Crispy Gamer writes: "This is a review I don't want to write. The closing of Ensemble Studios was a great loss for fans of real-time strategy games, and the developer has given me some of my favorites in the genre. Ensemble's Age of Empires III is a grand accomplishment that I'll still be playing years from now. So I had hoped its final game, Halo Wars, would be a supernova RTS achievement. It's not. It's yet another attempt to shove a PC-shaped RTS into a console-shaped hole. This is the way Ensemble ends: not with a bang but a whimper".