Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network RTS Games to Play While Waiting for Warcraft 3 Reforged https://www.gameskinny.com/2cknl/rts-games-to-play-while-waiting-for-warcraft-3-reforged https://www.gameskinny.com/2cknl/rts-games-to-play-while-waiting-for-warcraft-3-reforged Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:57:06 -0500 Ty Arthur

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What's your favorite RTS game to chill out with while waiting on Warcraft 3: Reforged? Sound off in the comments below, and we'll see you in the Battle.net lobby when it finally lands January 28!

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Of course, with the remake coming soon, we're left wondering: is a true successor ever going to come from Blizzard? Will we ever get Warcraft 4

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Knowing Blizzard's track record with canceling anticipated projects and the timeline on the company actually releasing follow-ups to major franchises, we won't hold our breath.

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Sins Of A Solar Empire: Rebellion

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Love both turn-based 4X expansion games and fast-paced RTS titles? You get both with Sins Of A Solar Empire, and its a winning combination.

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Even before diving into the modding community, the replayability available here is simply huge, and somehow, Rebellion is still getting new patches, updates, and events from the development team eight years after its initial launch.

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This is an old one, but one that should be at the top of your list if you've never played it. 

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A Year Of Rain

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When looking for an experience very similar to the original Warcraft 3: Reign Of Chaos, it doesn't get much closer than A Year Of Rain. The influence and inspiration it takes from Warcraft 3 is very clear, but the twist here is that you can play co-op as a team of two.

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The only thing to keep in mind before jumping into A Year Of Rain is that this is an Early Access and unfinished release. There's a lot of potential here, but you have to see it. There's still lots of room for improvement overall.

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Seven Kingdoms Ancient Adversaries

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There aren't many super-old-school games that manage to effectively work in espionage and diplomacy to the standard RTS conquer formula. But Ancient Adversaries pulls it off.

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Managing your population and morale is just as important as amassing overwhelming force, and you've actually have to think about what you will do with a conquered area after taking it over.

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As a game that came out in the late 1990s, Ancient Adversaries is a little clunky due to an aging UI, but it's still worth it for fans of old-school RTS titles.

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Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal

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A mix of tower defense and RTS, Creeper World 3 is radically different than the rest of the games on our list, but still well worth playing if you want to try something new.

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Instead of hordes of orcs or stormtroopers, here, you are basically fighting a spilled liquid that terraforms the terrain. Your goal is to stop its relentless advance and eventually fight back to take out the source. It's somewhat like Plague Inc., with a nefarious virus-like substance polluting the land. 

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There's a lot more strategy to it than you might think, though, and the number of levels and playthrough styles on offer are staggering. With a level editor included, you could easily sink a very silly number of hours into mastering every aspect of Creeper World 3.

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The Tone Rebellion

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Since releasing back in 1997, there has never been an RTS quite like this one, and it baffles me there's never been a remake or sequel in all that time.

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Very much a product of its time, The Tone Rebellion features a quasi-3D style that will bring to mind contemporaries like Alien Legacy or Septerra Core.

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As a leader of the jellyfish-style Floaters, your goal is to free your people from the tentacles of the mighty Leviathan. With light RPG elements and a totally different faction selection than your typical RTS, this is a game that deserved more attention than it ever got.

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Sadly, this is one of those classic games that never made it to digital outlets. Your only options now are to find a disc floating around somewhere or hit up an abandonware site. Make sure to give it a vote on the GOG community wishlist page if you want to see it make a proper digital return!

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Age Of Empires 3

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Plenty of gamers still look with rose-colored glasses at Age Of Empires 2 as the pinnacle of the series. And yeah, it had a lot going for it back in the day. Hell, the game's been re-released twice, with the latest Definitive Edition bringing brand-new campaigns and civs to the game. 

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For something a little different, though, I recommend hitting up the sequel if you haven't played it yet or just want a historical game in the RTS genre.

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The time periods and locations on display here aren't often explored in the real-time strategy genre, skipping around from Spanish knights in the 16th Century to various First Nations conflicts, the American Revolution, and even the Indian Rebellion in the 1850s.

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That's not to mention several new series' mechanics make AoE 3 well-worth checking out. 

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Tooth and Tail

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Ready for a tale of riots, revolution, and meat, my furry comrade? Imagine if Fievel Mousekewitz and his clan decided to stay home and devour their oppressors while overthrowing the bourgeois instead of moving to America and you've got Tooth & Tail.

