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Halo Wars

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Get your hands dirty in the early stages of the epic battle between UNSC and Covenant. Developed by Ensemble Studios, the Limited Collector's Edition ofHalo Warsfor Xbox 360 brings all the drama of a real-time strategy game to the popular Halo … see full wiki

Console: Xbox 360
Genre: Strategy
Release Date: February 26, 2009
1 review about Halo Wars

RTS games just don't really work that well on consoles

  • Sep 18, 2009
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Yes, I was able to play the game, and yes the controls are adequate, but that is about it.

The bases are similar to the bases in, "Star Wars: Empire At War," and "Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth I," you cannot choose the location or layout. There are also a rather disappointing array of units to use.

As far as the campaign goes, the game holds your hand throughout the entire thing. It never builds you up to the point where it has given you all of the tools you need, gives you an objective and says, "go get it." You have short, simple objectives throughout the game.

As for multi-player, your opponents are just as handicapped as you are. It works, and it plays well enough, but it certainly isn't worth the premium price they wanted at first. I only picked this up when it became an Amazon "Gold Deal" for $40. At that price, you get the extra content of the legendary edition (although I must say the patch is disappointing, it isn't a "patch" it is a vinyl something-or-other. I don't see how you could sew it on to fabric. It would have been better as a magnet, or a fabric patch.) and the game as well.

My biggest complaint about the game is what everyone complains about, the controls are limiting. There are grouping buttons, and an "all select" and a "screen select" and a "select single" and a "drag and select" and that is about it. No hot keys, and no way to jump into the map either. The controls work, and they are adequate, but they are a far cry away from RTS controls on the PC. If you go into the game expecting PC levels of control, you will be disappointed. If you go into the game expecting a decent RTS with decent controls, then you will most likely enjoy the game, especially if you like the cut scenes and the story they advance.

Overall, the game is mostly fun, and overall I rate it a 4.

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