Halo Wars
Halo Wars Demo Now Available
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The much anticipated Halo Wars demo is now available for everyone to download, and by everyone, we mean everyone; no region restrictions. Rejoice!

The 1.40 GB demo allows you to test out the first two mission of the campaign as well as giving you a chance to sink your teeth in to 1 of the 14 multiplayer maps, "Chasms."

Like it? Hate it? Everything you expected and more? A letdown? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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Comment #1 by ocelot 212
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 07:55:00 AM
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downloading it right now!

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Comment #2 by MG6490
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 07:56:43 AM
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Played it just now. Controls are good, better than c and c. LB highlights all units. X moves them and attacks a target, press Y on a target and units perform special ability. Really simple base building system. Campaign missions short but sweet. This said, will not get this straight away, will wait for it to be 30 quid or less.

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Comment #3 by Alex933
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 07:57:34 AM
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Comment #4 by eldavido13
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 07:57:45 AM
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Love it, but I'm a sucker for Halo and RTSs so this is right up my alley. Controls are very intuitive, which was the biggest worry I think.

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Comment #5 by PoC IamNUTS
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:02:25 AM
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IT IS AWESOME!!!!! it seems to be all that i would expect from a great studio like Esemble.

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Comment #6 by Burning Pandama
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:08:13 AM
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I can't wait for this, but I am mostly buynig it for the map-pack anyway:P

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Comment #7 by strider256
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:08:21 AM
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dude best demo so far loved its

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Comment #8 by JeffVols
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:10:01 AM
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Pretty straight forward....simple, clean and smooth....the way an RTS needs to be on a console if we can only use a pad.

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Comment #9 by OmarStyles9
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:10:43 AM
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downloading it now......

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Comment #10 by hankiejr
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:15:22 AM
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its a very big +. the controlls are to easy to handle so thats great

must be in my collection

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Comment #11 by UPR Captain
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:19:32 AM
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Can't wait to get home and play it! Curse you annoying class schedule!

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Comment #12 by Malikkr
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:22:20 AM
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Sweet! Going to download now!

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Comment #13 by Chigawa
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:26:42 AM
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Downloading it now, hope it's good :)

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Comment #14 by Zale9342
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:37:46 AM
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72% done...

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Comment #15 by Yu Flung PUu
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:45:58 AM
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Comment #16 by Epic Henchman
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:50:09 AM
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oooooh im sooo gonna download

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Comment #17 by Olliezilla
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:50:14 AM
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Gonna start downloading it next time im online

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Comment #18 by lordspazmonkey
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:52:06 AM
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80% god i cant wait, ive been waiting for this game forever, and the mythic maps are a bonus too :D

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Comment #19 by WhineyRabbit
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:59:38 AM
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This is so fun :)

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Comment #20 by ReynoldsM
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:17:18 AM
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It's either this or F.E.A.R 2 for me. Im an avid fan of both series so it'll be a tough decision!

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Comment #21 by The Lovat Scout
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:17:37 AM
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I hope I like this game. I was never ever into RTS games and actually hated them. But I'm pretty deep with the Halo Universe, so I really really hoping this game will be enjoyable for me.

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Comment #22 by Jappe XBA
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:19:45 AM
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Getting this later today...

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Comment #23 by plimster
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:21:16 AM
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graphics look amazing just slighty dissapointed with the limited base building system :(

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Comment #24 by Liamnator1005
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:25:29 AM
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good demo but it the demo may main the campiagn is short

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Comment #25 by rpgenius420
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:34:58 AM
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KILLZONE 2 oh wait this is for the Halo Wars demo...nevermind.

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Comment #26 by mwallace31MUFC
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:43:32 AM
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i wish i heard this earlyier because i've been off school and went out sleging with my friends and could have downloaded it while i was out. :(

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Comment #27 by MakoBallistic
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:45:47 AM
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pretty good, seems more enjoyable than C&C, and the CG is gorgeous

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Comment #28 by Samurai_King
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:49:17 AM
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Yea will give it ago, but i still think that when it comes to halo the 1st one was best. you basically need the 1st game with the 3rd ones multiplayer. while i understand that this is an entierly different style of halo, being RTS, i just think its nothin more than a distraction so people stop asking about Halo4. Still with that said i will try it.

@25 Killzone 1 was good but Nothin that the ps3 has even comes close to xbox. (im not a 360 fan boy, i own both consoles) (my ps3 is at this moment a blue-ray player, got no games for it lol)

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Comment #29 by ROADKILLx66Sick
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:49:47 AM
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OMG.....Covanent are so bad ass...the scarab isnt that great.....

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Comment #30 by Scotian Bred
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:49:53 AM
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RTS is not my first choice of genre, but anything Halo will sell well.

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Comment #31 by CORPSE CRISIS
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:51:14 AM
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well im just gonna have to download this tonight and hopefully enjoy..

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Comment #32 by Ninjamonkey6493
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:57:04 AM
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Comment #33 by Kirbster117
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 10:02:04 AM
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Damn my internet taking 1 hour to download 25%. I want to play it... NOW!

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Comment #34 by Sonnenberg
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 10:02:46 AM
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tooooooo short

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Comment #35 by Zale9342
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 10:05:21 AM
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I thought the demo was good, download it as soon as you can. I might consider buying it now...

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Comment #36 by billy reubin
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 10:22:04 AM
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Still not convinced into buying this, despite enjoying the demo. Maybe I'll just play it some more. Does anybody know how (if you can) you select all the same units or select a number of units and set them as a group?

