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The second expansion to 2004's Game of the Year Dawn of War is set in Game Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe adds two new races, the Tau and Necrons as well as new units for each of the existing races. Dark Crusade also features a new campaign mode where you choose one of the five past races, or two new ones and compete with the other six for domination of a planet called Kronus. Each race has its own story and reason for being on Kronus adding motivation for players to play the campaign with each race at least once. Along with the campaign Dark Crusade adds some new maps for skirmish, and online play

Dark Crusade is a stand alone expansion meaning that it does not require the original Dawn of War, or its first expansion Winter Assault to play. Both Dawn of War and Winter Assault are required to be installed if you want to use all of the other races besides the Tau and Necrons online.


Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade Windows Hellhound tank
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade Windows Victorious !
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade Windows The assault on every stronghold starts with a small cutscene.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade Windows Tau combined forces: Scouts, Fire Warriors and  Artillery (from right to left)

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Critic Reviews Feb 12, 2007 9.4 out of 10 94
Worth Playing Dec 18, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 27, 2006 88 out of 100 88
IGN Oct 09, 2006 8.7 out of 10 87
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Nov 07, 2006 B+ 83 Oct 28, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Absolute Games ( Nov 12, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Good Game Oct 17, 2006 8 out of 10 80 Oct 25, 2006 15 out of 20 75


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After winning a campaign and watching the credits, there is another outro, in which several planets are passed and heavy explosions are shown. There is a fade-out, and the number 2007 is displayed.

It's the first sign of the next Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War game - Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm, which was planned for 2007 but released in 2008.


  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #2 Best Add-On of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #7 PC Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Expansion of the Year

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Talonfire (31) added Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade (Windows) on Oct 14, 2006