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Parents' Guide to

Halo Wars 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Strategic sci-fi war game solves problems through violence.

Game Xbox One , Windows 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Does not deserve teen rating.

It is not that violent there is no blood ore gore and it all is from a birds eye view. if your kid plays games like clash royal they could play this.
age 10+



Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Much like the original game in the series, the sequel is designed to be welcoming to people who don't normally play real-time strategy games. A broad selection of difficulty settings and a brilliantly designed control scheme for gamepads (RTS games are typically made for keyboard and mouse and are notoriously hard to play with a standard controller) should make it easy for just about anyone to start experiencing success right away in Halo Wars 2. It also benefits from an enthralling story told largely through Hollywood-quality CGI cinematics that are filled with compelling, emotive characters invested with a sense of purpose and urgency. It's easy for players to cheer them on. While the online modes in RTS games are typically the most off-putting for casual players, Halo Wars 2's arcade-like Blitz mode is quick to play and easy to understand and even includes a clever card-collecting element that lets players build decks composed of the types of units they want to use in battle.

But while Halo Wars 2 is clearly a game made with the intent to draw a broad swath of mainstream Halo fans who probably don't normally play RTS games, it also has enough depth that more serious strategy players can enjoy it, too -- and not just because they can play with a keyboard and mouse (if they choose to play on PC). Base-building and tech upgrades are admittedly pretty rudimentary; there's not a lot of strategy involved in choosing what structures to build or how to upgrade them. But the units -- warthogs, snipers, grizzlies, and many more -- each have their own strengths and weaknesses, including special abilities that players will need to practice using to properly exploit. Understanding how various units counteract isn't necessary when you're playing against the computer on the easiest setting, but it becomes essential when playing on harder difficulties -- or going up against skilled players online. A game like Halo Wars 2 will never have the mass appeal of the core Halo shooters, but franchise fans who give it a chance aren't likely to come away disappointed.

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