The Armchair Empire writes: " Ensemble Studios will likely always be remembered for Age of Empires no matter what else they produce. That doesn't seem to have stopped them from trying because even with a short hands-on play session with Halo Wars I can feel something good will be happening for console real-time strategy games. Dynamic yet simple to use and understand, I had a group of UNSC soldiers, a couple of Warthogs and a Spartan soldier within five minutes of sitting down with Halo Wars.
That ease of control is something Technical Director at Ensemble Studios, Dave Pottinger, is most proud of. Building Halo Wars on the Xbox 360 from the ground up surely helped and the controls feels full-featured even if many of the PC strategy standards, like waypoints and formations, are not present."