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Comment #37 by AFenixAmongUs7
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 10:33:41 AM
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I might download this, I'm not really an RTS fan. But, after reading the first 4 Halo books it's looks like they hit the mark on this one. I need more memory for the console though. I hope the controls aren't wonky. I'm surprised that MicroSoft closed down the studio behind this one. Hopefully, the families and parties involved get compensated properly for their efforts. And I hope it isn't a rushed game full of bugs.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 10:56:11 AM
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does anyone else feel that the only reason this game is hyped is because it has "halo" attached to it? Just because its halo doesnt mean its gonna be any good. I'll probably never play it though, i hate RTS's

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Comment #39 by she haunts me
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 11:02:23 AM
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Comment #40 by tpb
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 11:23:25 AM
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Im really looking forward to this... and no #38 its nothing to do with the Halo tag on it... - the Halo games have been largely a disappointment interms of a campaign mode... but based on the tech demo we got months ago this looks to be one of the strongest Console RTS's to date... Looks even nicer then Red Alert 3 did (although RA3 did have Gemma Atkinson... lol)

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Comment #41 by SebastianSB
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 11:27:10 AM
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It's finally a console RTS made specifically for console from the creators of Age of Empires...what's not to love? Half the reason they always suck is because they're half assed PC ports so this is really one of the only chances RTS fans have at a good console game (so of course there's hype!).

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Comment #42 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 11:46:25 AM
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@ 36 - The select system works in a few ways.

The left bumper does a regional select (on screen), the right bumper does a global select (everyone) and then you can select units out of that by cycling through with the right trigger.

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Comment #43 by pX I Atticus
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 12:12:44 PM
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AMAZING there no other words for it just amazing

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Comment #44 by MarcoBro
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 01:17:06 PM
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hate halo n rts.skip

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Comment #45 by Zmoke
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 01:34:46 PM
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love halo n rts.must-dl

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Comment #46 by HaWgWilD09
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 02:44:02 PM
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Is it just me or does demo take a shitload of time to download? I started to download it but it took way too long, but ill try again later. And yes #40 Gemma Atkinson is hot, thats the main reason I brought RA3 haha, looks like Jenny McCartney has some competition now! :)

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Comment #47 by Bababoof
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 02:49:12 PM
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Sweet, I'm downloading later

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Comment #48 by Delta V1p3r
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 03:40:59 PM
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SOLD! The controls are precise and easy to use, finally I have a strong RTS game to play aside of my PC!

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Comment #49 by HaWgWilD09
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 05:08:41 PM
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Ok I seem to be the only one having this problem downloading the demo......but from I been hearing people have been saying its great and the controls are really useful so im just gonna wait till the actual game comes out.....only 27 more days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #50 by Pointless Dan
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 05:17:27 PM
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I was so worried Halo Wars would blow, but after playing the Demo for about 6 hours, I am totally hooked. It is without doubt the best console RTS!

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Comment #51 by BLACKW3LL
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 05:33:07 PM
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love it defo getting it cant stop playing the demo !

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Comment #52 by peteAC635
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 07:09:39 PM
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great controls and short but sweet missions. Great cinematics and graphics. can't wait to get limited edition.

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Comment #53 by Nathan LS27
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 08:24:57 PM
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yeah im considering cancelling my preorder, stale gameplay average in-game graphics and not much at all, RTS should stay on pc

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Comment #54 by Crabby0525
Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 09:17:25 PM
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I played the demo earlier and I wasn't that impressed. The cut scenes are fun to watch and the graphics are amazing, but overall the game didn't seem that fun. I'll give it another shot over the weekend. Hopefully it is better the second time around.

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Comment #55 by ch9209live
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 12:46:14 AM
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@ 23 actually, you can uprage your base and when you do you get extra place :) and @ 38 i have played couple of RTS and i say Halo Wars is nice and simple, of course it's easier to play with PC, but i don't play with PC anymore (maybe sometimes), so good RTS for console is thumbs up from me :)

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Comment #56 by Blacknight00345
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 02:19:02 AM
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Comment #57 by KIDDRAGON67
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 02:29:46 AM
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this game is the best xbx rts

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Comment #58 by AgentOrange666
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 02:34:32 AM
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Best Xbox RTS for sure, not better than Starcraft, but I'm still sold and am going to buy this

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Comment #59 by DarkenHell
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 03:41:25 AM
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Im surprised this Demo wasn't bad at all, I thought controls would be weird like C&C but not at all. Always a big fan of RTS. Definitely picking this game up when it releases...

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Comment #60 by Paprikeh
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 06:05:16 AM
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It's a great demo. I honestly didn't know what to think of it. I'm not sure whether to rent it or buy it. I love Halo but yet I don't play many RTS games.

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Comment #61 by I Buddah I
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 12:15:23 PM
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Does anyone else have a problem with how the right stick moves the camera? It just doesn't seem so sit right with me....

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Comment #62 by I Buddah I
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 12:16:30 PM
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Does anyone else have a problem with how the right stick moves the camera? It just doesn't seem TO sit right with me....

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Comment #63 by grldg19
Friday, February 06, 2009 @ 12:53:57 PM
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good demo not sure if ill get it tho

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Comment #64 by bandball50
Saturday, February 07, 2009 @ 05:35:00 AM
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Great game. Downloaded the demo the night it released. Played through the first 2 missions and love it.
Control -
X - Tells unit(s) where to move/attack
Y - Tells unit(s) where to move/special attack
LB - Select all units
RB - Select local units
A - Select
< - Objectives

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Comment #65 by mattday
Monday, February 09, 2009 @ 07:16:44 PM
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koll & sweet

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Comment #66 by ell635
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 @ 05:26:59 PM
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I thought Halo Wars was crap. I think its a nice approach for the Halo series and it will be great for tactical gamers who play those games, but also love Halo.

This, for them, is the ultimate game.

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Game Info
Ensemble Studios


US March 03, 2009
Europe February 27, 2009
Japan February 26, 2009

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