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The long-awaited next installment in the Dawn of War series is out this week, and Relic are once again taking the series in a slightly different direction -- with larger-scale battles and multiplayer that features elements reminiscent of the MOBA genre. Our review will be up later this week, but in the meantime click through for a snazzy new launch trailer, and some impressions from playing the campaign.

Here's the latest trailer which highlights the three main players from the game's campaign -- Gabriel Angelos of the Space Marines, Farseer Macha of the Eldar, and Gorgutz ‘Ead’unter of the Orks.

From a sheer spectacle perspective we're happy to report that the campaign is indeed pretty epic and switches up the perspective from mission to mission as you deal with the mysterious planet Acheron. And with a story that spans 17 missions that can take upwards of an hour to complete, there's no shortage of strategic warfare. It's big.

But, Dawn of War III is very different to Dawn of War II. And Relic's other strategy classic Company of Heroes. For one, using the environment and rubble for cover is all but absent, paving the way for a more, well, StarCraft-style approach. Meaning that capturing resource points and building and upgrading an army before making your move is pretty-much how most of the encounters play out. In that sense it feels a little traditional, and with the introduction of Elite heroes, like Gabriel Angelos and others, you get the sense that it's more Warcraft III than Dawn of War II.

Being a huge fan of both of those games it's hard not to feel a little conflicted, longing for more of the action-RPG meets strategic squad mechanics of Dawn of War II. As opposed to the building and amassing of larger armies. But in execution, once the battle commences, the results look spectacular. And the look and feel of the three races on offer -- Space Marine, Ork, and Eldar -- is different enough that the shifting perspective works wonders in adding variety to the campaign. And no matter how serious the tone of the story gets, Gorgutz ‘Ead’unter of the Orks is simply hilarious. And so much fun to play.

Our review will go up later this week, covering the campaign and multiplayer. So stay tuned.

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