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Many of the traditional RTS base building elements are turned on their heads here, resulting in fast-paced matches as the Longcoats, Commonfolk, KSR, and Civilized factions engage in a war of supremacy to discover who gets to eat tonight. 

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If you dig anthropomorphic mice fighting for justice (whether Mouse Guard or Redwall), you'll have a good time here.

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2

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If you like the ship-to-ship combat of Empire At War and want to skip the ground-based skirmishes altogether, then the Battlefleet Gothic series is the way to go.

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While most of the Warhammer 40K games are based around space marines or various alien factions engaged in wars of attrition on various planets, these titles finally give the Imperial Navy its proper due.

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From the killer ship designs to the unique space-based maps, there's a ton to love for Games Workshop fans here, although the PvP and skirmish modes are probably more fun than the campaign in the longterm.

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Star Wars: Empire At War

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If you somehow missed it, yes, there is in fact a proper real time strategy Star Wars title set during the rebellion era, and it is absolutely as awesome as that sounds like it would be.

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Whether moving resistance soldiers through the rainy wilderness to take down a shield generator or commanding a fleet of Star Destroyers to destroy rebel X-Wing scum, Empire At War is pretty much everything you could want from an RTS Star Wars game.

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While the base campaign is fun, the real goods are found in the modding community. Devoted fans have painstakingly recreated the Clone Wars and other famous eras of franchise history, which vastly increases your potential play time.

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Northgard

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Viking-themed RTS? Sign me up! The fact that this one is from the indie developer behind the clever Evoland titles is just icing on the cake.

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Northgard has less micromanagement than other fast-paced strategy entries, and it has a more "board-game" feel to it. But it's still most definitely a real-time game that can blow away large chunks of your time. 

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In another fun twist, Northgard works in some interesting Catan-style elements for a different economy and resource management system. It also has some decent "expansions" worth checking out. 

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Company Of Heroes 2

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A unique take on historical strategy, Company Of Heroes 2 offers a slightly different focus than most of the other RTS games on our list.

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Starting as the Russian army moves in to break the German forces, this tactical look at WWII features an infantry creation and management system that has been shifted and streamlined from the typical strategy game. 

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CoH2 has a solid balance of objective-based gameplay and RTS front-line conquering. While extremely intense because of the subject matter, Company Of Heroes 2 still has enough entertaining gameplay elements to keep you hooked and playing for hours. It, like Dawn of War, is often part of quarterly sales on Steam and GoG. 

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Dawn Of War

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Somehow, the Games Workshop license still hasn't managed to produce a better 40K real-time strategy game than this ancient (and let's be honest, kinda' ugly) entry from Relic Entertainment.

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While a lot of fans were enamored in the first few days, the luster of Dawn Of War 3 wore off pretty quickly. Between bugs in the campaign and the fact that the single-player mode was basically a tutorial for the game's mutliplayer component, things went downhill fast.

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Skip that title in the series and come back to this hallowed classic instead. The story campaign of the original Dawn Of War is still incredibly solid for its age.

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If you just want to jump into some RTS action and take over territory, though, both the standalone Dark Crusade and/or Soulstorm "expansions" are the way to go. You can grab all of them at Steam or GOG for a very reasonable price these days.

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Ready for the re-imagined Warcraft 3: Reforged to finally hit the Battle.net launcher? We've only been waiting 18 years for a proper return to Azeroth in all its RTS glory. And now, it's nearly here!

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After Starcraft: Remastered arrived back in 2017, it shouldn't have been much of a shock that Warcraft 3: Reign Of Chaos would get an overhaul next. Frankly, it needed one. While the cut scenes were gritty look and the mechanics solid, the actual gameplay featured a cartoonish graphical aesthetic that didn't quite match the dark story set in the world of Azeroth. 

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We still have a few weeks until we can finally return to fight for orcish independence, though, so in the meantime, you might want to polish your classic RTS skills with a few rounds of skirmishes. With that in mind, we've rounded up all the top real-time strategy games to play if you just can't wait for Reforged to arrive at the end of January.

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We're going with mostly classic titles here either because they came out decades ago, or just emulate that old-school style with a few more modern entries as well to round things out.

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Let's command and conquer! 

