Halo Wars 2 Xbox One
- Following the events of Halo 5, experience an all-new story across 13 action-packed campaign missions
- Build and command powerful armies of vehicles and troops in epic battles
- New Leaders with abilities that change the course of multiplayer battles, and new Units add to your arsenal of advanced weaponry
- Play the game with or against friends or matchmake on Xbox Live in a variety of multiplayer modes supporting up to 6 players
- Xbox One Console Exclusive
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Halo Wars 2 delivers real-time strategy at the speed of Halo combat. Get ready to lead Spartans, Warthogs and other classic Halo fighting forces in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy on the biggest Halo battlefield ever
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Ok, so let my righteous wrath ensue.
First of all, I started playing the campaign, then got bored of it before anything interesting happened, because it wasn't interesting.
Secondly, I then moved to Skirmish, as I loved this game mode from the original Halo Wars, and I was forced to be either blue or red team. This problem has followed over from Halo Wars and got worse. I want to be able to choose my color, and having an inability to even be green for UNSC or purple just raised my annoyance meter. Then when I looked at the maps that weren't DLC or on the Season Pass; I'll get to this in a second, they were all boring. Most of them were the same generic maps that looked like I was fighting inside a space ship.
Now onto the DLC. There's a season pass, which means half the game was cut out and is hidden behind a pay wall. This really pisses me off, and it seems 343 Industries and other AAA titles are playing this same game. Ok, I understand these games cost alot to make, so I'll move on to the other DLC. More than half of all leaders are DLC, overpriced DLC. Sgt. Forge was free, surprisingly, but everyone else, including the Arbiter cost $10. For a leader with one special unit. Heck, I can't even have leaders join the fight like in Halo Wars. Next, the overpriced maps that looked exactly the same as the maps included in the vanilla game.
Now what broke the camels back for me, was that you have to pay for DLC that isn't, let me say again, IS NOT included in the Season Pass. This DLC includes the flood. That's all. You get a few maps and you can fight the flood. For about $25-$30. Yes, I'm being serious. This game is half assed, and is complete crap. I played this game for about 20 minutes, got bored of it, saw the atrocity that was the Microsoft store for this game, then I decided I'm going to sell it to someone else who might want it for their kid.
In conclusion, DO NOT but this game if you loved Halo Wars and are appalled by the terrible business practices that this game is pulling. Just use your Halo Wars disk and play that on the Xbox One, that's what I'm going to do.
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If you're new to this game then I recommend playing the three reasonably short tutorials. There are a lot of controls, characters, vehicles and strategies. The tutorials do a great job at explaining everything.
The campaign missions are okay, not great. There's no real diversity and typically you have to defend this or attack that. There's a story arc to the campaign and the player is rewarded to a cut scene animation after each mission.
I'm happy with my purchase. Having played the original I knew what I was getting. I would have been disappointed had I paid more than £20. If you enjoy strategy games and the Halo franchise then you will probably enjoy this.
It's a completely different take on HALOs first-person-shooter mechanic and is instead a command and conquer strategy game using infantry, vehicles and air support to take on the enemy.
I've found this edition to be more of a meat-to-the-grinder experience as I'm winning battles just by churning out more and more units to smash the enemy whereas the original felt there was more strategy required to win a round. This is akin to simple button smashing and completing the level, doesn't feel a challenge.
I'm enjoying the story line but its not as rousing as the first edition but overall I paid £10 for it (as I was in no rush to buy it at full price) - so its a great game for that price but this would be a different review had I paid £30+
The campaign is very good and the cut scenes are what make it, so far it's a great story and I'm enthralled! (half way through)