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out of 14 votes out of 14 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Sep. 07, 2006
  • Price:
    Free to try (Two missions)
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Editors' Review

The standalone demo for the latest expansion to the sci-fi real-time strategy game Warhammer: 40,000: Dawn of War throws in new factions and new units for all the factions. The two additions--Necrons and Tau Empire--are at opposite sides of the philosophical spectrum. The former are skeletal warriors bent on death and destruction, while the latter are committed to fighting for "The Greater Good." Even though the demo only allows you to play the goody-two-shoes Tau Empire in two skirmishes against the Space Marines, there's more than enough real-time fun to earn the reasonably sized demo a top rating.

Gameplay will be extremely familiar to anyone who's tried Warhammer: 40K: Dawn of War, or really any recent real-time strategy game. Aside from the new factions, most of the other updates to the Warhammer universe are new units and a new single-player campaign. Battles are basically decided by controlling various strategic points around the playing field, then using that consolidated power to crush your opponent.

The tutorial is adequate but not comprehensive, and the two missions vary greatly in difficulty. The first is a rather leisurely conquest, while the second requires a quick buildup of resources for you to avoid getting crushed by the Spare Marines. All in all, the 300MB download installs easily and provides several hours of enjoyable real-time strategy with the outstanding graphics we've come to expect from the Warhammer: 40,000 series.

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Full Specifications

Publisher THQ
Publisher web site
Release Date September 07, 2006
Date Added September 07, 2006
Category Games
Subcategory Real-Time Strategy Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP, 2GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 980MB disk space, 32MB DirectX 9.0b compatible AGP video card with hardware Transform and Lighting
Download Information
File Size 308.51MB
File Name DarkCrusadeDemo.exe
Total Downloads 146,448
Downloads Last Week 4
License Model Free to try
Limitations Two missions
Price Free
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