Why Was Halo Wars 1 SO AWESOME?! And... BAD?!

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The Act Man

Жыл мурун

What happens when you mix Halo with Real-Time Strategy? Well, you certainly get something unique! But how has Halo Wars aged since it released? Did the story expand upon the Halo Universe in a meaningful way? Or was the game largely inconsequential? Well, there's only one way to find out...
It's time to finish the fight (for real) and review the last Halo game on my list... Until Halo: Infinite comes out! The Act Man Reviews Halo Wars 1!!
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0:00 - Introduction
3:08 - Development & Hardships
11:40 - Campaign (Story)
26:49 - Gameplay & Control
32:07 - Multiplayer
34:38 - Conclusion
Special Thanks to The Vengeful 'Vadam for getting footage of the alpha for Halo Wars.
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The Act Man
The Act Man Жыл мурун
5 years. 5 long years... that's how long it took for Act Man to review all the Halo games. At first it was going well, but then Halo 4 and Halo 5 came out...
Chris Voiers
Chris Voiers 5 күн мурун
When Sergeant Johnson died it kind of reminded me how Sergeant Forge died they kind of died in like the same way
The Golden Helmet
The Golden Helmet Ай мурун
The Golden Helmet
The Golden Helmet Ай мурун
@The Minesweeper e
CommanderTaco Ай мурун
Ever hear of a game called supreme commander? How about the sequel?
Ben Warren
Ben Warren 2 ай мурун
Halo 4 campaign was so awesome! Multiplayer was... to be desired. Splitscreen multiplayer was pretty rad though
Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime Саат мурун
i'm sorry but halo wars elites are the best models . shows they sleek and the agile. the brutes are obviously all muscle and power animal .
Not Confirmed
Not Confirmed 12 саат мурун
(☞ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)☞
WigWoo1 14 саат мурун
While I love Halo wars now. I remember seeing the trailer for it and being so excited to play another halo game. I downloaded the Demo when it came out and I was like..... What the hell is this? This isn't Halo. Why am I seeing this assault rifle crosshair birds eye view. I can't shoot anything. And immediately deleted the demo because I didn't know what an RTS was and I just knew it wasn't a shooter, so I wasn't interested until a friend had me play Starcraft with him and then told me Halo wars was the same thing
Soldier 739
Soldier 739 Күн мурун
It was 1:30 AM when That one joke at 21:18 reminded me that I should go to bed
Jalen Turner
Jalen Turner Күн мурун
Trinston Michaels
Trinston Michaels Күн мурун
Trinston was here. .
Haggysack2k8 2 күн мурун
12:17 "This isn't Halo 4, is it?" Me: "No. This is way better than Halo 4, despite the tragic end of Ensembe Studios and the killing development." Also Me: Even if these guys lost their job because of greedy Microfuck shutting down their company, i have the biggest respect for them. Making a game, then it's not working out so good as expected, asking for help from big daddy, getting bitch slapped and told to make him a sandwich, then making the sandwich and it's like Gordon Ramsay himself did it with the frikkin best ingredients ever and tastes like your wildest dreams and the sweetest pot of honey, while also be spicy and fucking gorgeous lookin at the same time. For me, Ensemble Studios were told to deliver a Halo RTS and they just fucking did. If by any chances, some of you awesome guys read this, know that there is atleast one (even if this doesn't mean anything now), who appreciated what you did. ...But that's not really suprising you know? Since Ensemble Studios made Age of Empires 2 and therefore a big thing from my childhood. The first RTS i ever played and i am still in love with that franchise today and *fuck* this shit i can't praise Ensemble enough for everything, these guys deserved way better treatment from Fuckrosoft.
Dylan Ortiz
Dylan Ortiz 2 күн мурун
The music in Halo Wars is actually some of my favorite in the franchise.
Nizizumi 3 күн мурун
I beat Halo Wars Heroic when I was 8 in under a week. Then I beat legendary a year later in under 2. I'm just built different.
HADEZ 4 күн мурун
Halo wars 2 was great but I still really wanted this i want a finished revamp version of what the first halo wars was supposed to be
Joe Mama Memes,Games& More
Joe Mama Memes,Games& More 4 күн мурун
The halo wars 1 soundtrack is in the minecraft xbox 360 halo texture pack
Joe Mama Memes,Games& More
Joe Mama Memes,Games& More 4 күн мурун
Arcadia... oof... its hard on EASY
Praditya Pascalis Prawito
Praditya Pascalis Prawito 5 күн мурун
Jerome Jones huh, sounds pretty similar to another Badass spartan like the chief
Silent Shadow
Silent Shadow 6 күн мурун
"Can you shut up man ?"
