Excerpt: The universe of 40K (Warhammer 40,000) is not new to video gaming, but past efforts at bringing the popular sci-fi tabletop wargame into the console/PC environment have been hit or miss. Space Marine is the first over-the-shoulder third-person version of 40K to hit the latest generation of gaming hardware. The effort to remain faithful to the existing flavor of the 40K universe is clear.
Pros: Excellent use of established terms and backstory, Simple control setup, Impresive graphics and backgrounds.
Cons: Linear storyline, Relatively narrow range of equipment, movement is sometimes awkward.
Excerpt: For all the experience and clout Warhammer 40K brings to the table(top), its appearance on the PC as a strategy game this year strikes me as unspectacular. It’s solid, sure, but does the PC really need more real-time strategy games that are simply ‘solid’? I suppose it’s important to keep franchises and stuff from fading away and all, but one would hope to see more ambition out of a game belonging to such a stagnated genre.
Excerpt: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War follows the exploits of the Blood Ravens, a Space Marine chapter whose past is shrouded in mystery. Brother Captain Gabriel Angelos and his faithful sub-commander, the powerful psyker Librarian Isador Akios, bring the Blood Ravens to bear on a growing Ork threat to the planet Tartarus.
Pros: A digital version of the Warhammer 40k, Big scale combat with easy control, Nice graphic & Dynamic animation of units
Cons: Ordinary singleplay campaine, Need more skirmish maps, There is no map editor
Excerpt: Warhammer’s universe is set in what’s called a dystopia – the complete opposite of an ideal and desired utopia. This universe is populated by a number of species, including humans, Orks (the green ones we’ve all come to know and love), an ancient advanced race called the Eldar and those humans who are seduced by evil fairies and gods called Chaos. None of these four get along with each other except in circumstances where they serve both parties’ goals.
Excerpt: To date no PC game has done the Warhammer 40,000 universe justice. Now, a veteran developer studio Relic brings us Dawn of War, a game that captures the essence of Warhammer 40K and sets new standards for the RTS genre.
Excerpt: There are, without pinching too many niches, three different types of people that will play this game: the noob who heard of this relatively high-profile strategy feast and gave it a go, the RTS fanatic looking for a fresh take on an established but not completely familiar universe, and the wary Warhammer tabletop fan looking to debunk or revel in the expanded entertainment corners of the franchise.
Summary: If you're over 30 and still live with your parents then there's a fair chance you'll be familiar with the world Warhammer 40,000. For the rest of us though, Dawn of War will be a first, and very pleasant, introduction to the Space Marines, Eldar and Orcish hordes that made the tabletop game so popular. Based in traditional RTS territory, Dawn of War makes a few changes to the tried-and-tested formula.