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5 Best Warhammer 40K Video Games to Get Into the Franchise https://www.gameskinny.com/wq57l/5-best-warhammer-40k-video-games-to-get-into-the-franchise https://www.gameskinny.com/wq57l/5-best-warhammer-40k-video-games-to-get-into-the-franchise Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:13:13 -0500 buymymixtape123

Warhammer 40K has a rich history, dating back to a board game in the late 80s. Since its first video game outing in 1992 with Space Crusade, the series has kept going strong under many different publishers and developers. Here are five games from the series that will help you get into it if you are new to the series.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

Publisher: THQ

Developer: Relic Entertainment

Platform: PC

Dawn of War may look like an outdated RTS, but it is still a great game to check out if you are new to the series. You can take charge of the Space Marines, the Chaos Space Marines, the Eldar, or the Ork and go and defeat other factions by taking over all of their headquarters or controlling points for a period of time. You can also play the campaign, where you can play through the war in the Imperium empire. This game is a classic RTS and should be played if you are a big fan of RTS games. 

Warhammer 40k: Space Marine

Publisher:  THQ

Developer:  Relic Entertainment

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Space Marine brings something different to a series mostly known for strategy games. This game is a third-person shooter, similar to Gears of War, in which you play as Titus, a space marine trying to fight back the invading Orks on the planet Forge World Graia. You will have to shoot and use effective melee attacks to defeat the enemies trying to kill you. This game is considered the most accessible of the series, and unlike the others on this list, it is available on consoles.

Warhammer 40K: Armageddon

Publisher: Slitherine Ltd

Developer: Flashback Games, The Lordz Games Studio

Platforms: PC, iPad

Have you ever wanted to play a good Warhammer 40K game on the go? Well look no further than Armageddon, which is a strategy game with gameplay similar to Panzer General or an older Civilization game. In this game, you are again fighting against the Orks as Space Marines or Armageddon Steel Legion. The game moves on a hex system, so you can only move your units on your turn in a certain amount of spaces. This game is kind of different from other Warhammer games, but if you have an iPad or a PC, this is a great way to ease your way into the series. 

Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate 

Publisher: Strategic Simulations

Developer: Random Games

Platforms: PC

This game is a bit older than all the other entries on this list, but is still worth checking out. In Chaos Gateyou take on traitorous space marines as Captain Kruger and his crew. This game plays similar to XCOM, as you will move your marines on your turn around the level and then attack the enemies if you are in range to attack. This game is great for people who love the XCOM series, so try to check it out! 

Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II

Publisher: THQ, Sega

Developer: Relic Entertainment

Platforms: PC, Mac

Similar in many ways to the original Dawn of War Dawn of War II is just as good of a game with which to start your Warhammer experience. This game takes away the base-building of its predecessor and focuses more on covering your units, but things like grenades will destroy your cover. In the campaign, you play as the Space Marines taking on the Orks in different planets in the Galaxy. This game is a true sequel, as it takes those things that made its predecessor good and expands upon them to make a worthwhile experience. 

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These are five good Warhammer 40K games that are good to get into the series with. If you are really interested in getting into this series, be sure to try some of these games out.  

 

 

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Can't Play Dawn of War 3? Here are 6 Games in the Warhammer Franchise to Keep You Busy https://www.gameskinny.com/m7v4n/cant-play-dawn-of-war-3-here-are-6-games-in-the-warhammer-franchise-to-keep-you-busy https://www.gameskinny.com/m7v4n/cant-play-dawn-of-war-3-here-are-6-games-in-the-warhammer-franchise-to-keep-you-busy Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:00:02 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

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From tactical strategy to crazy antics on a football field, Warhammer has plenty of games to keep both fans and newcomers alike busy. Dawn of War 3 is ready and waiting for eager hands to purchase and play, but if you still haven't got it yet, then by now you should hopefully have picked another title to get stuck into.

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Games Workshop has created something remarkable in Warhammer due to the sheer amount of content on offer. We've gone through a number of video game options, but tabletop games are rife in the market right now. Why not get your buddies together around your dinner table and get to work?  Either way, however you like to experience Warhammer, be sure to smack those Orks extra hard.

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Blood Bowl

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The most ludicrous game of them all obviously had to be saved for last. While not your stereotypical Warhammer title, or even sports game for that matter, we have Blood Bowl.

