Like with ODST, I truly believe that Halo Wars is an underrated gem of this franchise. It has a fantastic story with a multiplayer I still find myself going back to and have many fond memories of – I’d say that I stayed up late into just as many nights on Xbox Live with this game as I did with Halo 2 and 3 before it. The only thing I can really say that I disliked about the game was the campaign gameplay and how this game gives even Halo 2 a run for its money as “the most ridiculously difficult and punishing game ever”.
But I digress, favourite moment in Wars…
Now a number of you might’ve been expecting me to say what most other people say, the Monsters cutscene where Red Team takes on the Sangheili Honour Guards at the Apex, but Judgement, the scene where Anders is forced to activate the Forerunner fleet, stands out in my mind a lot more.
“The Ancients have granted us the power to doom your race, let the deconstruction of our gifts begin. The majesty of our new fleet will be unparalleled!”
The Covenant stares in awe as the ancient, metallic husks that have been dormant for 100,000 years awaken, begin to move again and promise strength unlike anything the galaxy has seen since the days of the Forerunners. The spectacle was captured beautifully and it kept you wondering what was going to happen next and how humanity was going to get out of this situation.
Anders also shows her resourcefulness and strength in this scene as she rushes to the teleporter and manages to escape, only to find herself in an even stickier situation with the arrival of the Flood.
Honestly, Halo Wars has a lot of memorable moments, the campaign is littered with scenes that manage to capture the scale of the series’ mystery and the epic struggles of humanity against the Covenant. The opening of the game depicts humanity retaking the planet Harvest after a 5 year long struggle and then shows the Covenant responding in full strength as marines are cut down by the hundred with plasma bolts, energy swords and glassing beams.
If you’ve not played this game because people have spoken negatively about it, I urge you to ignore them and decide for yourself. It’s probably going to be quite cheap on Amazon because it’s quite an old game, and the multiplayer manages to hold a population of about 3000-9000 players depending on the day.