Firstly, im not a major fan of Warhammer 40k, but i do like the Books and the Storylines of this future, and have been interested in the litterature of this universe for some time, When Dawn of War was released i was extatic as im a Real RTS fan! DOW, Winter Assault, Dark Crusade have got progressively better as the series continued, Sadly, it stops there.
Soulstorm is basicly Dark Crusade all over again, but minus some of the Polish that made DC so great.
I shall start with its negative points.
For example, when taking an Enemy stronghold, there is little or no dialouge or banter between any Faction leaders like there was in DC.
Also, the Battle map view of the planets, its like looking at a 1980's RISK board game, none of the finer touches of DC's campeign map, and with only a few territorys on each planet, not really many more territorys than its preddeccesor. Also, many of the maps are in fairness, Too big!!
Also, the variation of battle type. Like in DC, the Servitor mission, the convoy mission, Soulstorm lacks this variety, for the most part, the majority of Soulstorms missions are plain and simple "kill the enemy" type missions, also, all the Stronghold missions are more or less the same.
Another mission gripe is all of the warp gate missions are "Take and hold Critical locations". Theres only so many times you can do that and call it fun with a straight face.
Generally overall, the storyline was less involved, and had less dialouge than its preddeccesor. Also, the new races, as entertaining as the Dark eldar are, they are nothing radically new, and the sisters of battle are a bit too samey samey.
If your well into skirmishing and Multiplayer in DOW, then Soulstorm is deffinately for you, Apart from that, i Feel Soulstorm took too many steps back, and not enough forward.
I cant help but feel the Developers and publishers just used Soulstorm to cash in on a thriving franchise.