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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: 73 out of 124
  2. Negative: 25 out of 124
  1. Oct 3, 2018
    10
    Um ótimo jogo de estratégia e uma ótima história para a série Halo. Super divertido.
  2. Feb 18, 2017
    10
    melhor rts do mercado, estou apaixonado pelo game, enredo fantastico que combina com o universo halo, sem dúvidas um grande jogo para o xone,melhor rts do mercado, estou apaixonado pelo game, enredo fantastico que combina com o universo halo, sem dúvidas um grande jogo para o xone, e que merece ser jogado, sem falar que ele tem ganchos de explodir cabeças para o halo 6 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 6, 2017
    8
    It's been quite a while since the first Halo Wars came onto the scene and showed that it was possible for the RTS genre to succeed onIt's been quite a while since the first Halo Wars came onto the scene and showed that it was possible for the RTS genre to succeed on consoles. After quite a long wait, the series is finally back. This welcomed spin-off to the Halo series may not be the most complex RTS out there, so don't expect it to hold a candle to the big boys of the genre, but it still does a great job of bringing the experience to console gamers. A pretty big achievement in it's own right.

    Not much has changed from the precious Halo Wars in terms of gameplay. The campaign offers some inventive new scenarios and the multiplayer has received an expansion in the amount of modes offered, but it's still just more of the same. However, given how long it's been since the first game came out, and the lack of RTS options on consoles, this is a flaw that's pretty easy to overlook. Especially when things are this much fun, even in the face of a few tedious levels. The Halo universe does a great job of making these standard units more exciting by giving taking fan favorite vehicles and units from the main series.

    The story isn't much to speak of. It follows the same cast of characters from the first Halo Wars, only many years later in a conflict that takes place after Halo 5. Despite having a cool villain the events here seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of the Halo universe. The game also suffers from a lack of interesting characters, as no one in the crew is as entertaining as the first game's Sgt. Forge. There's also no real conclusion to be found. Things aren't all bad though. Brutes have been reintroduced into the series lore and it does a really great job of expanding the scale of the Halo universe. Plus there are those GORGEOUS and incredibly well-acted cinematic cutscenes. You may not care too much about what's going on in them, but things look so amazing you'll watch anyway.

    The game's diverse multiplayer options are sure to extend the life of the game for long after the credits have rolled. Blitz is probably the highlight of the experience. This mode has you fighting to control three points on the map, while selecting units from the group of cards in your hand at the time. The mode ditches base management for on-the-fly quick thinking and the luck of the draw. Yeah, you can sometimes get screwed by a bad hand, but it's hard to shake the feeling of satisfaction of narrowly edging out a victory thanks to getting the card you needed at just the right time. Plus the actual act of building your deck is incredibly well-handled. Getting duplicates just makes your cards more powerful, so the more you play the better you get.

    Another standout mode is Rumble. This one gives you unlimited resources which gives you the ability to create massive armies. Things get chaotic and huge in no time, and it can be an absolute blast. With plenty of other modes and variants, including ones that let you skirmish against the AI, there's a lot of life to be had here. Then there are the well-balanced leaders that you pick before each match to master. Each of whom have their own special abilities to use in battle.

    The game has some sour spots in the form of technical issues. There are some hang ups and light freezes during cutscenes that occur, some rare glitches, and I did have the game crash on me once or twice. Nothing game-breaking, but irritating nonetheless.

    Halo Wars 2 has it's issues and at the end of the day doesn't hold a candle to other RTS games in terms of depth. But it does manage to be a heck of a lot of fun and an excellent way to bring the genre to consoles, aplace where it practically doesn't exist at all. With fun leader powers that can change the tide of battle in an instant and a wide range of Halo-inspired units, the tactical options are still impressive. So yeah, it's not perfect, but I'm glad to see that we finally got a sequel. Here's hoping that we don't have to go so long without hearing from it next time, because that ending definitely made room for a sequel.
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  5. Sep 25, 2020
    7
    GREAT GAME WITH A BADASS SLAP CERTIFIED

    Story: 8
    Gameplay: 7
    ost: 7
    Characters: 8
  6. Mar 17, 2017
    5
    Gameplay was ok but a step down from the original. Music was not great. Stort campaign full of glitches and weak story that justs sets up toGameplay was ok but a step down from the original. Music was not great. Stort campaign full of glitches and weak story that justs sets up to be continued for halo 6. This franchise is getting milked to oblovion Expand
  7. Oct 30, 2018
    0
    Halo wars 2 now has FORCED crossplay with pc which makes the game unfair and worthless for xbox players.
    It's ridiculous that we pay for xbox
    Halo wars 2 now has FORCED crossplay with pc which makes the game unfair and worthless for xbox players.
    It's ridiculous that we pay for xbox live and don't have the option to turn of crossplay if we want to.
    Pc players can micromanage, navigate the map much faster etc. and have higher framerates.
    It was a fun competitive game but now it's a complete waste of time.
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