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

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Fine if you care more about multiplayer games

  • Jun 3, 2009
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Halo 2 is a game that really starts well, but piddles out in the final acts of its single-player campaign. The story of this game falls into clichés and doesn't really try to surprise the gamer; most of the game is just predictable and offers far less replay value than its predecessor.

The game just goes on, and on, and on without getting much done for its story, and aside from two levels taking place on Earth there aren't many levels that offer much in the ways of entertainment and replay value. Also, the feeling of the game feels very cheap, and light compared to its predecessor, which offered some legitimately intense gaming moments (such as the introduction of the Flood). This game offers little worth remembering, aside from cool things you do on Xbox Live. The game's single-player is just weak compared to the original game. If this was the game we got in 2001 Xbox would have certainly been sunk.

The character designs are a downgrade, I'm afraid to say. The Marines units have been reduced to what I'd expect soldiers to be wearing in CNN newsreel footage and they do not look like they are from the future in any way. This is just one of my many complaints about the feel of this game. The first game you felt like you actually were serving a purpose and providing help (key word being "help") for the human forces. Everything about this game can be summed up by "Run in. Shoot stuff. Cut scene. Repeat." There never is really anything to challenge the gamer, other than whether or not he/she can shoot something enough that it dies, and then they have a cliché plot revolving around this concept (Serious, most of the missions you're goal is "You must kill this dude/thing").

Halo 2 does offer some positive things. The graphics are top notch, really improving upon the engines used in the previous game. Visually a lot of work obviously went into making this game look good, and visually Halo 2 has little in the way of flaws. It is probably one of the best games to look at in the original Xbox's inventory. The main aspect of Halo 2 that makes it worth playing is the online multiplayer, and I do believe Bungie put more effort into this aspect of the game than the actual game's campaign. However, if you're like me and seldom have access to Xbox Live you're gonna care more for the single-player campaign.

It's a fun game especially for people who enjoy co-op and online multiplayer matches, but for someone looking for a thrilling 1st person experience such as that provided in the original game you'd best steer away from this game or lower your expectations. That being said this game is 50x better than the rip-off that was Halo 3.

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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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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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