Gaming 579

Published on September 24th, 2009 | by Greg


Quick Hit: Risk: Halo Wars: Fun with the Flood, Covenant, and UNSC

Yes, we’ve seen Halo Wars, and most recently Halo 3: ODST. But the series that made Master Chief a household name (well, at least in our household) has finally made the transition to the side of gaming that really matters- board gaming.

The RISK: Halo Wars board game features three armies- the UNSC, Flood, and Covenant- battling it out on a fairly Risk-looking board of 42 territories, with the same number of continents. Unlike some of the previous “Collector’s Edition” versions of Risk (Transformers, Star Wars), this one isn’t made by Hasbro themselves, but by USAopoly, makers of many, many different Monopoly editions among other things (including Trivial Pursuit: Family Guy Travel Edition, no kidding). Thus, we were a bit worried, and the pieces don’t exactly inspire confidence either- they are translucent, and feel a bit cheap).

All was well, though, once we started playing. The rules are pretty much exactly the same as Risk, and the variations are similar as well- a Basic Training game with command centers, the classic conquer the world version, and a Command Room version that adds some extra options, missions, and what they call achievements. They even created a nice teaser video that lays out some of the features. We ended up liking the game quite a bit- for Halo fans, it’s the best version of Risk yet. At $40, it’s also reasonably priced.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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