First of all, I want to make sure everyone knows that I have always been a mortal enemy of the Chaos traitors. Now that that’s out of the way, I pulled out Chaos Gate this evening, box and all, and installed it. I remember liking the Dawn of War games a lot (the first series more than the second), but for some reason I thought that it felt just a little bit better as a turn-based game. Probably because I first learned about WH40K as a miniatures game (though I never played, or at least never collected/painted the figures). There is something about Warhammer than compels you to linger over the pieces, like in a diorama. I think you lose a lot of that in the real-time games. I never felt that the way Dawn of War II developed the setting made me feel very much like I was in the world of Warhammer.
Chaos Gate really lets you fuss over the units, with lots of statistics and melta-guns and whatnot. The first scenario was pretty trivial, but I loved watching the old animations and explosions. Using action points to crouch is going to be an archaic concept soon.
While I was looking for the 1.1 and 1.2 patches, I came across a collection of youtube videos that someone posted of what looks like the whole campaign. I don’t really remember any of the missions so I’m not going to spoil them for myself by watching them all, but here is a link to the first mission playthrough, complete with awesome music.
I really think that this is why Charles Babbage invented computers.
By the way, the Emperor orders you to die!