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A Look at HALO 2
By: Alex G
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    2004-11-24

    Table of Contents:
  • A Look at HALO 2
  • The plot (briefly)
  • You (Master Chief) or (Arbiter)
  • The Enemy
  • AI
  • The Weapons
  • Vehicles
  • Level design
  • Multiplayer experience

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     Dev Hardware Recomended  If you've played Halo, you don't need anyone telling you why the release of Halo 2 has so many gamers excited. It has been described as "Halo 1 on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas..." Read Alex G's review and find out why Halo 2 may be the best first person shooter you ever play.

    Here at Dev Hardware you are most likely to find reviews on anything but video games, but this particular one could not be left unattended.

    After all, it is probably the most popular video game to hit the shelves this year with 1.5 million copies reserved. Thousands of eager fans were standing outside the video game stores waiting for midnight Nov 9th. All just to get their hands on what seems to be the ultimate must-have First Person Shooter. Yes, we are talking about a sequel to what may be the best Xbox Game ever, Halo Combat Evolved, HALO2. Do you own a copy yet? If you do, give us your feedback, tell us your thoughts; if not, then what are you waiting for? Hereís what Jason Jones, the head of Bungie Studios said about the game: "Halo 2 is a lot like Halo 1, only it's Halo 1 on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas...And the ninjas are all on fire, too."

    HALO 2 Review

    Ever since Microsoft and Bungie released Halo into the market, millions of people have lost sleep, appetite and definitely encountered a number of broken controllers. There have been four million copies of HALO sold since its release. With ratings topped only by a select few games on other consoles, it was clearly a big hit for Microsoft. In fact, much of the consoleís success has derived from this one particular video game. Needless to say the new Master Chief had big shoes to fill. No one knew what exactly HALO2 was going to be like; the promising screenshots that were released looked amazing and were in tune with the first one, but any gamer knows that the pre-release screenshots often look better than the actual game and mean little when it comes to game play.

    The idea of shooting everything in your way and feeling great about it is pretty much the key in the game. Because of the main feature basically being a shoot Ďem up battle, we have seen more and more games in this genre appear on the market and get low ratings because there was nothing significant about them. Halo came out on a brand new console from Microsoft, which had a powerful (at the time) nVidia GeForce3 chip and a pIII under the hood--needless to say, it has won me over completely.

    The action of the game itself is so engaging that you feel like you are fighting with your bare hands. Amazing level design with great graphics detail only adds to the exciting plot of the gameís events. I remember beating it in about 13 hours in one day only taking a break for a quick snack. If you start playing the game you canít stop until you have beaten it or have become completely exhausted. After you beat it, you want to come back and do it better.

    And that's what kept it interesting. After a year of playing multiplayer without XBOX Live support and no headset action, it still never seemed too dull. It was played by people on system link up to 4 Xbox consoles, multiplayer online and co-operative. If I didnít know any better, Iíd say Bungie has developed a new kind of video game drug-Ėit was that addictive. No wonder HALO2 was the most anticipated game on the market. The game needed no advertisement; the gaming world knew and the fans were patiently waiting to get their hands on it. So now that we have it, does it live up to the expectations set by the first game? Letís take a look as we slowly take the sequel apart.

    HALO 2 Review

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    Warning: We do not mean to spoil the fun, so if you havenít played it/beat it yet, it might ruin some of it for you. So we arenít going to go into much detail.

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