Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II - Retribution

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What we want to see from the Creative Assembly Warhammer game

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We learned recently that the creators of Total War, The Creative Assembly, have scooped Games Workshop's Warhammer fantasy license. This is tip-top news. Warhammer is all about massive battles, Creative Assembly are really, really good at massive battles. It's a great match.

CA have set up a new develop team to produce games for the "multi-title" deal, but what would such a series look like? We're rather fond of Games Workshop's game of little fantasy men doing dice-war on tabletops, so we've rounded up a few features we'd love to see from an proper, epic Warhammer fantasy videogame.


PC Gamer UK Podcast: Episode 84 - Nuclear Idiot

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This week, Chris and Toms Senior and Francis talk Teleglitch, SimCity, Crysis 3 multiplayer and more. Includes our thoughts on the troubles at Gas Powered Games, Jon Blow's next game, and your
questions from Twitter.


Now Playing: Violating the laws of nature to beat Dawn of War 2: The Last Stand

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Of the 20 waves of enemies that make up Dawn of War 2: Retribution’s Last Stand mode, wave 16 is the most important. In every other wave your team of three heroes face overwhelming odds. In wave 16 there are only three enemies, but they’re the most powerful opponents you could ever face. Exact clones of you.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - PC Gamer UK's RPG of the year

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The Elder Scrolls games have been brilliant for long time: huge open worlds that let you go wherever you fancy, get wrapped up in hundreds of different stories, and make a life for yourself. But until Skyrim, they weren’t particularly good at one of the most exciting things about other RPGs: levelling up.


Dawn of War 2 Last Stand Tau Commander DLC to add Crisis Battlesuits and huge lasers

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Dawn of War 2's fantastic Last Stand mode will get a new hero later this month. The Tau Commander is the imperious leader of Warhammer 40,000's race of technologically advanced space-communists, the Tau. They stomp around in huge, customisable mech suits, which makes them perfect for Last Stand's loot driven progression system. With every level, new wargear is unlocked, opening up new build options that can completely change each warrior's role in the three-man team. See one in action in the trailer above, spotted on Reddit.


Dawn of War 2: Retribution patch buffs Orks, Ulthwe DLC out now

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Orks are the winners of the latest Dawn of War 2: Retribution patch. The greenskins get a series of health buffs across the board, making those vast, snot coloured mobs even more intimidating. Love them or hate them, you won't be able to kill them quite as easily as you could yesterday.

In fact, every race has received balance tweaks, and a sizeable list of bugs have been quietly taken out back and shot with a plasma pistol. You'll find the full patch notes below, nabbed from the Dawn of War 2 Retribution forums. On a related side note, the Eldar Ulthwe DLC mentioned yesterday is available now on the Steam store for £4.99 / $7.50.


Dawn of War 2: Retribution screenshots reveal Eldar Ulthwe DLC

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A new post on the Dawn of War 2: Retribution blog reveals a new DLC pack that will add the Ulthwe faction to the Eldar. The Ulthwe have the level of cheer you'd expect from a faction that lives their entire lives near an inter dimensional phenomenon known as the Eye of Terror. They're not be too optimistic about the future of the universe, but they are very good at shooting demons in the face. The DLC will provide a new look for most of the main Eldar units, similar to the recent Dark Angels pack which was released back in April for $7.50 / £5.00. There's no news on a release date or pricing details just yet, but you can see four new screenshots of the redesigned units below.


Dawn of War 3 will let you "build your own custom mega army"

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Dawn of War 2 made a bold shift away from the scale of the first game. It dropped base building and huge armies and replaced them with a cluster of upgradeable units with skill trees and armour slots. If you felt that the Dawn of War 2 format failed to capture the enormous armies and planet-sized scraps of the Warhammer 40K universe, then you might want to keep a close eye on Dawn of War 3. Relic marketing manager James McDermott told Eurogamer that the sequel will let you "build your own custom mega army," and aims to capture the sense of a "war that rages eternal." Oh my.


Last call for the Steam Summer Camp Sale. Shoot, build, and grind for cheap

Owen Hill at

The recent Steam Summer Camp Sale has brought new achievements and in-game rewards, along with a bumper selection of cheap games. Today is "Encore Day!" Unless Valve go for a stadium-satisfying multi-encore finish, it's your final chance to download a bargain. All the games are picked from the week's top sellers.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 for £4.99/$7.50, Terraria for £2.99/$4.99 and Magicka for £2.71/$3.39? Yes please. Click through for more details of today's deals.


Dawn of War 3 in development, will be more "MMO-like" says THQ boss

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THQ core games boss Danny Bilson has told Eurogamer that development on Dawn of War 3 is well underway at Relic. Eurogamer understand that the third game in the series will take elements from the first and second games and "add something new." Bilson previously told EG that Dawn of War 3 will "have a much larger strategic component to it, more of a global battle going on with little tactical things, sort of MMO-like."

Bilson gave a rough estimate for a release date, too, saying the game will likely ship sometime between August 2012 and February 2013. Yesterday, Bilson teased a big new Relic RTS announcement for this year's Gamescom. "This one's built to announce at that place," he said. "I feel like an ass saying it's fantastic, but it is. And we're going to do something with it you haven't seen before."