Thel ‘Vadum
Thel ‘Vadum 9 күн мурун
6 years, 6 long years, that’s how long we’ll have to wait for infinite
We-haul Racing
We-haul Racing 10 күн мурун
The algorithm has sent a gift
Xeteri 10 күн мурун
Also for any new Halo fans in the comment section, The Planet Harvest was also a home to a Spartan-II named Samuel and his service tag was 034, he basically was the hope for the UNSC during the events of halo wars 1 due to the Spartans on Arcadia with red and omega team screamed for Sam while killing the covenant, The reason for this would during the Year 2525 the Spartan-II candidates survived there augmentations while 70% of them died from it leaving only 30-40 Spartans left, Blue team which was sent onto a Covenant Super Carrier was to see what the threat was, during their adventure they ran into a lot of trouble and John-117 (The Master Chief) who was only 14 at the time with the rest of the IIs, was going to get hit by a plasma pistol, despite the trouble that could cause, Samuel 034 pushed John out the way and took the shot, the plasma burn breached his armour making him have no escape, and at the time the only way they could breach the ship is when the shields were down in space they didn’t know how to use the escape pods or anything, Kelly 087 then kills the enemy saving Samuel and then proceeded to head to the location with Blue Team to plant the nuclear warhead, because Sam could not escape he decided to stay behind marking a tragic point towards the IIs, “Spartans can die”. This basically had an impact of John, and all the IIs, but Samuel was a brute and defended the bomb and fucking ran into 6 jackals and fucking started beating the shit out of them, he got overwhelmed and the bomb blew up and destroyed the ship, in the end if it wasn’t for Sam the UNSC wouldn’t know how to defeat the covenant and win the human covenant war. Samuel 034 was a giant brute, He was one of the tallest Spartan IIs along with Jorge 052 (In Noble Team on Halo Reach) and Kurt 051 (The Ghost of Onyx) he was 7ft 4inch and was quoted by John to be the strongest spartan with the best eyes and ears, if Sam survived the first encounter with the covenant then he surely would of been classed as hyper lethal.
2neilas 11 күн мурун
F--- yeah!
Abhishek S
Abhishek S 12 күн мурун
I completed Halo wars last week. It is so awesome. Ensemble Studios did a great job. Always loved Age of Empires. One of my first video game.
Cactus Orona
Cactus Orona 18 күн мурун
I have many questions about how you found that image. You know what I’m talking about.
Vikki Courts
Vikki Courts 20 күн мурун
anders' weakness is one for the scrapbook, forge's weakness is that he hasn't got all day, cutter's weakness is that he doesn't like docking and cleansing and serina has no weakness. edit: mustn't forget that the covenant's weakness is that they don't appreciate that harvest belongs to spirit of fire.
Starman Crusader
Starman Crusader 21 күн мурун
Believe it or not, this was the first Halo game I played, and my first game for my 360
Dakure 26 күн мурун
20:51 Sike. She's a kid version of Halsey lol
TheDestroyer2alltrolls 27 күн мурун
Halo Wars is The Phantom Menace of the Halo series.
DougJK 28 күн мурун
12:04 I vividly remember this as well, I thought and still think this looks so fucking cool Edit: I was disappointed when I found out it was a top-down strategy game, but I actually really enjoyed Halo Wars for what it was
DonutFueledFury 28 күн мурун
Actually, there wa a game released in 2004 known as Dawn of War, which allowed the player to change the camera angle.
a man with no name
a man with no name Ай мурун
i loved it.
retroFIX Gaming
retroFIX Gaming Ай мурун
After being a Starcraft 2 snob, I have to say this game was actually ok.
Lucifronz Ай мурун
Everybody always talks about "Age of Empires" this and "Age of Empires" that. Age of Mythology was the game my brother and I played the shit out of as kids and I still love it to this day. I can't really get into the older Age of Empires titles. The mythological component of Age of Mythology is definitely a bit part of it. Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Norse societies were a good mix and all combined into one super fun campaign and Ensemble Studios was directly responsible for that. I didn't play the expansion until much later when I bought the game on Steam, which also contained another expansion from new developers, and they were both okay... but it's the original game that still has my love to this day. It's the original base game that's still fun to play and build in and it's the original base game that I'll be replaying for many many many years to come. Halo Wars was okay, too. Kinda clunky on PC, due to it being a console-developed title, but okay. I wonder what it could have been had the Halo IP not been forced on it, though...
