Summary: This may be the best example I've
seen of a game that will be immensely popular, and sell insanely well,
entirely because of the franchise it's based on. If this was "Generic
Sci-Fi Battle Game X," instead of "Halo," nobody...and I do mean NOBODY...would
give a damn about it.
Pros: Great story vignettes and decent graphics.
Cons: Idiotic control scheme and crappy handicapping design elements.
Excerpt: Halo Wars takes the Halo franchise and tries it in the real time strategy genre. Which is slightly better than the first person shooter genre. Control groups of troops and have them attack enemies in the way. Build bases, troops, reactors, etc.
Excerpt: Thanks to the original Halo, the first person shooter genre finall broke through on console. Some innovative gameplay elements, an original sci-fi story and of course a deep multiplayer experience made non-believer gamers all over the world shut up.
Conclusion: Even non-RTS players and non-Halo fans will be hard pushed to find something they dislike in Halo Wars. The interface is slick, the production values are high and the level of polish renders this a true Halo experience, right down to the menu screens and evocative soundtrack.
Excerpt: Halo Wars, for the unaware, is a Halo-based real time strategy game created by Ensemble. It’s not just an RTS that’s set in the Halo universe and which dons the Halo name, but also one that actually captures the feel of a Halo game brilliantly.
Summary: Halo Wars is an RTS game based on the Halo universe where players will command armies of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind.
Excerpt: Microsoft could slap the word "Halo" on a steaming pile of cow dung and it would sell millions of copies on the Xbox 360, so powerful and popular is brand Master Chief. Halo Wars, Microsoft's first non-FPS, non-Bungie developed Halo game, defies any cynicism gamers might have about the "milking" of...
Conclusion: All in all, Halo Wars is a very good release. It may not satisfy every Halo fan, it may not live up to the standards of every RTS fan. Overall though, more people will enjoy it for what it is than not.
Well-made strategy game breaks from Halo shooter tradition.
Common Sense Media
24 July 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this is the first Halo game rated "T" instead of "M." Unlike the other Halo incarnations, Halo Wars in not a first person shooter but a real time strategy game with less gore and violence.