No two Dawn of War games are alike. Sure, placed side by side and looked at through a telescope from the moon, they’d appear largely similar. This is a family of real-time strategy games, after all, and they’re ultimately beholden to the traditional look and feel of the genre. But! Each new entry in the series has managed to feel like it’s taken a sudden left turn and veered off the path set by its predecessor, meaning that every Dawn of War has produced a unique flavour that’s refreshingly different from what’s come before.
Considering the volume of video game franchises out there that’re consistently accused of growing too stagnant, too comfortable with the status quo they’ve manufactured for themselves, Dawn of War‘s insistence on reinventing itself with each new incarnation is kind of amazing.