Review: Halo Wars 2, Warhammer 40,000 and Industry Giants II

This week, Halo Wars 2 lands on Xbox One, Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch stomps onto PS4 and XB1 Industry Giant II whirs into motion on Xbox One.

Game of the week: Halo Wars 2

Coming eight years after the original, Halo Wars 2 is one sequel we’ve had to wait far too long for.

Thankfully, that gestation period has spawned a supreme real-time strategy title, delivered at the speed of Halo combat.

Get ready to lead Spartans, Warthogs and other classic Halo fighting forces in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy on the biggest Halo battlefield ever.

Set 28 years after the original setting, Halo Wars 2 offers a stiff challenge for gamers not used to this kind of assault on the strategic senses, although the game’s early scenarios do a great job of building your confidence in base building and unit upgrades.

You’ll need all that collective power, too, given the strength of Atriox and his army, the Banished.

The controls are appreciably customisable, though, allowing you to easily cycle between options, traverse the huge maps and ultimately set up your forces for the combat that awaits.

An abundance of single and multiplayer modes, stunning cinematics and a cracking soundtrack all add up to a brilliant experience, and hopefully less than eight years until the next iteration!

Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch

Deathwatch is a turn-based strategy game set on the edge of Imperial space, where your Space Marines engage the Tyranids in a series of explosive tactical engagements.

From war-ravaged cities to the insides of Tyranid bio-ships, your mission sees your Kill Team rise in strength and skill as you face ever greater threats and peril across more than 40 missions in the single player campaign.

Action Points are used to instruct your troops to execute pretty much all of the possible instructions on the battlefield, with the more outlandish moves and weaponry costing more than the basic attacks and advances.

This presents an intriguing and enjoyable balancing act that combines the logical planning of risk vs reward with some top-notch graphics on the PS4.

Warhammer fans will lap it up, while strategy aficionados are likely to have their heads turned, too.

XB1 Industry Giant II

Get your sharp business suit on and prepare yourself from some serious entrepreneurial action.

Here, Industry Giant II sets you up to manage a business in America at the dawn of the 20th Century, where trade and economy range from the humble beginnings of industrial mass production to the age of information technology.

As this sequel’s predecessor, you take over the super-entrepreneur’s role with a goal to establish an incredibly powerful company.

To do so, you must manage every aspect of the production cycle, from acquiring resources and processing raw materials to managing logistics and sales.

Where Industry Giant II succeeds in delivering a solid management game that will no doubt appeal to fans of the tycoon genre, it really lacks a creative spark and personality that would probably have attracted a wider audience.

There’s plenty to do and a multiplayer mode to mix things up a bit, but given you’re likely to be playing this outside of work, this business sim isn’t quite the second job it’s cracked up to be