Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising [Download]

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Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising is the first standalone PC expansion to the real-time strategy (RTS) Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II franchise. Continuing the story of the Space Marines battle against a variety of factions across several planets, in Chaos Rising players must also stand against the dreaded Chaos Space Marines. The game does not require the earlier Dawn of War II game for play, and includes 15 new missions, new units and corruption mechanic, the Chaos Space Marine faction and excellent online multiplayer options.

Your Blood Raven Space Marines have saved the sector, but can they save themselves? In Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, the sequel to the acclaimed Dawn of War II RTS franchise, you return to sub sector Aurelia where a long lost frozen ice planet has reappeared from the Warp, bringing with it new secrets to uncover and foes to face. Here you must take command of the Blood Ravens and defend the sector against the forces of the Black Legion. Purge the chaos filth and hold the chapter together as traitorous forces work from within to try bring down the Blood Ravens.

New Missions, Units, Multiplayer Race and Corruption Mechanic:
Dawn of War II struck a new chord in the RTS genre with its focus on specific unit based strategy with limited reinforcement options and limited RPG elements, as opposed to the generally repetitive RTS tactic of resource gathering-base building-and swarming maneuvers. The Chaos Rising expansion to the franchise follows suit with 15 new single player missions centered on the players' strategic choice of units; upping the ante further by including new units for each of the returning in-game races and even introducing a new race, the traitorous Chaos Space Marines, who are a playable faction in online multiplayer action. In addition, players must navigate a new corruption mechanic built into in single player campaign, which consists of access to new and dangerous destructive powers. Designed to allow for variation in completing mission objectives, these powers also carry the possibility of drawing units closer to the influence of Chaos, which affects both the mission possibilities as the game progresses and the overall outcome of the game.

Key Game Features:

  • New Single Player Missions - Continue your fight against the enemies of the Emperor and use your squads' wargear, abilities, and experience to battle Chaos in 15 new missions.
  • New Environment and Multiplayer Maps - New ice planet graphics set increases visual diversity and adds 7 new multiplayer maps. Six-player multiplayer support available online.
  • Aspire to Glory - Build your existing squads up to level 30 and unlock even more devastating abilities.
  • Chaos Corruption Mechanic - New single player mechanic allows you to equip incredibly powerful equipment that corrupts your squad and will guide the story towards or away from the corrupting influence of Chaos.
  • New Multiplayer Faction - Swear loyalty to the Chaos Gods and play as the bloodthirsty Chaos Space Marines in multiplayer battles against both Chaos Rising and Dawn of War II owners.
  • New Units - New units for the Space Marines, Ork, Eldar, and Tyranid armies.
  • 2 New Last Stand Heroes - Face off against the relentless horde as either the Chaos Sorcerer or Tyranid Hive Tyrant.

Minimum Specifications:

  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista SP1
  • Processor: P4 3.2 GHz (single core) or any Dual Core processor
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Hard Drive: 6GB
  • Video Card: 128MB Video Card (Shader Model 3) - Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT / ATI X1600, or equivalent
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c or 10 compatible
  • Input Device: Mouse and keyboard

Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista SP1
  • Processor: AMD Athlon 64x2 4400+ or any Intel Core 2 Duo
  • RAM: 2+GB
  • Hard Drive: 6GB
  • Video Card: 256MB Video Card (Shader Model 3) - Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT/ ATI X1900, or equivalent
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c or 10 compatible
  • Input Device: Mouse and keyboard


  • Internet connection required for online Games for Windows LIVE play
Steam account required for game activation and installation

System Requirements:
Supported OS:  Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows
Processor:  none specified
RAM:  none specified
Hard Disk:  none specified
Video Card:  none specified

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Platform:PC Download
Release date October 20, 2010
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By Christopher A. Rebhan on March 18, 2010
Platform for Display: PC
One caveat first. This is a Windows Live/Steam game, so if you have objections to either of those things then stear clear. That said, I'm going to provide a brief review of the game with scoring not weighted by those factors.

