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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Launch trailer (p3)
by chalkitdown » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:42 pm

Will probably pick this up depending on reviews. Is there cross play with PC? Or just cross save?
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Launch trailer (p3)
by Photek » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:22 pm

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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Launch trailer (p3)
by Monkey Man » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:44 pm

chalkitdown wrote:Will probably pick this up depending on reviews. Is there cross play with PC? Or just cross save?

Just cross save at launch.

Pre-load is up now on both PC & XB1. There's a live action trailer today as well.

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Wake up – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
A history of decimation – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
Dominated – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
Guerilla tactics – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
Stirring the pot – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
All travel is suspended – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
Behind enemy lines – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
The setup … – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
And the knockout punch – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
Fifth Floor: Tools, Guns, Super Weapons – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
Sentinel size matters – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
Last stop, this town – 10 – Campaign Mission Completion
Learn the ropes – 10 – Complete the Basic standalone tutorial
Know the ropes – 10 – Complete the Advanced standalone tutorial
Two heads are better than – 10 – Complete a Campaign mission in Co-op
This war is over – 30 – Complete the Campaign
The hard fight – 40 – Complete the Campaign on Heroic
Surviving the long war – 60 – Complete the Campaign on Legendary
Gold rush – 20 – Earn a gold medal on any mission (except Prologue) on any difficulty
Palmer's Pure Gold – 30 – Earn a gold medal on every mission (except Prologue) on any difficulty
Lone Wolf – 40 – Complete any mission (except The Signal) solo on Legendary with all skulls activated
Comrades in Arms – 20 – Earn a gold medal on any mission (except Prologue) in Co-op on Legendary
A little bit extra – 10 – Complete half of the Campaign bonus objectives
A lot extra – 20 – Complete all the Campaign bonus objectives
Alas, poor Yorick! – 10 – Collect a Skull
Morbid curiosities – 20 – Collect half of the Skulls
Collecting a dream – 30 – Collect all the Skulls

The Scrappy Six – 20 – Complete a matchmade multiplayer match as each of the starting 6 leaders
First steps – 10 – Complete a matchmade multiplayer match
Natural intelligence – 10 – Win a Skirmish Match against only AI opponents (1 or more)
Two heads are better than none – 10 – Win a Skirmish Match with a friend against only AI opponents (2 or more)
You've got a case of the Birley – 20 – In a Skirmish Match against Legendary AI, recycle your base in the first 5 minutes and then win
The rank and file – 10 – Recruit or construct 1 of each UNSC unit in Multiplayer or Skirmish (Launch units only)
The tribe – 10 – Recruit or construct 1 of each Banished unit in Multiplayer or Skirmish (Launch units only)
Trash compactor – 20 – Destroy 100 Vehicles with Anti-Vehicle Units (Multiplayer, Skirmish or Blitz)
Flyswatter – 20 – Destroy 100 Air units with Anti-Air Units (Multiplayer, Skirmish or Blitz)
Meat grinder – 20 – Kill 100 Infantry with Anti-Infantry Units (Multiplayer, Skirmish or Blitz)
Spare change – 10 – Spend 5 Leader Points in Multiplayer or Skirmish
Big spender – 30 – Spend 100 Leader Points in Multiplayer or Skirmish
Space healer – 30 – Cast 100 healing Leader Powers (Multiplayer, Skirmish or Blitz)
Overkill – 30 – Destroy 500 units with Leader Powers (Multiplayer, Skirmish or Blitz)
The hand that feeds – 20 – Secret Achievement
Making the most of the day – 10 – Complete 3 Daily Challenges in one day
A strong showing for the week – 10 – Complete a set of 3 Weekly Challenges
Short-term commitment – 20 – Complete at least 1 Daily Challenge each day for a week
Long-term commitment – 30 – Complete at least 1 Weekly Challenge each week for a Month
Duellist – 10 – Win your first Blitz match
Ante-up – 10 – Complete the Blitz tutorial
Card shark – 20 – Play 25 matches of Blitz
Full house – 10 – Play Blitz as each of the 6 starting leaders
All or nothing – 10 – Play all of the cards in your deck at least once in a single Blitz match
Stacked the chips – 10 – Gather 150 energy crates over any number of matches
Jackpot – 40 – Play 777 total cards over any number of matches
Firefighter – 10 – Beat wave 10 in Blitz Firefight
It just keeps going – 30 – Beat wave 25 in Blitz Firefight
On fire – 20 – Score 500,000 points in a single Blitz Firefight
Paint it red – 10 – Achieve the highest possible kill-streak in any Blitz mode (Blitz or Firefight)
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Launch trailer (p3)
by Photek » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:15 pm

Ì have this pre-ordered digitally, looking forward to Blitz mode, previews raved about it.
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Launch trailer (p3)
by HSH28 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:41 pm

Anyone interested in getting the game digitally in order to have both Xbox One and PC versions, it appears to be cheapest at CDKeys...

http://www.cdkeys.com/xbox-live/games/h ... box-one-pc

http://www.cdkeys.com/xbox-live/games/h ... box-one-pc
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Launch trailer (p3)
by rinks » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:13 pm

