Halo Wars isn't Halo. With Halo, Bungie looked at other console FPS games and came up with something completely fresh and, in hindsight, utterly brilliant. Halo Wars is fundamentally no different to any other console RTS, but unlike its peers it [i]works[/i] in a console environment. Ensemble has taken an existing formula, tweaked what needed tweaking and polished it to a high shine. And that's what makes Halo Wars great.