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  • Summary: Jump into a brutal battle between three warring factions In Dawn of War III. You will have no choice but to face your foes when a catastrophic weapon is found on the mysterious world of Acheron.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 - Fog of War #2: Cinematic Showcase
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  1. Positive: 55 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. Apr 20, 2017
    90
    A new Dawn of War has risen, and it’s an exciting return from a long dormant franchise. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III successfully takes the best elements from the previous two games and blends them with traditional RTS mechanics to create a game with deep strategic gameplay. The campaign, which ultimately serves as a glorified tutorial, is entertaining and lengthy enough to keep players hooked for hours even though it’s predictable. The focus on Elite units differentiates Dawn of War III from its competitors by introducing a new sense of depth and progression into the game.
  2. Apr 20, 2017
    85
    Veterans of the original Dawn of War will take to this game like stepping into their old Power Armour. Exhilarating, over-the-top spectacle, and meeting expectations like only Dawn of War can.
  3. May 8, 2017
    82
    Overall I was very happy with it. My last Warhammer experience was with Eternal Crusade which really didn’t hit the spot for me… so Dawn Of War 3 is a pleasant scratch to that itch for some space melodrama. As mentioned, if you are a long time fan, don’t expect to get the same game you’ve played before… or even a mix of the two, it would seem they have taken a slightly different approach. On the other hand if you like a bit of RTS action, some fun storytelling, it’s a great bit of fun and visually quite pretty (epic opening movie especially). If in doubt, wait for a good sale… but there’s a lot of fun to be had here.
  4. Apr 20, 2017
    80
    This is the most conventional RTS in an historically unconventional series. While this fact alone may divide players, its quality of presentation and polished mechanics mean that, as it inevitably expands with more content, Dawn of War III may yet become the champion of a genre that remains stubbornly resistant to evolution.
  5. Apr 28, 2017
    78
    Dawn of War 3 has overly dominant elites, and a merely serviceable campaign, but it captures the power of mass battles well.
  6. Jun 5, 2017
    72
    Dawn of War 3 is a decent enough game, but don't expect any strategic depth, though.
  7. May 29, 2017
    50
    Plays like MOBA, smells like Heresy. [Issue#262, p.51]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 159
  1. Apr 27, 2017
    10
    Nice RTS, spent already 25 hours in the Beta.
    Calm down haters and put your pink glasses away!
    Everything in the Past was good, bla bla bla.
    Nice RTS, spent already 25 hours in the Beta.
    Calm down haters and put your pink glasses away!
    Everything in the Past was good, bla bla bla.
    This game deserve love :)
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  2. May 9, 2017
    10
    My background: I bought DoW soon after release, and bought DoW2 on release.

    Firstly I want to say that this game is NOT always-online. The
    My background: I bought DoW soon after release, and bought DoW2 on release.

    Firstly I want to say that this game is NOT always-online. The people who say that are flat out lying. You can play any of the singleplayer content offline. However, you won't earn skulls (more on that later).

    The game has 3 races which are more unique and varied than in the previous games, with more units and unique mechanics. Some units still have upgrades, but most of the variety is in the fact that nearly every unit has multiple active and passive abilities. Each race also has a whole slew of doctrines (upgrades which you can pick and swap before each match) which change how units work, adding new effects and sometimes entirely new abilities. This greatly adds to the depth. In the campaign, 3 more races make cameo appearances (one is after the credits).

    The base buildiing is minimal (similar to DoW1) but is a welcome addition, making the game feel like a true RTS. There has also been a return to large armies, which can get much larger than the previous games. However building placement is still important as buildings are where units reinforce, and provide other benefits like increased speed and shield regen (Eldar) or Waaagh! buffs and scrap (Orks).

    DoW3 is much faster paced and units die faster than previous DoW games, though not as fast as something like Starcraft. Preserving units is still important, especially in the early game, as reinforcing an existing unit is much cheaper than building a new one. The action is truly fun and frenetic with a strong focus on unit micro. Blood, gore, dismemberment, explosions, persistent wrecks and bodies all play a part in the visual spectacle.
    The elite units are powerful and may require some balancing, but can be countered by spreading your units out to avoid AoE. Unsupported elites (especially early game elites) will die quickly. The large super units are great fun when they finally come out in the late game. There is no more fiddly directional cover from DoW2 (I can't imagine having to micro 20 squads into cover before each battle) instead there is capturable cover points which work like garrisonable buildings - these can be countered by melee units, flamers or just pure firepower.

    The map selection at launch is quite small (8), though there is already a map editor available and people are already releasing new maps to download on steam workshop.

