PlanetXbox360 Reviews Halo Wars

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"The wait is over and it's time to evaluate if Microsoft made the right decision to expand the Halo franchise into another genre with the development of Halo Wars, from Ensemble Studios. Having seen over 2 million downloads for the demo on Xbox Live, it's going to be interesting to see how gamers receive the title when it finally releases in a few short weeks. So without further ado, let's dig deep into what could be the most eye-opening game of early 2009 coming from Microsoft – which isn't saying much due to their small gaming portfolio as of this moment. Beginning with a question, we pose a simple inquiry: If you're a diehard Halo fan, how can you deny the ability to take control of a Spartan and lay waste to the Covenant scum that threaten humanity? Well the answer is that you can't."

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Valkyrie833582d ago

Even if you don't like real-time strategy games you should give Halo Wars a chance, it was easily the best RTS on any console to date and the story pulled me back into the Halo universe just as if it was another Master Chief game. Still it's not perfect and so I have to agree 100% with the score of this review.

Even though it is one of Microsoft's biggest games to come in 2009 on the Xbox 360 it's still a RTS and thus will not score as well as maybe a FPS or "Gears" style game; fantastic exclusive nonetheless!

Sarcasm3582d ago

I have to agree, I've been playing it and so far it's pretty fun. Just beat Arcadia outskirts and it's pretty cool seeing the "Spartans" come out like know it all badasses.

I was disappointed with Halo 3, but Halo Wars is definitely one of the best games on the 360.

Bob Dole3582d ago

Bob Dole didn't even know it was out yet... he might have to check it out. Is there KB and mouse support?

caladbolg7773581d ago (Edited 3581d ago )

I think we're lowering our standards a bit to call this a good game. IMO, anything over a 7.0 for Halo Wars is being generous.

Sarcasm3581d ago

I'd rate it around an 8 so far. It could just be that the story seems more compelling than Halo 3, hence the "good impression" when I play it.

Of course it's nowhere near as deep as something like Starcraft.

caladbolg7773581d ago (Edited 3581d ago )

Maybe RTS gamers expect more content out of their games? HW seems like a strong effort to pull non-RTSers in to the genre. Sadly, I just can't recommend this game to a seasoned RTS veteran looking for real substance.

IMO, Halo Wars feels like a mildly-gimped RTS for babies wearing mittens.
But then again, Halo felt like a mildly-gimped FPS for babies wearing booties.

If Halo Wars ends up doing anything for the RTS genre near what Halo did for the FPS or FF7 did for the RPG, then that's a win, right? (And by that, I mean, stirring non-gamers interest in the genre).

UltimaEnder3581d ago

@Calad; why would you think Halo Wars deserves a 7? Only the Edge review is that low and by those standards Killzone 2 is also a below average game, which is obviously not true! Halo Wars is a fantastic game but it is still a RTS which gives it problems review/general public acceptance wise from the start. Best RTS ever made for a console which is a big plus in my opinion!

caladbolg7773581d ago (Edited 3581d ago )

I never mentioned the Edge review in any of my responses, nor am I interested in discussing it. Edge is a garbage magazine/website with garbage reviewers.

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PepperJack3582d ago

i think you hit the nail on the head with that review

UltimaEnder3582d ago

This was one of my most anticipated games of the year and even though it is not a high 9 like I was hoping it still payed off and throughout the entire experience I was satisfied with what Ensemble Games created.....well done and I can't wait to see what the guys that were disbanded from that studio come up with next, they have definitely redefined the RTS genre on consoles!

Bob Dole3582d ago

Hahaha 2 disagree's. They think you just pretended to double post maybe??

titntin3582d ago

I'm not the biggest Halo fan so I approached the title as an RTS fan.
I have to say I was underwhelmed. I peronally think even 'battle for middle earth' on 360 was better. I only got it yesterday and I do intend to put some serious hours in today so I DO hope it grows on me.

Buts its certainly not the blockbuster I was expecting and I have to admit to being a bit dissapointed...I wanted so much more than it delivered.

Danja3582d ago

well I was impressed by it ..actually normally RTS just doesn't work on a console..

Ensemble purposely made this game very accessible for gamers because majority of the ppl who are gonna buy this probably never played an RTS b4..

overall I would give the demo an 7/10

UltimaEnder3582d ago

@Danja - that is a good score for the demo, without the full use of all the units and no multiplayer and/or co-op I would probably give the game around a 7; with the final retail value it is much closer to a 9 and worthy of an instant purchase, hands down!

gta28003582d ago

Are you the same titntin from pspiso?

CBaoth3581d ago

About time someone reviewed the game as a RTS. I thought the same too. Throw out the Halo name, and this game gets a 6 at best. It's not that the stream-lined action is bad for a console RTS, it's the fact that the SP campaign is limited to 15 marine missions. As a RTS, it's far too short. To EVEN play as the Covenant one must play online. I would have rather they included SP campaigns for the Covenant and the Flood then worry about the graphical fidelity of cutscenes. Let's face it. After playing another console-lite RTS (in the form of Civ:R) online, it becomes readily apparent not having real diplomacy and resource management crushes any strategy and tactical skill. I guess I'll have to wait for the next installment of ROTK12 from KOEI to get a console RTS that behaves like its PC brethren.

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Shaka2K63582d ago

What a mediocre Flop and ofcourse its Xflop 3rd60 exclusive home of the Exclusive Flops LMAO!

Daz3581d ago

so most of your games are flops then good one ;/

caladbolg7773581d ago

-most of YOUR games-
What games would those be?

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