Parents' Guide to

Halo Wars

By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Well-made strategy game breaks from Halo shooter tradition.

Game Xbox 360 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 11+

Tweens could play

There is no blood. There is stabbing and shooting but it is from a birds eye view so you can barely see it.
age 13+

kind of good (actually)

i love this game i played it so i played it on 360 and xbox one

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19):
Kids say (71):

Halo Wars is a fun RTS that is pretty easy to control. Between excellent tutorials and four levels of difficulty (which can be changed mid-campaign), this is a game that newbies can play. And you don't need to be familiar with the previous Halo games to enjoy it. The game streamlines military commands, making it simple to switch between units in different areas of the map as well as give orders. The one problem is the inability to create custom groups of units. Breaking up units into special groups requires a few too many steps. The action is quite intense, particularly as you progress to the later stages of the single-player campaign. At times, combat is frenetic as you're hopping between units dispersed throughout the environment. One moment, you may fight enemies on one portion of the map while your base is enduring an assault from a surprise attack.

Halo Wars look sharp, an impressive feat when you consider how small each unit looks. When big vehicles or weapons are destroyed, debris flies across the landscape. Battles also look very smooth, even when dozens of units litter the screen. While the real time strategy approach is different from previous Halo titles, Halo Wars is a worthwhile strategy adventure. Plus the cooperative and competitive online modes make it something you can explore with friends.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: March 3, 2009
  • Genre: Real-Time Strategy (RTS)
  • ESRB rating: T for Mild blood, mild language, violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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