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Score distribution:
  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. PC Format
    90
    An excellent expandalone that irons out many of the original's flaws and adds some welcome variation to the equation. [June 2010, p.97]
  3. 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.
  4. Chaos Rising is a good add-on. The story is strong, we like the choices you can make in the missions and there is even more variation in the missions then there was in the original Dawn of War II.
  5. 84
    The new features and game modes will please both series followers and newcomers.
  6. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising offers quite a bit in this expansion. It is an enjoyable and action-oriented RTS style game mechanic with some RPG like elements that has a great story and enough content to keep your attention.
  7. PC PowerPlay
    70
    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 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Nov 15, 2019
    10
    Overall improvement to the original Dawn of War II this expansion offers a new polished experience with better tactics and the story. EveryOverall improvement to the original Dawn of War II this expansion offers a new polished experience with better tactics and the story. Every unit in your squad feel precious and unexpandable and you feel like you live through all the tough battles with them. Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2010
    10
    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.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!
    Enjoy!
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  3. FrankSauce
    Mar 26, 2010
    10
    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 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. Mar 15, 2017
    8
    Shorter but better in each part supplement to DoW II. Chaos fraction was presented good and deadly, exactly how we wanted. Main story isShorter but better in each part supplement to DoW II. Chaos fraction was presented good and deadly, exactly how we wanted. Main story is interesting and really well directed, we got more subplots and backstories about some characters. The loot is WAY more satisfying, something for the RPG fans but also for strategists who were disappointed by the low level of difficulty of DoW II. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    6
    The campaign for this expansion is superior gameplay-wise to the original DOW2's, albeit shorter. However it's still the same multiplayerThe 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. Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2012
    3
    The multiplayer is dead and it uses windows live. The campaign is fun but beyond that there's really nothing past that in this game. thank godThe multiplayer is dead and it uses windows live. The campaign is fun but beyond that there's really nothing past that in this game. thank god i bought it on sale! Expand
  7. BrianD
    Mar 20, 2010
    0
    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 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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