Halo Wars (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2009)
About this product
|Halo Wars is a real-time strategy game set in the universe of Microsoft's blockbuster first-person shooter series. The game was created specifically for Xbox 360 by Ensemble Studios, the developer behind the acclaimed Age of Empires and Age of Mythology series. The focus of the game is on combat and conquest, with resource management taking a backseat to battlefield tactics. Units, vehicles, and the supplies needed to keep them running are produced at different buildings on base. In most missions, players order down the buildings they need on the planet's surface in pods sent from an orbiting command ship. The game's control scheme revolves around large, contextual, circular menus, designed with the Xbox gamepad in mind. The D-pad can be used to jump quickly between important spots on the map and the face buttons are used to select units and give common commands.|
The main Halo Wars campaign plays through a series of scripted missions that follow a storyline set 20 years before the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Players control United Nations Space Command forces in a command ship called Spirit of Fire, on a mission over a distant planet called Harvest. The alien Covenant had taken Harvest from the UNSC and the UNSC has just taken it back, but Covenant activity continues in remote locations. When it is discovered that this activity centers on ancient Forerunner relics, hidden just beneath the surface and undiscovered during the humans' previous occupation, war on planet Harvest becomes a lot more interesting.
The looks and sounds of the vehicles and units were designed to match those of the original Halo games in detail, with zippy warthogs, wise-cracking infantry, and raspy, zealous aliens. A few units are introduced in this game, along with new hero characters, who fought the Covenant in the days before there was a Master Chief. In addition to the single-player campaign, a multiplayer mode is available for as many as six. In multiplayer games, players can choose to take command of the Covenant as well as the UNSC. The sides have different strengths, but each has unique powers that can turn the tide in a fight if used wisely. Capturing Forerunner relics on a map yields advantages, as well. During the development of the game, Microsoft announced that it would close Ensemble upon completion, making Halo Wars the swan song to the studio's successful, 14-year run.
|Platform||Microsoft Xbox 360|
|ESRB Rating||T - Teen|
|ESRB Descriptor||Mild Blood, Mild Language, Violence|
|Number of Players||1-6|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Halo Series|
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- jack_batcountryDec 7, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
Great price, and shipped fast.
- mike042005Aug 23, 2015by
Awesome Game and product in great condition.
Works great and bring back memories when stationed overseas plying with friends. I got it because mine was recently misplaced and the game is well worth getting again if you are into these kind of games
- ccstg1Mar 9, 2009by
Great new take on an existing franchise
Halo does as well as a RTS as it did when it was introduced as a FPS.
Some players found that the unfortunate decision to simplify the RTS gameplay to make it work on a console simply doesn't make for a good RTS.
Granted that, much like Civilization Revolution, the game needed to make sacrifices to depth, it still plays very well. The story, voice acting and cutscenes are all solidly done. The gameplay remains true to the RTS genre and plays smoothly. The result is a satisfying RTS that has a fast face to it.
The only criticism that have been thrown around that I agree with is the length of the campaign game. With 15 levels, each around 20 minutes on average, the game will finish very quickly. While achievements and online play provides replay value, it doesn't enjoy the same endurance that the FPS multiplayer games enjoy. In that respect, the game should've been priced at the initial 49.99 range rather than 59.99. Let's hope there will be DL contents through Live coming soon to add to the life of this game.Read full review
- dograv1969Sep 9, 2011by
Link up and PLAY!
This is a great game to link up and play with family and friends. Also the AI is no push over, so playing along is great also. The game play is fast and moving slow will cost you. This game can also be played by younger users. I have a six and nine year old and we all love to play this game. Toss in the let's beat daddy part and game play is pretty intense! Get it and enjoy!
- purplepeopleeat...Jan 31, 2012by
The only thing I wish was different was that more people liked to play Halo
The game was a replacement for my son so he could play on his X-Box and I could play on mine at the same time. There are lots of extra menus in this one, especially for XBox Live play. I think it was well worth the money.