Halo Wars 2 Review

PC Xbox One
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Excellent

REVIEWED ON WINDOWS 10 PC
HALO WARS 2 REVIEW NOTE: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD

Halo Wars 2 is the sequel and set 28 years after the events of Halo Wars and shortly after the events of Halo 5: Guardians.  The one thing I have to state is that 343 Industries and Creative Assembly have created one of the best real-time strategy tactical experiences in the Halo universe. Some of the key improvements in Halo Wars 2 are the cinematics, voice acting, the much-improved game user Interface, and user experience.

GAMEPLAY
8/10 for authentic Halo experience

The overall gameplay is packed with all the Halo Universe content you should expect from a Halo game from the music to the expertly directed cinematics that makes this an authentic Halo experience.

The experience comes from the battlefield with the fearless marines overall chit chat and outcries, the spectacular fighting abilities of your Spartan heroes making the battles more enjoyable and less frustrating.  In most cases, you will have to build and secure your base with supply pads and power generators ( PS: one generator is never enough!) The generators are necessary for generating power for your barracks, garages, air pads, and armories.

These buildings can then be used to generate infantry and combat vehicles. The system takesThese buildings can then be used to generate infantry and combat vehicles. In most cases, you will have to time your marine and vehicle deployments as they take supplies and energy to produce them which can be a problem when you have three marauders wrecking your base and your defenses.


STORY & PLOT
8/10 for strong campaign

Halo Wars 2 has a strong campaign and story which sees the battlecruiser known as the Spirit of Fire coming from a 28-year sleep and the crew is confronted by a brand new Covenant faction known as the Banished who has a brutal leader who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Atriox.

The story takes place shortly after the events of Halo 5, and Captain Cutter and his depleted crew set out to help restore the Ark and see what Atriox is actually after. While you attempt to save the ark and complete all your missions you and Captain Cutter are guided by an AI named Isabel.

CONCLUSION
Real-time strategy at it’s best, with a touch of brute force!

Halo Wars 2 offers a more tactical and strategic experience for all Halo fans and for any newcomers. If you love real time strategy games and the franchise then this is a must have for 2017 and beyond.

Halo Wars 2 is included in the *Xbox Play Anywhere feature, so you will be able to purchase it via the links below:

Windows 10 & Xbox One Digital Pre-Order: www.microsoft.com/en-za/store

*Xbox Play Anywhere:
Pre-order the digital game, and it’s yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

Good

  • Authentic Halo Universe
  • Strong campaign
  • Powerful cinematics
  • Solid voice-work
  • Excellent UI

Bad

  • Lacks replay value
8

Excellent

Cinematics & Voice Acting - 9
Gameplay - 8
Storyline & Plot - 8
Replay Value - 7

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