Percentile Rank

Halo Wars 2 is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 120 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 120 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Mar 8, 2017

A recommended take on the RTS genre, especially for console and a big must for Halo and Halo Wars fans especially.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 16, 2017

This is an evolution - and decidedly not a revolution - of console strategy games, and as such won’t win over any hardcore strategy gamers. Those who enjoyed the original Halo Wars, however, will find a solid strategy game offering up plenty of fun.

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ACG
Rent
ACG

Top Critic

Rent
Feb 15, 2017
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Attack of the Fanboy
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 16, 2017

We've come away mostly positive on the campaign aspects of the game, but almost all of our time with multiplayer matches were played against A.I. Being an RTS that is geared towards online multiplayer we'll need to play more of that component of the game to issue our final score on Halo Wars 2. We should get a better feel for this when the game launches to Ultimate Edition players this weekend.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2's campaign is an exciting enough ride with a very plain final drop. Thankfully, there will be plenty of multiplayer modes to run with what the campaign teaches. Try it.

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TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 18, 2017
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 20, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is simultaneously conservative and inventive. It's definitely trying to evoke traditional RTS games – which is not entirely a bad thing given the recent dearth of them – especially when it comes to the campaign, but elements like base construction and Blitz mode make it stand out enough that it doesn't feel like you're just going through the motions for the hundredth time.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 20, 2017

If you want to play a Halo game with the simpler story, backs-to-the-wall tone and cinematic flair of Bungie's good ol' days go right ahead and play Halo Wars 2. Just don't expect the quality of the game to match that of the cutscenes.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Feb 22, 2017

Halo Wars 2 proves once again that an RTS can work on a controller, but that aside there's little to get excited about here.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 15, 2017

Overall this is the most fun I have had with an RTS in quite some time. If you are a returning RTS hound or new to the play style you could certainly do a lot worse than Halo Wars 2. It is everything I wanted, with a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure.

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Scored Reviews

Leadergamer
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 9, 2017

If you are a fan of a real-time strategy game, you will not regret buying it. Players even have an addiction to the game.

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COGconnected
95 / 100
95 / 100
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 delivers a superb story that ends with a million possibilities on what could happen in future games.

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Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an absolute masterstroke, taking console RTS limitations and somehow not only bypassing them, but making them unmissable features. This is one of the most well-made and cleverly designed games I have played in a long time. I hope it sets a precedent for other games to follow.

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Guns & Pixels
93%
93%
Feb 17, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is one of the best RTS out there. Packed with content, polished mechanics, fantastic story, you name it.

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Gert Lush Gaming
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2017

Halo Wars 2 makes RTS games both accessible and fun in one neat little package.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

With its intuitive controls and accessible nature, Halo Wars 2 could finally be the RTS to break the console market, and may even be able to take on the mighty Starcraft II.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 proves yet again that RTS games can excel on consoles. Exciting battles and intense situations make this a must play for anyone into the Halo mythos.

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Entertainment Buddha
90 / 100
90 / 100
Feb 17, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a great console-based RTS game set in the Halo universe that offers a compelling campaign, amazing cinematics, and a breadth of multiplayer modes to keep wannabe Halo commanders busy for months.

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Generación Xbox
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 15, 2017

Halo Wars 2 has an epic campaign, a complete multiplayer and amazing cinematic moments. Meet a new and fearsome enemy Atriox that endangers the entire galaxy and the UNSC must stop it by all means. It improves all aspects and adds new things like the addictive Blitz mode. Play alone or in company and enjoy one of the best experiences.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 does a fantastic job building on the foundation laid out by the original game. New modes and new characters highlight what is a fun return to the Halo universe, even if the campaign is shorter than I'd prefer.

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Fortress of Solitude
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2017

I love Halo Wars 2. It’s not perfect. I’ve had a few bugs creep in, like going to a load screen and the little white wheel just spins and spins forever like an ADHD child in a room full of kittens, but I will forgive it because this game is the exact game I never knew I wanted.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 isn't afraid to mess with the standard RTS formula, and it's a better game because of it.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an excellent game for the fans of Halo and for the fans of RTS games with little to none flaws.

