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Halo Wars - Xbox 360

by Microsoft
Xbox 360
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews) 82 / 100

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  • Control armies in a whole new way as strategy gaming meets the epic Halo universe
  • Enter year 2531 with the crew of the Spirit of Fire and see the early stages of the war against Convent
  • Fight as either UNSC or Covenant and employ everything from special Marine units and Warthogs to threatening Scarabs
  • Experience smooth, intuitive controls and a friendly UI with a platform developed just for Xbox360
  • Enter into skirmishes with up to six players via Xbox LIVE online support
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  • ASIN: B0017HW5LM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,576 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Get your hands dirty in the early stages of the epic battle between UNSC and Covenant. Developed by Ensemble Studios, Halo Wars for Xbox 360 brings all the drama of a real-time strategy game to the popular Halo Universe. Set in the year 2531, before the initial Halo first-person shooter game, this game lets you control the human armies of UNSC in a whole new way.

Play as UNSC or Covenant and exploit your faction's unique strengths. View larger.

Invade enemy strongholds full of advanced technology. View larger.

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Experience the Epic Battle from a New Perspective
Defense, offense, and the ability to hold down a command center in the face of hostile attacks: there's a lot to think about when laying out tactics for an all-out alien war. Featuring detailed environments and complicated new battle mechanisms, this game demands a different kind of perspective than the first-person shooters from the original Halo series. You'll need to uncover the hidden strengths and weaknesses of each unit and play them to your tactical advantage, and that's just the beginning.

UNSC: Be Part of a Legendary Conflict
The story opens with UNSC forces retaking the planet Harvest from the Covenant. At your disposal -- should you choose to take command of UNSC forces -- will be everything from a corps of highly-trained Marines to the Warthogs, Scorpions, and Hornets you'll need for air and land attacks. You'll take stock of the map and decide between holding your ground or advancing on enemy strongholds, all while trying to navigate the local terrain and outsmart Covenant forces. And when you need something extra to tip the tide in your favor, UNSC leaders can provide you with the ability to mobilize highly specialized units or call the Spirit of Fire vessel for support from above. Covenant: A Capable, Playable Enemy Faction
That's right, Covenant is playable in this corner of the Halo universe. This alliance of alien species has manipulated advanced technology, firepower, and tactical prowess into a powerful force that is engaged in a Genocidal war against human race, having branded humans as heretics. With the ability to play as these tough, alien fighters, you'll have advanced shield technology, the modular Citadel at the heart of Covenant's colonizing power, and, of course, the iconic Scarab attack vehicle at your disposal, adding a whole new dimension to your strategic warfare. The Scarab is a terrifying military vehicle crafted from heavy mining equipment. And with a mining laser that delivers massive damage across battlefields large and small, turrets for taking on air attacks, and the ability to clamber over any terrain, what's not to love about commanding Scarabs instead of fighting against them?

Developed Exclusively for Xbox 360
Most console RTS games are adapted from existing PC games, which can make their controls bulky or awkward, but Halo Wars has been developed for Xbox 360 from the ground up. This means the controls are sensitive, intuitive, and easy-to-operate in the midst of battle. And the UI is just as intuitive, so whether you're managing a unit of marines or a deadly machine, you can focus on creating a battle strategy instead of worrying about how to overcome a clumsy controller.

No matter which faction you choose to play as, you can test your skills against those of other players in online skirmishes that allow up to six players with the New Xbox Experience through Xbox LIVE.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War is so NOT hell! March 30, 2009
By Adam M
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
At my age (32) there is a certain level of difficulty I want to experience; and it's pretty darn low. Let the young struggle in glorious battle. No thanks. I want moderate challenge with a pretty high guarantee of victory. ...and thanks to the savvy makers of Halo Wars, that's exactly what I have! Whoo hoo.

Without reading a thing about it ('also lazy apparently) I popp'd the game in and started a skirmish on "Normal."... With some limited experience in RTS games (Age of Empires, Starcraft, etc.) I had the general principles down before I played. And by god, the controls are so intuitive that I didn't need to read a thing! Well, for basic gameplay mastery anyway. In minutes I was gathering supplies, building up the base, creating troops, etc. All with this fantastic design style that flows perfectly with the Halo universe I know and love.

