|Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War|
|Release date(s)||NA September 20, 2004EUR September 24, 2004|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
|Media/distribution||3 CD-ROMs, download|
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is a military science fiction real-time strategy game developed by [Enertainment ]based on Games Workshop's 's popular war-game Warhammer 40,000. It was released by [THQ] on September 20, 2004 in North America. Since its release, three expansion packs have been released: Winter Assault in 2005, Dark Crusade in 2006 and Soulstorm in 2008. The sequel, Dawn of War II was released in February 2009.
The Game of the Year edition was released on September 21, 2005 in the USA and on September 23 in Europe, containing 4 extra exclusive maps. Later, the Game of the Year edition and Winter Assault were bundled in the Gold Edition in the USA, released in March 2006. In November 2006, Dawn of War and its first two expansions were released together in the USA. More recently, in March 2008, all three expansions along with Dawn of War have been released as The Complete Collection. The first three Dawn Of War Anthology.
The Single player campaign is set on the planet Tartarus, an Imperial planet that is currently being besieged by a Ork invasion. The campaign begins with Colonel Brom and his 37th Tartarus Planetary Defense Regiment under attack by a group of Orks. The Blood Ravens 3rd company, led by Captain Gabriel Angelos makes planet fall and saves Brom and his remaining men from the Ork invasion and the proceed to exterminate the remaining Orks in the vicinity. The Blood Ravens then prepare to attack the Orks surrounding the port, in order to protect the evacuation craft. Isador, sensing that the Captain's mind is troubled, he realizes why, and tells him that there was nothing he could have done to save his home planet of Cyrene. Gabriel tells him not to mention it again saying that his home world was his responsibility. Soon after this they are joined by an Inquistor, Mordecai Toth, who orders them to leave the planet, warning them to leave the planet, waring that the warp storm is approaching th planet and will consume the planet in 3 days time. Toth orders an evacuation of the plante but Gabriel refuses his order stating his desire to investigate the possible threat of Chaos from the Orks. Toth then implies that Gabriel's actions on Cyrene have clouded his judgment making him see Chaos where it does not exist.
The Game play of Dawn Of War is focused on capturing and holding strategic locations on the battlefield. These strategic locations control points that are captured by infantry squads and provide resources to construct units and buildings or unlock units in an army's tech tree. Battles are won either by holding a certain number of strategic locations for a period of time or by destroying all of the opposing armies' HQ structures and capturing there strategic points.