Can you seduce the power of Chaos, or to remain loyal to the Emperor and swearing, even in the most difficult situations ?!
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Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War 2 was released in February 2009, and who would have thought then that the first and only to date addon to this successful strategy only released a year later. During this time, it would seem, could collect material for a full sequel, or at least a really large-scale addition, rich in content and innovations. However, in Chaos Rising, on the other hand, quantitative changes are not so much as we would like. But they are, thank goodness, quality.
Main dish Chaos Rising – A new story campaign 20 missions, in which appears a new game race, Chaos Space Marines of the Black Legion. They are fighting our heroes – Imperial paratroopers of the Order of the Blood Ravens. It begins at the victims and for a long time absorbed warp planet Aurelius, with the icy surface of which the Blood Ravens receive a distress signal from their brothers in the Order. Naturally, it was a trap, and soon the imperial troops face to face with the forces of Chaos, which act very smartly. Here in general a lot of traps, strokes back and surprises of varying degrees of surprise. Sworn enemies and friends, fellow soldiers, which we seem to be already buried, suddenly rising up from the ashes, in the ranks of the Imperials found “mole”, and the main villain suddenly allows us to get away alive, offering to forget about revenge.
Yes, the story, we must admit, was very strong: perhaps, even stronger and more interesting than it was in the original game. Real sworn enemies literally sparkles from the tension and brutal pathos inherent in the universe Warhammer 40.000. The very scheme of the campaign and mission structure keep the player on a short leash. Scenario suddenly throws us from one star to another sector, then the back, offers a choice of several key and a pair of optional assignments. In addition, each new mission is necessarily accompanied by a rapid discussion of the situation on the global map: thanks to these dialogues and comments, which let our subordinates, the plot looks more vivid and deeper.
In the boredom and monotony of missions tend to zero: in a short time the action is transferred to the Frozen dead planet in the tropics or industrial landscapes, the current target is constantly supplemented “on the fly”. And now, coming from the routine turns into a show: first you have to beat off an ally, then protect generators, shut some gates to direct attacking you orcs in head-on collision with the forces of Chaos, biting you on the other flank, at the same time covers the equipment, repairing generators, and he was still yelling something about the artifacts found in the area and that it would be nice to collect …
But the most important thing in all this accurately conveys the firm style and the spirit of Warhammer 40.000: it is the story rather than the confrontation of specific individuals, but the metaphysical opposition of chaos and order, betrayal and loyalty, Corruption and goodness.
Concept of Corruption here is not only a spiritual sense, but also quite tangible, material. Performing or vice versa, without performing any additional tasks in the missions, you increase the level of “corruption” heroes and their teams. A damage growth (it is displayed on a special scale) allows the use of the damned, marked with the stamp of Chaos weapons and equipment, as well as opening our subordinate new destructive abilities. But nothing in this world does not pass without leaving a trace: flirting with damage not only prevents access to the “light” equipment and abilities, but also directly affects the relationship between the two characters (they quarrel, and some are even ready to leave your team in protest) and on interchange stories. All this is even more closer Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War 2 to the role-playing game, and sharply increased the exciting missions, where now every step you are waiting for additional tasks and conditions.
Chaos in your hands
The gameplay has been no change. Before us is still the same hybrid of RTS and of RPG, where construction is relegated to the background (in a single campaign, it is not at all!), And the front pushed the fight for control points, deftly juggling characters abilities, their pumping, collecting trophies and painful dilemma on the screen global map between missions – what a new sword, armor or plasma pistol to allocate to each of their wards. The choice of equipment and the troops who will go with you to the next mission is the most important part of the game. The Chaos Rising, we are available 7 marines with his troops, but the matter can be taken only four. The emergence of strong units of Chaos, has a powerful special abilities (this is different lords, witches and heretics, adoring sacrificing allies to replenish your health, drinking the blood of his enemies, and impose various ill effects), of course, increased and the overall difficulty of the game: it is necessary to fight literally for every centimeter map, gnawing their way through crowds of enemies. But our heroes have something to counter the enemy: one of them has become a Dreadnought, a kind of walking machines of death, the other can cause reinforcements on the fly, as they are now pumped way up to level 30. This powerful weapons and armor of the enemies fall out more often. But most importantly: you can import your character pumped from the original game, and thereby make their lives easier.
But in the online battles will certainly not spared anyone. In the new multiplayer maps, imported into the addon, you can take control of one of the three heroes of the Chaos and personally show colleagues on Games for Windows Live, how to properly use the power of Corruption.
In short, Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War 2 – Chaos Rising is exactly the case when it is better late than never. Fairly belated addon as a reward for the long wait graced us with a new, even more exciting campaign, charismatic, rich with unique abilities race and a difficult choice – to be tempted if Chaos force, using more powerful equipment and skills, or to remain loyal to the Emperor and swearing, even in the toughest situations.