One major life development is, I recently purchased an XBox One. There are a few Xbox exclusives that I want to play or have wanted to play and one of them is the Halo Wars series. I enjoy Real Time Strategy games and when I heard that this game was specifically designed for using a controller. I decided that this would be the first game that I play through on my Xbox.

The core gameplay is fun and the button mapping is perfect. I have no complaints about the controls or really the gameplay at all. To simplify what you do is, you are placed on a map and you have to then build up your base. You have to decide between building barracks that help you recruit more infantry units, garage which you can then recruit vehicle units, an airport which you recruit an air force. With building these there is some strategy involved deciding how you want to build your base and your army.

This is definitely a game that is meant to streamline and simplify Real Time Strategy games. It’s both a positive and a negative when it comes to this game. It’s good because it’s bringing in new players to the niche genre but its also kind of boring because there isn’t quite enough to do. I would recommend that more experience RTS players play on a much harder difficulty.

The one thing that blew me away with this game was the graphics, especially in the cutscenes. There was a moment early, I couldn’t tell if it was an FMV (full motion video) or if it was actual game design. I was shocked when they finally showed characters face and then I knew it was pre-rendered.

The biggest downside to this game is the story itself. The only way I can describe this game’s story is that it feels like its the middle movie of a trilogy. At the end of the day, nothing happens. I don’t want to go into too much more detail but its a little disappointing that in a narrative sense, nothing changes or happens.

All together it’s a solid game and I picked it up for $20 off amazon. It certainly was worth that money but it was a little disappointing because I didn’t try any of the online things because I don’t have Xbox Live. So there is a lot there that I did not experience.

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