Halo Wars 2's demo is now available for Windows 10

Halo Wars 2 is a definite must-play for anyone into the Halo franchise, but if you'd rather try before you buy, then you're in luck. Following up on a similar recent launch for Xbox One, Microsoft has now launched a demo version of the game for Windows 10 as well.

As you'd expect from a demo, this doesn't contain a ton of content, but there should be enough here to give new players a decent look at what to expect. From Microsoft (opens in new tab):

The free demo includes the first mission – The Signal – as well as Blitz Firefight with pre-built decks from Captain Cutter and Atriox, providing a great opportunity to test your mettle and see if you have the strategic chops required for victory.

If you want to try the demo, all you have to do is head to the Windows Store and give it a download. Keep in mind that the demo weighs in at around 16GB, so you'll have to wait a bit to get started. And if you're still on the fence even after playing the first mission, be sure to give our full review a look.

More: Halo Wars 2 review

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  • Nice. A step in the right direction. Games NEED demos.
  • The first mission is not the best representation of this game. Can you remember the time when companies made extra demo levels to show more of the gameplay? that was great.
  • i agree.. the first mission barely qualifies as a tutorial.. but it does do a fantastic job setting the tone of the story (assuming they left in the cut scenes)
  • Yeah, I loved the times where it would actually be a side story too.
  • Does anyone know if the demo includes a coop play option?
  • a coop option would be awesome..
  • It's a great game and the windows 10 version was patched this week so it runs a lot better now. The game modes are really good hope eventually to get cross co-op play. I have a few vids on my YouTube channel Mcsherlock gaming.
  • I only ever played the first Halo on the original Xbox, do I need to know more going in or will it bring me up to speed. Yes, I'm old.
  • Um hell. You won't have a clue on some of it. But it is its own story sort of. Yes you will enjoy it. But don't expect to understand it all. There's has been so much content over the last 12 years concerning halo.
  • So it's not time limited, right?
  • It's too bad my computer can't run it, I need a replacement for aoe3