Alot of people are very sceptical of this game and now the demo is out, many peoples questions can be answered. Having played the demo i can say that i am very impressed with the quality of this game.
One question people ask is ' Are the controls good?'. Because this game was developed for the xbox 360 with no pc game in mind, the controls are intuitive. 'A' selects units, 'X' moves and attacks, and 'Y' uses special attacks (Warthog- ram, marines - grenades). The D-Pad allows for quick movement to base and battles etc.
So, easy to pick up and play, but does it play well? This game, concentrates on action rather than strategy, this doesnt mean a strategist wont enjoy it. LB selects every unit and this is the best way to play ususally. Select every unit and send it in, Units and buildings have a health bar and the 3 difficulty levels mean anyone can get enjoyment out of this game. There are two factions- Allies and Covenant, both very balanced with strong and weak units. Base building is easy but a bit limited. You select the area to build the initial 'station' - which is predetermined like ore refinary spots in RA3. Then there are 5 slots around the edge where you can build barracks and supply pods for resources. It may be simple but this simplicity means base creation is not how you spend most of your time and you can concentrate on creating an army of death to crush your enemy- ace.
Graphics- very good, detail is amazing, animation, while not on par with Halo 3, is top notch and fun to watch.
Sound- Guns and Vehicles make the noises you would expect from the Halo Universe, and the familiar Warthog noise is present which is nice.
So overall, a great final album from Ensemble studios, who will now be sadly missed.