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Acting as a fantasy-style parody of American Football, Blood Bowl takes the races of the Warhammer franchise and lets them battle it out in the field. The aim of the game is to either score the most touchdown, therefore recreating the world-renowned sport, or to violently kill every member of the opposing team. The way in which you ensure victory is up to you, but it can be done in either real-time or turn-based strategy gameplay.

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Blood Bowl received a better reception on PC than on consoles but a sequel was released which fared a little better on consoles. Maybe they just weren't ready for Warhammer to whip this out of the bag, but it's a title that can provide some hilarious gameplay as well as a wildly different take on the universe.

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Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

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The newest game on the list is probably the most different -- the reason being that Vermintide is a multiplayer only title. Upon hearing that you may be inclined to grumble and groan, and ask how this game is worthy to be on a list of Warhammer games we should revisit, but on the whole, it received a positive reception from critics and fans alike.

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Anyone who is familiar with Valve's Left 4 Dead games will have a vague idea of what to expect from Vermintide. You and three other friends will be fighting off hordes of the Skaven, a hideous vermin-like race of monsters in first-person gameplay. An element is also put into play as the rolling of dice is available upon completion of a match, determining what types of weapons players will receive. 

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Games Workshop allied themselves with Vermintide's developer to ensure it was faithful to the Warhammer universe, and this certainly helped the game to elevate its sales upon release. So for something a little more modernized than your classic RTS, give the latest entry in the series (well, after Dawn of War 3) a go.

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Warhammer 40k: Armageddon 

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Now jumping forward to 2014, Armageddon rekindles the love for RTS in the franchise. 

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In an age where gamers are relentlessly searching for retro-style games, Armageddon fits unusually well in the current market. Its gameplay is influenced by the somewhat outdated Panzer General series but the turn-based strategy and hex-based gameplay that's on show here has been crafted almost to perfection. 

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Leading the Imperial forces of the Armageddon Steel Legion, as well as Space Marines, players will need to learn a plethora of tactical mechanics in order to come out on top. Giving you access to thirty different scenarios, Armageddon's variety is something to behold.

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It is another title that was well received by loyal fans, due to the very fact that it centralizes the core gameplay of the Games Workshop universe. A huge amount of units at your command means that there's always something worth defending or attacking in this one. 

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Warhammer 40k: Space Marine

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Jump forward a few years from Dawn of War and we have Space Marine

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This title radically changes the formula and brings third-person action into the mix. While shooting plays a big part in Space Marine, melee is, in fact, a huge focus.

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The game has a wide variety of weapons with which you can rip your opponents to shreds. The Thunder Hammer, for example, uses its energy on impact, making killing blows all the more sweeter. The Power Axe, on the other hand, is able to disrupt solid matter and tear through extremely strong armor. It's a Warhammer game that allows you to get a little close and personal in comparison to the RTS titles. 

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Space Marine obviously feels slightly different to its counterparts, but it was still well received, which of course means that it's a game that is well worth revisiting. If you fancy scratching that Warhammer itch as a Marine who can obliterate enemy after enemy with some mighty fine weaponry, then this is your game. 

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Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II

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We may as well continue from where we left off and continue on with the sequel. And while it was seen as less of a smash hit in comparison to the first, that doesn't necessarily make it a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. 

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The building of bases was completely removed in Dawn of War 2 and the focus on units was heightened. Cover became a primary mechanic so new weapon options were added to compliment this addition. It raised a few eyebrows initially, and it was more simplistic than the heavy RTS influences of the first, but the strategy element was still part and parcel of the Dawn of War name and Warhammer franchise as a whole. 

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Perhaps a shiny coat of paint is all that this sequel needed to gain a positive reception, which on the whole it did, and if it acted as a passable RTS, which is also did, then it's worthy of a nostalgia trip if you're in need of a quick fix. 

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Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War

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What better way to jump back into the franchise by starting right here. It may be nearly 13 years old (still young by Warhammer standards) but the first Dawn of War is well worth the return trip.

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The Space and Chaos Marines, Eldar and Orks all battle it out in order to capture and defend specific points in this very well received title. Dawn of War kept its fanbase alive for a good few years through its three expansions -- Winter AssaultDark Crusade and Soulstorm, and the base game itself nailed the type of content that Warhammer fans craved.

