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Microsoft targets German market with Halo Wars

A Microsoft executive has revealed that Halo Wars, the recently announced Xbox 360 RTS from Ensemble Studios, is being developed specifically with the European market in mind.

Speaking to Eurogamer, at Microsoft's post-X06 party, the executive conceded that although the company is extremely pleased with how the 360 has performed so far, the console could still use a further push in certain territories. And Halo Wars, which is being developed at the studio behind blockbuster series Age of Empires, could be the answer.

"It's for the Germans," the exec confided. "We think this genre of game is perfectly suited to Germany, northern and eastern Europe. It illustrates our desire to release games that are appropriate for gamers in all markets."

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Trickedbullet6361d ago

Does this mean that the game will force you to smack the covenant with fancy leather gloves and laugh? Will it even be coming to the STates? How can you make the game for all audiences? I dont think that games meant for older children and adults need to be dumbed down with less blood or gore. Like Medal of honor games. I thought WW2 was a bloody war, yet they manage to make the horrors of war children safe... go figure. NOw they might do it for Halo. Wow that sucks.

Sidherich6361d ago

If they actually mean it that way then it would tell alot about this game.

Was attending this years GCDC ( Games Convention Developer Conference ) and was sitting in a presentation called "Made in Germany" that was showing a few games that were successfull in germany. Spellforce was a RTS/RPG mix and Settlers II (remake) was a RTS game with high emphasis on economy building.

The developers mentioned several times that the main difference between german developed games and internationally developed games was that german players loved to handle details.

Like in settlers you have to build a farm in order to grow grain. then you have to bring that grain to a windmill in order to make flour. that flour plus some water goes to a bakery which makes bread that will then be used to feed a miner mining ore and coal. This then goes to a new building that makes steel from this. The steel finally will be used to make swords for the soldiers or tools for craftsmans (like that farmer).

While i dont think that you have to grow grain in order to fight the enemy i do think a "german oriented" game would need a ressource cycle that is more than just "Mine for Gold" -> "Buy Vehicle".

Incidently Age of Empires had a ressource cycle that needed several items in order to build buildings or units.

malachi236361d ago

This makes sense, Xbox360 is'nt as big as it could be in Germany...from what i hear it's not doing too well there atm.

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The Best Pirate-Themed Video Games (Not Skull and Bones)

BY JASON MONROE: The very best pirate-themed video games that you should play instead of the disappointment that is Skull and Bones.

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thorstein1h ago

PoE: Deadfire, Unless you have a or PS5 or an SSD don't bother, loading times are insane. A minute and a half to go into a room to investigate a desk in an inn and then an additional 1 1/2 minutes to leave the room and then load to leave the inn???

And they never fixed it.

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Definitely don’t start your Final Fantasy VII experience with Rebirth

Start at the beginning.

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Inverno14h ago

Well that's how it should be, but too many now buy sequels rather than starting at the beginning. That's why more sequels now have no mention of the previous game.

SDuck14h ago

I already used to do that back in the day. Bought both God of War 2 and FFXIII-2 without knowing anything about their prequels

jeromeface14h ago

Too many people need to be told this anymore... it really blows my mind.

GoodGuy0913h ago

Square didn't name it Remake 2 to maximize sales anyways lol

jznrpg12h ago

Yes play the first game it’s really good

SegaSaturn66912h ago

The first game was so bad i couldn't finish it. Endless fetching, nonsense additions, etc. Cool visualization of Midgar, but it's all filler.

Snookies1211h ago

"Endless fetching" - Don't do the side quests then, they do kind of suck.
"nonsense additions" - Most of the additions are actually very welcome to some parts that NEEDED fleshing out.
"it's all filler" - That isn't even the least bit true...

There were some lacking moments in Remake, and some odd choices at times I'll give you that. Trying to say the game was "bad" though is very far off the mark. It's a fantastic game.

RonnySins9h ago

Bad my a**. As for the fetching quests, don't do them. Simple.

NukeDaHippies8h ago

absolutely true. i coulda still accepted the less desirable stuff if the story didn't shit the bed in the last hour

Rebel_Scum11h ago

Yeah hard disagree on this. If you skip remake you wont miss out on anything. The story truly kicks off when you leave Midgar.

Snookies1211h ago

The heck do you mean? You will miss out on EVERYTHING if you skipped Remake, lol. Who the hell goes into a story driven series without playing the first part of it? There's absolutely no point in jumping on mid-way through something like that. You'd have no context for any characters or their relationships, nor their goals or plot of the series as a whole.

Rebel_Scum9h ago

Just watch the story catch up video in Rebirth. Remake just wasnt a good game.

To anyone new to FFVII I’d suggest the play the original then rebirth.

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Top 10 Iconic Cars In The Need For Speed Games

The Nerd Stash: "Here are the best iconic cars in the Need For Speed games that have become the signature of this franchise in the past two decades."

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