Dawn of war II

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I'm surprised nobody made this thread yet. Despite being a bit dubious about it when I first played it, I'm actually loving this game now, especially the multiplayer. The single player is great, apart from the terrible story and talking heads, and the lack of variety in missions (most are just, take a load of points, and kill the boss), but the RPG aspects, and the gameplay are fun, and challenging. Multiplayer is amazing, but it has its downfalls, main ones being that there aren't many maps, and only 2 game modes, and the only game mode in ranked matches is victory point control. However The races, commanders and game play are terrific, there's hardly any base control (which imo is a great thing) and it allows for more complicated troop management on the battlefield instead of USSR style raids which tear down anything in sight. Troops are customisable to suit your enemy and have a lot of useful abilities that make such a huge difference, that along with your geared commander and his specials can make an army have a huge amount of variation.

I do have gripes with the live match-up system though, it can take forever to get a game at times, and then you may be on a completely unbalanced team (like you and 2 rank 10's verses 3 rank 20s etc) as well as ping/performance issues which can slow the game down for everyone. I can see how it can work at times, but the system is so clunky and unreliable, its a real shame.

Aside from all its problems, the gameplay keeps me coming back for more though. I have a certain nostalgia for the warhammer francise, I used to collect warhammer when I was 10-12, I wasn't up to scratch on all the rules, I used to play with my mates quite often, but I probably spent more time painting my models than playing with them, they knew a lot more about what they were doing ;p. I also used to play space hulk years ago, such a great game. When I played the first dawn of war I liked it, but the lack of anything but ****loads of troops and basebuilding was never my strong point, but Dawn of War II, seems to have hit the nail on the head for combat, and really reminds me of playing the table top, much more than dawn of war I did.
 
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That thread is 6 months old, before it was released :/ it was released 2-3 weeks ago, I'm wondering who's played it and their thoughts.
 
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I've played it, and I love it. I thought the campaign was pretty cool - bit short, but awesome none the less. I'm not happy with playing offline in a skirmish since the AI is so damn retarded "lets cap every point in the map and retreat when we get into combat...and spam 2 unit types"

One of the worst skirmish AI's I've ever seen in a game >_< cant wait till they patch it and fix it.

The campaign was really fun, the upgrade system and leveling system work great. And I dont think I went on one mission without Thaddius and his assault marines. They really rock now compared to the first DoW, and I used them for everything.

I would of prefaired some more ingame cutscenes like the first DoW, they made the game more epic. I dont mind the floating heads, but the ingame cutscenes is one of the reasons I thought DoW was so epic.

I've not tried playing online yet, might do that sometime today. But from the beta, it was pretty fun. Bit slow with resources, but fun anyway.

(Bring on WH40k online D: )
 
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Awesome game indeed. I've been playing the **** out of it since the beta started.
MP is really where this game shines, both 1v1 and in teams. SP is VERY fun, but a lot of potential was wasted.
If relic keeps their promises about free content-patches (TF2 style) then this game will only get better.

If someone wants to form some 3v3 teams with me, my tag is KamikaZeeFu
 

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