Halo Wars (Xbox 360) by Microsoft

Halo Wars (Xbox 360) by Microsoft Box Art

Xbox One backwards Compatible

North Amercian Release Date: March 3, 2009.

Average Overall Score:
8.97 / 10

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Halo Wars” is the next big real-time strategy game from Ensemble Studios, creators of Age of Empires. Designed exclusively for the Xbox 360, “Halo Wars” allows you to take charge of the human UNSC armies and see the Halo universe from a totally new perspective.


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Adjudicate the Arbiter
Complete the Campaign on Heroic Difficulty
Detour the Great Journey
Complete the Campaign on Legendary Difficulty
Momma's Boy
Get a Gold Medal on any mission
Crushed Colors
Improve your Score in any Campaign Mission
Mr. Punctual
Finish all missions under Par Time on Heroic difficulty
Own Worst Enemy
Get a Gold Medal with all Debuff Skulls Active
Wall of Recognition
Get a Gold Medal on every Campaign Mission
Epic Grinder
Obtain a Lifetime Campaign Score over 1,000,000
Everything's Better with Bacon
Mission 1: Ram 50 Grunts with Warthogs
Endless Fun
Mission 2: Destroy every Methane Tank
Covenant "Hot Drop"
Mission 3: Kill at least 5 Covenant Units with the Bridge
The Real Winner
Mission 4: Save Adam
He's Got The Jack
Mission 5: Jack 6 Covenant Vehicles
Rhino Hugger
Mission 6: Successfully protect every Rhino
Micro Manager
Mission 7: Do not destroy any Power Node
Ramblin' Man
Mission 8: Use Elephants to train 100 Infantry
Sweet Naptime
Mission 9: Put every Colony in Hibernation Mode at the same time
The Procrastinator
Mission 10: Disrupt all Tractor Beams
Battened Down the Hatches
Mission 11: Save all the Airlocks
Handy with Tools
Mission 12: Repair the Power Core in less than 4 minutes
Beaming with Pride
Mission 13: Destroy 25 units with the Scarab
Didn't Get To Second Base
Mission 14: Don't claim an extra base
Thinkin' about My Doorbell
Mission 15: Open the Doors in order
Complete any Campaign Mission in Co-op Mode
Complete entire Campaign in Co-op Mode
Playin' the Field
Win a Skirmish Game with every Leader
Gallivant around the Galaxy
Win a game on every Skirmish Map
Empire Builder
Win a game in every Skirmish Game Mode
Get 20,000 points in any Skirmish Game
Big Al's Scooter
Win a Heroic Skirmish Game against the AI in under 10 minutes
My Virtual Friends Love Me
Win a 3v3 Skirmish game with 2 AI Allies
Walk-Off Winner
Use one of the 6 Major Leader Powers to destroy an enemy's last unit
2 Bugs are Better Than 1
Win a Skirmish Game with Dual Scarabs
Penny Pincher
Get a winning High Score with 10 or less Squads against the Heroic AI
N00b n0 M0r3
Win a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE
So Lonely at the Top
Win and have the Highest Score in a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE
Basically Naive
Obtain the Recruit Rank on Xbox LIVE
Officer on Deck
Obtain the Lieutenant Rank on Xbox LIVE
Running the Show
Obtain the General Rank on Xbox LIVE
Alas, Poor Andrew Thomas
Collect your first Skull
Collect all Skulls
Halo Academic
Unlock 20 Timeline Events
Halo Historian
Unlock All Timeline Events
Ready for the Sequel
100% Completion
24 Hours of Quality
Play Halo Wars for at least 24 Total Hours
Meet Sergeant Forge (Secret Achievement)
Completed Mission 1 on any difficulty
Ice Warriors (Secret Achievement)
Completed Act I on any difficulty
Key to Pirth (Secret Achievement)
Completed Act II on any difficulty
Ugly is only Skin Deep (Secret Achievement)
Completed Act III on any difficulty
No Way Home? (Secret Achievement)
Completed Act IV on any difficulty

User Reviews

Score: 90
Overall User Average: 9.25 / 10 (89.7%)
Gameplay User Average: 8.75 / 10
Graphics User Average: 9.40 / 10
Sound User Average: 9.20 / 10
Date reviewed: May 13, 2009.

Overall: If someone asks you have you ever heard of Halo Wars? Of cource your going to say yes its been hyped up extremely for the last 3 years with trailers and rumors and halos. Halo Wars is a new halo game, but wait its an RTS. Halo Wars is trying to do what other RTS games on a console haven't been having much success with trying to micromanage and stratigically win battles with a controller rather than a keyboard and a mouse. Although this game is not great so far it is the closest, and most fun.

