4 ---LONG REVIEW---Mikethegameman | 28/04/2009 | See all Mikethegameman's reviews (9)GRAPHICSThis game is fairly good in this section. Environments are pretty and snow levels look beautiful with their bluey-white glistening ice and snow. The shiny purple covenant also look really good. The UNSC I think only let it down a bit. Really its just the UNSC Marines to be honest. They just look a bit too basic compared, but otherwise this game does very well for an RTS. And the cutscenes are immense, some of the best with amazing graphics throughout.SOUNDIts Halo. What does that mean? An epic soundtrack and great sound effects. If you don't know any Halo music then your missing out, it is some of the best. The Sound Effects are also really good, almost all are from Halo 3 making it feel very authentic and reinforces the Halo theme. (Specific appreciation goes to the UNSC Spartans. When they lose their shields in combat, you hear that beeping noise as in the FPS installments and it all works well to immerse you in the universe.)GAMEPLAYA bit basic in terms of how some other RTS games play but I think that suits this game. Its extremely easy to pick up and play and the controls have been mapped perfectly, providing easy fluid control of your troops on the battlefield. This game proves an RTS can be done on consoles. The levels are very fun and well designed, the only gripe being they are a tad easy, but Legendary certainly makes up for that. Skirmish allows you to play as UNSC or Covenant on loads of maps from 1v1 to 3v3 and coupled with Co-Op and Online, there's alot here to keep you playing past the Campaign.PRESENTATIONAgain, truly amazing. Ensemble have done a fine job to capture the Halo universe. The Menu's are exceptionally well done with some fine CGI and music complimenting the traditional Blue Halo screens. The CGI cutscenes are down right amazing in this game. Overall, a damn good job by Ensemble.CLOSING COMMENTSHalo Wars looks, sounds and feels like Halo in all ways. With the amazing soundtrack, pretty graphics and amazingly fluid gameplay - coupled with Skirmish, Co-Op and Online - provide a stunning addition to any Halo fan's collection and to RTS players alike. Bear in mind, it isn't as deep as some other RTS games in terms of gameplay but it is a damn fine game, Ensemble have done sterling work and proved that with effort, it is possible to make a killer RTS on the console.I would give it a 4.5 if I could, I don't really like giving out 5/5's because that would assume it is a perfect game will next to no issues at all, a category I believe to be reserved only for the best games. But this certainly comes close. A damn good buy, and greatly recommended.