Halo Wars!!!......no you don't play as Master Chief
posted by QuadNine (AUSTIN, TX) Mar 8, 2009
Member since Jan 2008
Everyones first inclination when putting this game in is "Sweet another Halo game I cant wait to be Master Chief!!" uhhhhh no.. This is a RTS game or Real Time Strategy much like World at war and Command and Conquer. This game is definatly worth the rent but not to buy unless your a huge fan of halo AND RTS titles. Yes their is a lot of replay value but only for fans of the RTS. With that said I give you the rundown..
Graphics-9 Very VERY detailed environments aswell as all the Halo related Units are built to spec and highly detailed.
Gameplay-8 All the units move exactly like they do in Halo. Their was a few hickups when commanding your troops like when telling tanks to move it looks like friday evening rush hour with everyone bumping into each other.
Sound-8 Yes they brought the orchestra back for this title. No theirs no gothic singers in this one (snaps fingers) but the music does do a nice job of complimenting the action. The explosions sound good but they lack the bass hit that I know and love from command and conquer titles
Replay Value- 7 yes you do want to put the game back in a couple a times. The skull system is back yet again to annoy the poo outta you. Unfortunatly their is little to unlock here except halo lore so fans rejoice. As for the rest of us good luck with concept art and game skulls.....
Co-op? YES their is Co-op gameplay!! The Co-op is what really makes this title shine. Granted you dont need a friend to help you through the missions but it helps greatly. From the ability to transfer units and money to your friend to the ability to actually see what your teammate is looking at this is definatly a title to tell your homie about.
This was a good try to bring the RTS to the console and I am glad I rented rather then bought. I can see if you are a huge fan of games like Warcraft and C&C but this game falls short on what makes those games great. Ease of use and ability to control the whole battlefield rather then just a battle at a time.
I do commend the efforts of Microsoft but with out a mouse and the keyboard the RTS is stuck to the computer and off the counsels. Better then what I thought it would be but in the end fails for lack of replay and repetitive motions over and over to win a battle.
When I first played Endwar, I fell in love with RTS games, Halo Wars takes RTS to the next level, it's fun and easy to learn, I still haven't finished the game, but so far so good, I highly recommend this game to anyone who played Endwar and liked it, Halo Wars is really good the only issue I have with this game is the camera angle, but other than that the game is fun.