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DoW: Winter Assault Demo Tomorrow

A single-player demo for Dawn of War: Winter Assault is planned for release tomorrow to provide a standalone sample of the recently released expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Relic's RTS game. The current plan calls for the demo to become available at 3:00 pm EDT.

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11. It's out... Sep 29, 2005, 14:25 Ray Marden
...over at Fileplanet right now.
Probably other places, too.
Downloading, but not installing for awhile,

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10. Re: Crazy Micro? Sep 29, 2005, 10:00 aldo_14
I've seen it already on the shelves (in the UK, at least)

EDIT; a double pack, that is.

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9. Re: No subject Sep 29, 2005, 09:44 Creston
Hopefully the expansion adds a bit of difficulty to the game.

Hmmm, it does, and the AI is definitely revamped in skirmishes (Normal AI will now rape your ass if you turtle), but the single player missions are "difficult" because of the absurd scenarios you're put in. There's at least four missions where you have to defend four different areas at the same time, and the missions are all terribly overdone on the scripting.

Rather than a "You are here, the enemy is there, optional goal B is there, have fun", you get a "Move from A to B, kill C, do D, reinforce E, move to F, kill G, move to H, reinforce I, build J, move to K, do L, move to M etc" type missions.

If you like that kind, then you'll love the expansion. If you want to just be put at the bottom of a big ass map and figure out what to do on your own, you're not gonna be happy about this one.

There is also a nasty bug (Fatal Scar Error : Execution Paused) in the expansion that some people are experiencing that so far Relic has yet to acknowledge, although a moderator says they're working on it. I ran into it yesterday all the way at the end of map 4, after killing everything for two hours, and it forced me to completely redo the level.

On the plus side, it's a fun story, the final level is VERY cool, and I do like how they've redone the tech trees and the ultimate weapons, as they are now useful. The bloodthirster, for example, was useful for a 2 minute battle and then he'd be dead (because of his health going down so rapidly).
He now has 14000 hitpoints, and if he's not fighting, he loses like 2hps per second. So that means you can summon him and keep him around for a little while.

Overall I have to say that I think it's a solid expansion pack, but could have definitely used a better single player campaign. It seems Relic just isn't all that great at making memorable single player missions.

But everyone loves the new skirmish AI.


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8. Re: Crazy Micro? Sep 29, 2005, 08:18 Beerninja
anyone know when the special gold edition comes out that includes both the original and the expansion? I want that. I love this game (and I'm not a rts fan at all)

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7. Re: Crazy Micro? Sep 29, 2005, 03:05 Jarek Forhanon
Hmm, I'd say that DoW isn't very similar to WC3. DoW is squad-based, meaning that there is less overall micromanagement. In addition, DoW is all about capturing and holding checkpoints, whereas WC3 is your typical resource-gathering affair.

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6. Crazy Micro? Sep 29, 2005, 01:02 DefBringer
WC3 and DoW are very similar. I don't see how micro managing units that never return fire when fired upon (WC3) is "addicting".

Relic is the premier RTS game maker, all the others should watch them to see how it should be done.

DoW is superior in every way except for the story/campaign.

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5. Re: No subject Sep 29, 2005, 00:53 Kevlar3D
The original game qualifies as one of the shortest, easiest rts games ever. Hopefully the expansion adds a bit of difficulty to the game. Certainly left me wanting more though, i did enjoy it.

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4. Re: No subject Sep 29, 2005, 00:48 Old Number 7
Xero, try playing as Eldar for a micro challenge. DOW gets boring if all you do is turtle until you have overwhelming force. Try harassing your opponent from the beginning and you will find that you can win with far less time and forces.

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3. Same here. Sep 29, 2005, 00:35 Ant
The game was nice, but I couldn't like Dawn of War.  
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2. Re: No subject Sep 29, 2005, 00:00 Xero
I keep trying to play the first one JUST so I could be sold on buying the expansion which has some really cool looking units. Unfortunately I'm still having a hard time getting into it. I'm so used to the crazy addicting micro of Warcraft 3 that it's hard to go to any other RTS that doesn't have it as similar. Can someone explain to me where the addicting part of DoW comes from?(hardcore players?). Currently I'm at the point where I just try to build up a massive army and destroy every building and unit which as much as it sounds like every RTS game, in Wc3 this was handled a lot differently with the crazy micro involved. DoW keeps pushing me away after every match I have that feels exactly the same as the last =(

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1. No subject Sep 28, 2005, 23:47 Prez
Meh, if you played the first one, you should be sold on the expansion.

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