Halo Wars: Classics (Xbox 360)

Release Date: 05 February 2010
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The Halo universe moves from first-person shooting to real-time strategy in Halo Wars, which explores the wider alien conflicts of the Halo world.

Halo almost single handily made the original Xbox a contender in Microsoft’s first console war. Years later, and with three Halo titles now selling millions the world over, the rich Halo universe has been expanded with Halo Wars. UNSC soldiers are at a player’s command - as well as classic Halo vehicles such as the Warthog – as the fight against the Covenant begins.

With the PC having complete dominance over the strategy genre with its mouse and keyboard set-up, Halo War was always designed with the Xbox 360 in mind. Players have been given a concise, original control scheme designed to work with an Xbox 360 controller. The staples of the strategy genre have all been implemented, asking players to carefully plan their attacks on the battle field, pick solider types equipped for each situation and fight against the Grunts and Elites of the Halo world. Players can also choose to switch sides and fight with the Covenant if they choose.

Halo Wars uses the strong background of Halo to great effect, scaling the complex controls of PC strategy down to the Xbox 360 controller.

A new take on a legendary world: Set in the iconic Halo universe, Halo Wars on xbox 360 predates the original first-person shooter Halo by 20 years. Halo Wars players 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. Halo Wars 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. In Halo Wars for Xbox 360, the storyline follows the Spirit of Fire’s discovery of an ancient artifact on the planet Harvest, the first world to be attacked by the Covenant.

Strategic command of armies in large-scale combat:
Halo Wars on Xbox 360 puts gamers in command of the battlefield over an arsenal of UNSC units and vehicles as they engage Covenant forces. Halo Wars players can counter and crush their opponent by tactically fielding the superior army. In Halo Wars on Xbox 360, players can also choose among Leaders that possess elite skills which can turn the tides of battle. Using various combinations of Leaders and units, Halo Wars players can create countless strategies tailored to their preferred playing styles and personalised strategies.

Challenge friends to skirmishes using the New Xbox Experience: See who the superior commander is through multiplayer online skirmishes supporting up to 6 players with the New Xbox Experience. Players can choose to command either unique civilization, UNSC or Covenant, each with unique attributes and strategic characteristics. Ancient Forerunner technology can also be found to create unique units to gain an upper hand in battle.

Groundbreaking strategy game for the Xbox 360: Halo Wars on Xbox 360 is explicitly designed to cater to console gamers and bring to the Xbox 360 a genre that has typically been played on the PC. Halo Wars 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. Exclusive to 360, Halo Wars represents the true next-generation strategic experience, combining a masterful control scheme using the Xbox 360 controller with the award-winning strategic gameplay of Ensemble Studios.

Release Date: 05 February 2010

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