Halo Wars 2 - Windows|Xbox One [Digital]

ESRB Rating: Teen
Mild blood, Mild language, Violence
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Overview

What's Included


  • Halo Wars 2

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (346 out of 387)

Product Details


  • Developer: 343 Industries|Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Platform: Windows|Xbox One
  • Genre: Real Time Strategy
  • Release Date: 02/21/2017

Synopsis


Real-time strategy makes an explosive return to the Halo universe in Halo Wars 2. Lead Spartans, Warthogs and other classic Halo fighting forces in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy on the biggest Halo battlefield ever.

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Features


The heroes of Halo Wars return to find themselves - and the galaxy - in more danger than ever

Following the events of Halo 5, the all-new story is told in action-packed missions set on the legendary Halo destination known as the Ark

Players will strategically command overwhelming firepower in largescale battles against a terrifying threat facing the UNSC and all of humanity

Construct your bases, prepare your vehicles and amass your troops. Lead them into huge battles that span across alien environments in a vast collection of campaign and multiplayer maps

Play with or against your friends and the Xbox Live community in up to 3v3 matches

All-new units with explosive firepower, Leaders with special abilities that help to turn the tide in battle and thrilling multiplayer modes are at your fingertips as you wage war on a variety of maps

Blitz is an entirely new way to experience Halo Wars and real-time strategy gameplay

Combining tactical combat with card-based strategy, your deck is your army in Blitz as you build collections of powerful Halo vehicles and troops and command those units in fast-action matches online or solo against waves of enemies



Customer rating

4.4
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing game

    Posted
    Oscar85Cedeno
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    My very first RTS ( Real Time Strategy ) game was Halo Wars. I went into that game not knowing anything about it, and not even knowing if I would like it at all, but as it turns out I absolutely LOVED it. So Halo Wars 2 was a no brainer to me, it was a day one buy. If you know what an RTS is and have experience in this genre of games then you know what to expect here. Base building, troop development, land and air, vehicle & armor , weapon development etc etc etc............ then of course moving troops and etc from one place to the other to complete the objectives of the game . Sounds simple and boring? LOL, it is not, you will have multiple things happening at once, not all the time but it will happen, you may have troops engaging a target and more somewhere else engaging some enemy somewhere else and then your base comes under attack and you have to mange what is happening there as well.. Don't think this will be to much to handle for you, the game is set up in a way that you can quickly move from one engagement to the other very very quickly and seamlessly. Most RTS games will be found on PC, and few have been developed for Console, but the way the game has been tailored for controller control instead of mouse and keyboard it is absolutely outstanding. the controls are simple and easy to remember and understand, allowing quick response for what ever situation you find yourself in during the game. Story - The Game begins as the crew from The Spirit of Fire awaken from cryo sleep due to a distress signal from an instillation called the ARK. Upon deploying a Spartan team to the Ark to investigate the signal, the team encounters the Atriox, a Brute that has risen through the trials of war to become the most brutal and fierce leader of a rebel covenant faction. It is now up to you to stop this terrible threat and save the galaxy and the human race.. This game will also impact the Halo 6 story line, which is very interesting because the original Halo Wars had no impact at all on the games that came after it. I love this idea and upon playing the upcoming Halo 6 title I will remember and be able to reflect on what happened during Halo Wars 2, and why the things happening in Halo 6 are happening . Halo Wars was a game that was set in the Halo universe but had nothing to do with the main line Halo titles and the Master Chief, and that is not the case with this game and the upcoming Halo 6 main line installment.. What a great idea, I absolutely love it and absolutely cannot wait for the inevitable Halo 6 release in 2018. Graphics - Absolutely gorgeous, detail everywhere, you know you are playing a Halo game, there is no doubt. The cut scenes are absolutely AMAZING, and the original Halo Wars was no slouch in this department either, but DANG they are beautiful in this title, and just help immerse you into this game and the Halo universe. Voice Acting - The cast in this game are top notch as you would expect from a AAA game release. There are a few characters throughout the campaign that are better than others, but that is to be expected just like any other game or movie, but over all the voice acting is exceptional to further your game immersion. Sound - If you have played past main line Halo titles you will be right at home here, from the sounds of gunfire to the pop of plasma grenades, it's all here. The Scorpion tanks, Warthogs and all Covenant vehicles sound absolutely great and just like they should and are definitely what you remember. Also just like all Halo titles this entry has an excellent orchestral sound track that's just puts you into the Halo universe and keeps you there, simply amazing.. Conclusion - This is an AMAZING title for everyone not just the Halo fan base, there is just so much fun to be had here. In my opinion this game is well worth the purchase price, and I urge everyone to pick it up. Solid 5 out of 5

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An high value RTS that has some flaws

