Rated 10 out of 10 by HaloWarsLova Not as bad as people say.
Halo Wars is actually a very fun game. Even if your not a big fan of RTS but like FPS you can still learn to love halo wars. Halo wars is a very good RTS because it's more based on the military aspect of the game not the economy, but it still does have those wise economic decisions to make. There is also leaders to choose from, 3 from the UNSC and 3 from the covenant the leaders are UNSC: Captain Cutter, Sergeant Forge, Professor Andres. Covenant: The Arbiter, The Prophet of Regret and Brute Chieftain. All leaders have unique powers to master the gameplay. But, i think ensemble could of added more UNSC units, but the did a fairly good job adding units to the covenant. They also didnt want u digging in the dirt, like chopping down trees or gathering food. Instead they made a building called the supply pad which gathers resources which are dropped down from the ship "Spirit of Fire" which orbits above. I recommend this game for Halo Fans and Age of the Empires fans (also empire earth).
Rated 10 out of 10 by Rolling Thunder Simply amazing!!!
Halo Wars is the best RTS that i have ever played on a console. The campaign is awesome and i loved the cinematic that happened after the levels. I like playing multiplayer and skirmish the most. It is fun to get to play as a whole army of marines or spartans instead of just playing as one guy. The downside is that it would be awesome to get to play as the flood in multiplayer or skirmish. The graphics are amazing showing the mountains and surroundings. I liked to zoom in when a spartan is hijacking an enemy vehicle because it looks awesome. The story is very well written and i love the cutscenes more than the level. The game sounds awesome with all the explosions and enemies yelling. You can also hear the shield of the spartan when it is depleted and when it is replenished.The AI knows what it is doing most of the time definitely on heroic difficulty. I died quite a lot of times but eventually i was able to win. This game is awesome and every RTS lover should pick up a copy.
Rated 0 out of 10 by HaloWarsLova Fun and never boring!!
The great thing about this game is that you can never stop blowing up stuff or sending 13 tanks rolling into the other teams base!! that's because there is skirmish mode. skirmish is really fun because it's your choice you command the army and you don't get told what to do and what not to do. Another great thing about skirmish is that u can choose a leader, UNSC: Sergeant Forge, Captain Cunner (i think i forgot his name, and another girl that i forgot her name. Covenant: The Arbiter, The Prophet of Regret (and another one i forgot.) Another cool thing is allies. Halo Wars still allows you to have allies to fight with. There are 2 teams Team Alpha and Team Bravo. If you love stratagies and are also a fan of the Halo Series I recommend this game for you. The creators of this game didn't want you digging in the dirt or chopping down trees, and buying resources. This game is more focused on the military aspect of the game not the economy, although u do still have 1 resource and strategic decisions to make.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Long-time gamer Quite Nice
I was quite impressed by the demo for this game. It's not often you get to play two campaign levels with three cutscenes on a demo. The graphics for the cutscenes were a little weird to watch after seeing Halo for so long, but they aren't using the same engine, so I'm not that surprised. The controls are simple, which is great for a console-only RTS. The easy difficulty is a little too easy, and hardcore they just continue to rush you with basic units, either way, it's definitely going to be like that during multiplayer. I was reading some of the previews for the game and I was quite surprised. I know some people aren't that well informed sometimes, but how could you not know that Halo Wars was a RTS game? And to a few other people, Halo Wars is NOT a new take on Halo. Halo was originally a RTS game for the Mac computers until Bungie was bought out by Microsoft. If nothing else, rent the game to see if you find it fun. And don't say no one should ever play it just because you don't like it. Not cool.
Rated 1 out of 10 by swainco how is this Halo?
The first Halo 9 years ago was wide open, you could play over and over so many different possible ways. After microsoft bought Bungie, Halo 2 was compressed, better graphics, better sound and the landscape compressed, so much inside and dark. Halo 3 on the 360 continued this trend of compressing the experience and losing the quality of wide open gameplay (on the campaign). Halo wars is a supreme disappointment. Why couldnt they returned to the wide open gameplay of the first game, get rid of the flood and have a big battle with the covenant instead of whatever this is? I am not a computer gamer and never played warcraft or star craft, I like the immediacy of 1st person, co-op all the way. Sorry, but after 5 of the most disappointing minutes of my adult life this game is going back to Costco, hopefully they will buy the story it is broken and won't play. Thank God Bungie is free of Microsoft, who thought this game was a good idea? 3 games 1st person shooters, then this?
