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Halo Wars  (Xbox 360, 2009)
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Halo Wars (Xbox 360, 2009)

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  • Genre: Shooter Real-Time Strategy
  • Rating: T - Teen
  • Platform: Xbox 360
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A New Look at Master Chief's Universe

Pros Great controls, Excellent Multiplayer Vs. and Co-op, Incredible Cinematics
Cons Repetitive Gameplay, Poor camera control, Too few unit types, Not much replay value
Recommended it? No
The Bottom Line:  I recommend this game to hardcore Halo fans as well as fans of real-time strategy games.  Otherwise, there just isn't enough to justify spending big bucks for it.
There can be no doubt that Halo, Halo 2, and Halo 3 are among the best first person shooters ever made, if not among the greatest games ever.  Halo Wars, a fresh look at the franchise taking place before the events of the first Halo, attempts to shake things up by abandoning the first person shooter genre for that of the real-time strategy (Starcraft, Red Alert 3, etc.).  While the varying unit structures of the Human military and their Covenant enemies are perfect for the new game type, real-time strategy games have yet to find success anywhere other than the PC. 
This game is a giant leap towards correcting that.  The controls are simple, yet effective.  It is very easy to pick up the basics of the game within the first few minutes of play.  The various maps have the same familiar feel of the Halo universe and the cinematics are absolutely breathtaking.  The availability of multiplayer co-op over Xbox Live is a welcome addition that only adds to the gaming experience.  Head to head multiplayer with up to 6 people really showcases all aspects of the gameplay.
Now for the bad news:
The singleplayer mode can get rather boring.  The camera often feels too zoomed in and only goes back to a certain difference.  There is not a lot of unit variation compared with other real-time strategy games.  As much as I love the Halo games, I wish that I had rented Halo Wars before buying it.  If I had, I probably would not have made the same choice. 

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Halo Wars PRE-OWNED - Xbox 360

You are a member of the crew aboard the Spirit of Fire, a Phoenix-class colony ship converted for UNSC military use. Your ship has journeyed to the planet Harvest, where you've stumbled upon a mysterious ancient artifact. But what you are about to encounter will open the floodgates to conflict unlike anything you have ever seen. The sinister Covenant, an alien coalition set on obliterating humanity, has attacked Harvest, and an age of epic warfare is about to begin. In this stunning prequel to the Halo series, you will have the opportunity to experience the early battles between the UNSC and the Covenant that set the stage for the far-reaching conflict that defines the Halo saga. Halo Wars exposes you to an all-new dimension of the legendary conflict with groundbreaking strategic gameplay that places you in command of an arsenal of UNSC units. Crush the Covenant forces with your tactical brilliance and superior command, and turn the tide of battle with incredible Leaders possessing elite skills. Join up to five friends for thrilling new gameplay via the New Xbox Experience as you command either the UNSC or Covenant forces, pitting Warthogs and Scorpions against Grunts, Elites, Ghosts and Scarabs in battles that will define an age.

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Halo Wars (Xbox 360) - Pre-Owned

Halo Wars combines a peerless control scheme and gameplay with an incredibly rich, epic story set 20 years prior to the story told in Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo Wars puts gamers in command of the battlefield over an arsenal of UNSC units and vehicles as they engage Covenant forces. They can counter and crush their opponent by tactically fielding the superior army. Players can also choose among Leaders that possess elite skills which can turn the tides of battle. Using various combinations of Leaders and units, players can create countless strategies tailored to their preferred playing styles and personalized strategies. The result is a strategic, commanding experience that is a must-have for Halo fans.

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A strategy game based on the Halo universe, Halo Wars immerses you in an early period of the storied Halo universe, allowing you to experience events leading up to the first Halo title. With the guidance of Serina, a spirited artificial intelligence (A.I.) persona, direct legions of UNSC soldiers, Warthogs, Scorpions, and more, each group having its own strengths and uses in battle. Adventurous commanders can also call upon ancient Forerunner technology, if they are fortunate enough to find it hidden throughout the battlefield. In campaign mode, command the armies of the UNSC warship Spirit of Fire, with familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. Covenant forces are also waiting for you to lead them into battle in multiplayer skirmishes via the New Xbox Experience. Call upon an arsenal of new and familiar Covenant units such as Grunts, Elites, Ghosts, and even Scarabs to defeat foes on the battlefield.

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