SilverViper1000 Ай мурун
Played on legendary easily solo o.ô
SilverViper1000 Ай мурун
Oh man.... I didn't knew this. Ensemble Studios should be praised because I liked halo wars a lot for different reasons
Fenrir Brennan
Fenrir Brennan Ай мурун
2006 watching videos in 720p and i am watching videos in 2020 in144p because of bad internet
sofished Ай мурун
just fucking run at them i guess.... im in tears
Jon Loves cats
Jon Loves cats Ай мурун
The main reason what got me into halowars is that it reminds me of command and conquer generals game I’ve played a long time ago
Tristan Dewitt
Tristan Dewitt Ай мурун
god damn i am sexy
Diego Torres-Siclait
Diego Torres-Siclait Ай мурун
36:57 most informative part of the video
OG Lotus
OG Lotus Ай мурун
Scrawny asshole in floaty chair
Interviolet Ай мурун
I Loved Halo Wars for what it was, I feel bad for Ensemble's Ensemble development :( I could kind of understand where Bungie was coming from but at the same time they were too mean on *E* The Cutscenes still look amazing and I adore the game as a whole. The Music is amazing! I feel right at home with it, while still being it's own thing 💜🖤
Leonel Cantú
Leonel Cantú Ай мурун
I see lots of comments criticizing Bungie for not supporting Ensemble on the development of Halo Wars. And I think you got it all wrong. Both Bungie and Ensemble were the victims here. Bungie didn't want to make a Halo game after Halo 3. Everyone; Joe, Marty, Marcus and Jason wanted to move on to new things. It was Microsoft that forced everyone to work on Halo Wars. Ensemble had a new IP they wanted to work on, and they were forced to scrap the whole thing. Bungie had no intention to further expand the Halo Universe, yet they were forced to work with Ensemble and support the development of HW, and also ODST and Reach because their contract said they had to do two more Halo games. Microsoft screwed the whole thing up. And then they continued to screw everything up with H4 and H5.
Jimmy Hollywood
Jimmy Hollywood Ай мурун
I played Halo Wars 1 and 2 recently. And I really don’t need to play it again. Plus I wasn’t too happy when trying to play this game with mouse and keyboard, it was just bad. They’re strategy games, and they somehow made playing with a mouse and keyboard so terrible
Gavrosh The Swift
Gavrosh The Swift Ай мурун
I’m really glad you establish how bad the development process was before getting into the criticism, it helps keep the entire video in perspective
Gavrosh The Swift
Gavrosh The Swift Ай мурун
3:00 the “select all units” joke was under-appreciated
Omar Guerrero
Omar Guerrero Ай мурун
Captain cutters is in the movie 2012
_98Prelude_ Ай мурун
That intro does seem like a call to help now that you think about it
Angry Rabid Foxes
Angry Rabid Foxes Ай мурун
Halo wars is fine but I’ve been spoiled by supreme commander, after that halo wars seems really restrictive, but hey I had fun with it
RaPid Ай мурун
Honestly, I'll never play it again, but as a kid halo wars was the good shit, that was the stuff right there man
The Stalker
The Stalker Ай мурун
Before I actually ever looked any deeper at Halo Wars (like played it), I was somehow under the impression that you'd play as Preston Cole in it. Like... Does that not make incredibly much sense?
Xavier Sisson
Xavier Sisson Ай мурун
The tansport system is perfect in halo wars definitive editon
Thunderstar7 Ай мурун
“343 have only recently started to recapture that.” Aaaand it’s gone :3
Juiced Beetle juice
Juiced Beetle juice 16 саат мурун
How :3
Gavin Lynch
Gavin Lynch Ай мурун
Anybody remember the Warthog rush strategy for this game?
Liam Hughes
Liam Hughes Ай мурун
Halo Wars should have got an expansion because the first game was great just didnt have much content when it came to the skirmish side of the game which is what always made RTS games replayable. Halo 2 was aids. I played it for an hour and just thought this is literal dogshit and never turned it on again.
Jon Manson
Jon Manson Ай мурун
1:15 i think one of the reason Halo works so well as a shooter was that it started as a RTS. The need to create distinctive and recognizable units at a distance with only a glance. Something that carried over into the FPS part of the game.
xerx1s Ай мурун
every Arbiter had a troubled past. That’s literally the point of an Arbiter.
Nicholas Muncie
Nicholas Muncie Ай мурун
I always loved the look of halo wars
kid14346 Ай мурун
That development section was basically the biggest example of capitalism will kill art.
