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

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  • Genre: Strategy
  • Rating: T - Teen
  • Platform: Microsoft Xbox 360
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Halo Wars (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2009)

Halo Wars is a real-time strategy game set in the universe of Microsoft's blockbuster first-person shooter series. The game was created specifically for Xbox 360 by Ensemble Studios, the developer behind the acclaimed Age of Empires and Age of Mythology series. The focus of the game is on combat and conquest, with resource management taking a backseat to battlefield tactics. Units, vehicles, and the supplies needed to keep them running are produced at different buildings on base. In most missions, players order down the buildings they need on the planet's surface in pods sent from an orbiting command ship. The game's control scheme revolves around large, contextual, circular menus, designed with the Xbox gamepad in mind. The D-pad can be used to jump quickly between important spots on the map and the face buttons are used to select units and give common commands.<br><br>The main Halo Wars campaign plays through a series of scripted missions that follow a storyline set 20 years before the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Players control United Nations Space Command forces in a command ship called <i>Spirit of Fire</i>, on a mission over a distant planet called Harvest. The alien Covenant had taken Harvest from the UNSC and the UNSC has just taken it back, but Covenant activity continues in remote locations. When it is discovered that this activity centers on ancient Forerunner relics, hidden just beneath the surface and undiscovered during the humans' previous occupation, war on planet Harvest becomes a lot more interesting.<br><br>The looks and sounds of the vehicles and units were designed to match those of the original Halo games in detail, with zippy warthogs, wise-cracking infantry, and raspy, zealous aliens. A few units are introduced in this game, along with new hero characters, who fought the Covenant in the days before there was a Master Chief. In addition to the single-player campaign, a multiplayer mode is available for as many as six. In multiplayer games, players can choose to take command of the Covenant as well as the UNSC. The sides have different strengths, but each has unique powers that can turn the tide in a fight if used wisely. Capturing Forerunner relics on a map yields advantages, as well. During the development of the game, Microsoft announced that it would close Ensemble upon completion, making Halo Wars the swan song to the studio's successful, 14-year run.

Product Review Summary

Based on 14 user reviews
69% recommend this product
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  • Graphics (5)
  • Challenging (4)
  • Multiplayer (4)
  • Good Value (2)
  • Easy to Use (2)
  • Great Design (2)
  • Fun To Play (1)
  • Too Short (2)
  • Boring (2)
  • Nothing (1)
  • Can be too hard for most (1)
  • Difficult to Use (1)
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Consumer Reviews


Halo Wars Review

bycmeade91 May 31, 2010
11 Helpfuls 12 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to learn<br>Fits in Halo universe well<br>Solid RTS
Cons Some control issues<br>Short campaign
Recommended it? Yes

Halo Wars is a game set in the Halo universe that was originally established in Halo: Combat Evolved. The first thing that I would like to mention is that Halo Wars is NOT a FPS (First Person Shooter) like Halo, Halo 2, or Halo 3. It is an RTS (Real Time Strategy), more like a game in the Command... Read full review »



byCHRISTopher210 May 1, 2010
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This is like warcraft, but using Halo characters. The gameplay is not very interesting to me, but if you like those games then by all means, get it. Read full review »


A pretty good RTS

byAtomsk Apr 17, 2010
Helpful? 1 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Challenging, Multiplayer
Recommended it? Yes

AN all around good RTS game.  I have never been huge on strategy games on console.  The game takes a lot of queues from games like Starcraft.  The game doesn't do anything new, but it is solid in all aspects. Read full review »

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Halo Wars places the player in command of human UNSC armies as they deploy for mankinds first deadly encounter with the enemy Covenant forces.

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Product Details and Features

Tech Details

Release Year 2009
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick

Key Features

Genre Strategy
Rating T - Teen
Platform Microsoft Xbox 360

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Brand Microsoft

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