11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not quite Starcraft, but the closest you'll find on consoles!,
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This review is from: Halo Wars - Xbox 360 (Platinum Hits) (Video Game)
First and foremost, Halo Wars is an RTS (real time strategy) game, not a shooter like every other Halo game. Don't show up expecting a shooter type experience.
Also, if you play RTS games like Starcraft on the PC, be aware that Halo Wars feels a bit simplified compared to PC entries like Company of Heroes or Starcraft, both in control and depth/specificity of units. This isn't necesarily a bad thing since the 360 controller isn't quite as flexible as a keyboard or as precise as a mouse during play. This simplicity also comes with the benefit of being easier to approach/learn than the more unforgiving/"hardcore" RTS games found on the PC.
In all, Halo Wars is a good RTS game. Much smoother on console than you might expect, if a little simplistic compared to PC counterparts.
In my case, I enjoyed a more basic approach to this RTS since I'm a bit sick of all the shooters (to say nothing about having an ancient PC barely able to run the original Starcraft; forget anything as recent as Starcraft 2 or even Company of Heroes!) and was looking for a change of pace in my gaming. At a budget price, Halo Wars is a good call.