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.
@GriftGFX: Aww shiiit, get it Bogard! (5 Hours ago)
Throwing the axe looks really fun too, you can hit different body parts and they react appropriately, like leg shots will trip them etc (8 Hours ago)
I was worried it was gonna be too much the dodge and attack formula but no it seems there are a lot of combos, positioning enemies for wide area and environmental attacks etc (8 Hours ago)
It looks gorgeous too, i hope we ll get some HQ videos from gamersyde on Monday (8 Hours ago)
God of war preview b roll footage was leaked. Its mostly combat footage. Combat looks way faster and more involved than i thought even when fighting just basic fodder enemies it looks awesome (8 Hours ago)
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