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Halo Wars artworks

Halo Wars artworks

Computer generated art website CGSociety just released a couple of Halo Wars artworks, showcasing Elite and Spartan models created by the SFX company Blur for the CGI trailer of the game released last year. It's a bit off-topic but since there are not that much news to talk about, let's just enjoy and praise these renders, because they look quite awesome nevertheless.


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Commented on 2007-06-08 17:56:32
Shame these are renders, but also funny cos Gears of War ingame shots look exactly the same quality.

ELITES look great, but the spartans look reminds me of the marines for some reason.

I made a wallpaper download off imageshack

http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/9026/02halowars2ss1.th.jpg

http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/9026/02halowars2s...
Commented on 2007-06-08 19:12:06
why is it a shame that these are renders?
Commented on 2007-06-08 19:13:12
Those are renders of the models used in the CG annouce trailer.

Don't expect in-game to look quite as good. But these are still nice to look at.

The Elite's red eyes are EVIL!
Commented on 2007-06-08 19:19:08
I prefer the Bungie version of the Spartans design. I'm not too hot on the Brutes either. Although I like the waist up, the legs are a little too dorky.
Commented on 2007-06-08 19:47:12 In reply to spydaweb
Posted by spydaweb
I prefer the Bungie version of the Spartans design.
I agree. But I like these a lot.
Commented on 2007-06-08 19:52:09 In reply to TheFuriousOne
Posted by TheFuriousOne
Shame these are renders, but also funny cos Gears of War ingame shots look exactly the same quality.

Brutes look great, but the spartans look reminds me of the marines for some reason.

I made a wallpaper download off imageshack

http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/9026/02halowars2ss1.th.jpg

http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/9026/02halowars2s...
Brutes?
Commented on 2007-06-08 19:53:32
the elites look badass, but Its hard for me to believe that this is ingame.....
Commented on 2007-06-08 19:54:22 In reply to ApolloCreed
Posted by ApolloCreed
the elites look badass, but Its hard for me to believe that this is ingame.....
And you're right, it's not ingame. I've updated the news. I'm such an idiot sometimes...
Commented on 2007-06-08 20:16:03
WOW- that is SWEET! Thanks for posting these shots- VERY nice! VERY!
Commented on 2007-06-08 20:21:29 In reply to TheFuriousOne
Posted by TheFuriousOne
Shame these are renders, but also funny cos Gears of War ingame shots look exactly the same quality.
Ugh! >_>

Anyway, the renders look great.
Commented on 2007-06-08 20:36:48
Lol, the characters in GoW don't look anything close to that detail in-game. The textures in GoW are way lower quality. The lighting and polygons also blow anything in GoW away... these are CGI afterall.
Commented on 2007-06-08 21:04:36
is this game gonna be like Command and Conquer 3?
Commented on 2007-06-08 21:12:00
Surely the reason the spartans look different and more mariney is that there are a bunch of them and this is way before the events in both (all three) Halo games.

It would just be awkward if they looked like MC's latest armor.
Commented on 2007-06-08 21:45:27
why dosnt halo 3 look this great :(
Commented on 2007-06-08 23:08:15 In reply to SimonM7
Posted by SimonM7
Surely the reason the spartans look different and more mariney is that there are a bunch of them and this is way before the events in both (all three) Halo games.

It would just be awkward if they looked like MC's latest armor.
And he sees the light , just what i was gonna say , this game takes place before HALO so is obvious that the spartan armor will look different.
Commented on 2007-06-08 23:10:14 In reply to TheFuriousOne
Posted by TheFuriousOne
Shame these are renders, but also funny cos Gears of War ingame shots look exactly the same quality.
I was thinking the same thing myself. The modeling is certainly dynamic but the real quality of the renders are in the textures and the lighting. If Halo Wars is a traditional over-head RTS I would assume that we wouldn't need such fine graphic detail anyway.

But if Ensemble is taking a similar approach to RTS' like say Massive Entertainment is doing with World in Conflict or what's being done with Quake Wars, then Halo Wars would function differently and we might need some of that graphical detail.

I probably should admit that even though I like RTS', I think that the RTS "tradition" of building units during the middle of combat is stupid. I don't want to have to harvest nuts and berries to grow a Spartan.
Commented on 2007-06-08 23:31:17
Talented artists.

BTW, the original CG trailer is still the greatest thing I've ever seen on an HDTV. It just blows my mind.
Commented on 2007-06-09 07:09:39
The Spartans remind me too much of Clone Wars storm troopers
Commented on 2007-06-09 07:42:24 In reply to scazza
Posted by scazza
The Spartans remind me too much of Clone Wars storm troopers
If your talking about the animated series then im gonna say thats a good thing, cuz that one episode with the storm trooper commandos was badass.
Commented on 2007-06-09 08:48:18 In reply to Dangerous
Posted by Dangerous
is this game gonna be like Command and Conquer 3?
I hope not.. C&C3 is way to oldstyle and arcady for an RTS imho.. It's all about pure speed and unit spamming, no serious deep tactics or micromanagement.. Personally I prefer slower, more realistic, and deeper RTS games like Company of Heroes etc.. Since Halo wars is made by Ensemble Studio's, I hope it's a bit like Age of Empires.. That's a slower, more tactical RTS aswell then C&C 3.. But I have a feeling since it's mainly aimed towards the Xbox 360 Halo Wars is gonna be more on the arcady side, like every other game that's aimed at consoles instead of PC..
Commented on 2007-06-09 09:02:18
^ I think he meant the genre. When are they gonna stop teasing and release some in-game footage?!
Commented on 2007-06-09 11:57:07
Well, the reason the spartans armour looks different is because Halo Wars is set about 20 years before the Halo trilogy. During one of the first encounters with the covenent.

As far as I remember, they didn't get their armour with full sheilding and such until shortly before the events of Halo 1.
Commented on 2007-06-09 13:52:55
Too bad it's not Big Huge Games who's doing Halo Wars. Hopefully Ensemble will finally go back to its highest form.
Commented on 2007-06-09 13:59:09
The spartan arms look a little bit too short somehow.
Commented on 2007-06-09 16:53:31 In reply to SpazH3d
Posted by SpazH3d
^ I think he meant the genre.
Ah ok, well, I was obviously thinking beyond that simple question.. Since Halo Wars is an RTS game just like C&C3 I guess the simple answer is yes..
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