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Co-op Survival Mode in DoW 2

August 28th, 2009 by Troy Goodfellow · 4 Comments · Relic, RTS

This sounds like fun.

It’s completely cooperative, with your opponents controlled by an A.I. who wants one thing: you, dead. Your team consists of three player-controlled heroes — players can choose from the Space Marine, the Ork, and the Eldar — whose sole task is to fight against wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemy forces. With little downtime between waves, players have to do their damnedest to keep their multiplier up, so as to ensure a high score and earn experience to level their characters. And to get a higher multiplier players have to control various map points, defeat sequential waves with no casualties, or kill all the enemies in a wave within a preset amount of time.

I love co-op, but strategy games in general don’t give you many options besides setting up teams against the AI. A dedicated survival mode is a great idea.


4 Comments so far ↓

  • Punning Pundit

    Is DOW2 more interesting in multiplayer than it is in single player? SP seems to be “tell guys to take cover. Watch 1 guy run in front of cover. Watch guys kill other guys. Move them forward to next bit of cover”.

    But that’s not how you described the game when you did the podcast, so what am I missing?

  • vendolis

    “Co-op Strategy games against the AI” might be a good theme for a Three Moves Ahead-cast. Esp. with AI War out there that was written because of this. Now also DoW2 gives you a mode for this. Is this a way to draw less competitive players into the strategy games?
    Would love to hear what more games are out there who support this with a play mode that is really challenging

  • Quinten

    Red Alert 3 was entirely co-op if you wanted to (though I know it committed some strange sin that causes some people to gag at it), as well as DoW2. I think comp stomps is the best way for an advanced player to teach new players. That, and it is much more fun to play with your friends when you are better than them, so there are no hard feelings afterward.

  • Ginger Yellow

    Sounds very much like Stonewall in CoH:ToV, but with more of a high score element. The CoH mod Joint Operations has some great co-op scenarios like this as well.