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The Escapist
Feb 20, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is the sequel that no-one really asked for, but is a surprisingly solid traditional base-building RTS, and is finally on a platform suited for the genre. The campaign is a little lacking, but several different multiplayer modes and the promise of "six months of regular updates" make up for it.

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Rectify Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a Halo done right from the artstyle to gameplay

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Windows Central
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 proves that the franchise is strong enough to work extremely well in other genres. Under the careful scrutiny of 343i and Creative Assembly, Halo Wars 2 doesn't feel like a spin-off. Instead, Halo Wars 2 stands proud among the greatest games the franchise has to offer.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 brings back the RTS genre for the console players. Featuring a very direct and not complex action, this game is accessible for everybody who wants to try this kind of games.

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AR12Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an absolute blast. Whether you're engrossed into its fantastic storyline in the battle against Atriox, playing it like a classic RTS in the Deathmatch, Domination, or Stronghold game-types, or building your deck with the new and innovative Blitz mode, there's something for everyone. Halo Wars 2 is for both newbies to RTS and Halo games, as well as seasonal veterans. As for those who love both Halo and RTS, well they have an absolute treat awaiting them, as do new players alike.

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Gaming Masters
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

If we look at the facts and strip the game down to its core, this game is fun, tactical and something completely different that I would recommend fans of both the Halo series and fans of RTS’s should get.

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LevelUp
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2017

The most accessible yet demanding real time strategy game for consoles, Halo Wars 2 lives up to expectations while celebrating 20 years of RTS tradition at the same time. Fans of the franchise will love it but veterans and newcomers to the RTS genre will be satisfied as well.

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Cheat Code Central
4.4 / 5.0
4.4 / 5.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 isn't trying to redefine real-time strategy games, but rather give fans of the genre an option on their Xbox One consoles. It's leaning on Microsoft's most cherished franchise and using it well.

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a big step forward compared its predecessor. It still misses to use the full potential of the halo universe due to bad voice acting and sloppy character models but it's still the best RTS-Game so far for consoles.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is quite an entertaining game as it comes with a vast yet satisfying content. We Highly recommend it for strategy games' fans.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2017

Halo Wars 2 brilliantly captures what was great about the original, while also adding more depth and variety to the playing field. This is definitely a game for both newcomers and veterans alike.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a ballroom blitz with dangerously addictive levels of fun. It may be lacking in the length department when it comes to its tragically short campaign, but it’s a shining second chance example at proving that strategy games can work on console.

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PixelVulture
85%
85%
Feb 19, 2017

Halo Wars 2 feels like a great addition to the Halo series, and successfully makes all the battles feel believable and relatable at the same time. Sometimes the unit restrictions might feel a bit on the low side, but the game’s core mechanics, work around this.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

This is a solid, Creative Assembly-driven RTS, well-suited for those who love the genre and also for those who are into science fiction; if you're a fan of both, even better. Simple to understand, fun to play and challenging on higher difficulties, it's hard to go wrong with Halo Wars 2.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a great sequel, and being a fan of both the genre and the original game, I am extremely happy with how it turned out.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 builds from where the first game left off providing a well rounded package filled with content to enjoy and a campaign that will leave an impact on the future of franchise.

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GamePro
84 / 100
84 / 100
Feb 16, 2017

Fast and easy to grasp RTS which has a lot to offer for Halo fans and PC strategists alike.

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Real Game Media
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is certainly a worthy addition to the RTS genre and has raised the bar from its predecessor Halo Wars. The artistic style and cinematics complement each other nicely and are accompanied by a fantastic sound track.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2017

Halo Wars is a comfortable and appropriate evolution of the original and is a glowing successor to the original's daring attempt at creating a real-time strategy game for consoles. A new threat, an old friend, Halo Wars 2 fits into the entire Halo franchise quite well. The biggest complaint that I have with Halo Wars 2 is less about the game and more about the franchise. Time and time again it feels that 343 Industries has strung out the franchise with a carrot-on-a-stick, and that carrot is always "another splinter faction of the Covenant is haywire, go kill them all." While fun it has gotten old, quickly, and I would love to see something truly new come out of the franchise, but until that happens, Halo Wars 2 is an excellent spinoff series for Halo fans.

