Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II Retribution [Download]
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Command any of the six unique factions in the next stand alone expansion of the critically acclaimed Dawn of War real-time strategy franchise. Choose to build a massive army or lead your small squad of elite heroes into battle and experience a single player campaign customized to your faction. Go online and face off against your enemies and experience the fast brutal combat of the 41st millennium.
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
Top Customer Reviews
Don't bother using Amazon's downloader for this game. Tried for a whole day to download 8GB... left it overnight and the download continues to get interrupted. Finally, was so frustrated, I logged on to "Steam" and used the game validation code (from Amazon) - it finished the entire download in an hour. Amazon has to do better with their downloader. Hope these notes are helpful.
The main new feature in "Retribution" is the addition of the Imperial Guard faction. Unlike their elite counterparts, the Space Marines, the IG relies on massive numbers and vehicle support to get the job done. There's a lot of concepts brought over from Dawn of War 1 and the tabletop game, but they don't really seem to fit as well. DoW2 has a much tighter squad focus with more enclosed maps, so the IG's traditional tactics don't seem to fit as well as they used to.
Still, there's some interesting potential. The basic IG unit is the guardsman squad, which focuses on improving its numbers rather than making soldiers more effective. Other guardsmen units include the stealth-based Catachan Devils, the specialized Stormtroopers, and the brutish Ogryn. Their heroes show the most diversity - the Inquisitor is focused on targeting enemy heroes, the Commissar Lord combines melee damage with inspirational bonuses, and the Lord General relies on more tactical options like troop drops and battlefield commands.
The game's other factions have gotten some attention, too, in the form of a new unit for each one. Space Marines get a mighty Land Raider tank, Orks get a massive Battlewagon, the Eldar get a powerful Autarch, and so on. I wasn't particularly enthralled by any of the new units, but it at least gives them some new options instead of ignoring them for the new faction.
The other new feature in Retribution is an expanded campaign mode - specifically, there's a campaign for every single faction, instead of just the Space Marines.Read more ›
What I like about this game is that it allows you to treat some of your hero units for a larger quantity of lesser units. By lesser I don't necessarily mean week, as the generally they lack the special attacks and have no benefit from armor and such that you get with the main hero units. This means that you can choose either double small squad or if you go all in you can have a semi-large army.
The graphics and voice acting in this game are good. I have no complaints there. The levels are well laid out and I found them all the fun. A lot of cases you have to take advantage of cover and be strategic with your units or they'll all get slaughtered. You're also able to play the single player campaign with any of the factions. The best thing out of the game to me though, is it FINALLY ends the story of the first Dawn of War game way back when this was more a traditional RTS. I'd been waiting for that resolution ever since I played Winter Assault and was disappointed it didn't carry on the story.
So there so many factions and you can play single player, why do I say short? What problem is that each race plays in almost identical campaign. Sure they're sometimes different dialogue, some of the races don't play every level, every race gets their own blurb at the start, and their own ending, but the levels play pretty much the same and you only have a short period of time the level of any of your characters so the whole thing feels abbreviated.Read more ›
Well, this game is hard, almost brutally so at first. The community that plays it doesn't seem very large and as such the match making can be a bit....off at times. You'll see yourself getting paired up against much stronger opponents (as indicated by their "Army Level" or relative experience with their chosen faction) and wondering why the match making would do such a thing. Later on things even out, but it is not kind to the beginners. Luckily you can play the computer to hone your skills, but don't be surprised when humans pull strategies and moves you never saw coming.
To remedy this Relic has thrown in a cooperative game mode as well as the single player expansion, both of which are very fun. The coop play pits you and two other humans against waves and waves of enemies, and although that may sound uninspired, the variety and pacing of the game is addicting and fun. The campaigns are for the most part very well thought out, and other than the Imperial Guard (the newest faction) having a few glitches at first very enjoyable. The story lines are coherent and engaging enough that you might just end up playing every race's campaign through to the end, and leveling up your hero in said campaigns is very fun.
Overall I'd say that Dawn of War Retribution is a very enjoyable game, especially if you can find a friend to play some Last Stand and 2v2 battles with.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This download did its job and the game is a fine expansion to the Dawn of War franchise. I recommend it.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
i bought it used and the key code was already used on a steam account, help?Published 5 months ago by Teresa Raddartz
The game was broken and case. Need to return it and get another one please.Published 6 months ago by corrinnia
DOW2 - R is good mechanically, which makes it's faults all the more disappointing. I'm just reviewing the game itself from a single-player perspective; there are mods that improve... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cannon Fodder
I don't hate the game, I hate that I have to go through Steam to download and install the game. Steam runs for a very long time, then it stops. Then nothing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. Morris
This is a must have game for any RTS fan, I have recently bought a new PC and this was one of the first games i have gotten for it and i have to say i was blown away with how... Read morePublished 12 months ago by ARTYOM