    Posted
    Nate

    I'd rate Halo Wars 2 as a buy after the first price drop. It's got a great mix of content for RTS veterans and RTS newcomers alike. Storywise, Halo Wars 2 seems a bit too brief of a campaign, but the missions are extremely varied in a way that rivals Starcraft, and the cutscenes are some best looking cutscenes I've ever seen in gaming. Multiplayerwise, Halo Wars 2 really shines as you have a great mix of Online Co-Op, verses, and Firefight modes, coupled with offline Skirmish modes against AI. Blitz is a fun game mode for quick games, but the pay to win microtransactions in that mode are going to really prevent a lot of people from playing on an even footing. (I'd stick to blitz firefight in that regard, as it cuts the pay to win element out entirely) If you love Halo and RTS, defintely buy it at launch. If you aren't quite sold, wait until you can get the ultimate edition at a better price. 343 has a good track record of post-launch support off of Halo 5, (Free maps, tendency to listen to the community for post-launch features and updates) and as good as this game is at the moment, it will be a great addition to your game collection in 6 months when the post-launch DLC campaign, maps, and leaders arrive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Game : Buy Instore

    Posted
    Dragon
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    Don't get me wrong, this game is amazing, the 3 star review comes from the poor handling of digital codes on Best Buys account when it comes to the time it takes to get it. The site clearly says you will get an email within one hour. Well two hours later I finally got one saying "Hey thanks for your purchase, you'll be getting another email with instructions on how to install shortly." Or something to that regard. It was 3 am at this point so I decided to call it a night and download it in the morning. Well, 1230 rolled around and I still didn't get a code, had to call in and have them expedite it. Finally got the code about 10 minutes after the phone call, but even the woman on the phone said it takes up to 24hrs to get codes. I could have walked into a store, purchased the card from a gaming section and come back faster then waiting all this time. Just know that if you buy digital content from DotCom it will take extra time, if you are in a hurry to play, swing into a brick and mortar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still a great game!!

    Posted
    CautiousBuyer1
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    This review is for Halo Wars 2. Still a great game to me but I'm a huge fan of the first Halo Wars. I remember hoping and wishing they would make a part 2. The original company had split and said there would probably be "no more Wars" -- I was floored when they said a new one was in the making. I'm a strategic game person. I love em -- building structures and commanding troops-- and Halo Wars is it for me. The realistic SFX and little touches visually makes this game awesome to me. A good "sight for sore eyes" if you tired of first person shooters that's flooding and ruining the gaming market. Every game is the same just a different skin. We need variety. We've got to stop supporting this monopoly and demand choices for the kind of money these games and consoles cost! Halo (not Halo Wars) was actually one of the original fps games on a console. 13 or so years later and we're still playing first person shooters? Rediculous. I gave it 4 stars because there are only 8 boards in Skirmish mode, but I'm sure there'll be more to purchase in DLC's. And only 12 missions in Campaign mode. But otherwise, would've been 5 stars from me!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Real Time Strategy Game!

    Posted
    Jmac626
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    I have always been a huge Halo fan. I have every Halo game ever made including the first Halo Wars. I really like the first one and I was not disappointed by the sequel. Being able to finally play this highly anticipated game was very enjoyable for me and even better than I had hoped. It is an amazing addition to the Halo series and a nice variation when you want something other than a shooter. I would definitely recommend this game to both new and old Halo fans and especially to anyone who likes strategy games. It also came with a limited edition figure that not only looked pretty cool but was valued at almost $30 so that was just an added bonus of getting it at Best Buy. See the attached photos to view the figure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Supporting a Dying Genre

    Posted
    ZyroXZ2
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    While the RTS genre has largely been replaced in popularity by the MOBA genre, I'm glad to see Microsoft release this title against the dying popularity of its genre. The game is a solid RTS, though it lacks the trifecta (per se) of the StarCraft series, lending more to a focus on Leader Powers (powers you can use from your camera perspective that target anywhere you want that aren't tied to a unit's action) than playing to your "race's" strengths. Since there are only two sides, and both share a large portion of their unit strategies with only a handful of real differentiation, large-scale (and ultimately longer match) battles get to be a bit on the boring side. This is remedied by several modes, opting for quick matches of sheer strategy and all-out chaos, but I do only recommend fans of the RTS genre to give this game a chance. If you're not into this sort of game, this one won't change your mind!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    CommanderShepard
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    I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favorite game on the Citadel. Halo Wars 2 excels on what worked with the original - think it's safe to say if you're a fan of the original you'll be right at home with 343 Industries/Creative Assembly sequel - while throwing in improvements in the control and accessibility as well as adding in a deck-building-no-base-building Blitz Mode to get anybody into the fight as well as mix things up with the rest of the game. Campaign is stellar and the developers put a lot of attention to detail. Halo fans will really enjoy this one, strategy gamers will like it as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Halo making halo great again

    Posted
    JoeD
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    Halo wars 2 is making halo great again story wise. Halo wars 2 starts 20 some odd years after halo 3 so the covenant is not around unlike current halo games they replaced the covenant with a enemy that is covenant but it's own thing with different takes on classic halo enemies also there or no promethean's which think is great. As an Rts it's good not great it's a little dumb down so non rts player can have the controls are great for a console.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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