X360 Saturday, January 24, 2009 | 1:58 PM

Halo Wars gone gold

Halo Wars gone gold

Microsoft has announced that Halo Wars is finished and will be released on the 27th of February. A demo will hit the Marketplace on the fifth, and a couple of images from the demo was sent out.


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Commented on 2009-01-24 14:45:57
It looks good, although I haven't seen (almost) any gameplay. Maybe it's not cool to say it, but I am so tired of the Halo-franchise. It has reached the point of exhaustion, that I compare with The Matrix Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. You have to know when to stop.
Commented on 2009-01-24 14:47:17
to those that like the halo universe this game looks to be a treat. maybe halo wars might do for RTSs on consoles what halo did for FPSs on consoles. we'll have to wait and see.
Commented on 2009-01-24 15:29:48
It does look nice, if i like the demo i will purchase the game when its been reduced :)
Commented on 2009-01-24 15:50:04
Ensemble must have been dreading this day. Hopefully they'll all find new work soon.
Commented on 2009-01-24 15:54:29
Looks nice, what i'm worried about is how it'll play. I just can't imagine playing an RTS game with a 360 controller...or any controller for that matter. Mouse/keyboard is mandatory for this genre.
Commented on 2009-01-24 16:50:34
rts+pad = not good for me
i want a pc version with mouse/keyboard
Commented on 2009-01-24 17:30:45 In reply to moroboshi
Posted by moroboshi
Ensemble must have been dreading this day. Hopefully they'll all find new work soon.
They all have a job offering within MS Game Studios. MS just killed the studio, not the jobs.
Commented on 2009-01-24 17:44:59
RTS's and console pads dont mix in my head. Will pass.
Commented on 2009-01-24 18:01:53
Can we get the vid doc, please? I can't find a fully working HD version anywhere on the net.
Commented on 2009-01-24 18:26:00
i want a PC version (mouse and keyboard).
Commented on 2009-01-24 18:54:28 In reply to Krilekk
Posted by Krilekk
They all have a job offering within MS Game Studios. MS just killed the studio, not the jobs.
The core group is going to form another studio, Microsoft is moving the rest into MGS posts.

Microsoft has been slowly but surely slicing it's PC gaming arm off. Low sales and piracy have made the desktop a very unattractive platform.
Commented on 2009-01-25 01:59:06
Looks better than RA3 IMO. Hopefully they make a PC port because I hate console controls.
Commented on 2009-01-25 04:38:46
Like the shaders on the final screenshot, on the Covenant base there.
But its still a console RTS, ordering your units around is like trying to eat spaghetti with mittens on your hands :(

BFME2 didnt work for me, nor did C&C3 or RA3. Cant imagine why this would.
When i say "didnt work" i mean that i simply couldnt stand the controls :)
Commented on 2009-01-25 12:23:18 In reply to droezelke
Posted by droezelke
It looks good, although I haven't seen (almost) any gameplay. Maybe it's not cool to say it, but I am so tired of the Halo-franchise. It has reached the point of exhaustion, that I compare with The Matrix Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. You have to know when to stop.
lol... it most definitely IS cool sadly... Bungie gets way too much hate, Halo fans are such whiny bitches, and everyone who isn't a fan hates em too. And I bet you wouldn't say the same of franchises like Mega Man, Final Fantasy, Star Wars, etc? There are 3 main games, some novels, and a spin off. Hardly over done... Especially when its a fantastic universe. Also you should check out all the gameplay footage lurking around theweb, its there trust me and it looks really good. Also, Lord of the Rings is timeless and everlasting. Your obviously of diminished intelligence if you don't agree that you can't have enough Lord of the Rings haha <3 No worries though mate, I'm just yankin ya chain. A little bit. Bt still...

Also, looks really really accurate, which makes me happy, but I wish they would stop the fucking boarding animation bullshit. Its not as bad as the butchery of Lord of the Rings in Conquest (firey swords and ninja's??? WTF???) but it goes way too far. I far prefer the simple, effective, quick, sensible, practical way its done in the main games. You don't need to make the spartans look like miniature King Kongs smashing wraiths into oblivion before they can get in. And certainly not after they just did a fucking back flip double spin something or other just to get on >.< Other then that the game is sticking to the material really well. I am especially excited to try the hogs out and see just how they control. Love the visuals too, very Halo. I am confident they can pull off the controls though, considering the game Ive had the most troubles with controls as far as console RTS's go is End World, and that was with voice, I don;t think its QUITE as big a deal as people make out. Yes, mouse is far superior, I am 100% for PC owning consoles, but its certainly doable, and then some, so i'm not worried, especially when it looks like they know what their doing on that regard.
Commented on 2009-01-25 14:24:35
i just dont think its gonna be that fun.

halo is fun because of its gameplay, this is a console RTS with a halo theme which shares non of the halo games gameplay.

not intrested at all, dare i say anyone who is, imo is probobly just excited because of its link with halo. but i think it should be treated as its own game, and judged only on its own merits as a game.
Commented on 2009-01-25 16:39:46
Well, I'm interested in the game mainly because of the Halo name. I've always loved the universe, especially the vehicles and units, etc that you get to see. Making a game that's completely about controlling warthogs and scorpions was a great idea. (after all, Halo was originally going to be an RTS).
Commented on 2009-01-25 16:52:47 In reply to WinterSnowblind
Posted by WinterSnowblind
Well, I'm interested in the game mainly because of the Halo name. I've always loved the universe, especially the vehicles and units, etc that you get to see. Making a game that's completely about controlling warthogs and scorpions was a great idea. (after all, Halo was originally going to be an RTS).
Posted by droezelke
It looks good, although I haven't seen (almost) any gameplay. Maybe it's not cool to say it, but I am so tired of the Halo-franchise. It has reached the point of exhaustion, that I compare with The Matrix Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. You have to know when to stop.
...opinions..

I like the Halo-universe but I would not buy a RTS because of it.

I also can't stand when a franchise is milked to death, but as long as coming Halo-games are from bungie and offer the experience I expect them to offer, I'm on it!
So bring ODST!
Commented on 2009-01-26 00:56:52 In reply to jmd749
Posted by jmd749
to those that like the halo universe this game looks to be a treat. maybe halo wars might do for RTSs on consoles what halo did for FPSs on consoles. we'll have to wait and see.
Honestly RTS's on console have already been proven to work CIV REV, EndWar, Command and Conquer and a few others
Commented on 2009-01-26 08:00:56
CIV is not RTS game.

I am kinda interested to see how the game is. I'll try the demo at least. I am not buying it, too many other great RTS games coming.
Commented on 2009-01-26 20:09:49
Wow, a lot of people writing this off before they've even tried it.

Before Goldeneye, then Halo, people wouldn't have considered FPSs on consoles, but now its one of the most popular genres on consoles.

They've stressed many-a-time that they (ensemble) have found a good control scheme for Halo Wars with a gamepad, so people should at least give the demo a try to see what (if anything) they've managed to accomplish.

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