Orbital Snapshots
Orbital Snapshots Ай мурун
Halo Wars was actually the first game I played in the Halo series, then I saw my cousins playing Halo 3, and I was like "They made 3 more strategy games?" It was pretty surreal finding out Halo was mainly an FPS. I was interested, and got my hands on Halo CE, and 3. Then MCC so I could play through it all. Never play Halo 5 though, I always look and see others view on a game first, and I was told it was a load of 💩
zaydogg _
zaydogg _ 2 ай мурун
Wow! It looks like halo infinite!😀
Scout And Asher's Channel
Scout And Asher's Channel 2 ай мурун
I always assumed the profit of regret was impatient and made them leave quickly is bc it's his personality, he rushed onto earth in Halo 2, so I thought it was explained well.
Androlito Games
Androlito Games 2 ай мурун
Not bad at all
Ryan Ishere
Ryan Ishere 2 ай мурун
Anders was hot. Like really hot.
Clbull118 2 ай мурун
I feel bad for Ensemble/Robot Entertainment. They tried to create three original projects and branch out of RTS. Microsoft forced them to scrap most of their ideas and create a Halo RTS, without Bungie's blessing or approval. They completed the mediocre console RTS that Microsoft forced them to make, and were then promptly shut down by Microsoft. They then reformed as Robot Entertainment and were forced to make a shitty P2W RTS with the Age of Empires IP by their former owners. This RTS had to run on Games For Windows LIVE, which was an absolute barely-working crock of shit. They pulled out of development shortly after the game's release and soon Gas Powered Games were given the reins (their acquisition by Wargaming and eventual shutdown is similarly tragic, but that's another story.) And now their only crowning achievement as Robot is creating a trilogy of mediocre base defence games, of which the third instalment is a Stadia exclusive. And nobody's playing on Stadia.
Damián Ahmed Ibrahim
Damián Ahmed Ibrahim 2 ай мурун
I know that for you there may be no justification about the dialogue in the inmediate sense, but if we understand the prophet of regret for example as a bigger character he is set and meant to be impatient because he always works independently from the other two heirarchs. He has his own religious and political goals within the Heirarchy, mainly, he is friendly to elites, and he believes devoutly in fulfilment and proof of the covenant religion. As you said, Halo Wars is a game that appeals to already fans, and this is why i love it a lot The impatience and excecution of characters is defendable and to my view, likeable and not as a d Hoc as you may think, but that's only after getting to appreciate story making after a lot of work with it myself. Peace. Great vid.
Yoshi Gaming 93
Yoshi Gaming 93 2 ай мурун
The cast of halo wars have more character in the sequel and it’s really good (still a little lacking but it’s an RTS it’s hard to do character in those)
Silo 101
Silo 101 2 ай мурун
One thing you forgot about Keyes is that Cortana writes a program to land the Autumn on Halo but he actually pilots it manually. He manually landed the Pillar of Autumn on Halo, that's pretty badass.
I am Anonymous
I am Anonymous 2 ай мурун
Glad to know I wasn't the only one who constantly failed in Arcadia City 🤣
Tyler McNeeley
Tyler McNeeley 2 ай мурун
Ah Halo Wars. Despite what you said Act Man, this was my first Halo game, and it was the one that got me into the franchise. So thanks Ensemble, may ye rest in peace.
J Millz
J Millz 2 ай мурун
A lot of the developers from Ensemble Studios went on to create their own company, Robot Entertainment.
J Millz
J Millz 2 ай мурун
I played the ever living fuck out of Halo Wars. I almost got 1000/1000.
gregory bancroft
gregory bancroft 2 ай мурун
I appreciate the Seinfeld riff
Skillnogo 2 ай мурун
Tbh I kinda liked the comander because if how he treated the covenant. He treated them like nothing more than a minor inconvenience... Like puny ants.
Perseverer One
Perseverer One 2 ай мурун
The coast is clear...NoT CleAr! From STAR WARS Battlefront II trailer could be a nod to Halo: Combat Evolved's trailer. *Happy noises*
Shane Stevens
Shane Stevens 2 ай мурун
Hey, I live near Rose Hill
The Bowler
The Bowler 2 ай мурун
Love the ginyu force poster in the background
xLuCasanovax 2 ай мурун
And then Bungie eventually left Halo
Tarush Singh
Tarush Singh 2 ай мурун
Man what Bungie did is just .. Damn I had no idea this is what was happening. Here is a team that is trying their hardest not to upset anyone and trying to keep lights on in their office only to be hated upon.
Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes 2 ай мурун
Sip of Sunkist
Sip of Sunkist 2 ай мурун
I think the halo wars theme (spirit of fire) may be one of halos saddest tracks, but it’s absolutely amazing
Ben Dover
Ben Dover 2 ай мурун
I LOVED halo Wars... Halo Wars 2 was dog shit.. felt nothing like the original
RichCommander 2 ай мурун
You might complain about low unit counts till you have 3 players making 50 suicide grunt units each.
RichCommander 2 ай мурун
Halo wars 2 did a terrible job with the atmosphere and halo feeling. The art-style doesn’t help.
Billy P
Billy P 2 ай мурун
It just doesn’t feel or look the same I can’t play it for that reason
OmNomSomm 2 ай мурун
Why did he say it’s bad again?
MaccyP Official
MaccyP Official 2 ай мурун
Crazy thing is Halo Wars got me into halo entirely. I was 8 and the demo was on my Xbox 360, and I just couldn’t get enough. Soon after ODST came out and I loved that, then I got the trilogy later that year and I’ve been a fan ever since
TheDestroyer2alltrolls 25 күн мурун
MaccyP Official Heh, figured you’d say that. (referring to your last sentence)
MaccyP Official
MaccyP Official 25 күн мурун
TheDestroyer2alltrolls yeah they weren’t crazy about the prequels, for me it’s more of the nostalgia that makes me appreciate them. I will say this, after the sequel trilogy I love the prequels a lot more
TheDestroyer2alltrolls 26 күн мурун
MaccyP Official Well I bet your parents were disappointed when they watched The Phantom Menace if they’re Xennials who grew up with the originals.
MaccyP Official
MaccyP Official 26 күн мурун
TheDestroyer2alltrolls it’s the first one I remember watching, my parents were big into Star Wars. I was really into the 2003 animated series and watched the prequels a lot to see it all come together
TheDestroyer2alltrolls 26 күн мурун
MaccyP Official Oh no....let me guess... Episode I is what got you into Star Wars?!
dj mishima
dj mishima 2 ай мурун
I find halo wars 1 characterization pretty good. Maybe it's because here in italy the dubbers really gave their best for this game
Cry cry cry
Cody Marshall
Cody Marshall 2 ай мурун
Halo Wars was absolutely fantastic. I liked it more than Halo Reach, and absolutely more than anything by 343.
Nicholas Donin
Nicholas Donin 2 ай мурун
Let's be honest, the physicsof the human characters was 100000x better than the actual halo fps
Jake Reeder
Jake Reeder 2 ай мурун
This was actually the game that got me into the Halo franchise ironically
Glasses foo
Glasses foo 2 ай мурун
Not a Halo fan. Never play it before. But I'm interested in Ensemble last game.
landon miller
landon miller 2 ай мурун
I bet the story was better but bungie got involved
HitPie 2 ай мурун
does anyone know what the song at 30:43 is?
David Trupiano
David Trupiano 2 ай мурун
Halo Wars is literally one of favorite game of all time If they tracked how many hours K had on this game it would over 60days easily. I haven’t played it recently but the soundtrack brings back so many amazing memories
Matthew Famighette
Matthew Famighette 2 ай мурун
New subscriber, the fact that your banner is master chief & re4 Leon right smack in the middle it made me press that sub right away lol. My 2 childhood favs
gavin martin
gavin martin 2 ай мурун
This was my first halo game but the game that got me into halo was ODST.
Bug Trainer Pilk
Bug Trainer Pilk 2 ай мурун
Halo Wars 1 and 2 keep halo relevant as a story in 2020
Nagger 2 ай мурун
14:38 It's hilarious how these guys were dedicated to keeping the feeling and sounds of Halo while 343 has done almost everything they possibly could to change it all. Really goes to show how 343 are complete failures and shouldn't ever have been given the reigns of Halo
waht the flip
waht the flip 2 ай мурун
Bungie had no say in the making of Halo Wars other than the concept of Halo
Nex Gamez
Nex Gamez 2 ай мурун
So you complain that so many of the characters are the same as characters from the other games, and then complain that Cutter is different and doesn't act like Keyes? Seems more like complaining for the sake of complaining while being a hypocrite.
mehemynx m
mehemynx m 2 ай мурун
I hade the complete opposite experience. Arcadia was easy, but the mission after was hell. I was constantly close to losing with only the Spartans keeping me alive. Lost one of them all the way at the start.
Seanomimus 2 ай мурун
bro over 10 years later these cutscenes still look better than some modern games
Nagger 2 ай мурун
Considering you're comparing prerendered cutscenes to in-game footage it's not that hard to imagine why
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