Currently Playing: Halo Wars

Halo Wars Xbox 360 ImpressionsDamn, I just can’t get enough of this game at the moment. Whilst I’m not great at the online skirmishes, they are incredibly addictive.

Since I got back from my holiday last weekend (and just before I left) I have been pretty hooked on this game. Whilst it isn’t as deep as “Command and Conqueror” and other PC-based RTS games, Halo Wars is still very entertaining. For some reason it reminds me of when I used to play Warcraft 3 over and over and over again.

So, what makes it so good..?

Firstly, the controls are easy to pickup. Infact, the whole game is very accessible. The game has been well thought out so that everything is just a button click (or two) away.

At first I was slightly against the idea of being restricted to the placement of buildings. Instead of freely placing them you get assigned a number of “slots” around your main base (or additional bases) which they can be created on. The number of slots can be increased though through base upgrades (at a cost).

Now though, I don’t mind about the building layout design at all. Infact, having the restriction actually helps in both attacking and defending. There is also new tactics as to what to build where to prevent your most needed structures being blown up first. Whilst turret placement is now fairly simple and helps balance sides.

The units are quite cleverly designed as they all seem to work in a “rock, paper, scissors” format. Each unit has one strength and one weakness against another which again keeps things clear and simple, whilst still remaining tactical. Clever stuff..

I think this game has plenty of life in it, even though the number of available maps is beginning to feel slightly limited already. I haven’t bothered with the DLC yet as it seems a little pricey for what it is. I hope they release new maps in the future at a reasonable price.

So for now, Halo Wars is keeping me entertained and constantly coming back for more. For how long remains to be seen. I highly recommend this title for renting though even if you are “on the fence” about either halo or RTS games. You might be pleasantly surprised.

For me, The 3 vs 3 online skirmish modes are great fun. Please feel free to leave feedback as to your own experiences, tips, or even questions you may have about this game. Also, if you fancy doing some co-op, feel free to send me an invite 🙂

Matt has been hooked on games since he received his first console (a SEGA Mega Drive) for his 7th birthday. He now spends most of his time on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS, but will use any excuse for a retro gaming night.

Posted on June 24, 2009 | Last modified: 24th June 2009