IntroductionLet's Play Dawn of War 2: Retribution
The final standalone expansion for the Dawn of War 2 series, Retribution is a departure in some aspects from the way the vanilla game and its first expansion Chaos Rising did things. The biggest relief for some was that Windows Live was replaced with Steam, but the campaign sees a lot of changes mechanically too. There's less heroes to choose from but now a lot of the mechanics from multiplayer involving resources and building your forces with regular units comes into play, and the campaign can be played from the perspective of every single race in the game. With the Imperial Guard added, that's six whole campaigns you can play through with different styles to the armies.
Of course, in order to change these things up there's a few things that have been lost. Levelling is streamlined, and though each campaign is different in terms of the race you're playing as and some of their mechanics the maps themselves are identical in layout and enemies no matter what. This takes a lot of the variety out, and so the story needs to carry the way. This works well with some of the armies, less so with others.
Overall Retribution is a fun campaign and just like with Dawn of War 2 and Chaos Rising I'll be playing the game as co-op with my good buddy Coolguye. We'll be playing once more as the Blood Ravens in order to finish up their campaign and wrap up the story arch that covers the entirety of the Dawn of War 2 timeline, and even some stuff that has been going on since the very first Dawn of War campaign.
If you're new to Dawn of War 2 in general and want to check out the events of the game leading up to this one you can check out the previous thread here where Coolguye and I ran through the entirety of the Dawn of War 2 and Chaos Rising campaigns with audience participation making levelling and other decisions for us.
A Let's Play of the Ork campaign in Retribution has been done by Niggurath, and you can find it on the LP Archives here. The characters in the Ork campaign are amazing and if you're never going to be playing Retribution for yourself I'd recommend checking that one out (it might change your mind), though fair warning you'll find the missions there are identical in layout to the ones in this Let's Play.
We'll be retaining the voting scheme from the previous thread, for although there's not much choice in the campaign in terms of where to go next, we can still leave decisions such as mission rewards and character builds up to you guys.
Regarding spoilers please refrain from spoiling anything from the events of any of the campaigns in Retribution. Discussing what has occurred in the games that came before is fine, but if it leads to spoilers for Retribution save it for the event, as Retribution isn't that long of a game so you won't have to wait long to get to it.
We hope you enjoy the game.
We also did an LP of the base game, Dawn of War 2.
Tutorial and Mission 1 Youtube (Non-Polsy) Blip (Non-Polsy)
Purchased avatars by scurrilous ne'er-do-wells, Coolguy and myself played a best of three game of 3v3 in a bid to uncover those who bought them for us. TheLastRoboKy, Coolguy and imfrstrtd play against Lemonrind, Brainamp and Iretep. The winners of each round got to choose the next map we played on, the first map was decided at random. Big ups to Torlon for setting up the stream and providing commentary for the games.
Round 1 - Siccaris Plains
Round 2 - Angel Gate
Round 3 - Argus Desert Gate
Coolguy versus TheLastRoboKy Stream hosted by Torlon - Youtube (Non-Polsy)
How Voting on levelling Works
Much easier than last time, there's only really one or two things needed to remember for this. When voting please vote for the next available skill along the path of Stamina, Offence or Will. Please do not vote for a skill that would require more than a single level up to attain unless the hero has levelled up twice and your vote for one of the level ups was the skill that leads to the second skill. You'll find what is up for a vote at the top of the Heroes list.
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