I have a fairly uncommon perspective on this game, I imagine, which is that I played it before I played the original (which I just completed last night), so I can rate it both as a stand alone experience untainted by preconceptions, and as a continuation of the original.

As a stand alone experience I found the game to be quite addictive and fun. The first level is designed as something of a tutorial to the game's basic mechanics. You're introduced to various ideas like explosives, the cover system, bunkers, the strengths and weaknesses of the different squad types, etc. Not having read the manual I found myself scratching my head at a few things but if you click the little quick tip icons on the left side of the screen and pay attention you can figure out most of the game's major mechanics fairly quickly. I was able to beat the first level of the game at the medium difficulty setting on my first try. Don't forget to use the "x" button frequently to retreat your squads that have lost members. This way you can replenish them to full strength and bring them back into the fray without any of your squad leaders requiring revival. This works especially well during boss battles. Since the bosses don't heal you can chip away at them and win by sheer persistence. Once you learn the mechanics you are fairly quickly thrust into the thick of things and the game ceases to coddle you.

Your squads carry through from one mission to the next, gaining levels and experience much like an RPG. You can and will upgrade their equipment multiple times.
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the games in this series were difficult sometimes to get into because of all the passwords and the different groups you need to join up with and getting them straight gameplay is enjoyable but not as epic as the original version of the game which was more of a battle landscape real-time strategy game this one is more like a questing game although it is a smooth play once you get into it it is a pain in the disk drive to set it up

I recommend this game be bought on steam the download which I've really never done for over buying a boxed edition of this game for the reason of the lengthy time it takes to update and pass security
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I'm a big fan of Dawn of War and Dawn of War 2. If you are unfamiliar with Dawn of War 2, It is a squad based RTS that focuses on combat rather than base building and resource gathering.

I enjoy mixing up strategies by deploying my different squads and leveling them up with different skills. I've played this through twice already and I still enjoy it.

Added from Dawn of War 2, Chaos Rising adds the Corruption/Redemption scale, so you can decide to take the high road or sink to Chaos's level; gaining their power, but losing your soul. The choices you make in this expansion will have consequences in the next expansion, Retribution.

On that note, This expansion did not expand as much as I thought it would. In multiplayer, you can now use Chaos and Tyranid units. Supply crates in missions now drop different types of supplies. And there's the Corruption scale. ....that's about it.

The original Dawn of War 2 had constant retaliations from opposing forces. It was up to you whether or not to accept those missions and defend your planetary assets. And you had many limited opportunity optional missions available to you at once. This greatly expanded the game. In the Chaos rising expansion, it is much more linear and you rarely have more than one mission at a time.

I think it also would have been nice for a Chaos mission track to be added if you decided to corrupt yourself. But no dice. It looks like the next expansion, Retribution, will offer campaigns for all races involved, so I'm looking forward to importing my characters from Chaos Rising and having more endless hours of fun. (between DOW2 and Chaos Rising I've played over 300 hours.)
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If you liked Dawn of War II, you will like this. The story continues and you can import your save game. It is mostly more of the same except for a few welcomed changes. The biggest of all is the changed mission structures. DoWII ended too many missions with an arena and a boss fight. Those are still present but not nearly as prevalent. While you revisit the planets from DoWII, they are new maps that show what has happened to the planets because of the Tyranid invasion. A new "planet" is also added where more missions take place. A librarian squad member is added who acts as a powerful spell caster but I had a hard time justifying using him over the dreadnought. A new "Corruption" mechanic is added where certain choices made during missions corrupt your characters to Chaos. This opens new abilities but at the cost of a bad ending. It also affects the story. New war gear has been added and new skills have been as well. The level cap has been raised.

Again, if you liked the first game, get this and if you didn't, it doesn't change enough to make you change your mind. I have not played it myself but DoWII Retribution sounds like it as a much different game. Maybe you should try that.
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