Halo Wars 2 is a real-time strategy video game developed by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly. The game was published by Microsoft Studios and released in February 2017 on Mac OS X, Windows-based personal computers (PCs) and the Xbox One video game console. Halo Wars 2 for macbook and iMac is set in the science fiction universe of the Halo series in the year 2559, and is a sequel to the 2009 video game Halo Wars. Halo Wars 2 for macbook and iMac sees the return of the human crew aboard the UNSC warship Spirit of Fire and introduces a new alien faction known as the Banished. A war between the two factions ensues on the Ark, a Forerunner installation. Gameplay in Halo Wars 2 builds upon the foundation established by its predecessor; players establish a base of operations and oversee armies from a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield.
Halo Wars 2 for macbook and iMac is a military science-fiction real-time strategy (RTS) video game, in which players command armies from a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield. Halo Wars 2 for macbook and iMac can be played using a gamepad or using a mouse and keyboard. Like its predecessor Halo Wars, Halo Wars 2 for macbook and iMac features two playable factions: humanity’s main military arm, the United Nations Space Command (UNSC), who return from the first game, and a new alien faction known as the Banished, who serve as replacement for the Covenant. A story-based campaign mode lets players take control of UNSC forces in battles against the Banished on an ancient structure. The campaign consists of twelve missions that can be played alone or cooperatively. Each mission presents main objectives that involve capturing points, defending bases, or surviving waves of enemies, and often require the player to lead Spartan supersoldier units around the map. The campaign also features optional side objectives such as ensuring a certain unit does not die over the course of a mission or destroying extra bases within a time limit. Animated cutscenes and dialogue precede each mission to provide context and integration with the Halo Wars 2 for macbook and iMac’s story.
Outside the campaign, both the UNSC and the Banished are playable; each faction has a distinct set of units. Players choose a leader that is based on a prominent character and emphasises a particular style of play. Leaders have unique abilities they can be upgraded and activated during a battle; using one triggers a cooldown period before it can activated again. Abilities include healing groups of units, carpet bombing a targeted area, deploying special troops and others. Combat in Halo Wars 2 for macbook and iMac is balanced by a “rock–paper–scissors” counter-attack system, in which ground vehicles are effective in combat against infantry, infantry are effective against aircraft, and aircraft are effective against ground vehicles. In most game modes, the player establishes a base of operations at a predetermined location on the map. Barracks and vehicles depots can be constructed at a base to deploy infantry and vehicles for combat. Each unit deployment, building construction, and leader ability requires supplies, a resource that can be gathered on the battlefield or collected via a supply pad building. Some units and buildings also require a second resource—power, which is produced using a generator or extractor building. Base buildings can be upgraded to grant passive bonuses and unlock access to higher tier units. Initially, the battlefield is shrouded by a fog of war, which can be uncovered by moving units to clouded regions of the map. Units can be selected and then commanded to engage in combat or interact with structures on the battlefield. In addition to their primary attacks, every unit has a special ability and certain units like Spartans have two abilities. For example, Spartans are capable of hijacking vehicles and performing a smash attack after leaping in the air. The player can build additional bases once they have accumulated enough resources and gained control over areas of the map, which allows them to expand their army further.
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