Pros It looks great on my Shelf
Cons I wasted $60 on the limited Edition pack
Summary Halo 2 is probably the most hyped game ever. I mean, to a level of hype surpassing Metal Gear Solid, Super Mario 3 and all the final Fantasy games put together.
What we have here is a cleverly marketed game which fails to meet the expectations that all the E3 talk and all the sneak peek footage built up over the period of time between the release of Halo and November 2004. I don't think anyone knew when they lined up for Halo2 awaiting its release that the sequel was going to pale in comparison to the original. I must admit, after sitting down with it for 5 minutes after getting it out the box, I thought it was simply amaizing. Unfortunately, after sitting down with it for a weekend, beating it and then looking into its replay value, I must say, this was the worst waste of money I have ever participated in.
I won't bother reviewing the game because by now, everyone has played it. Many people went out and bought the rapidly obsolescing XBOX to play it. Other people will play it at a friend's house. The major inclusions of the sequel are dual wielding of weapons, mosre vehicles for multiplayer and more sound and video treats. The graphics have been upgraded with cinematic quality bump mapping and the Sound has been upgrades with all types of codecs and sound scemes to get the most out of a surround sound system or LCD TV.
Unfortunately the gameplay is boring, repetitive and its basic mechanics have been altered since HALO.
The Singleplayer experience is long winded and feels short because many levels aren't very exciting. Master Chief must now share his time with the Covenant arbiter who you must also control to see a different point of view of the game's storyline. The story ends with a cliffhanger and its anyone's guess how the 3rd installment of Halo will end since we were expecting a finale in this game but don't get it.
The levels in SP are heavily scripted at times and don't lend themselves well to freedom of exploration.
Multiplayer games have degenerated into run and gun battles where any player regardless of skill can rush up to the next and kill him prior to the same thing happening to him in turn. Then you have to worry about the X-Box Live cheaters who have figured out ways to MOD their Xbox's.
Other than that, multiplayer is an unrewarding, often boring experience where you jump from server to server battling all types of people based on the games difficult to understand stat system. I perfer the ease of use and fun of COUNTERSTRIKE.
Needless to say, HALO2 still sits unused on my shelf and it has been that way for months. I haven't played it since i can't remember. fortunately Counterstrike, which I purchased way back in Novemeber 2003, remains my favorite, XBOX game and has a multiplayer that is fun, derivative and actually requires skill to play.
I don't know if I will be jumping up to get HALO 3. Frankly, I was much more impressed by the original than this lackluster sequel. If I had known this game was this dissapointing, I would never have purchased it.
Pros XBOX LIVE, Great Multiplayer Depth
Cons Single Player
Summary Personally I feel that there are really 2 Halo2 experiences - The single player and the XBOX Live experience. Let me first say that the Single Player campaign is great and is not really that short - 10 hours is 10 hours and try playing the more difficult settings..... If you beat it in a week I'd be impressed!
XBOX Live is THE REASON to play this game! There is incredible depth to the online game with numerous game types, and options to please even the most demanding player. Up to 16 players can go to war at one time (CTF, Death-Match and King of the Hill are just s few of the options to play). Play with friends, form a team or just have fun, every type of player is represented and supported by XBOX Live.
Pros Xbox Live play, dual wielding, vehicle boarding, great soundtrack, just plain fun
Cons THE FRIGGIN' CRAPPY ENDING, nearly identical to Halo 1
Summary Yeah, it's fun and the graphics are good, but, save for dual wielding and vehicle boarding, it's exactly the same as Halo 1. If you rush through the single player game, the ending will make you cry- and not it the good way. Dual wielding is mediocre- sure it's great to have two guns, but you can't use grenades, and ammo management can become a drag. Vehicle boarding is great, and it's satisfying to knock those Conenant b*st*rds out of their vehicles. Sure it's a great game (especially mulitplayer) but it's just Halo with some minor adjustments.
Pros This game was awesome to play with my sister. We would choose Compaign and we got each other's back. It was fun to play because we both would be all scared or not scared.
Cons I didn't like the ending.
Summary Hopes to play Halo 3 sometime.
Pros Preety good graphics for a sequel,good that you can dual wield and that there s a bigger weapon selection.
Cons you cant really explore very much
Summary A preety good game in its genre