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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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  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: 79 out of 132
  2. Negative: 26 out of 132
  1. Oct 3, 2018
    10
    Um ótimo jogo de estratégia e uma ótima história para a série Halo. Super divertido.
  2. Feb 25, 2017
    10
    first I want to say on how sad it is to see so many negative reviews, and second I wouldn't be surprised if the user reviews are Sony fansfirst I want to say on how sad it is to see so many negative reviews, and second I wouldn't be surprised if the user reviews are Sony fans just bashing on the game just for being on Xbox. All in all this is a great game and a very fun multiplayer experience, there are so many options and different ways to play. Even "Blitz" is super fun and addictive. The only thing that kills Blitz are the micro-transactions, but thankfully its just on that game mode. Hopefully people are not blindsided from the negative reviews and enjoy Halo Wars 2. Expand
  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. Mar 19, 2017
    8
    Everything about this games is top class from the cut scenes to the story and gameplay.
    Only thing I hate is paying for a game and then
    Everything about this games is top class from the cut scenes to the story and gameplay.
    Only thing I hate is paying for a game and then having micro transactions included. All they want to do is rip us off. $99 plus in app purchases is too much.

    Most I can give it is an 8 but I'm not at all happy with IAP. Typical capitalist greed. No game is ever worth more than $50.
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  5. May 10, 2017
    7
    Halo Wars 2 isn't without it's fault, but the game has a better story than Halo 5. My biggest complaint with the story is that someHalo Wars 2 isn't without it's fault, but the game has a better story than Halo 5. My biggest complaint with the story is that some interesting characters introduced were not fleshed out as much as they could have been. The positive thing Halo Wars 2 has going for it is not requiring prior knowledge of the story or especially the expanded lore like Halo 5 did. Gameplay is solid and Blur Studios did a great job with cutscenes despite being fewer in number. 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. Dec 14, 2018
    0
    Garbage connection, you will always disconnect from the game despite having the upper hand on the opposing team causing it to count as a lossGarbage connection, you will always disconnect from the game despite having the upper hand on the opposing team causing it to count as a loss for you. Don't purchase this **** Expand

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