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Halo Wars


Xbox 360


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Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

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"Gets better as you go"
5 stars"

I got this game when I bought my xbox and i was putting off playing it because personally i thought it sounded like rubbish, HOWEVER, i played it for a few hours and found out that it is actually a pretty good game. Then i took it online, personally i found this awesome! even if i kept losing but still, if you like halo then this game is worth a buy, or at least a rent even if you don't like games like Age of Empires and etc. 9/10

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
"Halo AGE OF EMPIRES style"
5 stars"

If your a fan of halo, and real time strategies, this game is for you. It is very similar to the game style of age of empires, except you use the UNSC or Covenant in all out war. Train super units and obliterate your opponents. This game is a lot of fun to go at alone or in Co-op, and an awesome online play

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Underappreciated "
4 stars"

This game I think is a lot better than most strategy games on the Xbox ( stormrise, end war, etc.) Personally I like how simple it is and friendly to people who are not really used to strategy games. For those people out there who love strategy games, be warned THIS IS NOT a game that makes you think deeply about all the different possibilities of overcoming your enemy-such as company of heroes, how ever in saying that it is not as hard a game, is fast paced, simple and easy to use. The main idea for every mission is just build, upgrade, shoot but you can do this is lots of ways and the game looks very pretty while you are doing this. If you like hardcore strategy games, then this will probably not be your cup of tea, but those who think strategies are too complicated then this will be a good place to start. And if you like halo it is really fun to watch little grunts run around while being squished by warthogs. This game may not be perfect but it is a fantastic console strategy. Recommended if you like halo, easygoing strategy or if you just want something to play on the weekends :)

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Halo Wars” is a strategy game based on the legendary “Halo” universe. In campaign mode, players will command the armies of the UNSC warship “Spirit of Fire,” consisting of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. “Halo Wars” will immerse gamers in an early period of the storied “Halo” universe, allowing them to experience events leading up to the first “Halo” title for Xbox.

With the guidance of Serina, a spirited artificial intelligence (AI) persona, gamers will direct legions of UNSC soldiers, Warthogs, Scorpions and more, each group having its own strengths and uses in battle. Adventurous commanders can also call upon ancient Forerunner technology, if they are fortunate enough to find it hidden throughout the battlefield.

Covenant forces are also waiting for players to lead them into battle in multiplayer skirmishes via the New Xbox Experience. Call upon an arsenal of new and familiar Covenant units such as Grunts, Elites, Ghosts and even Scarabs to defeat foes on the battlefield. Strategic-minded players who react well under pressure will emerge victorious.

  • New take on a legendary world. Set in the iconic “Halo” universe, “Halo Wars” predates the original first-person shooter “Halo.” Fans of the franchise will have the opportunity to experience the early battles between the UNSC and Covenant, the far-reaching conflict that has been diligently followed by the masses in the blockbuster “Halo” series. Players join the crew onboard the “Spirit of Fire,” a Phoenix-class colony ship converted for UNSC military use and guided by the AI persona Serina. The “Halo Wars” story line follows the Spirit of Fire’s discovery of an ancient artifact during a journey to the planet Harvest, the first planet to be attacked by the Covenant.
  • Strategic command of armies in large-scale combat. “Halo Wars” puts gamers in command of the battlefield over an arsenal of UNSC units and vehicles as they engage Covenant forces. They can counter and crush their opponent by tactically fielding the superior army. Players can also choose among Leaders that possess elite skills which can turn the tides of battle. Using various combinations of Leaders and units, players can create countless strategies tailored to their preferred playing styles and personalized strategies.
  • Challenge friends to skirmishes using the New Xbox Experience. See who the superior commander is through multiplayer online skirmishes supporting up to 6 players with the New Xbox Experience. Players can choose to command either unique civilization, UNSC or Covenant, each with unique attributes and strategic characteristics. Ancient Forerunner technology can also be found to create unique units to gain an upper hand in battle.
  • Groundbreaking strategy game for the Xbox 360. Since inception, “Halo Wars” was explicitly designed to cater to console gamers and bring to the Xbox 360 a genre that has typically been played on the PC. Gamers can easily command and manage powerful armies, effortlessly control troops and incredible machines, engage in epic battles and expand their empire using an intuitive user interface for the Xbox 360. “Halo Wars” represents the true next-generation experience, combining a masterful control scheme using the Xbox 360 controller with the award-winning strategic gameplay only Ensemble Studios can provide.
Release date NZ
February 26th, 2009
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