X360 Thursday, January 3, 2008 | 6:33 PM

Images of Halo Wars

Images of Halo Wars

Microsoft releases four new images of Halo Wars. It looks great, and from what we've already seen of the game back at last E3, it seems like the game is on track to honour its prestigious license. We didn't expect any less from Ensemble Studios, to be honest.


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Commented on 2008-01-03 19:04:42
cool. Red wraiths and blue scorpions. Looks so "unusual" and cool at the same time :D

Nice graphics, too.
Commented on 2008-01-03 19:14:46
heheh, "red" vs... er "blue"

It has quite a pleasing look. And boy does the battle in the last pic look intense!

Can't wait to play it.
Commented on 2008-01-03 19:36:40
Loving the elevation on that first pic
Commented on 2008-01-03 20:32:50
pic 4 looks insane, that cant be game play can it??
Commented on 2008-01-03 21:47:25
Ensemble studio rules! I can't wait for this!
Commented on 2008-01-03 22:21:52
This looks soo good, its all about the control scheme tho... CnC3 was good, NOT great, and no where near pc...
Commented on 2008-01-03 22:26:00
Looks nice.
Commented on 2008-01-03 22:37:09
Looks nice but an RTS on console has never had comfortable controls, I'll get it for PC I think, even without the nice graphics.
Commented on 2008-01-03 23:07:08 In reply to LEBATO
Posted by LEBATO
Looks nice but an RTS on console has never had comfortable controls, I'll get it for PC I think, even without the nice graphics.
They haven't announced this for PC.
Commented on 2008-01-03 23:46:37
THIS LOOKS AMAZING!

The graphics look spectacular!

If they can pull of the controls with this on the rts it will be a sure fire win for RTS fans... i really hope they also roll it to pc eventually as well because i know some rts people no matter how good it is on rts wont run it...

but those graphics and the entire look are great, that last battle is WICKED
Commented on 2008-01-04 00:03:59 In reply to GriftGFX
Posted by GriftGFX
They haven't announced this for PC.
I said I will get it for PC!
Commented on 2008-01-04 00:47:19 In reply to cchance
Posted by cchance
The graphics look spectacular!
......Are you serious!?
Commented on 2008-01-04 00:59:56 In reply to LEBATO
Posted by LEBATO
I said I will get it for PC!
If they ever release it for PC. Personally I think they'd be stupid not to, but they've indicated that the games designed around the 360.. including its controls.

It's not like there's a shortage of great RTS on PC's anyway. Starcraft 2 plz.
Commented on 2008-01-04 01:05:37 In reply to GriftGFX
Posted by GriftGFX
If they ever release it for PC. Personally I think they'd be stupid not to, but they've indicated that the games designed around the 360.. including its controls.

It's not like there's a shortage of great RTS on PC's anyway. Starcraft 2 plz.
Oh yeah, Starcraft 2 is coming. If the game does relatively well in terms of sells it WILL be on PC, and if it feels like a console version of an RTS well, I won't buy it, simple.
Commented on 2008-01-04 01:41:06
A RTS that's not released on the PC is even more stupid then a FPS not released on the PC if you ask me.. Because even more then FPS RTS games need a keyboard+mouse controlscheme if you want to keep the same quality of gameplay..

But I understand it's not about quality anymore, it's just about making money.. MS probably thinks they can make more money on the Xbox 360 with it (which is probably right), and offcourse they hope this will make the Xbox 360 look a bit more interesting again by adding another Xbox 360 exclusive game.. And it being a Halo game problably also has to do with it they think it belongs on the Xbox 360.. But they will most likely release this for PC a year later anyway, just like they did with every other Halo game before.. And offcourse it will flop again on PC because all of that, just like every other Halo game before.. PC gamers are not stupid, and I think PC RTS gamers even more so, they are not interested in games a year late.. Besides all that there's plenty of very strong RTS competition on the PC, Starcarft 2, Supreme Commander, Company of Heroes, World in Conflict, just to mention a few..
Commented on 2008-01-04 01:55:25 In reply to Inflatable
You can say it's stupid, I for one will be enjoying my copious amount of great titles on my game consoles.
Commented on 2008-01-04 02:15:10 In reply to Real720
Posted by Real720
......Are you serious!?
Check out the old gameplay video on xbox live it looks outstanding.
Commented on 2008-01-04 02:15:21
In regards to a previous comment, PC gaming is bordering on death at the moment. It's staying alive simply down to FPS, RTS and MMO games. Those aren't enough though and MS are trying to help out with 360 ports a year later but that doesn't help. The fact is there simply isn't decent enough profits to be made on PC unless your games a MMO with a monthly fee...

