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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... More
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. Less
Anointed by the games media as Microsoft's first "killer app" for its Xbox 360, Epic Games' Gears of War is a futuristic third-person shooter emphasizing tactical action... More
Anointed by the games media as Microsoft's first "killer app" for its Xbox 360, Epic Games' Gears of War is a futuristic third-person shooter emphasizing tactical action over run-and-gun battles. Players are thrust in a climactic clash between what's left of humankind and a swarming underground race called the Locust Horde. The main protagonist is Marcus Fenix, a once disgraced soldier looking to redeem himself by leading a ragtag squad against the monstrous threat.<br><br>Since the alien army vastly outnumbers the team, players must use the post-apocalyptic world to their advantage, such as seeking cover behind dumpsters, pillars, cars, rubble, and other objects. The developer has adapted its award-winning Unreal technology to create interactive environments with a physics-based damage system. Players, for instance, can shoot down structures to forge new routes or opportunities to trap the enemy. Up to three squad mates will accompany Fenix in each mission, with basic commands such as "advance," "hold," or "freelance" available to guide them.<br><br>A behind-the-shoulder view similar to the one employed in Capcom's Resident Evil 4 is the default perspective in Gears of War. Weapons include an assortment of grenades, pistols, assault rifles, and other long-range blasters, many of which offer a means to engage enemies in melee combat. The Locust Horde is not averse to lunging, rushing, or gnawing at soldiers, so players have the opportunity to perform grisly finishing moves by quickly tapping specific button sequences during close encounters. Cooperative support for two players is offered throughout the campaign, and up to eight can battle each other in team-oriented modes via Xbox Live. Less
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Genre Shooter • Real-Time • Strategy -
Rating T - Teen -
Platform Xbox 360 -
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Release Year 2009 -
Support Elements Online Gaming Support • HDTV Support • 16:09 • Supports Online Versus Multiplayer • 1080p Support • 1080i Support • Supports Online Leaderboards • Dolby Digital 5.1 • 16:9 Support • 480p Support • Downloadable Content • Supports Online Co-Op Multiplayer • 720p Support • Net Support -
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick -
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Brand Microsoft -
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Halo Wars  (Xbox 360, 2009)
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Product Review Summary

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Based on 14 user reviews
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Pros
  • Graphics (5)
  • Challenging (4)
  • Multiplayer (4)
  • Good Value (2)
  • Easy to Use (2)
  • Great Design (2)
  • Fun To Play (1)
Cons
  • Too Short (2)
  • Boring (2)
  • Nothing (1)
  • Can be too hard for most (1)
  • Difficult to Use (1)
Good For
  • Teenagers (5)
  • Multiple Players (4)
  • Men (2)
  • Adults (2)
  • Everyday Use (2)
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HALO WARS, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

byjer420 Jul 10, 2009
25 Helpfuls 26 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros I'ts Halo RTS style
Cons Weak campaign and AI lacks command points for a large army
Recommended it? Yes

Halo Wars has a whole new meaning to the games of Halo. This is nothing like the Halo games you've seen before, being the first Halo RTS game on the market. The
Halo series starts off when the UNSC is expanding there planets for population and resources. When the human forces UNSC are attacked... Read full review »

4

A New Look at Master Chief's Universe

bykajtyler Jun 3, 2009
16 Helpfuls 17 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
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

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... Read full review »

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