I started playing this game about 3 weeks go, and I have around 100 hours on it. I gotta say: Its the most fun I had playing dow games and i played all three since dow1 vanilia.
It seems to me that most of the dow fans dont really want to play a game but watch a warhammer movie cause thats the kind of expierience I have when playing the most popular one-Dark crusade. (thats why Warhammer: Total war was also pretty succsesful). I could play Dow1 with just my left hand, with my other hand eating popcorn with my legs on the table and it wouldn't matter, because Its a kind of game that is all about watching the carnage but not really doing much. Its a great game but if you look at the gameplay it gets pretty boring and stale. After I would watch/play it for some time, and after Ive seen all ''sinc kills'' LOL, I would get bored of the gameplay.
Dow3 however, ++heresy redacted++, I keep playing and playing and i'm not even close to getting bored even though it has only 3 races.
Dow3 is non stop action, high rewarding, hard punishable, fast game. I enjoy it more than moba's and I enjoy it more than traditional RTS's. Im glued to the screen every game, and when I get opponents that are also good it's always a battle to remember. Back and fort Back and fort.
I also tried Exodus mode today, and no MOD was way better. Its like people are trying to make the game more dow1 like, but to me dow3 is so much more enjoyable so why change it. People didnt like the idea of this kind of game and I didnt either when I heard about it. But when I tried it it was so good and it works so well. Relic tried something else noone else did and Im suprised how enjoyable it turned out.
I watched some people rewieved this game, and they compared it to dow1. They said It's a good game but a step backwards. They said that dow1 was revolutionary with its mechanics and that they are disappointed that some of those mechanics were removed in dow3 (like morale, reinforce in battle etc..). What those people dont realise that dow3 is revolutionary in its own way. There is not a game like this one. And whats amazing is that it works so well. When people actually learn the game, and want to play a game and not watch a warhammer movie LOL it gets so fun and i cant see myself getting bored of it any time soon even though there are no patches.
For you guys that say its unbalanced I dissagre. Everything can be countered, especially sniper spam (pretty easy to deal with actually), for noobs out there lol.
Im not trying to save the game. I just wanted to give my thoughts and expirience and maybe get some people to see beyond propaganda, or maybe I'm just weird for liking it lol, but It's my favourite game now.
1 more thing I dint mention dow2 here and there is not much to say xD. Dow2 looks really good, and units look good but the gameplay is the worst. Supression mechanic and retreat button, its so bad. Its like company of heroes but warhamm40k and I dont like that, but i do like CoH cause i like those mechanics for world war 2 setting. Have you guys seen Orks in dow2. They move like humans, slowly and preserved and dont even look pumped for fighting. Dow3 however is total bloodshed, Its like everyone is so eager to get some killing done (not only orks).