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Our final look at Halo Wars 2 from a recent preview event focuses on the campaign where I was able to play the entirety of Chapter 2. While it still spends some time teaching us about the game’s mechanics, being a while old veteran of the original Halo Wars, I can attest that once I shook the rust off, everything started coming back to me.

This is a great thing because the original game was a monumental leap forward for RTS gameplay on consoles. The fact it still felt easy to jump right in and start moving troops around is a testament to the commitment it seems Creative Assembly showed in getting Ensemble’s original mechanics just right. And they added some new features to boot, most notably the fact you can now group units on consoles. While you can only have four groups at one time (one assigned to each direction on the D-page) as compared to the 10 you normally get on a PC, it’s still a huge help, and I wish I had known about during my playthrough to really give a test run.

In the meantime, you can check out my playthrough of Chapter 2 of Halo Wars 2‘s campaign below, where I was still early enough in the campaign that the “might makes right” strategy worked to my advantage.

Halo Wars 2 will drop on February 21 for Xbox One and PC. Be sure to check out our other preview videos looking at the game’s multiplayer and new Blitz mode. And don’t forget about the open Blitz beta going on from right now until January 30.

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About Ray Carsillo

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Ray has extensive roots in geek culture, as he’s written about videogames, comics, and movies for such outlets as Newsday.com, ESPNNewYork.com, Classic Game Room on YouTube, Collider.com, and Comicvine.com before finally settling into his role as EGM’s reviews editor. His main goal in life? To become king of all geek media, of course! Find him on Twitter @RayCarsillo

Halo Wars 2’s campaign plays just as well as the first one

New places, new faces, same combat.

By Ray Carsillo | 01/20/2017 09:00 AM PT

Previews

Our final look at Halo Wars 2 from a recent preview event focuses on the campaign where I was able to play the entirety of Chapter 2. While it still spends some time teaching us about the game’s mechanics, being a while old veteran of the original Halo Wars, I can attest that once I shook the rust off, everything started coming back to me.

This is a great thing because the original game was a monumental leap forward for RTS gameplay on consoles. The fact it still felt easy to jump right in and start moving troops around is a testament to the commitment it seems Creative Assembly showed in getting Ensemble’s original mechanics just right. And they added some new features to boot, most notably the fact you can now group units on consoles. While you can only have four groups at one time (one assigned to each direction on the D-page) as compared to the 10 you normally get on a PC, it’s still a huge help, and I wish I had known about during my playthrough to really give a test run.

In the meantime, you can check out my playthrough of Chapter 2 of Halo Wars 2‘s campaign below, where I was still early enough in the campaign that the “might makes right” strategy worked to my advantage.

Halo Wars 2 will drop on February 21 for Xbox One and PC. Be sure to check out our other preview videos looking at the game’s multiplayer and new Blitz mode. And don’t forget about the open Blitz beta going on from right now until January 30.

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About Ray Carsillo

view all posts

Ray has extensive roots in geek culture, as he’s written about videogames, comics, and movies for such outlets as Newsday.com, ESPNNewYork.com, Classic Game Room on YouTube, Collider.com, and Comicvine.com before finally settling into his role as EGM’s reviews editor. His main goal in life? To become king of all geek media, of course! Find him on Twitter @RayCarsillo