Halo Wars is a real-time strategy game that takes place in the sci-fi universe of the Halo series.
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Story & Themes
The game follows the crew of "The Spirit of Fire," with Captain James Cutter, as they are sent to investigate Covenant activity on a planet. It turns out that the Covenant had discovered a Forerunner facility on the planet, and Cutter's team is suddenly thrown into conflict with a Forerunner fleet and a Covenant holy warrior called the Arbiter.
Halo Wars, like other Halo games, includes various difficulty settings to accommodate different styles of play and experience levels. The game's AI will also adapt to the skill of the player, increasing or decreasing the gameplay difficulty accordingly.
Violence Halo Wars is violence heavy, though the combat is seen from a distance with a top-down perspective. Blood is present.
Scary Imagery Part of the game involves large insect-like parasites that attach onto other living creatures (humans included) and create pretty creepy monsters. The aliens in the game also come in varying degrees of scary.
Strong Language Mild swearing, such as bastard and hell, can be heard in dialogue and cutscenes.
Consumerism Kids who find themselves immersed in the world and story of Halo might be inclined to purchase the franchise's novels and graphic novels.
Discrimination One of the protagonists, Professor Ellen Anders, is a woman of Asian descent.
Halo Wars has the option to be played online with strangers from around the world. Headsets enable anyone to say anything they like in real time without censure, so you might encounter strong language.
When is violence justifiable?
How do the Covenant's religious beliefs affect their military decisions? What about their beliefs are healthy, and what makes their beliefs dangerous?
Do you think the Forerunners were justified in their methods of eradicating the Flood? Master Chief does not make the same decision when presented with the opportunity.