Seeing Halo Wars in action, you can't help but think that it's the perfect counterpart to the other new Halo title preparing to leap off the game store shelves and into your hearts this winter - Peter Jackson's Halo Chronicles.
Because where Jackson's project is said to focus on the intimate, personal aspect of war, Halo Wars instead presents the run-up to the events as documented in the main Halo trilogy from the perspective of the battleground. There's nothing glamourous about war, but you'd be hard pressed to see that if you were watching a Halo Wars scrap in full flight. This is the Theatre of War in all its glory, with the goalposts continuously shifting as the two sides attempt to out-manoeuvre each other. It is, in fact, a Halo real-time strategy game in more than just branding.