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Halo 2 - Xbox

Microsoft

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Description

  • Master Chief can now wield two weapons at once, board Covenant vehicles and steal Covenant weapons like the incredible double energy sword
  • Lead an all-new unit of super-soldiers, the ODST -- tougher, badder and deadlier versions of your old comrades
  • New enemies, allies and surprises around every corner - intense combat action with enhanced AI and real-time lighting
  • Immense single-player action with maassive landscapes and huge cities to explore and defend - destructible and interactive environments
  • Take the action online with your Xbox Live and switch sides, to become a Covenant Elite!
  • Works with an Xbox 360 console
  • Halo 2 is 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.

    Opening Fire

    Most of the weapons from the first game return, although strangely the MA5B Assault Rifle (the default weapon in the
    first game) is not available. There is a single melee weapon known as the Covenant Sword, but the controls for it are
    the same as that for all the shooter weapons, making it difficult to direct. Also, for a new twist, you can hold two of
    the smaller guns at the same time and shoot double-fisted.

    As for vehicles, the old favorites are back and joined by a few new, mostly Covenant wheeled monsters. Some
    improvements have been made to the AI so that the nonplayer characters can drive without running into too many obstacles
    while you man the turret. This improved AI also has enemies ducking for cover, and the banter from both the Marines and
    the bad guys has undergone massive improvements so that it no longer sounds quite so repetitive.

    On Your Own

    The most significant change in the single-player game is with Master Chief's much-touted defensive suit. At the
    beginning of the game, he is told that the suit has been upgraded, but it's really undergone a severe downgrade. In Halo
    2, the player has only one lifeline. Unlike in the first game, there is basically no defensive shield on the suit,
    making gameplay tougher. It can often take multiple--sometimes a maddening number--attempts to make it through thorny
    parts of the game.

    Or with a Friend

    Finally, no review of a Halo game is complete without mentioning multiplayer. One of the main reasons to buy Halo 2 is
    the ability to play through Xbox Live, a feature not included in the first game, which was among the original releases
    for the Xbox. Multiplayer for Halo 2 uses all of the same weapons and vehicles as in the single-player game, and the
    types of games available in Halo (King of the Hill, Slayer, Capture the Flag) return with a host of new maps.
    Multiplayer Halo 2 offers customizable profiles, control layout, and screens as well as a voice proximity feature, where
    you can talk with other players via an Xbox Communicator so that those closer to you sound louder than those farther
    away. Players can also create both permanent clans and temporary parties in the Xbox Live world. Undoubtedly, this
    multiplayer feature alone ensures that Halo 2 will remain a top-selling game for years to come. --David Morel

    Pros:

    * Lush graphics and orchestral sound
    * Constant, thumping shoot-'em-up action
    * Multiplayer available through Xbox live

    Cons:

    * Suit downgrade makes single-player often overly difficult
    * Get ready for some bleary-eyed mornings

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