Seriously, Ensemble? Never, ever make another RTS again, you suck at it. Games are supposed to be engaging and fun… but yours are super-boring and tedious. And Bungie? Stop creating pointless sequels to a soulless game. Three is enough, you don’t have to pull off the kind of fuckery that the new Star Wars films managed.
Ignore any positive reviews, seriously. It’s just a spinoff so that Bungie can cash in on their fans’ loyalty, because they knew that Halo fans would buy the game, no matter how shitty it was. Look at it this way: on MetaCritic, it was ONE POINT off drawing with Lego Star Wars II… and Bungie probably had about triple the budget that Lego Star Wars had.
Still not convinced? How about this: Halo Wars was actually beaten by Viva Pinata, Bomberman Live, Pac-Man Championship Edition, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, Puzzle Quest, REZ HD… (*ahem*…) Call of Duty 2, 4 and 5, Halo 3, BRAID (SERIOUSLY *AHEM*…), Gears of War 1 and 2, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, BioShock and GTA IV, just to name a few. ‘Nuff said, methinks…
Sorry to go on about it, but, you know, after playing the Halo Wars demo, I had never felt quite as bored, and I couldn’t help thinking that I was playing a cheapass spinoff. It was what I like to call a "screensaver game", the gameplay was next to zero, while the graphics were all pretty, showing that they put £2 million into graphics and stuff, and about 50p into coding and gameplay features. So they didn’t make a game, they made an interactive screensaver. And as you know, watching a screensaver for a while kinda gets boring.
On another note, I can’t wait for HAWX to come out. I think it’s next week, or something? It’ll be awesome, because it’s got GAMEPLAY in it! Ya, rly!! I played the demo, and it was mega-fun, and full of action. Nothing feels quite as good as evading an enemy’s missile, quickly drifting the craft around, destroying an enemy with your own missiles, and then recovering from the stall afterwards.
Anyhoo, yeah, don’t give money to Bungie or Ensemble Studios. Give it to a company that actually TRIED to make an EXCITING game.