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The 2004 Xbox Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter video game

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The Combat Devolves a Bit.

  • Jan 24, 2008
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The original HALO was the game that saved the X-Box and kept Microsoft's fledging HALO 2 continues the adventures of Master Chief and the soldiers of Earth as they try to save the universe. Besides Master Chief's adventures, the game also has a parallel story that begins with a cut-scene on the Covenant homeworld. A Covenant Elite Supreme Commander is disgraced, beaten, and punished because of his failure to capture Master Chief and is selected by the High Prophets to be the Arbiter and atone for his sins. The Prophets believe that the Arbiter will soon be killed in action as all Arbiters were before him, but this Arbiter is different and isn't killed in action. Instead, he fulfills his first few missions, uncovers a secret about the High Prophets, and joins forces with Master Chief.

Story-wise, HALO 2 is a bit of a let down than HALO. The original game had a great story that was well contained and stands upon its own. Apparently the makers of HALO 2 decided to take a cue from bad Hollywood franchises and HALO 2 isn't self-contained. The game is just as fun to play as the original, but without having played the first game, some of the plot elements are lost on newbies. Of course, then there's the whole "cliffhanger" (aka dumb) ending for the game that isn't an ending at all.

A new improvement to the game is that characters can choose to fight with two weapons (of only certain types) at the same time.

The game has a great deal of replay value because of the great co-op features.

Overall, even though I was disappointed by some of the points of the story and the abrupt ending, I enjoyed playing HALO 2.

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Halo 2is one of those rare video games that garnishes attention from regular folk who wouldn't know which direction to point a game controller. With more than 1.5 million pre-orders and a massive release party in Times Square, the game enjoys the sort of buzz, and sales, generally reserved for boy wizards. But does it merit the hype?

 

Opening Scene

Halo 2 opens with a cut scene in the Covenant Holy City of High Charity. Much has happened since Master Chief (that's you) created so much havoc for the Covenant in the first Halo, and the Arbiter has much atoning to do for his failures. This first cut scene is long, but the lush graphics, orchestral sound, and polished voice talent for both this and other cut scenes as well as the game itself put most animated television shows to shame.

 

Much has happened since Master Chief created so much havoc for the Covenant in the first Halo, and the Arbiter has much atoning to do.

In the end, though, Halo 2 is unabashedly a first-person shooter. It has a Mature rating and is not meant for kids. Gameplay is constant and intense. No sooner is one bunch of aliens taken care of than another descends. The controls are identical to the first game so those familiar with it will be up and blasting in no time. And the sound and graphics have been beefed up so that Halo 2 is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful console games available.

 

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Most of the weapons from the first game return, although ...

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ESRB: MATURE
Number of Players: 1-16
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Bungie Software
Console: Xbox
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Release Date: November 09, 2004
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