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Halo Wars Review

Platforms: Xbox One, PC Developer: 343 Industries, Creative Assembly MSRP: $59.99 Introduction: In order to appreciate Halo Wars 2 fully, we first must travel back to the year 2009. Xbox was on top of the world as the Xbox 360 was the clear winner, at least in the States, of that generation’s console wars. Its flagship series was still basking in glory from the release of Halo 3 two years prior and fans were hungry for more. It’d be another year before the critically acclaimed Halo: Reach would release, so Microsoft made a bold decision: they’d produce a non-FPS Halo game. And even bolder, it’d be an RTS; a genre that historically flounders on consoles due to controls lending themselves heavily to keyboards. But Halo Wars... Read Review

Halo Wars Cheats

Unlockable Gamer Pictures

Unlock Xbox 360
Professor Anders Complete the Campaign on any difficulty
Sergeant Forge Load up HALO Wars on your profile
Freak on a Streak (20) Gain at least 15 population from a single wave in a Reinforcement game.
Living Loving Bug (30) Obtain a Scarab during a Reinforcement game.
One and Done (30) Score the winning point in a game of Keepaway against Legendary A.I.’s.
Pull Hard, Pull Deep (20) Win and never trail in a Tug of War game.


Hint Xbox 360
Skull 01 - Alpha Base Kill 100 Grunts, appears east of the entrance to Alpha Base.
Skull 02 - Relic Approach Kill 20 Jackals, appears at the bottom of your base.
Skull 03 - Relic Interior Kill 45 Hunters, appears where you rescue Anders and the Marines.
Skull 04 - Arcadia City Kill 50 Elites, appears south of the Covenant base on the east side of the map.
Skull 05 - Arcadia Outskirts Kill 5 Wraiths, appears at the northern-most part of the highway on the west side of the map.
Skull 06 - Dome of Light Kill 50 Banshees, appears on the small platform where you lock down the third Rhino.
Skull 07 - Scarab Kill 10 Locusts, appears by the northeastern most power node.
Skull 08 - Anders' Signal Kill 750 Infection Forms, appears north of where you set up base.
Skull 09 - The Flood Kill 20 Flood Stalks, appears just east of your base, near a downed Pelican.
Skull 10 - Shield World Kill 350 Swarms, appears on a small island between the southern Pylons(need an air unit)
Skull 11 - Cleansing Kill 100 Sentinels, appears at the back end of the ship where the cleansing shields start(need an air unit).
Skull 12 - Repairs Kill 12 Spirit Transports, appears near the back of the ship, just above the two interlocks(need an air unit).
Skull 13 - Beachhead Kill 10 Bomber Forms, appears in the small valley west of where you start the level.
Skull 14 - Reactor Kill 20 Vampires, appears at the bottom of the third ramp, between the second Covenant base and the wall of the mountain.
Skull 15 - Escape Kill 3 Scarabs, appears in the middle of the north part of the map, in the middle of the Flood.

DLC Achievements

Trophy Xbox 360
Drain Cleaner (30) Kill 20 enemy squads with a continuous Covenant Leader Power on Memorial Basin.
Killjoy (25) Disrupt 5 active Leader Powers in a single game on Blood River.
Never Leave a Man Behind (15) Finish with 5000 net resources tributed to your teammates on Memorial Basin except in Deathmatch.
Tour Coming Through (30) Hot drop 50 squads to your Covenant Leader in a single game on Barrens.

Black Boxes

Hint Xbox 360
All Others Win on each Skirmish map and win Skirmish with each leader
Black Box 01 - Alpha Base Under the last bridge before entering Alpha Base
Black Box 02 - Relic Approach Top left of the map, behind a Covenant shield
Black Box 03 -Relic Interior On the small ramp on the left side right at the start, before going inside the Relic
Black Box 04 - Arcadia City Just north of the starting point, right next to the skyscraper where you can save Adam
Black Box 05 - Arcadia Outskirts Go down the first ramp as you are fleeing from the Covenant, it's behind a downed Pelican
Black Box 06 - Dome of Light Far left of the map, to the left of where you transport the third Rhino tank
Black Box 07 - Scarab Far right side of the map, in a small alcove with supply crates
Black Box 08 - Ander' Signal Near the big brute fire line at the start, on a ridge to the right
Black Box 09 - The Flood Straight out from the base ramp on the other side of the map
Black Box 10 - Shield World Alongside Bravo platoon, which is the middle platoon you pick up
Black Box 11 - Cleansing Left rear of the ship, on wings that slant down...you'll need a flying unit
Black Box 12 - Repairs Left edge of Spirit of Fire, not far from the Power Core building, on the left side
Black Box 13 - Beachhead On a ledge near the second set of teleporters, near the Covenant base
Black Box 14 - Reactor Up and left at the top of the first ramp, on the edge of the ramp
Black Box 15 - Escape Directly opposite the starting point on the north edge of the map, between the Flood and the Covenant base


