Posts Tagged ‘Dawn-of-War’

Dawn Of Update: The Last Stand

By Jim Rossignol on October 14th, 2009.


Dawn Of War 2′s 1.8 update is out [Later today, Jim - RPS], and that includes the new game mode Last Stand. You can check out a video of that mode below, but essentially it’s one hero against many waves of enemies. I believe it can be played co-operatively too, so it could be you and chum versus many waves of enemies. The update also includes loads of tweaks, two new multiplayer maps and new wargear. The full patch notes can be found here.
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Experiments In RTS AI

By Jim Rossignol on April 12th, 2008.


A fascinating little study of Starcraft’s AI by software engineer Shamus Young reveals something you might not have expected from the game:

I’ve been curious about the quirks in the Starcraft AI and I’ve wanted a chance to see them do their thing in a deterministic environment. I learned some surprising things about this ten-year-old gem. While the races themselves are very nearly balanced in the hands of humans, it turns out the AI is a lot better at using some races compared to others.

It turns out, from Shamus’ experiments, the AI are rubbish at playing the Terrans…
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Dawn of War Faction Speculation & Sweepstakes

By Kieron Gillen on April 4th, 2008.


Dawn of War 2′s a go. Which means it’s time to indulge in some completely groundless speculation, intermixed with gags and geek-local-colour. The big question is… what races do we get to play? 40k is a big place. There isn’t room for everyone. Who’ll make the grade in a grim universe where there is only war (again)? Beneath the cut you’ll find a breakdown of the contenders we may see, both likely and not so likely.

Read ‘em, see what you think. Put your prediction for what the races in Dawn of War will be in the comments thread. No prizes, bar bragging rights. Arguing and debating and taking offence over meanness at Tau is also encouraged.
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The RPS Verdict: Dawn of War – Soulstorm

By Jim Rossignol on March 21st, 2008.


It’s verdict time again and we’ve all been playing Warhammer 40k: Dawn Of War – Soulstorm. It’s Real Time Strategy in that distant universe where the warring space folks are all vaguely analogous to fantasy archetypes. Hmm. Let’s see what we thought of it.

John : Jim. I’ve heard something about a game called Warhammer: 40,000,000,000 Mark of Chaos: Dawn of War: Soulstorm. Tell us about it.
Jim : Ok, Soulstorm is the ninety fifth expansion pack for Dawn of War, I think? And it’s ONLY WAR in there. No making friends, no talking to the monsters. It’s RTS explosions n stuff, with nine races from the Games Workshop codices of miniature armament. Imagine that!
Kieron : (Count ‘em!)
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Polish Journalist Versus Relic Bloodbath

By Kieron Gillen on March 12th, 2008.

Honestly, if it went on for another five minutes, it'd have ended up like this.

I exaggerate only slightly.

Since Soulstorm is out and it looks like Dawn of War 2′s announcement may be imminent, I thought it time to transcribe a passably memorable event that I had on tape. It occurred when Alec and I toddled over to visit Relic when they first debuted Soulstorm. To be precise, when Executive Producer Jonathan Dowdeswell stopped the video, and asked if there were any questions. And a Polish Journalist showed that, yes, he had.

This lead to fifteen minutes of intense wincing and turning “Your game is nothing compared to Starcraft 2! Nothing!” into a games journalist running joke.

The origin of which I now share.
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War Dawns Anew

By Alec Meer on March 6th, 2008.

Soulstorm, the latest ‘expandalone’ (Relic’s word, not mine, and one I feel I should loathe, yet somehow don’t. Possibly because it’s simply too ridiculous to be offended by) for Dawn of War is now on Steam (Edit – not until tomorrow in Europe. Pah. Edit-edit – and now tomorrow is today. Jinkies!). It’s also available from the primitive constructs of brick, plaster and listless teenage clerks our ancestors referred to as ‘shops’.

My earliest tinkerings suggest that, as I had worried, the two new races lack the riotous excess and charm of their more iconic forerunners, but I’ll look closer and establish whether I’m just being snobbish and too hung up on Dreadnoughts. This does have war nuns, after all.
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Soulstorm Demo

By Alec Meer on January 14th, 2008.

OMG LADIES

Looking at our big list of games we’re planning to preview over the next few weeks, which is of course absolutely exhaustive and not at all limited to whatever we remembered off the tops of our heads, there really aren’t a lot of RTSes on it. In fact, there’re only two, and we’ve written about one already. Um.

It’s not, for once, because we’re meatheaded cretins. It’s because there isn’t that much to get excited about at the moment, tiny-tank wise. Which is odd, as we’ve just come from an extraordinarily good couple of years for RTS – Company of Heroes (x2), Supreme Commander (x2), World in Conflict, Command & Conquer 3, Medieval II… Let’s hope there’s a load of explodey goodies due to be revealed in the coming months.

One to look forward to that isn’t on our list (largely because, let’s be honest, we know pretty much exactly what it’s gonna be like), is the third expansion for Dawn of War. So I’ll talk a little about it here instead.
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Alice in her Power Armour

By Kieron Gillen on November 13th, 2007.

The second race in the forthcoming Dawn of War: Soulstorm has been announced. It’s the Sisters of Mercy!


Thanks Gametrailers! May you continue to live in a grinning future where there is only game footage.

Battles. No, I mean, Sisters of Battle.

Oddly, it’s been announced two weeks back over at Gamespot (See here to see a member of Relic say so if you frown at quotes) and according to google the only people who appeared to have noticed were one Relic community site. Why the lack of excitement? Probably net laziness. That, or that everyone thinks the Sisters of Battle are just Space Marines in drag.

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Soulstorm Trailer

By Jim Rossignol on October 30th, 2007.

The most recent Dawn of War expansion now has a gameplay trailer, feature lots of gory, shooty action from those pernicious Dark Eldar. It’s the briefest of orchestrally-soundtracked showpieces, but I have to admit it’s already got me eyeing the Dawn Of War discs on my shelf, sitting as they are (in some odd twist of accidental organisation) between Star Wars Empire At War and Company Of Heroes. And no, my games aren’t cataloged by degrees of genre, they’re cataloged between shelf, desk, floor and occasionally, bin.

Anyway:


Thanks, Game Trailers! Thanks.

Are y’all still excited about Dawn Of War, or is it time to move on? And would a 40k MMO have been a whole lot more interesting than Warhammer Fantasy? (Clue: it would.)

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Like Aliens, But More So

By Alec Meer on September 26th, 2007.

Okay, so Soulstorm, a new Dawn of War expansion has been officially announced.. It’s got Dark Eldar and a ooh-still-a-mystery race in it, and there’s no point in asking me what the latter is because I honestly don’t know. Honestly. Stop staring at me like that. Alright, alright, it’s Ewoks. Now go away.

Actually, a lot of guessers reckon it’ll be Tyranids, the most notable ommission amongst the Warhammer 40,000 RTS’ ranks, but developer Relic have claimed in the past that they’d never do the big space-lizard-monster-insect-horror-things because the old game’s engine isn’t quite up to how they’d like to do them. Minds change though, so I’m not personally going to definitely believe that old statement just yet.

I can think of some people who are surely praying for it to be a different faction though, and that’s the chaps behind the DoW Tyranid mod. More on which follows should you be so kind as to click on the red words below.
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