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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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Halo Wars Xbox 360
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.
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.
Top customer reviews
Still, would I buy it again, yes if only to see more of the story, but I won't play through it again. The game gets shelved.
I wasn't expecting a TON from Halo Wars. I just got it because my friends had it and told me to buy it, so I bought it for about 12ish dollars from Amazon, including shipping. Upon playing through the campaign for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised at this game! It's pretty great, and definitely entertaining! The only cons I can really think of is that they could have had more unit types for each faction (UNSC/Covenant) and it would have been nice to play as the Flood and the Forerunners too (these are limited to opponents in the campaign). However, for those cons, I would have to say that they probably bothered me just because I am used to other, bigger RTS games like Age of Empires. Campaign gets 5/5 stars.
Multiplayer is pretty awesome, providing 1 v 1, 2 v. 2, and 3 v. 3 matches, either through Skirmish (a mixture of humans and AI) or true online play (human only). Online play can be somewhat monotonous though, as most people attempt a strategy known as "rushing," attacking your base within 10 minutes of the start time. However, that's no knock against them or the game...it's just a strategy. Multiplayer gets 3/5 stars.
pros: good story line, BEAUTIFUL animated cut scenes, interesting gameplay/situations, varied difficulties
pro: good character selection, good replay value, fair level-up system
con: limited faction selection (UNSC/Covenant), somewhat repetitive
4 stars overall. I'd recommend trying this game out if you've never played RTS (real-time strategy) games before. If you're more experienced like me, give it a try...you might like it (50/50 chance).
It's a fun game with all the characters your kids will want to get to know and follow, but it lacks the extreme violence other games so often have. Yes, there is a ton of shooting, and yes, there is creature violence, but it doesn't resort to gore to sell the story.
As a parent who is not too thrilled with the extreme level of violence and graphic gore in video games today this was really a relief.
If you don't mind a first person shooter game for a young adult, but want to bypass all the extreme scenes that usually come with that this is a good game to get you there.
Additionally, the scenery is actually really mesmerizingly beautiful. The world this story exists in is surreal and truly otherworldly and I can appreciate it on that level as well!
The play seems a bit more simplistic than some of the other Halo series games, but I think this is a good introductory level game for kids. Kinda like dipping your toe in the water to see how you like it before jumping in headfirst.
This is not to say that Halo Wars is a bad game. The storyline provides entertaining lore to the series and you get to take a break from FPS Halo, which is refreshing. Ensemble did a great job of making the controls as user friendly and intuitive as possible. Navigating over maps and moving units is a bit combersome, but it's a simple process to learn and to get proficient at over time.
Prices for this game are so low now that I think it's worth adding to your queue.
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To be honest I find single player campaigns boring and cannot comment on the single player...Read more