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Azralynn
82 / 100
82 / 100
Feb 16, 2017
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AusGamers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

But even so, it's still an often-thrilling experience, and a great entry in both the Halo franchise as a reminder that there's always room in the market for a good RTS game.

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VGN
8 / 10.0
VGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a good real-time strategy game, that shows us once again how the 343 Industries' franchise lends itself to different genres and identities. Creative Assembly has managed to unite a great and compelling campaign with accessible gameplay (although it seems too much simplified compared to other RTS made by the team). If you loved the first Halo Wars, then its sequel will be probably the best choice for you, but if you're looking for a pure and complex strategy experience, then you might be disappointed.

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PushStartPlay
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2017

If you’ve been tempted to venture into the world of Real-Time Strategy at any point in your life, then Halo Wars 2 could very well be your perfect entry point into this long-running and popular genre.

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Readers Gambit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2017

It’s not the greatest RTS and it’s by far from the greatest Halo game, but in a world where Microsoft IPs are dropping harder and faster than bloated flies it’s just what I needed. A little MAG blast of hope to combat the monotony. For Halo fans it’s just another fix to an ongoing story; for RTS fans it’s probably on the lower scale of their expectations; and for me it’s an odd beast the bridges the gap.

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TechnoBuffalo
Mar 6, 2017

Here we are with work from Creative Assembly that's actually fun. I won't suggest that it revolutionizes the RTs genre the way that the original Halo Wars did. That game managed to make RTS titles fun on console, something that I didn't even think I wanted until I actually had it in my hands. Creative Assembly further innovates on that already revolutionary formula.

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Guardian
Feb 16, 2017

Halo returns to the world of RTS with a challenging yet instinctively playable take on the once-mighty genre, and one that is full of new ideas

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is hands-down the best RTS available on console, and a game that rightfully deserves a place in any thinking Xbox One owner’s library.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2017

The game is still fun and intense, just like it was in the past, and It's equipped with a good graphic restyling. A perfect way to wait for the release of Halo Wars 2.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a worthy follow-up to one of the most underrated exclusives on the Xbox 360. The game makes a point of proving RTS games have a place on consoles with a smart, intuitive control system and a campaign that puts older RTS stories to shame. The Halo universe suits the units/base system so well, and if you’re a fan of the series we recommend this game to you - even if you’re not an RTS nut: it’s easy to pick up, it’s fun to play, and it gives a wonderful new perspective on the Halo universe.

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KeenGamer
8 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Dakotah Lilly

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2017

Overall, Halo Wars 2 feels like a fantastic entry into both the Halo franchise and as a sequel to the original. The gameplay is spot on, as it takes the mechanics that were already there and expands on them by adding a new resource to balance and making leader powers more varied, allowing for more strategies to thrive. It looks great and runs well on both Xbox One and PC, which is good to know because of the cross-play allowed in certain modes so users from both platforms can benefit from each other. The single player is long enough for anyone to get their feet wet and move into the multiplayer, which features its own wealth of content in various modes. The soundtrack is good enough for what it needs to be, the story is much better than the more recent Halo titles, if a bit lacking in certain aspects, and the whole package comes together to really elevate the title above others. Anyone who enjoys RTS games, and especially fans of the original title should be taking a look and giving it a chance. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty damn good.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 can't stick its landing, but it remains accessible without feeling dumbed down

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3DNews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a bright, juicy and beautiful game with a bunch of small details, which make this sci-fi adventure a little more believable. Even after the astonishing original Halo Wars the sequel is still a unique (in some ways) and addictive real-time strategy and also a worthy continuation of story of a lonely ship lost in the vastness of space.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Don't expect great new features compared to Halo Wars or some kind of strategic depth, but the Blitz mode and online multiplayer will entertain you in the long run.

