Warhammer demo slammed down

Single-player sampling of THQ's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade available from GameSpot.

Those who like real-time strategy games (and titles with multiple colons) got some good news today. The single-player demo for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade is now available from GameSpot.

Dark Crusade is the second expansion to the PC real-time strategy game Dawn of War, following 2005's Winter Assault add-on. The new expansion adds two new races to the ongoing ruckus, the undead Necrons and the techno-savvy Tau.

The demo, a 315.9MB file, gives gamers a quick run-through with the game's tutorial. After moving past the training wheels, players can then take on two single-player missions.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade has not yet been rated or priced and is scheduled for release on October 9. For more information on the expansion, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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stilldragon
stilldragon

i downloaded the demo, but it had an error message along the lines of "this is not a valid win32 application" and i cant access the downloaded demo now, let alone played it. i tried re downloading it from a different site and it said the same thing. what should i do?

dctrjons
dctrjons

Lost the first skirmish trying to figure out how to play the Tau. And the generator being in a different spot threw me for a loop : p Second skirmish I tried an experiment. Sent out 8 stealth suits each to a different resource and after I had found the enemy base I would send each suit down to the edge of the enemy base. Built listening posts as points were captured and reinforced the S-Suits with the aquired resources. This ended up with the space marines unable to get any resource points and they kept building scouts to do so and by the time they made a commander unit my suit force was upgraded and fully reinforced... Not underpowered in my opinion and I don't know how I would set-up to fight it. Yeah, one on one, knowing I was fighting the Tau I could plan for it....but in a blind game not knowing your enemy's race right away I dunno what I'd do.

SonofNurgle
SonofNurgle

And a question. Did anyone else playing the demo think that tau stealth suits are underpowered?

SonofNurgle
SonofNurgle

The full game is going to kick a**, no doubt, but I think to much stuff was locked in the demo. No devilfish?! Its the only transport vehicle the Tau have, and it is locked! I was surprised, however, that the vespids are in the game, although they are also locked in the demo. I am definitely getting this game dude!

Georse
Georse

Have to say this game looks pretty sweet. The Tau offers a much juicer side to play than the weakly and slow to start Imperial Guard. The cannibalism button on the Kroot is a seriously nice detail. Can't wait to play the Necrons.

HardwareLust
HardwareLust

Demo was good...good enough for me to preorder the game. That being said, I was a bit disappointed with the content of the demo...too much stuff was locked, and it would have been nice to be able to complete the 2nd mission. I think it's going to rock...

Typocalypse
Typocalypse

Tau are pretty good, lol i thought the computer will be Necrons in skirmish...O well

duncanhall
duncanhall

The perfect way to stop the tau is to teleport in an assault terminator squad with an apothecary or a commander unit. 'Nuff said.

sollit
sollit

holy **** i like the TAU they are kick ass super tech or primative fighters its ur choice i like that. but im looking forward to the necrons! they look like super soldiers

zreneau
zreneau

I've enjoyed the demo. The Tau seem really powerful at first, but I suspect they will balance it all out. I can't wait for the full version to drop.

Supreme_Fantasy
Supreme_Fantasy

Sound looks like a great game. I'm gonna try it as well.

ewjim
ewjim

I'm waiting for full version! :)

night_haunter
night_haunter

im downloadin it right now...........cant wait to use taus!

hrah
hrah

WHERE WAS I ??? WHEN THIS DEMO WAS RELEASED, DAMM DOWNLOADING !!!

adijan
adijan

the demo is god, but i want to see how the real game fits in, the demo's arent always the same as the real game

ducky239
ducky239

i cant be bothered to download the demo ive already pre ordered it so ill wait till i get it

speedigeckos
speedigeckos

Its a great demo, but how do you heal crisis suits?

Binzen
Binzen

Ah! Very sexy. Not to knock WA, but DC seems to be shot of adrenaline DoW has been lacking. I'm looking foward to its release.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

I downloaded the demo and at frist the storyline clip got me alll hyped up. Then when it came down to playing I got dissapointed. I guess is the kind of game you either love or hate. The purpose is to movilize units to conquer strategic positions and so on. The zooming capabilities are not the greatest. Definetly I'm not getting this one.

KillaW0lf
KillaW0lf

cant wait to buy this amazing game after playing the demo :)

agrigoat
agrigoat

The Tau are like the best side ever, finally a chance to mince those Khorne Berserkers (the worst unit ever, so stupidly uber) and Nob squads. Eat burning socialist plasma death melee imperlist dogs!

rorymcneil1110
rorymcneil1110

i loved the tau they were very good but u need to see all the ova troops and it shud hav made 1 mission tau 1 mission necrons i think. and the single play campaign looks good. cnt w8 to buy it

DeadPL
DeadPL

Nice demo.. Tau are nice...and shadow unit kick ass :) But why they don't give us Necron units in demo ;(

AntoniustheGrey
AntoniustheGrey

I liked the Demo. Tau seem very good, but can't pass judgment until all units are unlocked. However, with what I saw, the Tau are pretty kick butt. You need the Kroot though to do damage early on. Overall it's pretty good, and the Tau seem like a balanced edition. Now that Necrons and Tau are out...next should be the Dark Eldar, I wonder how that's going to be...

wozzie_triad
wozzie_triad

that is a very good demo pity you can't get all the tau units i wanted to see their super unit that krootox thing looks awesome

supercowxxx
supercowxxx

"They will ruin it by including both the monolith and the nightbringer and giving the option to field both at the same time. Those 2 units alone over power necrons in the tabletop game, and they will ruin it in this game." The monolith is pretty good, but does not particularly overpower necrons. The nightbringer doesnt overpower them at all. It makes everyone scared but pretty much every army has a way to deal with it if you know what you are doing.

BounceDK
BounceDK

Cool demo, AI kicks my ass non stop...

FyreAndIce83
FyreAndIce83

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s0l0123
s0l0123

The Tau are better than I thought they would be. My only gripe is that they changed the Space Marine's Force Commander with a younger face, the old one seemed more realistic, but it's not a game-breaker. It's a definate must buy if you bought the previous DoWs.

halocin
halocin

Quite frankly, the Tau are terrifying...I can't wait to see the Necrons

Suicidal_Healer
Suicidal_Healer

w00t, sweet demo, but you get to only use the crappy tau units.

readyss
readyss

I can't play it :( can you be imperual guard?

realitystinx
realitystinx

downloaded in only 25 mintues, yay time to try it.

aaronquest
aaronquest

i got it i was dissapointed they nerfed the cost rater 2 build stuff and the tao own so easily u dont play as necrons

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I'm downloading it right now! :P