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Returning to Halo Wars After 8 Years

Finding Nostalgia in Halo Wars Almost a Decade Later

Written by Gregory Allen III on December 4th, 2018.

When I was still very much a kid, one of the games I begged my dad for was Halo Wars. He had gotten me hooked on the Halo series but never understood why I liked the franchise’s genre change from FPS to RTS in Halo Wars. I eventually broke him and got the original Halo Wars for Xbox 360 in June of 2010, and loved every second I played of it.

For the kid version of me, large-scale battles of Halo Wars’ proportions were mind-blowing. I played the original Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3 before playing Halo Wars. In the FPS titles, there were very cool firefights and combat exchanges with all different kinds of weapons and vehicles. However, they never contained all of them at once. Halo Wars takes you out of the perspective of a soldier and into the position of a commander. This gives the player the ability to command many different types of units that they had never seen before. Units such as Gremlins, Cobras, Hawks, Vultures, and many more were never explored in the FPS rendition of the series.

After about a year from the time I got Halo Wars for Xbox 360, we had moved into a new home. Unfortunately, I lost my disk of the game during that time. Sure I could’ve gotten another copy but I doubted how often I’d really play it with all the new games coming out at the time. Fast forward to October 20th, 2018, and the remastered version of Halo Wars, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, was on sale for 40% off on Steam. Being a small $12 USD, I picked it up for the sake of nostalgia and I’m more than happy I did. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition underwent a massive graphical upgrade, including a resolution change to 1080p and frame rate lock increase from 30 FPS to 60 FPS. It feels just as the original did back then, though compared to the technology we have now it does feel old. Nonetheless, it is still a great game that I will gladly recommend.


About The Author

Hello! I'm Greg but online I'm often known as Starkiller-sama. Right now I'm currently a junior in high school, and I don't have much of an idea of what I want to do with my life yet. My favorite activities would have to be playing video games, watching anime and experimenting with PC hardware. I also create videos on YouTube and live stream on Twitch.

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