Bought the Ultimate Edition from CDKeys while it was £50. Unfortunately the key isn't available until some time nearer (or on) 17th Feb, so I don't get any early access to Halo Wars Definitive, and can't pre-load. But I've got all the extras for the price I was expecting to pay for the regular version, so it's still a good deal.
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Launch trailer (p3)
by Monkey Man » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:07 am

Reviews

Polygon - 8

HALO WARS 2 CAN'T STICK ITS LANDING, BUT IT REMAINS ACCESSIBLE WITHOUT FEELING DUMBED DOWN

I couldn't tell you why, from a business perspective, Halo Wars 2 exists. It doesn’t seem like the kind of project that will yield blockbuster returns for anyone involved. It doesn’t move the RTS genre forward. But it does make for an accessible RTS that doesn’t feel stupid in the process, and it serves as a reminder of how well Halo’s world and fiction lends itself to spaces outside of the first person shooter, even if it can’t quite shake its franchise avoidance of meaningful denouement.

http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/16/146015 ... ce=twitter

EGM - 9

As a fan of the original Halo Wars and RTS titles in general, I almost couldn’t be happier with Halo Wars 2. It continues the story of some of my favorite characters in the expanded Halo universe in a fitting and fun way, while giving me the competitive, strategic gameplay I expect and crave from a game of this genre. I wish the campaign would’ve given me a bit more length and freedom in a lot of scenarios, but other than that, Halo Wars once again shows the right way to do real-time strategy experiences on a console.

http://www.egmnow.com/articles/reviews/ ... -2-review/

Destructoid - 7

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.

https://www.destructoid.com/review-halo ... 8080.phtml

Metro GameCentral - 8

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

http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/16/halo-wars ... y-6451727/

Press Start - 7

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.

http://press-start.com.au/reviews/xbox- ... ight-ways/

IGN - No Score yet
http://uk.ign.com/articles/2017/02/16/h ... s-2-review

Currently 81% on Metacritic - http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-one/halo-wars-2
Currently 80% on OpenCritic - http://opencritic.com/game/2841/halo-wars-2?tab=1
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Reviews out now (p4)
by NickSCFC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:51 am

I need to start putting my Metacritic predictions on here.

Any word on how it plays on touch screens? Desperately want a C&C style gaming I can play on my Surface.
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Reviews out now (p4)
by rinks » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:11 pm

Key available, downloading now.

Am I right in thinking that as of this release, the entire Halo series is now playable on Xbox One (though Reach is only BC)?
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Reviews out now (p4)
by Glowy69 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:56 pm

Ive got £50 credit sitting on my xbox account, never played the first one, but I loved C&C back in the day, is this basically the same premise? Build bases, fight skirmishes etc?
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Reviews out now (p4)
by Photek » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:33 pm

Glowy69 wrote:Ive got £50 credit sitting on my xbox account, never played the first one, but I loved C&C back in the day, is this basically the same premise? Build bases, fight skirmishes etc?

Exactly that, but more focused on fighting tho.

Online blitz mode has a firefight variant! :o
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Reviews out now (p4)
by Trelliz » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:25 pm

Apparently on PC the options interface, specifically the keybindings, are a unique kind of hell:

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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Reviews out now (p4)
by chalkitdown » Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:31 pm

Reviews seem decent enough, will probably pick this up tomorrow.
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out 21st Feb (17th for UE). Reviews out now (p4)
by Photek » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:41 pm

chalkitdown wrote:Reviews seem decent enough, will probably pick this up tomorrow.

Co-op FTW.
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out now!!!!
by chalkitdown » Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:51 pm

Picked this up at lunch. Still have no internet at home (recently moved) so I'll crack on with the single-player for now.
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by Glowy69 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:12 pm

Ive watched numerous reviews and it just seems a little bit..basic? Not many missions either. Oh well :( Gonna keep my xbox credit for mass effect i think.
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out now!!!!
by Photek » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:23 pm

Played 2hrs including tutorial and on first impressions I love this, slick as fook. Excellent looking and unlike HW1 it's really smooth.

Cut scenes deserve a mention, very impressive stuff from blur, new soundtrack is gorgeous too.
MS must have spent a fortune on this.

Going to finish campaign then try Blitz.
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by chalkitdown » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:31 pm

I played both tutorials and the first two missions tonight. Quite enjoyed it, though I'm a bit gooseberry fool at it. I wish there was a way to cycle through different groups instead of only group types. I guess assigning groups to the d-pad kinda solves it but there are only 4 slots.

Cut-scenes are indeed amazing.
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out now!!!!
by Peter Crisp » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:01 pm

This has been my most anticipated game for ages (I bloody loved Halo Wars on xbox) but I annoyingly don't own an xbox and won't until scorpio turns up.
I hope they make this one of the games that gets the inevitable Scorpio makeover.
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PostRe: Halo Wars 2 (X1/PC) Creative Assembly, out now!!!!
by Photek » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:30 pm

It's pretty much nailed in to be given a boost on Scorpio.
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