Absolute War is a strategy game which pits your army against waves of enemies. Normally, I’d probably love this game, but the fact that you’re using a controller instead of a mouse to command your army makes the game a pain to play. Things that should be simple, like moving your soldiers across the battlefield, feel slow and tedious due in large part to the controls. Not only that, but some of the battles just feel like they drag on far too long. There is a lot of depth to Absolute War, though. The tutorial mode is fantastic and does a good job explaining everything you can do. On the other hand, it does a poor job of actually teaching you everything, and you’ll often find yourself revisiting it. When the battles do work out to be quickly paced, the game shines and can be pretty fun, but it just does not happen often enough for the fun to really last. This game best serves as a reminder why there are so few strategy games on the Xbox 360. Steer clear.