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September 23, 2011

Dawn of War II Retribution Review

I’ve been on a roll of play­ing Warham­mer games late­ly and Ret­ri­bu­tion has­n’t made it eas­i­er to stop doing so and if any­thing it’s made it hard­er.  I recent­ly pur­chased the THQ pack which con­tained all of the Warham­mer titles *Space Marine exclud­ed*.  I must admit I love the Warham­mer uni­verse.  I had nev­er touched it before I picked up the THQ pack nor had I played any of the table­top games or even heard of it for that mat­ter.  I find myself get­ting more and more immersed as time goes on and now I’m even pur­chas­ing the books and read­ing them non-stop.
One might expect that after so many releas­es that the con­tent might get dry or the uni­verse bor­ing.  I’m proud to say that this is not the case with Ret­ri­bu­tion and in addi­tion to bring­ing a good sto­ry to the table it tells sev­er­al.  You can choose to play not one but 6 dif­fer­ent races and each cam­paign if fair­ly lengthy and con­tains it’s own sto­ry­lines.
THQ has always suprised me with the con­tent that they shove into a $29.95 retail release.  Each cam­paign took me about 7 — 10 hours a piece which is about 42 hours of game­play.  I found each of the cam­paigns inter­est­ing and intigu­ing and Con­sid­er­ing most games only have a 5 — 8 hour cam­paign and cost twice as much.  When it comes to val­ue Ret­ri­bu­tion is hard to beat.
Ret­ri­bu­tion has made a few improve­ments over Dawn of War II which I thought made it a much bet­ter game.  The biggest and the most sig­inif­i­cant change aside from being able to play mul­ti­ple fac­tions is that there are alot more units to choose from and it plays a lit­tle more like and RTS instead of an action RTS.  Dawn of War II gave you a very lim­it­ed num­ber of units to choose from and you had to use them through the major­i­ty of the game.  While Dawn of War II is a good game in it’s own right, Ret­ri­bu­tion is far bet­ter. 
Graph­i­cal­ly Ret­ri­bu­tion does­n’t do much to improve on it’s predaces­sors but that isn’t to say it isn’t a pret­ty game.  There are plen­ty of explo­sions, blood baths and fire­fights for the eyes to feast on.  The game looks espe­cial­ly impres­sive when it’s dis­played using eye­fin­i­ty although I had to do some minor adjust­ments to a text file to get it to dis­play cor­rect­ly.
Ret­ri­bu­tion, while not orig­i­nal, ground break­ing, or game chang­ing in the RTS genre still suc­ceeds and that is because it presents a unique, dark and intrigu­ing orig­i­nal uni­verse and a very intu­itive and enter­tain­ing way and com­bines it with sev­er­al oth­er sto­ries to boot.  In addi­tion to this it has one of the best val­ues for your mon­ey I’ve seen in a long time.   Dawn of War II: Ret­ri­bu­tion is a must buy for any Warham­mer fan.

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