Trophy Xbox 360
2 Bugs are Better Than 1 (10) Win a Skirmish Game with Dual Scarabs
24 Hours of Quality (20) Play Halo Wars for at least 24 Total Hours
Adjudicate the Arbiter (30) Complete the Campaign on Heroic Difficulty
Alas, Poor Andrew Thomas (5) Collect your first Skull
Backscratcher (10) Complete any Campaign Mission in Co-op Mode
Basically Naive (10) Obtain the Recruit Rank on Xbox LIVE
Battened Down the Hatches (5) Mission 11: Save all the Airlocks
Beaming with Pride (5) Mission 13: Destroy 25 units with the Scarab
Big Al's Scooter (10) Win a Heroic Skirmish Game against the AI in under 10 minutes
Covenant "Hot Drop" (5) Mission 3: Kill at least 5 Covenant Units with the Bridge
Crushed Colors (10) Improve your Score in any Campaign Mission
Detour the Great Journey (50) Complete the Campaign on Legendary Difficulty
Didn't Get To Second Base (5) Mission 14: Don't claim an extra base
Empire Builder (5) Win a game in every Skirmish Game Mode
Endless Fun (5) Mission 2: Destroy every Methane Tank
Epic Grinder (40) Obtain a Lifetime Campaign Score over 1,000,000
Everything's Better with Bacon (5) Mission 1: Ram 50 Grunts with Warthogs
Gallivant around the Galaxy (25) Win a game on every Skirmish Map
Graverobber (30) Collect all Skulls
Halo Academic (15) Unlock 20 Timeline Events
Halo Historian (40) Unlock All Timeline Events
Handy with Tools (5) Mission 12: Repair the Power Core in less than 4 minutes
He's Got The Jack (5) Mission 5: Jack 6 Covenant Vehicles
Ice Warriors (40) Completed Act I on any difficulty
Key to Pirth (50) Completed Act II on any difficulty
Meet Sergeant Forge (10) Completed Mission 1 on any difficulty
Micro Manager (5) Mission 7: Do not destroy any Power Node
Momma's Boy (5) Get a Gold Medal on any mission
Mr. Punctual (15) Finish all missions under Par Time on Heroic difficulty
My Virtual Friends Love Me (10) Win a 3v3 Skirmish game with 2 AI Allies
N00b n0 M0r3 (10) Win a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE
No Way Home? (70) Completed Act IV on any difficulty
Officer on Deck (30) Obtain the Lieutenant Rank on Xbox LIVE
OMG BFF FTW (40) Complete entire Campaign in Co-op Mode
Own Worst Enemy (20) Get a Gold Medal with all Debuff Skulls Active
Penny Pincher (10) Get a winning High Score with 10 or less Squads against the Heroic AI
Playin' the Field (15) Win a Skirmish Game with every Leader
Ramblin' Man (5) Mission 8: Use Elephants to train 100 Infantry
Ready for the Sequel (75) 100% Completion
Rhino Hugger (5) Mission 6: Successfully protect every Rhino
Running the Show (50) Obtain the General Rank on Xbox LIVE
So Lonely at the Top (20) Win and have the Highest Score in a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE
Sweet Naptime (5) Mission 9: Put every Colony in Hibernation Mode at the same time
The Procrastinator (5) Mission 10: Disrupt all Tractor Beams
The Real Winner (5) Mission 4: Save Adam
Thinkin' about My Doorbell (5) Mission 15: Open the Doors in order
Titan (15) Get 20,000 points in any Skirmish Game
Ugly is only Skin Deep (70) Completed Act III on any difficulty
Walk-Off Winner (30) Use one of the 6 Major Leader Powers to destroy an enemy's last unit
Wall of Recognition (30) Get a Gold Medal on every Campaign Mission

Rank Requirements

Hint Xbox 360
Mission 1 (Alpha Base): Over 27,000 points within 5 to 12 minutes.
Mission 10 (Shield World): Over 55,000 points within 23 to 32 minutes.
Mission 11 (Cleansing): Over 30,000 points within 23 to 30minutes.
Mission 12 (Repairs): Over 32,000 points within 10 to 20 minutes.
Mission 13 (Beachhead): Over 40,000 points within 20 to 60 minutes.
Mission 14 (Reactor): Over 30,000 points within 15 to 30 minutes.
Mission 15 (Escape): Over 30,000 points within 20 to 33 minutes.
Mission 2 (Relic Approach): Over 70,000 points within 15 to 30 minutes.
Mission 3 (Relic Interior): Over 45,000 points within 8 to 18 minutes.
Mission 4 (Arcadia City): Over 50,000 points within 21 to 23 minutes.
Mission 5 (Arcadia Outskirts): Over 40,000 points within 21 to 23 minutes.
Mission 6 (Dome of Light): Over 45,000 points within 15 to 30 minutes.
Mission 7 (Scarab): Over 32,000 points within 12 to 24 minutes.
Mission 8 (Anders' Signal): Over 30,000 points within 18 to 30 minutes.
Mission 9 (The Flood): Over 35,000 points within 18 to 30 minutes.