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  • Summary: Halo Wars 2 is a strategy game packed with fast-paced action, massive battles, and an all-new Halo story. Developed by Creative Assembly, a SEGA company and the creators of the popular “Total War™” series, in partnership with 343 Industries.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
  1. Feb 16, 2017
    100
    I wholeheartedly urge you to check out Halo Wars 2, whether it’s with the release of the Ultimate Edition this week or the standard release next Tuesday. It’s packed with content on both the multiplayer and single-player side, all of which is fun to play. It also has a pretty fantastic story attached to it, incredible cutscenes, and an amazing soundtrack to boot. Ideally we won’t have to wait another 9 years for a Halo Wars 3.
  2. Feb 16, 2017
    90
    I know I’ve mentioned Starcraft II a couple of times in this review, but it’s certainly the yardstick by which most RTS games are measured and this one is no different. There are obvious comparisons to be drawn between both games and Creative Assembly certainly wears its influences proudly, but Halo Wars 2 never strays into clone territory. It stands well on its own, creating an experience that combines cinematic storytelling with varied and interesting strategic gameplay, as well as throwing in a few explosions for which Halo is often known. And best of all, it manages to be accessible enough that even a blunt object like myself can finish the campaign.
  3. Feb 22, 2017
    85
    Halo Wars 2 is a great sequel, and being a fan of both the genre and the original game, I am extremely happy with how it turned out. Sure there is a clear microtransaction-heavy mode thrust into the mix, but when it is this fun I don’t mind. Besides, I don’t get competitive enough to get hooked on buying the cards. Add in co-op and the ability to play against solid AI and the package feels complete. Those craving that real-time strategy feeling that has been almost non-existent on consoles for a long time are in for a treat with Halo Wars 2.
  4. Feb 16, 2017
    80
    At the end of the day, however, it’s the multiplayer and gameplay that make or break an RTS game, and Halo Wars 2 checks those boxes. If you’ve ever had the itch to command an army of UNSC soldiers, Halo Wars 2 will easily scratch it.
  5. Feb 17, 2017
    80
    Halo Wars 2 is a better game thanks to the improvements of the ideas that were established by the first title. Better camera/cursor speed and the addition of custom groupings makes it feel closer to a PC RTS title while still maintaining the ease of control that console players want. The campaign and standard multiplayer modes are solid, while Blitz is a great addition for those looking for quicker RTS matches. While the game is undoubtedly better on a PC, the gameplay and presentation do well on a console — if you can overlook some of the issues mentioned earlier. Halo Wars 2 may be the only RTS game on the platform thus far, but it is a good one that's worth checking out.
  6. Feb 20, 2017
    75
    Halo Wars 2 is still a highly recommendable title — in fact, likely one of the best RTS games that can be found on the current generation. However, accessibility on consoles came with a price to both controls and gameplay in both campaign and multiplayer modes.
  7. Feb 16, 2017
    60
    Blitz mode aside, Halo Wars 2 sticks with a tried, tested and slightly tired RTS formula that's competent, but lacking in depth and originality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 93
  2. Negative: 18 out of 93
  1. Mar 19, 2017
    10
    As an Avid RTS player (SC2,Battleforge,Totalwar and etc) This game is a wonderful edition to console gamers to dive into the RTS community,As an Avid RTS player (SC2,Battleforge,Totalwar and etc) This game is a wonderful edition to console gamers to dive into the RTS community, Compared to SC2 the only mechanics I actually see absent is the ability to set units on paths and to macro buildings(You can macro units) Other then that it pretty much has all of the mechanics available. There is kiting your opponent to a choke so only a selective amount can attack at once, there is CC and abilities units offer to reward an individual that is more skillful (Such as using Jump pack brutes to hold units in place to eat group of wraiths Mortar strike or using a Shroud over a group of suicide grunts to sneak them into infantry without getting gunned down.) The single player leaves room to be desired but with more story being added through DLC and more units/leaders as well Halo Wars 2 Is a wonderful console RTS. Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2017
    10
    All units!
    Love Halo or RTS games, a must buy. Hands down a jump forward in the the Halo universe. Totally builds on the first game while
    All units!
    Love Halo or RTS games, a must buy. Hands down a jump forward in the the Halo universe. Totally builds on the first game while expanding on the universe. Smooth looks and sounds, best cuts scenes hands down.
    Ignore the haters and listen to your heart.
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  3. Feb 17, 2017
    10
    Halo Wars 2 is an excellent and long overdue return for the console RTS, doing everything that can be expected of a sequel. Bigger, better andHalo Wars 2 is an excellent and long overdue return for the console RTS, doing everything that can be expected of a sequel. Bigger, better and fresher, the Blitz mode is a welcome addition to an already solid package, and while fans of the mainline Halo games may find the transition too hard to bear, this is a worthy addition to any Xbox One owner’s collection. Expand
  4. Feb 17, 2017
    8
    This game seems great so far. As a parent, it is perfectly rated and the ESRB actually did its job right. Halo Wars 2 contains blood graphicsThis game seems great so far. As a parent, it is perfectly rated and the ESRB actually did its job right. Halo Wars 2 contains blood graphics and language. However, there isn't much else. I'm not allowing my 13 year old to play it yet but when he is in high school he can have at it. 8/10 Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2017
    7
    RTS games are not my specialty by a long shot. In fact the last real RTS I have played besides X-Com was Command and Conquer Red Alert, soRTS games are not my specialty by a long shot. In fact the last real RTS I have played besides X-Com was Command and Conquer Red Alert, so take what I say with a grain of salt. Halo Wars 2 was a refreshing break from the RPG like, adventure inspired action games that have bombarded my time this year until now (12-11-17, I know I'm a bit late to this one). I was shocked at how underwhelming (in a good way) Halo Wars 2 was in terms of the control system not being so intimidating, I never got a chance to play the first one so I went in completely blind, and not knowing what exactly to expect. Even though it's been years since I played Red Alert, I remembered the important bits of base building, Headquarters, Resources, power, barracks, etc. Not a whole lot else I can say about this one. It's really fun to play, especially for the 20 dollar price point I was able to get last weekend. It has it's limitations, it is after all a RTS game on a console. A type of game that doesn't have a shining reputation for console gaming. Although I would never have spent 60 bucks on it, I have enjoyed my time with it for the price I paid. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2017
    5
    Mediocre is the best description. It doesn't excel at anything, yet it doesn't do anything really poorly either. Decent graphics, decentMediocre is the best description. It doesn't excel at anything, yet it doesn't do anything really poorly either. Decent graphics, decent gameplay (rather easy, but still), and decent story. Is it good? Nope. Is it bad? Nope. Expand
  7. Feb 23, 2017
    0
    I review games on my personal enjoyment of the game.. and well 3 out of 10 is how much I enjoyed it. nothing special here. not even anythingI review games on my personal enjoyment of the game.. and well 3 out of 10 is how much I enjoyed it. nothing special here. not even anything good. ok-ish at best. Expand

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