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Halo Wars is a prequel to the the Halo trilogy, set 21 years before the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. In this real-time strategy take on Halo, the player leads the UNSC troops from the ship "Spirit of Fire", as they fight war against the Covenant on the partially destroyed human colony planet Harvest.

Most of the familiar units from the Halo games are featured - on UNSC side, one can find anything from marines to the near-legendary SPARTAN-II super-soldiers, from Warthogs to Scorpion tanks. The ranks of the Covenant are well-represented from lowly Grunts all the way to the most feared Elites, Brutes and even the Prophets, with all the vehicles from Banshees to Wraiths and Scarabs.

The game offers both a single-player campaign and an ability to play through the campaign in co-operative mode. The player-versus-player Skirmish mode, which supports up to 6 players, also lets the players to take the Covenant's side.


Halo Wars Xbox 360 Intro Movie
Halo Wars Xbox 360 The evil hierarch (right) sends an arbiter (left) after Professor Anders (Cinematic)
Halo Wars Xbox 360 An almost fully developed base.
Halo Wars Xbox 360 The Super Scarab is a fierce enemy.

Promo Images

Halo Wars Screenshot
Halo Wars Screenshot
Halo Wars Screenshot Using an orbital blast to attack the enemy base
Halo Wars Screenshot Using Warthogs to blast through Covenant defenses


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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Totally Gaming Network Jun 15, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
GameZone Feb 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Good Game Feb 23, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Atomic Gamer Mar 06, 2009 84 out of 100 84 Gaming Portal Jun 01, 2009 81 out of 100 81
Gamervision Mar 11, 2009 7.75 out of 10 78
Worth Playing Mar 02, 2009 7.7 out of 10 77
1UP Feb 20, 2009 B 75
GameSpot UK Feb 20, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Mar 07, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65


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1001 Video Games

Halo Wars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Cheat Code Central
    • 2009 - Best Strategy/Simulation Game
  • Game Informer
    • 2009 - Best Strategy Game
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Overall Best Strategy Game
    • 2009 - Overall Best Strategy Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Strategy Game
    • 2009 - Best Xbox 360 Strategy Game (Readers' Choice)

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WWWWolf (421) added Halo Wars (Xbox 360) on Aug 13, 2009