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The Game Fanatics
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2017

Halo Wars 2 does not necessarily add anything new, but its formulaic approach to RTS games is a breath of fresh air for console owners. A bland story, mixed with incredibly realized cutscenes, fun yet repetitive mission structure, and fast-paced competitive multiplayer creates a full package that is definitely worth your time.

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Gadgets 360
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 16, 2017

With a single-player campaign lasting around 15 hours, and multiplayer to follow, Halo Wars 2 is yet another solid entry in the franchise. Its minor problems do little to make this worth checking out for fans and newcomers alike.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 16, 2017

The console market hasn’t had a solid RTS game since Halo Wars back in 2009, but that all changes with Halo Wars 2.

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a dull RTS with a beautiful spirit

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GameNationSA
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2017

The one thing I have to state is that 343 Industries and Creative Assembly have created one of the best real-time strategy tactical experiences in the Halo universe. Some of the key improvements in Halo Wars 2 are the cinematics, voice acting, the much-improved game user Interface, and user experience.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2017

Halo Wars 2 offers fans of the franchise a whole new swathe of lore and is a damn fine real time strategy to boot - all playable from the comfort of your sofa.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 17, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an excellent and long overdue return for the console RTS, doing everything that can be expected of a sequel. Bigger, better and fresher, the Blitz mode is a welcome addition to an already solid package, and while fans of the mainline Halo games may find the transition too hard to bear, this is a worthy addition to any Xbox One owner’s collection.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a better game thanks to the improvements of the ideas that were established by the first title. Better camera/cursor speed and the addition of custom groupings makes it feel closer to a PC RTS title while still maintaining the ease of control that console players want. The campaign and standard multiplayer modes are solid, while Blitz is a great addition for those looking for quicker RTS matches. While the game is undoubtedly better on a PC, the gameplay and presentation do well on a console — if you can overlook some of the issues mentioned earlier. Halo Wars 2 may be the only RTS game on the platform thus far, but it is a good one that's worth checking out.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is hands-down the best RTS on console and a joy to play with a controller.

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TrueAchievements
Feb 24, 2017

The new Blitz mode adds a different approach to the RTS combat to which we have become accustomed, and the shorter, more action-oriented, matches give newcomers and veterans alike something into which to sink their teeth.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2016

When two unfamiliar leaders of two very familiar factions square off, an interstellar David and Goliath struggle ensues!  Microsoft Studios is enlisting keepers of the Halo franchise mantle 343 Industries with crucial support from Creative Assembly for the second call to arms in this RTS aside.

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Pause Resume
4 / 5
4 / 5
Feb 20, 2017

All in all I really enjoyed Halo Wars 2 despite the minor issues it has, most of which can be fixed by upcoming patches. If you enjoy RTS games, Halo Wars 2 is worth your money.

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USgamer
Feb 22, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a very accessible RTS that's easy to pick up and play, but becomes increasingly complex as you get to grips with its more advanced commands. Assuming you're willing to invest the time and effort to truly master its intricate controls, the game offers plenty to get your teeth into. The campaign is a little short, but the multiplayer components are varied and robust - even if the really entertaining Blitz mode is soured somewhat by its microtransactional focus.

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VGProfessional
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2017

The first Halo Wars was intended for Halo fans, and Halo Wars 2 is no different even with a new multiplayer modes and story. It's a fun game to try out, especially for players are afraid to play a complex RTS game which usually requires hours to learn and master, whether it is against the AI or online with real competitors. But sadly, even with its launch on PC via the Windows 10 Store, fans of the genre won't stick around given the deeper and richer experience found in other competing RTS games such as Company of Heroes, Total War or even the eternal StarCraft II.

