The demo of Microsoft's and Ensemble Studios' Halo Wars is not due to hit the Marketplace until next week, but thanks to the XCN we got access to it a week early. It includes two maps, tutorial and a skirmish mode. I captured the two maps and the (previously shown) intro, while I'll let you see the other two CG movies by yourself when you play the demo!
The pace in the demo is really high, you basically build up your base and then advance through waves of enemies. I don't know if this is the case later on in the game, but I was positively surprised to see how much action is involved here. The graphics serves its purpose with a clear image while the framerate goes down a bit at certain points, mainly around your own base.
Regarding the controls, you can choose between selecting all units on screen, all units on battlefield, units within a certain radius and single units. When attacking you can do basic attack with X or the special attack on Y: scout warthogs rams over enemies, while marines throws grenades (which can be upgraded). Some buttons have an announcement tied to them, meaning you will have to get used to hearing "All units" very often on the battlefield.
Now enjoy these three videos, showing the intro, the first short level and the longer second level. I took the liberty to capture a couple of images from the cut out CG sequences.
@KORNdog: Still very different. More like Diablo but the "game feel" is not as polished. Systems are more well designed, but I have to give it to Diablo when it comes to fit and finish. (5 Hours ago)
@GriftGFX: like divinity? Better or worse? Might be one i dust off the xbox for. (6 Hours ago)
The economy is unique and will probably seem strange to new players.. but every system is cleverly tied together in PoE. (6 Hours ago)
And yes.. the passive skill tree is pretty insane. It has a healthy mix of rigid decision making in its passive tree and flexibility in the active skill system. (6 Hours ago)
Path of Exile is an endlessly playable action RPG and Pillars of Eternity is a turn-based single player game w/ a party system. (6 Hours ago)
No they are not.. they are both RPGs and they both have isometric cameras but that's where the similarities end. (6 Hours ago)
I always confuse the PoE abbreviation with Pillars of Eternity. Are they even the same type of game? (6 Hours ago)