Halo Wars 2 Review
Halo Wars 2 is a little shy of the best RTS to come out in recent years, in fact, it’s a bit shy of the best halo game to come out in recent years if I’m being honest. I’m going to flood you with the bad before I give you the good so stick around.
The campaign was just engaging enough to keep me entertained for a few hours, but just as things started to heat up bam!! It was over, very short and not very climatic. I have come to expect this model from the halo franchise with recent installments, but the issue here is I can’t see halo wars doing well enough to warrant a third chapter anytime soon. So what’s the point of an open-ended conclusion?
The skirmish PvAI is quite good though, the problem with most RTS’s is you have to spend quite a lot of time on them. Not Halo Wars 2, you can smash out an after work skirmish in less than 25 mins on legendary and be off to bed without issue. But where is the fun in that I ask you? The game has been sped right up at the expense of any in-depth strategy, to encourage fast past more or less easy confrontation.
When I went online to find a challenge I found that even playing against other players, whether I won or lost, was not much of a challenge. You pretty much know if you’ve won the match in the first 15 minutes of the game and the next 10 minutes is spent just mopping up the stragglers. Gone are the days, apparently, when people had the time to sit down in front of StarCraft ruthlessly battling an online opponent for hours. I noticed this trend when I started play Master of Orion, there were no online matches on release, this might be due to the fact that a game of MoO could take up to 4 hours so you really can’t blame people for no wanting to play online for that long.
Although quite easy, Halo Wars 2 has a simple pleasure to it, not the kind of thing that keeps players engaged for months on end but simple and fun is good for a few weeks. The shame of it is that it’s a triple A title by one of the most successful publishers in the industry, so the game has a triple A price tag, $99 AUD does not make for a fun few weeks. I think the only reason people are still playing it is because they’re too broke to do anything else.
Overall it’s just another watered down RTS with little strategy and to be honest, it doesn’t really add anything worthwhile to the halo universe a far as lore is concerned. Worth getting when the price comes down later in the year but not the game for a release day purchase.
About: Simon Mawson
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