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With the guidance of Serina, a spirited artificial intelligence (AI) persona, gamers will direct legions of UNSC soldiers, Warthogs and Scorpions against Covenant Grunts, Elites, Ghosts and Scarabs, each group having its own strengths and uses in battle. Strategic-minded players who react well under pressure will emerge victorious.

[edit] Features

  • New take on a legendary world. Set in the iconic "Halo" universe, "Halo Wars" predates the original first-person shooter "Halo." Fans of the "Halo" franchise will have the opportunity to experience the early battles between the UNSC and Covenant, the far-reaching conflict that has been diligently followed by the masses in the blockbuster "Halo" series.Players join the crew onboard the Spirit of Fire, a Phoenix-class colony ship converted for UNSC military use and guided by the AI persona Serina. The "Halo Wars" story line follows the Spirit of Fire's discovery of an ancient artifact during a journey to the planet Harvest, the first planet to be attacked by the Covenant.
  • Strategic command of armies in large-scale combat. "Halo Wars" put gamers in command of the battlefield, playing as either of two unique civilizations: UNSC and Covenant. They can counter and crush their opponent by tactically fielding the superior army. Players can also choose among Leaders that possess elite skills which can turn the tides of battle. Using various combinations of Leaders and units, players can create countless strategies tailored to their preferred playing styles and personalized strategies.
  • Groundbreaking strategy game for the Xbox 360. Since inception, "Halo Wars" was explicitly designed to cater to console gamers and bring to the Xbox 360 a genre that has typically been played on the PC. Gamers can easily command and manage powerful armies, effortlessly control troops and incredible machines, engage in epic battles and expand their empire using an intuitive user interface for the Xbox 360. "Halo Wars" represents the true next-generation experience, combining a masterful control scheme using the Xbox 360 Controller with the award-winning strategic gameplay only Ensemble Studios can provide.

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Trailer released for a long, fan-made Lego Halo movie

Battle of the Brick: Built for Combat -- six years in the making

Dec 01, 2009, by Kevin Spiess | 0 comments
Halo Wars "Historic Battles" DLC arrives today

Map screenshots and Achievement details released

Jul 21, 2009, by Lydia Sung | 0 comments
"Strategic Options" expansion DLC coming for Halo Wars

Three new game modes

Apr 21, 2009, by Kevin Spiess | 0 comments
Halo Wars sells one millionth copy

Becomes best-selling current gen RTS... on console?

Mar 19, 2009, by Lydia Sung | 0 comments
Microsoft releases Universe Expanded: Act I

Act I of Halo Wars video series officially available for view

Mar 02, 2009, by Lydia Sung | 0 comments
Halo Wars video series debuts on Xbox LIVE

"Halo Wars: Universe Expanded" further examines Halo lore

Feb 26, 2009, by Lydia Sung | 1 comment

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Absolute Steve
Nov 05, 13 1:18pm
added Halo Wars FAQ/Walkthrough
Sep 09, 13 5:26am
added 40 new screenshots
Sep 09, 13 5:25am
added 5 new concept art
Nov 08, 12 11:13am
I completed a Skirmish game with all leaders. I enjoyed playing as John Forge and the Arbiter the most. HaloWars
Dec 21, 11 5:40am
This game is Awesome you should play this game HaloWars
Jul 08, 11 1:14am
added 10 new screenshots
Sep 23, 10 8:17am
A nice change from the fast pace action of the First-Person Shooter genre. Not as good as Reach, but a good game none the less. HaloWars
Emaster MK blogged
Aug 18, 10 11:55am

The Halo series is one of the best series franchise that was ever created, and it is one of the most hyped title. The series started with Halo: Combat Evolved and the latest is Halo Reach, no wonder why this series has this much of popularity, it all started from the very first killer app. The series has an overall natural feeling of epicness for the fans, the answer to the question is the fan. Without the existence of the loyal Halo fan, it wouldn't be that popular.

The game has a story that grabs the reader or the viewer more into it, and gives him lots of questions and answers as well, it is very interesting and complicated. The range at which the story takes place is huge and epic, starting with the ancient Forerunners wars with the Floods and through Human Civil conflicts to Covenant war and Flood domination into peace. This huge plot with tiny little stories, tons of it in each phase, the saga of the elites and the Arbiter. The origins of john-117, and the saga of the Halos. It is just incredible how the fictional universe of Halo was created and developed, it is just so true we can feel it as an alternative dimension. The amount of characters and each's origin and role in the universe, the large amount of technologies and information about everything makes it a huge series.

The Master Chief, John-117, probably the main reason of Halo's popularity. The character of the chief is so plain and simple, with no expression at all since his face is covered the whole time, but though the chief's character is far more complex and complicated by the fans. The fact that his face was never shown, and the assumption of his face being the helmet's glass sometimes, it is the mystery behind that green helmet. Master chief is one of the most popular character within a game's fan, you can tell he is higher in popularity and hype than Chuck Norris in the internet culture. Yes, indeed, it is the internet which also helped to rise this game's popularity.

When the release date for Halo 3 was announced, tons of advertisement were thrown all over the world. You can tell that each person on earth knew about Halo or the Master Chief, he was everywhere. On the streets, on subways, over the internet, TV and even soft drinks. It has stick itself to the culture, this Halo series. And with the end of the series, Reach being the last, the life of this series is still unkown. But predictions were made, and it was guaranteed that the Halo era would last for another 30 years.

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A Halo strategy game. What could go wrong? HaloWars
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Release Dates
  • North America: Mar 3, 2009
  • Japan: Feb 26, 2009
  • Europe: Feb 27, 2009
  • Australia: Mar 5, 2009
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