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Game Rant
Feb 20, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an accessible RTS with an engrossing campaign and exciting multiplayer matches, but suffers from technical issues and a lack of content for Blitz mode.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 21, 2017

Halo Wars 2's RTS mechanics are not even close to being as good and deep as PC titles, but on console level those mechanics are so accessible and easy to learn that raises the bar for console RTS titles and shows that Halo universe has a great potential in other genres too.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Feb 16, 2017

Easily the best real-time strategy on a console, and a fast-paced, accessible wargame that every Xbox owner should try and experience.

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Atomix
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 20, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a great and light RTS experience. If you like campaigns in this genre, you should check it out, but if you are looking for a hardcore competitive experience, you will not find it here. Blitz is ok, but the micro transactions system dose not work well.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny

Top Critic

Feb 20, 2017

In the end, I appreciate what Halo Wars 2 has to offer. It may not be a huge step forward for the genre, but its ease-of-use on console -- and the new Blitz mode -- are things other games should look at.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG
Vadimeys

Top Critic

8 / 10
Feb 21, 2017

Clearly there is no attempt to revolutionize the genre, but still Halo Wars 2 is a really great game, which should be interesting to every fan of strategies. It works great on the controller - a real achievement for the genre. Just keep in mind that the focus of Halo Wars 2 is still placed on the multiplayer and the story campaign with all its pros feels pretty poor.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 16, 2017

In terms of a console RTS, Halo Wars 2 stands just about at the top. It’s easy for newcomers of the genre to pick up and play, but still has a enough meat and complexity for veterans to be satisfied. Because of how the campaign wraps things up, I truly hope it gets a sequel. But until then, Halo Wars 2 is definitely a quality exclusive to add to your Xbox One lineup.

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Arcade Sushi
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a terrific successor that manages to be everything you could hope for in a console RTS.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

This casual looking Halo RTS is wildly accessible, but it may also surprise serious strategy fans looking for some depth

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a great example of how to make a great console RTS: the 343 Industries & Creative Assembly title is improved over its predecessor in terms of its interesting gameplay features, great calibration, good rhythm and Blitz as an excellent new mode. Unfortunately the campaign doesn't always look brilliant overall. However Halo Wars 2 stands as an absolutely recommended purchase for Halo lovers and has great appeal for RTS genre newcomers.

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4 Guys with Quarters
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017
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Impulsegamer
3.9 / 5.0
3.9 / 5.0
Feb 20, 2017

Halo Wars 2 fills the niche for a console-accessible real-time strategy game admirably.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2017

Halo Wars 2's story is engrossing and the battles are fun, but the mission design follows a predictable pattern

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SA Gamer
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2017

Halo Wars 2 makes stepping into battle in the RTS arena invigorating, and its simplicity, satisfying.

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Video Chums
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an ambitious game that delivers easily understandable RTS gameplay in an immersive way.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2017

At the end of the day, Halo Wars 2 is still a highly recommendable title — in fact, likely one of the best RTS games that can be found on the current generation. However, accessibility on consoles came with a price to both controls and gameplay in both campaign and multiplayer modes. But don’t let that stop fans of the series or newcoming gamers to the genre enjoy the game — you are assured to have a blast.

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GameWatcher
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2017

Captivating, yet not without its issues

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Wccftech
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an ideal strategy game for beginners. There's little doubting that the action is solid and it looks fantastic, but other strange choices mar what would be a great title. From downright bad writing, to the inclusion of pay to win microtransactions in a premium game, there are some absolutely perplexing decisions.

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GameSpace
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2017

Creative Assembly and 343 Industries should be proud of their work here. Halo Wars 2 isn’t perfect, and it’s not likely to win over tons of new RTS fans. But for fans of the game-starved genre (which is admittedly seeing a resurgence of sorts), Halo Wars 2 is a bright spot. It’s a little shallow, a little greedy with Blitz cards, and a little short in the campaign. But it’s a good game overall, and one I’d gladly play more of in the future. Keep it up, CA and 343i.