To buy or not to buy:
If you are a hardcore RTS like a korean and starcraft you might be a little disipointed in the RTS factor because those who are used to the mouse and keyboard and extremely fast manuvers will feel this game lacking a lot. For those who just want to have a good time and don't take RTS to seriously I would suggest getting it.
Gameplay: Halo Wars is a Halo based RTS or Real Time Stradagy game where you or "God" or whatever you want to call yourself creates a army of your choosing and your goal is to destroy all of the enemy's buildings and units. If you look at computer RTS like starcraft or warcraft those games are really fast paced and complicated sometimes. Halo Wars is kind of sluggish in comparison the main cause is the use of the controller. A keyboard and mouse is very different from a controller first off your action won't be as fast. And second there are small things that frustrate and bother you. One thing is the unit selecting with a mouse its fairly simple with a controller not so much you have to singly pick out units if you want a certain type like the flyers your options are 1 unit, a bunch of that 1 unit, or all the units on the map. Another thing since the action isn't as fast paced the game feels rather predictable. In computer RTS people would make armies in seconds from their coordination and speed in Halo Wars you have limited buildings and along with the controller it feels really slow.
Graphics: Visually the game looks really nice. So far in my opinion the best RTS graphics so far. You can see some great detail on the units the portraits and the terrain. The plasma and the bullets look really nice even though it is a future prespective when you play this game it almost seems like your in a blimp watching a war.
Sound: Audio wise this game is great just like all the other halo games. One thing I especially liked was how well the music worked with the cues. Like when your doing nothing there is a song, but when you have things like combat the music changes very nicely and smoothly and it fits in very well.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 87 %
Graphics: 94 %
Sound: 94 %

Dan 140
Date reviewed: April 23, 2009.

Overall: A Command and Conquer styled game made by Ensemble Studios along with Microsoft game studios based on the legendary and epic halo series by Bungie studios.
take command of the unsc and find out what happened 20 years before the halo combat evolved event.
you are a marine, sergent forge from the m@!%#*!ive UNSC frigit Spirt of fire.
you are the number one man for the job as you command your troops around the vast mission maps to try and force back this new threat, the covenant.

Amazing game well worth the money, story could have been a bit longer but hopefully new DLC content should sort out that issue. 100% recomendation
Gameplay: Gameplay on this game is great, im not a m@!%#*!ive fan of these type of games but this game has changed my mind completely.
You take control sergent forge a UNSC marine commanded by the UNSC ship 'Spirit of Fire'. Embark on the journey to find out what sparked the m@!%#*!ive war in the halo series.
this game is a great one of a kind and is a must buy.
the only down side to this game is that you cant be in the action like halo 1,2,3 but you control it. If you think about it though after you have played it, first person gameplay style in the halo 1,2,3 would seem a bit silly on this battlefeild.
Graphics: the graphics on this game are great, not as good as halo 3 but still great and gives you a amazing visual experience its self. the m@!%#*!ive open free flowing maps are just spectacular. only problem is that you can only see properly when your army is on screen, abit of a let down but they probably have there reasons

Overall: 95 %
Gameplay: 88 %
Graphics: 94 %
Sound: 90 %

Halo Wars News

Halo Wars Features, Website Being Cut
The official Halo Wars website is going away as of December 15, and it’s taking online stat tracking with it. Thats right folks, everything will be gone.

Halo Wars Stats Wiped in XBLIVE Glitch
Bad news for Halo Wars gamers this morning; a glitch on XBLIVE has caused the leaderboards to be wiped for both single and multiplayer. This means a complete stats wipe that it looks like is not reversible and is likely to affect matchmaking as well

Historic Battle Game Add-on Pack for Halo Wars
UNSC or Covenant legs, mobilize your troops and report for duty at your next assignment in “Halo Wars,” the best selling real-time strategy game on any current generation console

Halo Wars: Strategic Options Add-on Pack
Experience Halo Wars in a whole new way with the Strategic Options Game Add-on. Three new game modes will require players to re-think their entire strategy and approach to the game.

Halo Wars sells 1 million units
Halo Wars has hit one million unit sales worldwide, making it the bestselling strategy title on the Xbox 360, according to Microsoft.

Halo Wars Hits‭ ‬2m Downloads
The demo version of Ensembles final game,‭ ‬Halo Wars,‭ ‬has been downloaded over two million times.‭

Demo: Halo Wars
Halo Wars lets you effortlessly command powerful UNSC and Covenant armies in epic battles.

Europe Gets ’Best of Halo’ 360 Bundle
We have discovered that European gamers will be getting a ’Best of Halo’ Xbox 360 bundle next month.

Halo Wars Has Gone Gold
The long-awaited Halo Wars has officially gone gold and has been sent to manufacturing, according to a release issued by Microsoft Friday morning.

Halo Wars Gets a Date
The first Halo game to not feature the iconic Master Chief, titled Halo Wars, now has a firm release date.

Halo Wars Dated
Microsoft Game Studios has set a semi-firm date for the release of its upcoming real-time strategy game Halo Wars. Both the limited and standard editions are set for release in February 2009.

Halo Wars First Look Trailer (HD)
Get an exclusive look at the gameplay demo that was shown behind closed doors at E3. Based on the Halo universe, Halo Wars introduces a new landmark in the strategy genre.

Halo Wars Playable at E3
Ensemble Studios has revealed on the official Halo Wars forum that its Halo RTS, Halo Wars, will be in playable form at E3.

Ensemble Gives New Halo Wars Update
Halo Wars is up and running and around 100 developers at Ensemble Studios are testing how the game works in multiplayer. There’s lot of work going on visually to the game too, says the developer in a new update.

Halo Wars Update
Ensemble Studios has posted an update on the status of their game, Halo Wars, on their forum. Find out more inside.

Halo Wars Official Site
Halo Wars is the next big real-time strategy game from Ensemble Studios.

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