    The campaign is action-packed, and you play all the races. The story is told in cool "freeze frame" cutscenes with minimal animation. But it is also quite linear similar to vanilla DOW1 or Winter Assault. You can choose different elites to play each mission, and each mission has side objectives - but there is no wargear. The story is entertaining but is definitely not award-winning writing by any means. If you are only buying for campaign, then I would wait.

    The new multiplayer gamemode is a welcome addition as it prevents players (especially in team games) being rushed too early and losing a few minutes into the game, which isn't fun for anyone. However the game still encourages lots of early aggression to fight over resource points across the map or push early objectives. The reports of the game being "dumbed down" are garbage, as there is tons of strategy and nuance to be had - I can only assume these people didn't play for very long.

    The game has a progression system where you earn in-game currency called Skulls. There is no micro-transactions, you cannot buy Skulls with real money. You use Skulls to unlock elites and doctrines, and in my experience the game is quite generous with handing out skulls. The campaign especially gives lots of skulls.

    In addition, the elite units level up which unlocks doctrines, skins and rare paint colours. Again I found the amount of exp awarded pretty generous. It doesn't take long to level up elites to max.

    BTW - the army painter feature is back, I had fun creating colour schemes for my troops.

    The developers stated they intend to add a ranked multiplayer ladder system a couple of weeks after launch.

    However, there are some bugs (I never encountered any gamebreaking bugs), and the menu UI could really use some work as it is unintuitive. Also the replay system is buggy and seems rushed. In addition as II said, the campaign is nothing to write home about.

    The first two games were very different from each other, so Relic was never going to be able to please everyone. If you just wanted DOW1 HD, or DOW2 HD then this is not the game for you. If you just want to nit-pick tiny lore details, then is not your game.

    But if you want to give a fun, action-oriented RTS a go, then you might like this game.
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  3. Sep 22, 2017
    8
    Now, although I haven't played any of the previous Dawn of War games, I felt that this was a great experience nonetheless. I felt that theNow, although I haven't played any of the previous Dawn of War games, I felt that this was a great experience nonetheless. I felt that the developers were going for a MOBA style yet still tactical RTS game. This felt very well polished with great cut-scenes. Although the campaign was different from what I thought it would be, I actually preferred the direction they went with. Graphics were what I would expect from 2017 and the mechanics were something you could get used to. Overall, I would list this game as one of the games of 2017 that everyone should try. Good Luck and a Worthy Battle!! Expand
  4. Jun 18, 2017
    3
    I loved Dawn of War 2 and was very excited for the release of this game. I started watching gameplay videos a month or so before the releaseI loved Dawn of War 2 and was very excited for the release of this game. I started watching gameplay videos a month or so before the release and while I had reservations, I went ahead and pre-ordered the game.

    The graphics are decent and the sound is not so great. The story is terrible and you won't feel connected to the characters at all. I feel like playing this game is a chore. I have kept coming back because of the happy memories I have from dawn of war 2 and the expansions expecially Chaos Rising. This game tries to do something new and it totally fails. The strategy element is weak with gameplay that offers no real depth. Add that to the lack of compelling story or likeable characters and you have a game that is not worth your money.
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  5. Sep 10, 2018
    2
    I'm a DOW fan. I do like the game, but I would never crecommend anyone to buy it (do play if you have it cause there are no players online forI'm a DOW fan. I do like the game, but I would never crecommend anyone to buy it (do play if you have it cause there are no players online for the multiplayer).
    - It's a buggy game that crashes randomly.
    - It's a unbalanced game that will never get updates.
    - It's dead already. There are a phew players and most of them drop a game after 5 minutes if they don't see a clear victory. So you wait 10 to 15 minutes for a game that lasts 10 or 15.

    Big let down from Sega and Relic. Epic fail guys.
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  6. Aug 17, 2021
    0
    Played almost every Warhammer game but this... It's soulless money grab (40 euros for unfinished game), Unenjoyable from the very start,Played almost every Warhammer game but this... It's soulless money grab (40 euros for unfinished game), Unenjoyable from the very start, changed visuals (unfitting for this franchise), bugs, boring combat system and base building. Sadly I can't recommend it. Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2017
    0
    What we have for full AAA price tag? for €60 or $60?
    -ONE single multiplayer mode stolen from Dota 2 or LoL - Defend of the Ancient
    -ONLY
    What we have for full AAA price tag? for €60 or $60?
    -ONE single multiplayer mode stolen from Dota 2 or LoL - Defend of the Ancient
    -ONLY EIGHT maps OVERALL
    -ONLY THREE boring race with very limited units' roster
    -SPAMMING AND VERY lore unfriendly gameplay more suitable for free-2-play
    -NOTHING SAME WITH PREVIOUS GAMES
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