Back on topic, im shocked at how good this looks. The main thing for me will be the controls so hopefully they release a demo before release so we can see if they've really nailed RTS on console by developing from the ground up for 360 rather than porting over a PC game like all the other attempts so far.
As for an eventual PC version, I would have said it's possible but considering it's built for 360 and the control's are designed in that way, I think it would end up being a similar case to a PC port to 360, aka not up to the usual standards.
Commented on 2008-01-04 04:08:23

PC gaming is bordering on death at the moment.
.......
aka not up to the usual standards.
Not up to the usual standards indeed, meaning simplyfied controls with less deep gameplay etc.. That's what happens when they make a RTS aimed at consoles.. C&C3 already suffered from it, and I doubt this game will be any better (simply because they are still restricted by having to use a controller).. Supreme Commander on a console will also be a joke..

But if you've never played at those higher standards on PC it would still be good enough for you I guess.. That's how FPS worked it's way to the consoles aswell, people that never played those games on the PC don't know any better so they think it's the best on the consoles.. Being a oldskool PC gamer myself, I am used to those higher standards though.. And I will never give up on those, even if it means paying more for hardware.. I don't care aslong as I can afford it..

And having owned a Xbox and then a Xbox 360 for 4,5 years now showed my again that consoles to me remain nothing but cheap restricted versions of a PC, in all sorts of ways.. It's that they offer certain exclusive games you cannot play on anything else, otherwise I would never buy one.. Hook your PC up to the TV, connect a controller, and viola, you have the same thing as a gameconsole that offers much better quality and can do a lot more..

To bad the mass market usually seems to choose price over quality though.. But what makes that ironic is that a lot of consolesgamers that say PC gaming is doomed because it's to expensive probably spend the same ammount or even more money on their consoles and all it's accessoires, games, and premium DLC etc, then I do on my PC and it's games.. Infact I've calculated that I've spent about 1000 euro on everything Xbox 360 related in the last 2 years, and only about 600 euro on PC hardware and PC games.. And games on my PC look already better now.. Go figure..

PC gaming bordering on death? I don't think so aslong as it keeps the best FPS, RTS, and MMO games arround like it did for the last 20 years already.. It's also consolegamers thinking their console(s) are the best that just need to smarten up a bit.. We're all victims of the stupid exclusive deals on all these different platforms that force us to buy all of them.. And if that results in certain games not being released on the best platform available for that type of game then that's just sad and stupid..
Commented on 2008-01-04 05:26:31 In reply to Inflatable
Posted by Inflatable
Infact I've calculated that I've spent about 1000 euro on everything Xbox 360 related in the last 2 years, and only about 600 euro on PC hardware and PC games.. And games on my PC look already better now.. Go figure...
So we can assume you didn't buy any PC games, and instead tried the "test" versions out of torrent sites?...
Commented on 2008-01-04 05:33:57
2007 was a pretty solid year for PC gaming--2008 is going to be even better. This genre alone has plenty of content, from Empire: Total War to Starcraft 2, and expansions on some of 2007's best efforts (New CoH, C&C3). Anyone who thinks that PC gaming is dead isn't really paying much attention. These are tough times for the market, but luckily, for the gamer--it has very little to do with the quality of software available.

I don't see the problem with this sort of entry into the console market. I'd almost rather that Ensemble concentrated their efforts on pulling off the console version, than bothering with a PC port. Lets face it, if this does come to PC's, there's a good chance that it will have suffered the effects of being ported over from a console. Let them worry about Age of Empires IV next, and let the console-only crowd get something unique in their library.

