Bit-tech: Dawn of War 2 Beta Preview

It's been over four years (yes, it's really been that long) since Relic Entertainment's Dawn of War came along and really gave the real-time strategy genre a good shaking up. Gone were the tedious resource harvesting and throw-away units, replaced by a system that made players capture territory for resources, discouraged "turtling" defensive gameplay and made commanders start to value individual units.

The fresh approach to a genre that had arguably begun to stagnate following years of Command and Conquer clones, combined with the rich and gloriously violent setting of Games Workshop's iconic Warhammer: 40,000 universe resulted in a gloriously fun mix of Bolters, Chain-swords and twenty foot high chaos Daemons. The series has since been followed by a truckload of expansion packs (both good and not so good) which have expanded the game to a mind boggling eight playable races.

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