Microsoft just posted the Halo Wars demo on Live. Go go go.
Nice, i hope you guys enjoy it. Let us know what it's like... /Approved.
I want honest impressions regarding the demo,no fluff no sugar coating,I want you to tell me what works,what doesn't work,and whether or not it's worth $60 bucks.
I want the same as the mister above me. Cant download it cuz of lack of HDD Space... :/
My impressions: (played the demo 1 week ago, but should be the same one) + controls work really good + amazing rendering work before every mission + easy to get into the game + (my opinion) good graphics neutral: I don't know if you'll need tactics to win, or just build all units and attack (what is really important in an RTS). The demo is too short, so I'll have to judge depending on reviews (the developers said the demo is only about getting into the controls, and at the end of the game you'll have a few hundred units at once on the screen, so you'll need tactics. Hope it's true) negative: only 30 unit max in the first 2 missions. But as stated above this should change during the missions All in all I really enjoyed the demo and preordered the game already (got it for 55€, it's a fair price). I really hope the multiplayer (up to 3vs3 player) will be intense
(the friends that played it at 6 or so in the morning told me this) Good enough to warrant a purchase They even got the controls to work somehow.
i agree with everything to wrote. the demo is to short. the controls works well (just like LoTR BFME). i just hope the missions are much longer than the demo. all in all. day one purchase for me. i love RTS.
Impressions: +It's HALO. It may be a strategy game but it feels like HALO. +Controls are very straight forward - Ensemble didn't try anything ridiculous but made everything intuitive. +Basic and advanced tutorials very quick and to the point - teaches what is needed without dallying. I jumped in to the demo after the basic tutorial and had a great time +No uniformity of action - this is a good thing. I still see strategy games doing this and I despise it. It happens when a group of AI move in lockstep like clones. HW appears to thankfully be free of this. +Good framerate even with a lot of action on screen +Feels like the desperate battles from the books when things were going badly for the UNSC +Rendered cutscenes are some of the best ever +Actual game graphics suffer from some jaggies but they they still look good and get the job done. You won't see any ground breaking real world destruction of structures and such but it still plays great +Voice work varies from just serviceable in some areas to outright great in others. +If a demo is a litmus test of a game for you then you will find this a game to buy. I am concerned about the longevity. I think we will see MP maps, but a new campaign is highly questionable.
I'm starting to see more and more exfanboys turn they ways around and start getting back to there honest opinions on gaming. I agree with both Morgan and Vendetta and personally look forward to the retail version.
but i really enjoyed the demo. and will purchase it on day one. and i agree (for once) with alot of what morganfell says. the controls work well, the graphics are nice and most importantly, it's fun. plus, i love the fact that you dont have to forage for resources/supplies. which imo was a very smart move from ensemble! there was one problem though, it took ages to download...probably due to the high amount of people doing the same. but that was it.
The very opening is what got my excited. The sad and depressing music that Halo gives off but at the same time etches itself into your memories plays. Pros: Controls - Very intuitive. Great tutorials that get you going and are to the point. Very engaging and can be picked up by anyone. It's pretty much the RTS version of Halo is all. Halo was very easy to pick up and learn. Sound - Great voice acting and intense battle music. Really good sound effects. Framerate - Keeps going strong even through battles of 8 scorpions versus an entire army of Covenant. Graphics - Very pretty. Darker than Master Chief's quest. In the sense that everything isn't so happy-go-lucky. Cons: -Too short(demo) -No Covenant story I am not even a RTS fan and I was able to be fully engaged within this game. It is going to be reserved, fully paid off, and a day 1 purchase in my eyes.
I'm going to go add this to my GameFly right now.
I was skepticle of this game at first even warning people to avoid it just becuase it spouts the Halo name becuase I'm not really a fan of RTS games nor is this a FPS which many halo fans will think it is. But when i played the demo today all that changed! it was solid and as expected and my wish came true, not at all hard to learn. I see solid 9s coming for this game. Way to go out Ensemble!
How exactly do the controls work? I know the knock of RTS games on consoles are lack of mouse, I am curious how they did it.
I don't have a gold membership.
I think it's restricted to gold members the first couple of days.
really? i mean, really? even tho i harp on Xbox Live (under another account) its like pennies a day dude... i always thought you were kind of a douche lightning, but now i know for sure. you flip flop like a pancake, and you seriously cannot afford a live subscription? must have canceled it when the KZ2 reviews came out. you aren't a gamer dude. sickening.
"Your not a gamer if you dont have a Gold Membership" That is one of the most retarted comments ive ever seen on N4G.
I think Major Nelson jumped the gun. It's up on Xbox.com, but you can't download it...
It seems to be up now...working for me at least.
Kool, I am trying it when I get home.
I guess it's not available for everyone, it does not appear here, and when i browse games, i can access the Halo Wars demo but not download it (80004005). I guess it's only a matter of time.
just started downloading so i guess it's up 1.4GB. This should keep me happy til KZ2 demo later
I'm getting the same error as Sangria, no idea what's up with that.
Had the same error when i tried to download it through the marketplace with 360. But got it working by this way: Go to xbox.com and sign in. Then check out the game demos, select halo wars and add it to your gamertag´s download queue. After that fire up ur 360 on and press the guide button ---> Active downloads --> Halo Wars pending -> Start downloading > Good to go! Xbox.com says it´s 1GB, but really it´s 1,4GB.
As i thought, it was temporary, the demo is now fully available to download. I'll try it tonight.
i wish i had 360 bummers!!