To date I've played maybe 30 skirmishes, and run the entire campaign on Normal. Yes I'm the only person on Earth who is not online with his Xbox. All in all, even with having to read up on a few details and nuance questions, the game is fantastic. Smooth gameplay, awesome graphics, terrific sound (ok the music is the only downside, it's more moody / somber than it should be) and simple controls. For a gamer like me? it's very near ideal. bring on Halo Wars 2!
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98 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed down RTS, but surprisingly fun. March 3, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Executive Summary:
The controlls are VERY intuitive. All of your favorite Halo chars are in this, but they don't just make a Real Time Strategy (RTS) with Halo characters to sell the game, like the Star Wars franchise has been well known for. Quite to the contrary, this is definitely a RTS that can stand on its own merit. I would recommend to anyone that the best way to get an idea if you like the game is to download the free demo off of XBOX live. Play the "Skirmish" mode. The Demo does not have online play, but it should be very clear to you in a game or two if this is something you will like.

The one major drawback is base building. For those who enjoy creating unique bases, defenses, etc. this game will definitely not be for you as all bases are given cookie cutter slots in static pre-defined areas. That said, the game is very diverse, and there isn't one "Whoever builds this first and mass produces them." wins character/class. Also, each side does have "God mode" abilities. By that I mean "Super Ray Beam of death from above that are unstoppable" that can do major damage. Over all, I have a lot of fun playing, just as long as I don't expect it to contend with a computer RTS. It is what it is, a console RTS, and if you except that before you buy will like it.

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Halo Wars has all the tell tale signs of "Lets try to sell this product based on the brand name alone, and don't worry about the game play." ala Starwars (with a few exceptions) for the past 15 years. I'm pleased to say that is definitely not the case here. I'm sure some Halo purists will disagree with me after purchasing the game, realizing it's not a First Person Shooter (FPS), (EDIT 3/4/09: I see this has already happened) and giving it one star in disgust.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Adam B.
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me start off by saying I've played all the major RTS games, and most of the smaller names, as it is my favorite genre along with FPS. Sins of a Solar Empire, the Warcraft/Starcraft series, Command and Conquer (the first in the series were best), Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander, etc. The only really decent console RTS I've liked has been Goblin Commander, and that is good..."for a console RTS". Let me also say I dearly love FPS games and find Halo 1-3 to be right up there with the best of them.

However, as long as you aren't 12 years old and buy Halo Wars simply because of the Halo name, but because you like RTS games and not just FPS titles and Halo in general, you will likely be amazed by this game.

Halo Wars is not just good for a "console" RTS in my opinion, Halo Wars is a good game (although I must recommend you have Live), but as with any RTS, the main thing keeping you coming back will be multiplayer. Ensemble did an amazing job balancing this game, and is every bit as well balanced as the original Starcraft, with as much variation in the armies. The only problem is the Halo Universe has not yet truly allowed for the inclusion of a third race (Flood maybe, but that's stretching it). The controls are never too much, and the game borrows from the best elements of the RTS giants, without taking everything that would over-complicate a simple gamepad. Your troops can garrison buildings and structures for defense bonuses, or they can provide an alternate "cooldown" attack (both made popular in the Company of Heroes series). The result is a fast paced, but strategic game that is every bit the revolution in console RTS as it's predecessors were in the FPS genre. And sometimes, you just don't want to babysit units to gather resources.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected. June 27, 2011
By blurdog
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I regret not getting this game sooner. Ensemble did a great job of making a functional RTS for console. The controls are well laid out and don't feel cumbersome, so if you're an RTS fan and hesitant about the transition to console, fret not.

Anyone who enjoys the RTS genre and the Halo series needs to check this one out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best rts for console
This game was made from the ground up specifically for console! Thank you guys for this quality game!
Published 11 days ago by Raymundo salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As expected.
Published 18 days ago by Joshua Busser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game! Delivery was right on time
Great game! Delivery was right on time! Game was in great condition very pleased
Published 1 month ago by brian dekle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really good if you like RTS and love Halo!
Published 2 months ago by Nick W. Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by David E Shipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game
Published 3 months ago by Ginaandfam
4.0 out of 5 stars ... but played in my xbox and it is a great game at a good cost
came a bit scratched but played in my xbox and it is a great game at a good cost to
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Contratto
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware
Received game in a timely fashion but did not work at all. The console could not recognize the disc to play it. That's what you get from ordering on-line and at a discount.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
This game is ok, but it wasn't what I expected. I don't like the game view perspective. It give the impression of being a much older style game than it actually is.
Published 5 months ago by M.S.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars What every HALO player needs.
My son had me purchase this game so that he could play with his friends on Xbox Live.
Published 5 months ago by Michelle D. Rogers
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