February 27th 2009 was the release of the first halo wars. This was the first time that the halo franchise branched off into the real time strategy game style. It was a great way for the first person shooter crowd to get into the real time strategy with all of their favorite characters. Metacritic gave the new release an 81%. All around the critics are enjoying the game. The real snags are some early game glitches here and there. Also just not enough cinematic emersion that the first game gave us. That being said, critics are loving the cinematics for how intense and beautiful they look.
I wholeheartedly urge you to check out Halo Wars 2, whether it’s with the release of the Ultimate Edition this week or the standard release next Tuesday. It’s packed with content on both the multiplayer and single-player side, all of which is fun to play. It also has a pretty fantastic story attached to it, incredible cutscenes, and an amazing soundtrack to boot. Ideally we won’t have to wait another 9 years for a Halo Wars 3. -Gaming Age
One thing is for certain, though. Between Multiplayer, Blitz Mode, and Halo Wars 2’s stellar 2-player co-op campaign, there’s truly something for everyone in this wonderfully polished package. This is the best RTS on Xbox One today, by far. And it’s a stunning entry in the Halo pantheon. -Windows Central
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Europe’s huge gaming convention kicked off earlier in the week and there have been some big announcements so far. Here are a few things that you should be looking forward to that was announced this week.
- Metal Gear Survive- Konami’s first dive into the Metal Gear universe without Kojima, the first trailer for Metal Gear Survive might possibly the biggest announcement thus far. The game is connected to the ending of Metal Gear Solid Ground Zero. Four agents get sucked into a wormhole along with Mother Base and end up in an alternate universe. Its seems you like will be playing as one of the four agents in this co-op survival game. From the trailer, it seems as though you will be scavenging for materials and items to help survive against crystallized zombies, all while surviving inside the remains of Mother Base. You can check out the trailer here.
- Mass Effect Remastered… Sort Of- In an interview with Game Informer, EA Studios Executive VP Patrick Soderland stated “I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done [remasters] successfully,” when asked about remastering the Mass Effect series. This is promising news to those that are looking to explore the galaxy in the Normandy once again.
- For Honor Alpha News- Ubisofts’s upcoming melee-style action game has a new trailer that debuted at Gamescom and, along with it, news on the first closed alpha for the game. September 15th-18th people who sign up for the test will get their first glimpse at the highly anticipated game, which is slated for a Valentine’s Day release next year. For more information and signups for the alpha you can visit the For Honor website here.
Those were just a few of our favorite announcements from Gamescom thus far. There is sure to be more exciting announcement with Tokyo Game Show, Playstation Experience, and The Game Awards still to come later in the year. For more gaming news and insight be sure to check back with us here at The Nerd Chambers and follow us on Twitter, @TheNerdChambers, to stay up to date with articles and The Nerd Chambers Podcast.