First off, I'm not asking which is better. The primary reason for this post is that I'm interested in Dawn of War 2, because I think I would have fun with it. Since what I'm really asking is how do the factions of Dawn of War II play in comparison to their DoW1 counterparts (where applicable, as 'Nids aren't in DoW1), please, please, don't say "DoW1 is the best, DoW2 shouldn't even exist" or something similar.
I will say this though- I initially sat in the "DoW2 is crap" camp; however, after watching some gameplay videos/developer diaries, and reading up on it a bit, I think I would enjoy it fairly well. I do think that maybe Relic should have perhaps used a different name than "Dawn of War 2", as aside from the 40k theme, and the SP campaign continuing the story of the Blood Ravens, I'm not really sure what other "Dawn of War"-esque elements are even in DoW2.
Additionally I want to know- is the Skirmish AI any good in DoWII? What are it's difficulty levels and how do they compare to DoW1's AI (keeping in mind the AI in DoW1 isn't all that bright). I ask mainly because I'm not very interested in online MP (never really been into online MP); so please also don't bring up the "you shouldn't buy the game if you're not going to play online" stuff (though if there are enough DoWII's active here I might end up wanting to try and get games going; we'll see).
Also, how does leveling/wargear options work in Skirmish? I've played with the demo a bit, and the wargear/leveling of the SP campaign I'm 99.999999% certain works differently from the skirmishes.
Some other things I would like- tips for playing as the Eldar in BOTH DoW1&2, as while I do pretty good once I get x3 Warp Spider squads in DoW1 (Warp Spiders=tons of shredded infantry (including Termies!), and even light vehicles are dead meat), I don't think I'm all that good with them (I can't really use Banshees very well IMO; it seems WSs are the only unit I'm good with (though I think I've gotten fairly good with Dreaps/Dark Reapers and Rangers)).
I'd also like some tips for playing the 'Nids and Space Marines in DoW2; I'm not too inclined to play Orks in DoW2, but I might be persuaded to try them if I know how their unit VOs are; specifically, how do Ork unit VOs in DoW2 compare in reference DoW1/Xpacks.
Thanks for all the help guys!
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