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New Game Network
73 / 100
73 / 100
Feb 26, 2017

Halo Wars 2 doesn't break any new ground, and won't soon overtake the leaders of the genre, but it offers plenty for gamers who seek a refined console-focused RTS and another joyous trip into the Halo universe.

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TrustedReviews
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 suffers a little from its console limitations, but it’s a solid RTS with a strong campaign and a good overall feel for the Halo universe. After a slow start the mission design grows much more interesting and while there’s little here you won’t have seen in a StarCraft, it’s all handled with variety, pace and drama. There’s potential too in the multiplayer modes, particularly Blitz with its unique hybrid style. It might not be the Halo sequel that you asked for, but it’s a fine one to be getting on with.

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PCMag
Feb 22, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an RTS for the layman. Easy-to-learn mechanics and basic micromanagement keep the game interesting and engaging, but it lacks the strategic depth to keep hardcore RTS fans invested for long.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

7 / 10
Apr 14, 2017

A diet RTS, but still the best one on console

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Gamefa
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2017

After the huge success of Halo Wars in 2009, now after 8 years, we have the copy and almost the same game but with some difference and new features. Halo Wars 2 is here to make RTS fans proud and if you are one of those people that always enjoy these games, well this game is for you; but if you are a new player to the series and this type of games, you better go and start with something else.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 24, 2017

Halo Wars didn't rewrite the RTS playbook, and Halo Wars 2 is unlikely to bring on many converts who weren't convinced by the first attempt. In many ways this is an iterative sequel, with new units and balance, and a handful of additions. The campaign is well-made and the multiplayer shines thanks largely to Blitz Mode. It's a streamlined take on a genre that has faded even more in recent years, but in its own way, Halo Wars 2 is still carrying the flame.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Feb 16, 2017

Fans of the Halo lore may have been hyped by the fact that Halo Wars 2 takes place post-Halo 5, meaning that chronologically it should further the overarching narrative currently taking place in the mainline games. However, this isn’t really the case – Halo Wars 2 is still firmly a side story, and seemingly takes no advantage of the new time period it takes place in.

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TheXboxHub
Feb 21, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is somewhere between a Halo game for RTS fans and a RTS game for Halo fans, never going too in depth into either category so as to put people off.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Mar 6, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is a decent sucessor of this well known series. It can certainly entertain for many evenings, but is lacking in innovation. However, if you want to play a RTS on your console, it's definitely a good choice.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Feb 17, 2017

Halo Wars 2 managed to drag me in kicking and screaming, and left me coming out more intrigued about the Halo universe itself. I have never been an aficionado of the Haloverse, nor have I ever been interested in it before. Halo Wars 2 may just change that. The campaign tells a safe narrative that is made more impressive by the intimacy of the gameplay. The multiplayer Blitz mode may not be for everyone, but between it, and the rest of the multiplayer, there's enough there to keep people going for quite some time.

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Gameplanet
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2017

Halo Wars 2 both illustrates the problems traditional RTS titles have on console, and demonstrates how to overcome them with its excellent Blitz mode.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

If you're craving an RTS on a console, or perhaps aren't particularly well-versed in the genre, Halo Wars 2 has you covered. It doesn't offer much that other games in the same space have given us over the past 10 years, but it's polished and fun to play.

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M3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 might be a bit shallow compared to Starcraft 2, but as a strategy game on console it works really well. The controls are easy to understand, it’s action packed and the world is fantastic. For console players looking for a strategy game, Halo Wars 2 is an easy choice.

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ThisGenGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

There is plenty of fun to be had, but in the end Halo Wars 2 feels like just another decent game from a popular franchise.

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MonsterVine
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 14, 2017

Aside from a few graphical improvements and mechanical tweaks, not much has changed. Sadly, a lack of true originality and asymmetry makes this sequel just a tad weaker than its prequel.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is familiar but different in all of the right ways. A short, robust campaign, rich with genuinely effective character performances and a compelling (though far too absent) villain is complemented by a multiplayer facet that is far better off on the back of a daring deck-building venture.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2017

Halo Wars 2 will scratch a real-time strategy itch and give you a dose of Halo-Universe flavor with a decent story, but it won't go much deeper than that. A run-of-the-mill campaign, controls that hamper micromanagement, conspicuous bugs, and multiplayer that relies on luck limit its long-term appeal, but its fast and flashy action makes it fun for a while.

