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It seems Halo Wars
is set to become the new Crackdown
, with Microsoft enticing franchise fence sitters with goodies from Halo 3
. The real-time strategy game set within Bungie's sprawling, hoop-filled universe will arrive this forthcoming February in both regular form and a Limited Collector's Edition. The latter should prove tempting even to those who prefer to see their aliens on the other side of a crosshair, as it will include early access to Halo 3
multiplayer map pack.
The three maps, named "Assembly," "Orbital" and "Sandbox," join Halo Wars: Genesis
, a graphic novel by Phil Noto, Graeme Devine and Eric Nylund; a "unique" in-game Wraith vehicle; six leader cards (they "possess elite skills which can turn the tides of battle," it says here) and a "Spirit of Fire" patch, which your mom can sew onto your favorite jacket. Just be sure to pay her back the $79.99 as well.