THQ retain 40K license with "multi-year extension"

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THQ and Games Workshop have announced that their licence agreement will be extended. It basically means that THQ can continue to create games that are packed full of Space Marines and Orks spelled with a "K".

THQ have had relative success with the license so far. We awarded Dawn of War 2: Retribution 88 in our review. Tom has written a preview about the upcoming Space Marine too; you can read that here.

What would you like to see THQ create with the 40K licence?


Dawn of War 2: Retribution sales boosted by Steam only release

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Dawn of War 2 and Chaos Rising used both Steam and Games for Windows Live. After negative reactions from players, THQ and Relic decided to drop Micosoft's service and release exclusively on Steam. A month after release, the THQ and Relic say that the move has resulted in improved sales, and that Steam features like matchmaking, friends lists, ladders and cloud saving led to an increase in pre-orders and happier players on launch.


Stand-alone version of DoW2: Retribution's Last Stand coming tomorrow

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This is pretty cool: tomorrow, Relic plans to release a stand-alone version of the Last Stand co-op survival mode of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution as a $10 download from Steam.

Last Stand, which was initially added to Dawn of War II in a patch shortly after release, has proven to be a big hit. It makes a lot of sense to release it as its own game, since it's essentially a completely different animal from its RTS/action-RPG campaign and multiplayer modes, and appeals to a different crowd. A $10 price lowers the barrier to entry considerably (versus the $30 price for Retribution) for people who want to check it out.

“We saw this as a unique opportunity to introduce new players to the Dawn of War franchise as well as expanding the player base for the already popular Last Stand mode,” says DoW2 Producer Jeff Lydell.

Anybody out there gonna pick this up?


Dawn of War 2: Retribution new Last Stand items detailed

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A free update for Dawn of War 2: Retribution's Last Stand mode is set to go live later today. Twelve new pieces of wargear will be added, tied to a series of new achievements that must be completed to earn the new items. Relic have posted a summary of the new gear on the Dawn of War 2: Retribution site. Some of the most powerful sounding items include a Space Marine thunder hammer that can stun vehicles, and a Laughing Stave for the Eldar Farseer that fires bolts of deadly lightning. Your enemies are unlikely to find this funny.

There's no news yet on what exactly we'll have to do to earn the achievements, but Relic say to "expect some steep challenges." We'll have to wait and see the new roles that emerge from the introduction of the new loot. If you're interested in improving your Last Stand scores, check out our guide to beating Last Stand.


Dawn of War 2: Retribution - how to beat The Last Stand

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The Last Stand has been one of the most enduring parts of Dawn of War 2 and Retribution has only expanded it with a new hero and map. The characters have completely new sets of wargear too, making it pretty daunting if you're not a Dawn Of War veteran.

We've combed through the community looking for the most efficient builds that the power gamers have been using to rack up the best scores. Follow our guide and you should break wave 20 in no time.


Dawn of War 2: Retribution getting Dark Angels DLC next week

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One of the moodiest Space Marine chapters, the Dark Angels are known for their awesome robes and brooding, Roman look. THQ announce that they will be making their way to Dawn of War 2: Retribution next week, in a DLC pack that will add new models, paint jobs and emblems to the Space Marine chapter, letting you play as the Dark Angels in mutiplayer. You'll find four new screens of the chapter below.


Dawn of War 2: Retribution Last Stand update to add achievements and new wargear

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Relic have announced that they will be releasing a free update for Dawn of War 2: Retribution's Last Stand mode. The update will add a series of new achievements that can be earned to unlock up to 12 new pieces of wargear for your Last Stand heroes.


Microsoft: Games for Windows Live "Needs great games to take advantage"

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Microsoft's Games for Windows Live service has the power to make grown men cry. Tears of blood.

It seems that even Microsoft know it. Well, kind of. Senior producer of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, Kevin Unangst, has been speaking to CVG about the service's “rocky” start. He seems to think the main issue with the service is the lack of games. We're more concerned by the system sucking, whether we're trying to find a DOW: II Last Stand partner or trying to access our save games when the servers go down. Basically, it's stopped us playing our games when we want to and nothing makes us sadder than that. There's a reason why Dawn of War II switched from GFWL to Steam for Retribution. It works better.

Read on for more on the future of GFWL. Brace for impact.


Cry havoc and win Dawn of War II: Retribution Collector's Edition! [US only]

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UPDATE: We've contacted the winners of the Collector's Edition and sent out the eight Steam codes, so go check your inbox! Thanks to everyone who entered!

The Imperial Guard needs you! Jump into the front lines of the six-way war for survival by winning one of our Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II—Retribution Collector's Editions! Read on to find out how to enter—and click here to read our review of Retribution

How to get rid of Dawn of War 2: Retribution's intro movies

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I'm all for giving credit where credit's due, but do I really need to see a full 67 seconds worth of intro movies every time I launch Dawn of War 2: Retribution? Yeah, I could spam the escape key to skip the THQ logo, the Games Workshop logo, the AMD ad, and the Relic logo/story intro. But I'm an impatient sort, and I plan to launch this game a lot, so I've taken matters into my own hands. Here's how I killed my intro movies.