Story - 86%
Graphics - 93%
Audio - 81%
Gameplay - 90%
Replayability - 91%
UNSC is back with the Spirit of Fire warship, 28 years after the events of Halo Wars. Halo Wars 2 has been in development since 2014 and everyone who played the first definitely could not wait for this release.
RTS games are rare and few on console so when they do come along there is high hopes for them. I unfortunately never played the first Halo Wars but read up about it back then and was impressed on what it was. So, I also had very high hopes for Halo Wars to as I am one of the biggest RTS fans out there.
Straight off the bat, Halo Wars 2 did not disappoint me. The graphics look great, the story is very interesting and gameplay works very well, never mind the fact that I can choose to play it on PC or on my Xbox One.
The story takes place 28 years after the first game and it introduces a new faction called the Banished. In the beginning, there is a lot of confusion of what happened and who these new beings are but soon things will fall into place and the story unravel.
The gameplay mechanics work and is perfect for console play, I had a few lags here and there but nothing that an update patch can’t fix. Co-Op is also available to play with your friends which is always an added bonus.
The Multiplayer is “phat”, tons of modes and ways to play. So online will keep you busy for months. Here are some of the modes you can play:
Skirmish: Test your wits against AI and even ask some friends to join in in Co-Op.
Strongholds: Fast paced and timed. Control more bases than your enemy to win in this mode.
Domination: Classic RTS of Halo Wars but with all the new stuff from Halo Wars 2.
Deathmatch: This is like a last man standing mode so ultimate survivor wins.
Blitz: This is the new mode that is all the craze. You gain card packs playing the game in most modes or you can buy some. You will then unlock cards to use in your decks. At the moment, there are 7 decks with different leaders, some cards are leader restrictive and some can be used by all. This is a very interesting mode and everyone should try it out.
I’m enjoying Halo Wars 2 thoroughly and I haven’t even tried it on PC yet. It is so cool to have an awesome RTS game on Console that I can enjoy. Definitely a classic in the making!
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Available on: Xbox One, PC
Age Rating: Teen
Publisher/Developer: Microsoft / 343 Industries / Creative Assembly
Estimated RRP: +/- R1000
Release Date: 21 February 2017
- Awesome to have a great RTS on Console
- Gameplays is great
- Feels one sided, wanted a campaign for the other faction/s