But what makes that ironic is that a lot of consolesgamers that say PC gaming is doomed because it's to expensive probably spend the same ammount or even more money on their consoles and all it's accessoires, games, and premium DLC etc, then I do on my PC and it's games..
Indeed.

PC gaming bordering on death? I don't think so aslong as it keeps the best FPS, RTS, and MMO games arround like it did for the last 20 years already..
Yeah, it's not going anywhere.. but we are going to be faced with many more ports, which isn't the best news ever. But this will all come to pass, and we'll see more bright years ahead.

2008 doesn't lack in quality software though, on any platform. It's too early to be writing death certificates.
Commented on 2008-01-04 07:02:11 In reply to mt_sabao
Posted by mt_sabao
So we can assume you didn't buy any PC games, and instead tried the "test" versions out of torrent sites?...
No.. Actually I've bought Flatout 2, HL2:EP1 (addon), CoH, CoH:OF (addon), Bioshock, Orange Box, and CoD4 for PC in 2006 and 2007.. For a total of +/- 300 euro.. And I've spent about 400 euro on 2 new videocards, a motherboard, a bigger harddrive, and a new CPU, so that's +/- 700 euro, not 600, my bad..

The Xbox 360, I spent 300 euro on the system itself (400 - 100 for the old Xbox), +/- 150 for extra's suchs as an extra wireless controller + 2 play&charge kits etc, bought 7 full games for a total of +/- 400 euro, Xbox Live Gold 2 years is 120 euro, and I've spent about 60 euro on DLC (arcadegames and extra's).. Infact, that makes +/- 1030, not 1000, my bad..

Still, PC gaming for me is cheaper.. I sell my old PC hardware for reasonable prices regularly so that upgrading doesn't cost a fortune.. If you wait to long with upgrading your old hardware is worth shit anymore.. Just like my old Xbox with 8 games was worth nothing anymore in 2006, sold it for just 100 euro's.. I sold my last PC videocard (a 7900GS) for 150 euro, the one I have now (8800 GTS 320MB) cost me 270, so that's only 120 euro's for that upgrade.. Etc..

Consolegaming is probably cheaper on the long term, if you keep playing the same console for more then 4-5 years, or hardly buy any games etc.. But that doesn't really interest me as I always want highend gaming with good graphics etc, and after 4-5 years any piece of hardware incl. a console is just to obsolete for that.. I'll most likely sell my Xbox 360 again when MS comes out with a new Xbox in 2009/2010 orso, and hopefully it will be worth more then a 100 bucks by then (I think it will because the 360 is wanted more then the 1st Xbox)..

Meanwhile my PC will keep getting upgrades on a yearly basis to always be highend (atm it's a E6600, 2GB, 8800GTS 320MB).. Next upgrade will most likely be to a new Intel 45nm CPU (probably a E8400, or maybe even a Q9450 when prices drop a bit), and a new Nvidia 9000 series videocard somewhere 2nd half of 2008..
Posted by GriftGFX
I don't see the problem with this sort of entry into the console market. I'd almost rather that Ensemble concentrated their efforts on pulling off the console version, than bothering with a PC port. Lets face it, if this does come to PC's, there's a good chance that it will have suffered the effects of being ported over from a console. Let them worry about Age of Empires IV next, and let the console-only crowd get something unique in their library.
Fair enough I guess.. But I still think it kindof sucks because this was one Halo game I was actually looking forward to playing on the PC.. But like we both said already, plenty of other good RTS games available on PC, so no problem really..
Commented on 2008-01-04 07:56:48
Wooow looks amazing...kinda reminds of Warhawk! Nooo im not a fanboy, I have both consoles and love them the same ;-p Yehhh pic 4 looks insane o_0...like some kind of 64 player online battle!
Commented on 2008-01-04 08:26:52
^^ welcome.
Commented on 2008-01-04 09:03:37
simply beautiful!

i cannot wait to get this gem!
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