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Turn-based strategy -- it's something that people either seem to love or hate. I'm strangely in the middle, but one thing is certain, Dawn of War does it right. Combat ability can be influenced by squad morale, and building specific research centers and the like will help to unlock even more advanced buildings. All of this ties together to create a timeless game. Remind yourself what made Dawn of War so brilliant in the first place and boot up this decade-old title.

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Games Workshop have quite the thing going with Warhammer. Not all are adequately acquainted with the tabletop games and their creators, but combined with their video game counterparts, the lavish, but also brutish world has been entertaining many people for decades. With Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 3 releasing, the franchise is being shot into the limelight once more. 

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The beauty of a franchise like this is that there is no shortage of games, whether tabletop or otherwise, for its loyal fans. From Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay to the Dawn of War series, there is an abundance of titles, all with their own quirks.

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Some of us may not be jumping onto the Dawn of War 3 bandwagon yet for a number of reasons, but if you're looking to delve back into the universe and haven't snapped up the most recent title, here are six that will whet your appetite.

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The 10 Best Strategy Games on Steam That Aren't Civilization https://www.gameskinny.com/0m6kt/the-10-best-strategy-games-on-steam-that-arent-civilization https://www.gameskinny.com/0m6kt/the-10-best-strategy-games-on-steam-that-arent-civilization Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:03:31 -0400 Stefano Bonacchi

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Star Ruler Series

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I like to call this series "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann simulator" -- because it is, to my knowledge, the only space-themed 4X where you can build a ship as big as the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which is 1 million light years in length.

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If you want to kick reason to the curb and do the impossible, this is the game to do it in. It has an incredibly detailed ship-building system. And it's also completely moddable, coming with the source code in text file form. This makes for a pretty big modding community, and that is always nice.

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The first game itself isn't particularly hard, although it requires micromanaging at times, second one requires less micromanaging but has a more "realistic" max ship size (the size of a star).Overall it's a pretty solid series for any strategy fan to pick up.

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Do you agree with these choices? Do you feel there are other, more deserving strategy titles that we forgot to mention? Do you want to share your gameplay experiences with these games? Post a comment below and let us know!

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Crusader Kings 2

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You may have noticed by now that I am a bit of a Paradox fanboy. It's hard not to be when you love grand strategy games, and they happen to make some of the best around.

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That said, I can summarize Crusader Kings 2 with a sentence:

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"If god didn't want us to conquer the holy land, why did he populate it with infidels?"

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As the title says, you will play a Crusader King, (or duke, or count, maybe emperor if you're lucky) in the base game. You must try to carve a dominion for your dynasty within the holy lands -- or anywhere else, really, but the Middle East is pretty rich. You will play as your ruler character until he dies, then continue your game as his heir. This goes on until your dynasty is either toppled and unladed, or fades into obscurity and goes extinct.

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The base game itself is good, but the DLCs make it a hundred times better -- allowing you to experience a plethora of fun events and easter eggs, and also giving you a chance to become a filthy pagan, an incestuous zoroastrian, or a Muslim Jew or Buddhist. These expansions even flesh out character interactions, bring the start date backwards in time, and add more realistic illnesses.

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The only sore point here is the price. Both the game and most of the DLCs are overpriced at the moment and (in my opinion) should only be bought with a 50% or more discount on Steam. But whenever you do decide to buy, this title will grant thousands of hours of fun.

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Get Crusader Kings II on Steam. Deus Vult!

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Stellaris

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Compared to the other Paradox Games previously mentioned, Stellaris is unique in that it is a 4X rather than a grand strategy title. Regardless, it's a pretty fun game that's still as hard as any other Paradox title.

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Stellaris also allows you to design your own ships and negotiate with alien lifeforms, who can be basically anything -- even cute kittens that want to purge your wretched form in nuclear fire.

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What's not to love there?

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Get Stellaris on Steam and start genociding your own adorable alien races.

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

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This game is a decent space-themed RTS set in the Warhammer 40k universe.  The game is not as complicated as say, Victoria II, but its combat mechanics do require at least a few hours to fully grasp.

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All in all, Battlefleet Gothic is fun and its combat is pretty engaging -- especially for fans of the setting. (Although it does need more orks, because GREEN IZ BEST!)

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 Get Battlefleet Gothic: Armada on Steam.

