Posts Tagged ‘halo wars’

Halo Wars Demo Live Today

Just a quick heads up before getting into the shit for the day: The Halo Wars Demo came out today. Note the early download is only available to Xbox Live Gold Members, Silver members get access in a week. Nifty feature of XBL Marketplace: you can queue it for download here. And, to get you excited while you wait for the work day to be over, check out the video below.

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So it’s the end of the day, my deadline is pushed back a week, and I was briefly checking out my sources when of course Loot-Ninja (who else?) came through with a scoop on the release date (March 3rd) for the upcoming Halo Wars, a real-time strategy game (or as Ensemble puts it, an Action-Strategy game) based entirely in the Halo Universe. Now, I loved Halo 1, played the crap out of Halo 2 and 3, and am an avid RTS-er. I’ve beaten all the C&Cs, Total Annhiliation, Age of Empires and Red Alerts (except for 3, but I digress) and I can’t wait to get my hands on this. Something about building SPARTANS, assigning them to a fleet of warthogs, and covering them with stolen Banshees warms my gaming soul. This could be big, really big. Almost as big as the rumored Star Wars MMORPG. Only time will tell when it comes to Star Wars though, that was just a tease, for well, teasing sake. I’ll get back to that if Bioware (makers of Knights of the Old Republic) or Lucasarts ever lets anything slip, and chances are they won’t.

Back to Halo wars: The only thing that concerns me is the 360 exclusivity of the release. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sticking it to the Sony Brats, but wtf Microsoft? Pull a Left-4-Dead and release it on PC and 360 only!!!! I know, maybe its a crutch to rely on keyboard grouping shortcuts, mousedrags, and soothing voice of Tanya out of my computer speakers, but its a crutch I don’t want to easily give up. Sports and Shooters with the gamepad, RPGs and Strategy games with a mouse (Fallout 3/Left 4 Dead don’t count, but don’t ask me why.) To be fair, I haven’t really looked into this game fully, somewhere comparable to the amount of vetting by the GOP leadership of Sarah Palin (zing!) but be warned, I will be reading more about this game and will have some very astute observations and a follow-up to my complaints about the lack of PC support very shortly. That, and with my Xbox fixed at Microsoft but not shipped yet, it still might be weeks before I can get back into my console, so I’m strictly a PC gamer until UPS saves my world.

That’s it folks, for this Tuesday. Watch out for some Jpark update tonight, the Man doesn’t let him blog at work…sucker.

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