Halo Wars

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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.

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Average score: 82% (based on 75 ratings)


Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 18 ratings with 1 reviews)

It is a good game. But it could be better

The Good
Well, I am a huge fan of the halo universe. So when I heard about halo wars, I was gonna get it right away. It has a great storyline that answers questions from Halo:combat evolved. It has an easy to adapt to control system, with amazing upgrades to your units. The skirmish option is very fun, and you will enjoy any character you select as your leader. The leader powers and special units are very helpful in the games multiplayer.

The Bad
Some levels of the campaign were very confusing. There was one level were you had to save three groups of marines. And the flood keeps reviving itself. Also, the campaign could have been longer. As well as the fact that multiplayer can be a little to long for your own good. The graphics were average, but they could have been better. Though you have to remember the camera is not focused on one unit at a time, so it is exceptional.

The Bottom Line
It was great if you like games of strategy, and it's very affordable. The flaws might seem bad, but you realize, who cares, the game is awesome. But if you are not into strategy then I would recommend do not buy this game. If you are a halo fan, u should give it a shot. If you do not like it, you could still pick it up for occasional gameplay. Or if you are planing on collecting the series, along with the books and comics it is a must have.

Xbox 360 · by Kyle Wolfe (3) · 2010


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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Game added by WWWWolf.

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Game added September 2, 2009. Last modified June 25, 2024.