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Agarest Zero

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I recommend Zero over the first game in the Agarest series -- mostly because it has less boring random battles, it is harder but more rewarding, and has a digest mode with the full storyline of the first game. So it is better all around.

The gimmick in these games is that you play successive generations of characters which you yourself can create by choosing a spouse. Different spouses will lead to different children who will be good at different things. In Zero specifically, you also create your main character at the start and can customize his every detail, making for a nice number of options.

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All in all the Agarest series is nice, if a bit clichèd, set of strategy RPGs. And the Steam versions patched some bugs and put in a few nice touches that make end-game grinding much more bearable.

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Get Agarest Zero on Steam.

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Victoria 2

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A friend of mine calls this game the "Marx was right simulator", and he has a point. The game models 19th century capitalism and imperialism really well, and also models the ethnic makeup of any province in the world and accompanying nationalism accurately. Basically, it is almost a politics simulator.

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Why does my friend call it what he does?

Because by late game, most markets will be flooded and there will be continuous crises of overproduction -- giving rise to a lot of communist agitation and frequent communist revolutions. But that's part of the game's fun too!

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I've yet to play a strategy game as deep and complex as this one. Though as is true with other Paradox titles, combat is left up to chance. But that's more than made up for by the fact that you can conquer the world as sapient polar bears. How cool is that?).

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Get Victoria II on Steam.

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Europa Universalis Series

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This series has produced a lot of gems, but it has some sore spots too. These games are increbly historically accurate and pack some series depth into their gameplay. The series' main focus is on running a nation and dealing with diplomacy. But it's a bit weak in the combact aspect. Battles are for the most part simulated based on your and your opponents' troop numbers, quality, and location, with no human input.

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EU:Rome in particular needs to be mentioned for being a very good strategy game. It focuses on the time between the first Punic War and Augustus' rule as Emperor.

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Sadly the fourth game in the series, Europa Universalis IV, is both the best and the most overpriced. There are some pricey expansions for it, too -- so it's probably better to wait for a sale and buy this title then if you're so inclined.

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Valkyria Chronicles

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This game is unique because it has a gameplay that can only be summed up as "RTS meets RPG meets TPS meets turn-based tactics".

You control, train, and equip a unit of soldiers fighting to liberate their small nation of Gallia from the invading forces of a much superior foe. Battles are played in turns that get determined by spending CP (short for command points, of which you get a limited amount per turn). You can control a soldier and move it on the field, but they will get fired on if spotted by an enemy, and can in turn fire on those enemies as well. 

This makes for an intriguing mix that -- alongside a pretty nice plot -- makes for a very good and fun game. On top of it all, the Steam port is the best version of the game. So you should grab it. 

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Get Valkyria Chronicles on Steam.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Series

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The series itself has some good and bad points -- its good being very good and its bad being mediocre at best. All Warhammer 40k games are real times strategy, though there's a big difference between Dawn of War 1 (plus its expansions) and Dawn of War 2.

The first game is in many ways reminiscent of a 4X game. You had to conquer points of interest on the map to gain more resources, so you could then build more troops and overwhelm your enemy's base -- all the while preventing your opponent from doing the same to you. Meanwhile, the second in the series is much more focused on small unit tactics and the ability to create troops or buildings is almost completely gone. 

Almost any game in the series is good. But you can probably skip over Soulstorm (the standalone expansion of Dawn of War 1), which is the worst of the series due to bad voice acting and rushed programming that made it buggy. 

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Disgaea PC

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The Disgaea series is pretty well established among lovers of strategy-RPGs. It has quirky humor, it's full of pop-culture references, and it's incredibly over-the-top -- having your characters statistics easily reach the millions and turning the late game into a "rocket tag".

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The game is very fun and deserves mention despite being very old. The PC version is a satisfactory porting, making it a nice choice.

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Get Disgaea on Steam.

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If you're a strategy game fan, chances are you're playing Civilization 6. Even if you aren't, you know that it's been everywhere since its launch. Strategy gamers everywhere can't seem to get enough of it.

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Civilization as a series is one of the staples of the strategy genre, but there happen to be many other good strategy games available  on Steam right now (and cheaper too). So whether you aren't planning to play Civilization VI at all, or you just haven't gotten the chance to pick it up yet, there are other games out there for you.

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Let's take a look at some of the best strategy games that aren't Civ.

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