2. Halo Wars
Release date: February 26, 2009
Add "Halo" to any title and you're sure to get a hit, but basing a strategy game on an established FPS franchise is still a risky business — a strategy game built for the console is even riskier. Still, backed by an innovative control scheme and the established Halo backstory, the game has the potential to alter opinions on console-based strategy games. In any case, it's a Halo game so it's bound to be fun, right?