Rated 9 out of 10 by Anahneemus The best console RTS existing.
Halo Wars strips the RTS down to its basics: building an army and crushing your enemy. The campaign takes places 20 years before Halo: Combat Evolved, and Spartans aren't in very short supply. It is fun and engaging, and objectives make it completely different from the multiplayer experience. With great graphics, awesome cutscenes (one of which involves a Spartan pushing a body over a ledge in a moment of great humor), a great story, and skulls (yes, they're back) for both campaign and multiplayer: campaigns don't get much better. The multiplayer comes with two basic game modes: standard and deathmatch. In standard, you create bases, build your economy and military, and attempt to eliminate the enemy in teams of up to 3 players. In Deathmatch, you are given limited resources and cannot gain others; you must build your army with what you have. With six playable leaders, three human and three covenant, each with unique units and abilities, this is the ultimate console RTS experience. Pick it up if possible.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Yoyomasterninja Not what people think it is
A lot of people hate this game because it's just not a Halo FPS, but truth is, this game was probably the most popular strategy game in between 2005-2010, even though the game released in '08. First off, the campaign Game play is impeccable and puts titles like C&C to shame (at least for me). The skirmish mode allows you to invite friends from xbox live and play with AI at the same time, which leads to some insane engagements. Also, there are bonuses you can find which go into the game history section. This section allows you to learn all sorts of different kinds of events that happened in the time halo takes place in. Another thing, the multiplayer has something in it that very few RTS games have, a multiplayer campaign. How many games do you know that have that? And you know it's good when the sequel to this is the most popularly demanded RTS game in the history of gaming. It's too bad ensemble studios had to disband soon after the release of the game.....
Rated 0 out of 10 by vinak disapointment
While the controls in the game are very impressive for a console based RTS game, along with some pretty cool looking cut-scenes, everything else falls short. they have completely dumbed down the RTS genre. instead of base building, you are given a "fortress" structure which you can expand up to 8 other structures off of and up to 4 base defense turrets. this is simply not enough room for the UNSC. the structure itself is not movable and you cannot build anymore unless you overrun another base on the map. the Maps themselves are fairly small as well. they have implemented a rather harsh unit count on top of all of this. 30 units, upgradeable to 40 on the UNSC side while the covenant start with 40 and upgrade to 50. Infantry generally only have single unit count while tanks and other armor range from 2-3 units while "Uber units" have either 6 or 20 unit counts. you are generally left with only a handful of units to work with. you are better off waiting for this game to come out for the PC. if that ever happens.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Junior357 Still holding strong!
I purchased this game right when it came out. It was my first RTS so I had no idea what to do. I grew into loving it, sense it is basically the only well put together RTS for the Xbox. It is one of the best casual games to play if you have an hour to two hours to spare. The game shines with other party members. Makes it competitive with friends. I can not wait till Halo Wars is available on Xbox One. I use to play this game every day, glad I will be able to again.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Cronotos Somewhat disappointed
I do appreciate the series HALO for being very fun for all ages and keeping people entertained back in the first years of the original XBox. This new take on the HALO series being RTS I have to say I played the demo and was quite disappointed. For anyone who enjoys an RTS like myself will find it not as in-depth on the strategy portion as you would on Starcraft or Warcraft. It seems like an RTS with training wheels, which is about the easiest and best way to put it. I would say it would be a rental for me, but if you are a huge fan of the Halo series you might buy it just to get your Halo fill. The bases are all in one area which helps with the clutter that other RTS's may cause in base development, there doesn't seem to be nearly as many units as I'd like there to be, but it is fun to see the renowned popular shooter go RTS. Just be cautious buying this game so you don't waste too much money. If you're a fan though, this will most likely be a buy for you.