Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm Review for PC

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm is a complete standalone title and will feature two all-new armies, including the malicious Dark Eldar, for an unprecedented total of nine playable races.

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8Out of 10
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We're not fans of the campaign meta-game
We're not fans of the campaign meta-game

We're not fans of the campaign meta-game

While we're perfectly happy to see a refinement of what makes Dawn of War great, we don't like new features that just get in the way. We're talking about the turn-based campaign meta game that will be instantly familiar to fans of Dark Crusade. Built into Soulstorm's campaign, the meta-game focuses on requisition, taking control of some 31 territories across four planets and three moons, and fortifying strongholds as you bid to conquer the deep-lying Kaurava system. Soulstorm's story revolves around a warp storm which has attracted the attention of the game's nine races, who all want the Kaurava system, and the secret behind the warp storm, to themselves.

When you start the campaign your race already has a stronghold on one of the system's territories. During each turn you can move your forces to a nearby territory and attack (triggering a traditional, on the surface Dawn of War battle). Win the battle and you'll take over the territory and gain requisition points, to be spent on buying buildings and units that guarantee a force of some description will be immediately available should an enemy force attack you and draw you into ground combat. Each faction has a racial ability - the Dark Eldar for example can travel across the Kaurava system via Ancient Gates, while other races can only move to nearby territories. Conquer an enemy race by capturing the territory which houses their stronghold and you'll obliterate them completely and assimilate their racial powers.

The point to make about this campaign meta-game is that, while initially amusing, it quickly gets in the way of Dawn of War's traditional RTS combat. Indeed we found it became quite an annoyance pretty quickly. We suspect some gamers will love it and some will hate it, since it's effectively ended the cutscene-style single-player campaign story we loved from the original game. It may be an easy to understand and pretty cool bonus feature, but we reckon it's ended up being a hurdle through which fans are forced to jump if they want to get down to the nitty gritty RTS gameplay.

Soulstorm is a fitting finale for the Dawn of War RTS series.

Soulstorm is a fitting finale for the Dawn of War RTS series.

We're sure that Soulstorm will be of most interest to gamers who own Dawn of War and perhaps the previous two expansions already, but RTS fans of all kinds should be interested. Soulstorm is a stand alone expansion, meaning you'll be able to use all nine races in the single-player campaign and single-player skirmishes, but if you haven't got the original game installed on your PC, and the other expansions, you'll only have access to the Dark Eldar and the Sisters of Battle in multiplayer, which is where Dawn of War excels.

The graphics look a little dated - in the four years following Dawn of War's release much better-looking RTS games have been released, including Relic's own Company of Heroes - but the unit animations still have a cool factor missing from many of its rivals. And Soulstorm, like its predecessors, does a great job of providing an intense, war-torn, battlefield for you to play with. But the most important thing is that the game is great fun, and will surely touch the soul of every RTS geek who's ever dreamt of being a Space Marine.

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This game is bloody awesome ,..................yes i think DoW Soulstorm as an expansion pack might deserve 8 , but if u see it as a stand alone game it deserves 9/10 atleaast . So far i have not encountered ne bugs .

This game is beyond great , 9 civs so different from each other in gameplay now thas awesome . And the character detail n animation is just awesome , sure i didnt like terrain detail much at start and it certainly isnt the best looking rts out there but hey , i m not complaining coz overall ITS THE BEST RTS yet ~ ~ ! ! !
Posted 12:15 on 12 December 2008
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hurray the game is decent i would rather A SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIN its a shame its so similar to DC

yes the bugs.. did u youk if ur ally is capturing somethign from the nemy click on it to capture after ur ally captures u take it from ur ally
Posted 13:47 on 03 October 2008
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help, please?

can't create user at start ?, whats problem?
Posted 08:34 on 17 September 2008
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that guy u no

well, i think the nercons are the best offences and defence. the only thing that sucks about the necrons is that there too slow wen moving witch is hard to rush with unless u no what to do wth them. the games great and run smooth. i have not seen any bugs and srsly, if your computer cant hand 1 game of it, that is a sign to get a better computer cause im running to off a laptop. XD
Posted 04:39 on 02 September 2008
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Please Give Me Dawn of War - Soulstorm Of trainer
Posted 10:25 on 21 July 2008
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The tau got nerfed sooo much it's rediculose and in scrimish mode even on insane the comps do not make the ultimate units and the space marines can never get a good start before sumthing kills them with one group. other then that great game. What are ur favorite races? (survey)
Posted 03:58 on 04 July 2008
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the sisters of battle are amazing! thier artillery can do massive damage, penitent engines are the best walker and the living saint is amazing. the campaign is like a lot of skirmishes,which is good because you don't always have to make special assults all the time and you can get starting units and make your commander amazing. What's not to like?
Posted 10:44 on 29 June 2008
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this game is awesome
Posted 10:39 on 29 June 2008
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Good grief. I'm close to just breaking the disk in half. I can't even destroy an enemy headquarters without it glitching so bad that it just boots me out of the game. And it happens every time at the exact same spot and time. The load times make me want to cry.
Posted 04:43 on 24 May 2008
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Hi there!Well i got ss a few weeks ago and i've been playing it since then.I finished the sp campaign with sob and de(mainly cuz theyr new) at normal difficulty just to see how they are.I feel the de have to much rush power in them but that's not a problem since theyr defense sucks.The sob well i love em'!Theyr a lot of fun to play with all that fire and plasma units.Overall it's a great finale for the dow series(except for the mp bugs :-( ).
Posted 11:12 on 28 April 2008
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I have just install the game but it keep kick me out of the windows when i start the game. Please help.

Posted 17:19 on 22 April 2008
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i still think the space marines are the best i mean the SOB are just female space marines with new units and resource not really much of a difference
they didnt give a space marine air unit either that disappointed me but at least they still got terminators and deep striking squads
Posted 01:34 on 27 March 2008
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The campaign is massive if you enjoy it - it will of course depend on what difficulty you play it on, but theoretically, if you were to try and counquer all four planets of the system with every single race on the hardest difficulty, I'd imagine it would take you around 50 hours.
Posted 15:30 on 22 March 2008
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So it it a big campaign or what? is there weeks of play or a few hours?
Posted 13:05 on 22 March 2008
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Couple of only concerns with it, the campaign take forever to load. I have top range specs and when i click campaign it takes like 2-3 mins to open up the screen. Then it takes another 2 - 3 mins to tell me that i have conquered a planet then another 2 - 3 mins for me to get back to the actual campaign screen.

I see what you mean about SOB being over powered, but i was playing against an IG army and we were both fully upgraded and both hit each other at the same time and annihilated each others army, there over powered but have the same stats as IG on the table top version which is sh*t.
Posted 21:01 on 16 March 2008

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm
Out of 10
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm
  • Dark Eldar are evil incarnate
  • Dawn of War fans will love it
  • Campaign meta-game annoys
  • Looks a tad dated
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Release Date: 07/03/2008
Platform: PC
Developer: Iron Lore Entertainment
Publisher: THQ
Genre: Real-time strategy
Rating: PEGI 16+
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