I know what you mean. All yous got is another one of them generic FPS for the year but we get a wicked RTS.
was that sarcasm? seriously... just wondering
let us know please if you have xbox!!
IF Ps5 comes out. I'm expecting death to Sony after gen.
Sleip, you gotta update your troll skills.
Who said I was trolling?
There's tera-bad. There's bad pretty bad retard bad and then there's tera-bad You're about a step away from being called a dumbass. Trolling is an art form that you're slaughtering.
And again, moron, who the hell said I was trolling? Most of my comments are replies to peoples crappy attempts at being witty and insulting my preferred console. People like YOU. Not trolling.
He's not trolling, he's just dumb. His dad had sex with his sister and then he came out all half mutant.
socom is my game!! nothing will change except for MAG
We do need another SOCOM a good one not this flashpoint thingy they threw at us.
you my friend are a unreliable troller!!
Too many people trying to download it 4:00 in the morning lol. At least in my area the traffic is causing errors cant Download :(
That's the power of Xbox live for you.
No thats the power of a fanbase.
DOWNLOAD ON XBOX.COM, on xbox 360 you will only receive an error message instead of the demo.
looks like this will be played while I wait for killzone 2 to download
This will hold me over untill the Killzone 2 demo comes out.
Here's my dillema. I had NO idea there was a Killzone 2 demo coming out. None at all. So I figured, hey I'll give my ps3 to a mate of mine who's living away from home while attending college, and i'll just nab it back at the end of the month in time for KZ2. So I went around to his and gave him the big black beast and now 2-3 days later I find out a KZ2 demo is coming out in a couple of hours. I kicked myself in the balls for that coch-up. So I only have one good(possibly?) demo to play today, which is halo wars. If it would ever hurry up and download! :( Someone let me know what the KZ2 demo is like :) Until then I'll just watch halo wars downlaod and roll a few nice big ones to smoke when it finally finishes and i can play it :D Still at 6% :( Hardly has anything to do with the 5 feet of snow outside does it? (Anyone else snowed in in Ireland?)
Halo wars was really boring!!! no buy for me.
try a harder setting?
try playing verses, or a harder setting or both Unless your just being a negative nancy.
Please be the nicest person in the world and give us PC gamers this game before the end of this year? Or just sometime! Would be appriciated. And what I hate about writing that is that they will never read it :'( EDIT Ups, forgot to say Good Luck with the demo xD So, Good Luck!
It would have to be fully remade, due to the fact it was built from the ground up on the 360 and the controls are built for the 360 controller. Also Ensemble Studios is not around anymore.. they only have a in-house studio from them for Halo Wars DLC.
Absolutely no probs with the controls in this game, i just had to lower the scroll speed of the camera. Can't wait to see the later levels and see how much mayhem is on screen. Good lookin cut-scenes also ( well it wouldn't be halo without em ).
Yes, halo is known for its CG Cutscenes :P Haha. Damn you! I wanna play it now after reading everyones positive comments, but i'm only at 6% and i've been downloading now for a little over an hour :(
It's probably not the snow. We get lots of snow here in New England and it doesn't effect cable internet speed. Unless maybe you have satellite internet. Halo is a huge title and millions of people are all downloading this at once. MS doesn't usually release public downloadable demos for blockbuster franchises so this is sort of uncharted territory.
XBOX 360 is like a time machine if you want to go back to 2007 try the halo wars demo out.if you want to go into the future to see TRUE HD GAMING,try the K I L L Z O N E 2 !!!!demo.
Loving it. Its very simple to use!
Halo Wars is one of the most unoriginal and bland titles released for Xbox 360 this year. It follows the trend of lackluster titles that fell to a fate of failure because of Xbox 360's flawed infastructure. Microsoft has released yet another rushed title as a last ditch effort to offset the Killzone 2 onslaught that will cause armageddon amongst every single Microslave across the planet. Dark Sniper will pass on this heap of garbage. Just remember that February 27, the beast will arrive to take your console and your souls to the pits of hell where you deserve. W3LCOME CHANG3 $niper
lol u dont know how lame u sound dude get a life
Why do you waste your time writing garbage like that. When you saw that this was a thread for Halo Wars did you feel compelled to spread your fud in it? No one gives a damn what you have to say about Killzone 2 here. We want Halo Wars so GTFO!
I bet he dresses up in all black with facepaint and shoots pedestrians with his water pistol then runs off into the night, returns to his lair, and inserts his genitals into the blu-ray drive of his Failstation 3.
Halo Wars is going to curb stomp this fool. Every person who has played it, every preview, every website, every magazine, etc. has said it is set to redefine Console RTS games. Not to mention it already has it's first score of a 9/10 from the very strict reviewing magazine OXM, which even gave Gears of War 2 a 9/10.
Im a big ps3 fan and Im laughing at your comment.
Welcome change? no changes in the near future....360 games continue to sell millions more than ps3 games. Wouldnt be suprised to see halo wars terribly outsell killzone 2 (aka sony's wish for something 10% as successful as halo) :)
gonna' go download now...
The demo is very impressive considering it's an RTS on a console. The controls work pretty flawlessly with good button layouts. It is short but I'd say it's a buyer if you enjoy RTS games and it existing within the Halo universe is an added plus for fans of the game.
really cool demo the multiplayer looks kinda fun, the campaign feels a little be boring but once the flood comes out the fun is going to start.
hmmm i've been having a bit of a play but not i'm sold yet. i'm a massive rts fan but for me this is very average. it's probably classed as good because its an rts on a console but seriously, if this was up against rts competition on pc i doubt it would sell many copies. I was expecting more graphically as well tbh. it looks rather plain and boring