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Life is Xbox
69 / 100
69 / 100
Feb 19, 2017

Each hour is filled with bugs or online disconnects, making it a frustrating experience. I can only hope that Creative Assembly and 343 Industries can fix the game so it can shine like it deserves.

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NZGamer
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2017

Ben received a physical copy of Halo Wars 2 from Xbox NZ for review.

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DigitalCentralMedia
67%
67%
Feb 20, 2017

Halo Wars 2 doesn’t excel in anything. It’s decent all around but doesn’t really excel in anything. The campaign could have been much longer.

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PC Gamer
65 / 100
65 / 100
Feb 21, 2017

Halo Wars 2's cutscenes are pretty, but the controls remains too console-focused for PC and the strategy is a little thin.

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GameZone
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2017

Whilst boasting a compelling story in the Halo universe, this game's shortcomings bog down an otherwise solid RTS.

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GamesRadar+
Feb 16, 2017

Blitz mode aside, Halo Wars 2 sticks with a tried, tested and slightly tired RTS formula that's competent, but lacking in depth and originality.

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Goomba Stomp
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2017

Many will argue that Halo Wars 2 can proudly attest to being the greatest RTS game to ever grace a console, and I wouldn’t necessarily argue against that sentiment, but at the same time I’d say that anyone who’s making that claim is clearly trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. Sure, Halo Wars 2 may trump its console-based competition, but when said competition is mostly comprised of disappointing and subpar titles, is that really an achievement worth bragging about? When comparing Halo Wars 2 to its PC exclusive brethren its lack of depth, overly simplistic systems, and shallow design philosophy quickly become apparent. Strip away its stunning cut scenes and its Halo setting and it’s exposed as not much more than a merely average RTS game that’s clearly being held back by the fact that it’s been tethered to a platform that has never, and will never be able to squeeze the full potential out of a Real Time Strategy title.

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IBTimes UK
Feb 21, 2017

Halo Wars 2 isn't a bad game, but compared to the wealth of excellent strategy games we've been spoilt by over the last few years, it feels positively ordinary. Exceptionally well-handled Halo fan service obfuscates a mediocre game that doesn't really have any new ideas. Fans of the franchise will appreciate what is here, but RTS buffs will be better served elsewhere.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 16, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is an RTS game for Halo fans with stripped-down strategy elements and limited lasting appeal.

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PCWorld
Feb 22, 2017

Halo Wars 2 is fine, but definitely not the real-time strategy genre's long-sought salvation. Same-old missions, same-old structure, and with a layer of console-style oversimplification on top.

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GamingTrend
60 / 100
60 / 100
Feb 16, 2017

Boasting high production value and the minor intrigue of what a new villain might mean for the greater series, Halo Wars 2 is fantastic for casual RTS gamers, but probably not for anyone else. Its relatively flat story, short campaign, and strategically shallow mechanics hold it back from greatness, instead relegating it to being yet another example of why RTS games don’t mix well with consoles.

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Daily Mirror
Feb 25, 2017

This sequel is another decent attempt at bringing strategy games to console, but gameplay can feel shallow at times

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Digital Trends
Feb 16, 2017

'Halo Wars 2' isn't a great competitive strategy game, but it's an enjoyable take on Halo.

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Paste Magazine
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2017

Halo Wars 2’s compromise between strategy and speed leaves a system without a functional amount of either. Its story bears the hallmarks of the world Bungie first crafted 16 years ago without any of the melodrama or myth. Missing so much of what makes an RTS work and what makes Halo a fiction so many choose to escape into, it’s easy to wonder who Halo Wars 2 is even for.

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