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Since: 4.1.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
Anyone else on here been playing Halo 2 on Xbox Live yet? I was shocked to find that no one had even made a thread for this game yet with all the hoopla going on.

It's definitely the best Live game I've played yet. So many options and modes that it will take weeks to explore it all. And best of all, I haven't had a single instance of lag in all my time playing since Monday night. Since I don't live with my friends anymore it's nice to be able to still pick up a controller and have thousands of opponents at any given moment- especially since I can still play agianst them when they are online.

As for the game itself, the new weapons take a bit getting used to, but they will become second nature in time (too bad the pistol sucks now). The dual wielding that is now available adds more strategy to your game 'cause if you want to dual wield then you give up the abilty to toss grenades. I also enjoy the little touches like the increased abilty to customize your character (and to play a Covenant alien for that matter). Blowing up vehicles also adds a new dimension to the play.

I'm glad they reused a couple of the old multiplayer maps- it would be a shame to leave all those classics on the shelf. It's also nice that those oldies got a bit of a facelift. Hopefully we can get a few more classics, along with some new ones, in future content downloads, as rumored. But I won't worry about that now 'cause I've never had so much fun being sleep deprived before.

I was saddened by a few of the features that got cut, however. I had read all these articles over the last couple years about online co-op modes, even more new vehicles, a sprint button, and a peek around the corner button, but they are not in the game. I think those things would have helped it feel more like a totally new game instead of an awesome update to the first one (which isn't a bad thing). I guess that's what happnes when you keep such a close eye on something that is in production over the course of a few years- things are bound to get cut. But damnit, I wanted a run button!!

While it's not the second coming of Christ that some are making it out to be, it is defintely *seems* to be the best Xbox game out there- if you're into fps, that is. I can't make a final judgment till I give the campaign mode a fair shake, which is hard to do with multiplayer constantly tempting me.



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Since: 25.2.04
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.22
See it's funny. I swear I put my 10 bucks down for the game months ago, yet I get no phone call. I'd go and scream bloody murder, but I really have more important things to do this week (work, homework, two tests) than go to EB. I think I still have the receipt somewhere, so I can go later and at least get my 10 bucks on a store credit or something.
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Since: 13.1.03
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
They should be able to retrieve your preorder if you show them your driver's license. At least that's what they told me the last time I preordered something from EB.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.51
I haven't played it on X-Box Live (don't HAVE it, might get it though), but it has been pretty good in co-op mode so far. My biggest complaint has been that the split screen on wide-screen TVs reverts to left/right, and try as I might, I can't get it to stop cutting off part of the screen. Seems I am not alone in that issue though -

So, I just sucked it up and put it in 4:3 mode, and am playing multi-player that way. Fun game, so far. Haven't gotten to anything really juicy yet, though...



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.61
So I'm on a Ghost, and it's in critcal condition. I've got an Elite speeding toward me on HIS Ghost. Right before he hits me, I jump from my Ghost to his, knocking him off, turning and blowing him away in one motion.

I'm trying to think of a cooler videogame moment that I've had in my lifetime, but I'm hard pressed to do so. MAYBE the time I finally beat Mike Tyson in Punch-Out!!!, but I don't know.

I can't wait to get my XBox back online tonight to try the online stuff. Just amazing.



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Since: 10.1.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.73
This game has taken over my life. It's scary. Three years of anticipation and hype and Bungie delivers.

My best moment so far. Multiplayer team slayer on Ascencion. It's a big floating rock. The evil enemy red team gets the banshee and is flying around causing major havock. I bait him pretty close to me, jump off the edge of the level, nothing below me but clouds and a drop to death, board the sucker, and kick him out to a certain death. Of course then someone drills me with a homing rocket as I try to barrell roll out of the way. But man did it feel cool.

Come to xbox live people. This is the greatest videogame experience ever.



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Since: 26.7.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
    Originally posted by mskj
    This is the greatest videogame experience ever.


Oh, please.



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Since: 25.2.04
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.22
Just picked up my copy (they held onto it for me). Very fun game. Haven't played online yet, might do that tonight if beer doesn't get in the way.

My problem: San Andreas two weeks ago, Halo 2 this week, Metal Gear Sold 3 next week. Both my wallet and my time are taking a pretty big hit, and there's no way I'll fit all them in. I think I'll wait on MGS 3.

(edited by Roy. on 12.11.04 1500)
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Just in case anyone was waiting until today to get this (Payday, I dunno) - Costco had it for $42.99. Just picked up a copy



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Since: 17.1.02
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.75
I have never heard better overall sound effects and music on a game as in Halo 2. It is beautiful looking and plays even better. I love the co-op mode, and there are so many options for multiplayer (which is basically all my friends and I have been doing this weekend) that you can play for days and days. Seriously, you can even customize the multiplayer game in many ways.

I love the twist early on in the game, as it adds depth and a change of pace. I haven't gotten too far yet, and I am hooked.

Definitely worth the wait.



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Since: 24.2.02
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.56
Man, this one sort of surprised me. I enjoyed the first game but thought it was a bit overpraised, mostly due to lack of enemy variety and some repetitive level designs around halfway through. I've heard that this game has a few areas like that (although it's not as bad as the first one), but I'm enjoying the game enough so it wouldn't even matter to me.

Halo 2 is outstanding. I've slowly but steadily grown into one of those "FPS games are only good on the PC" people, but this one snapped me back to reality. The opening cinema alone practically convinced me it was worth the purchase. I've never had a game before where I'd think "I wish I could take a screenshot of that" before, but after having a Destroyed Wraith/Destroyed Warthog/Corpse pileup on one of the levels, I changed my mind.

Torchslasher is right on, the sound on this game is awesome - and right now I'm only playing it on some 2.0 speakers that I used to use for my computer. I can't wait to hear it on a 5.1 setup (and see it on an widescreen HDTV).

I haven't had a lot of time to play it, but I am up to the point where

Spoiler Below: Highlight text to read
You play as a Covenant Elite.
I keep getting sidetracked with multiplayer, not that it's a bad thing.

I'm playing it on Heroic difficulty because I saw some early reviews that said it's a little on the short side. If you turn up the difficulty it makes the game last longer, but not making it drag. I might eventually try Legendary after I finish Heroic, but considering it took me FOREVER just to get through the first two levels of the first game on Legendary difficulty, I'm not in any hurry.

I'm anxious to look at the bonus disc but it says even before the FBI warning that there are a few spoilers, so I can't yet.

    Originally posted by Jakegnosis
      Originally posted by mskj
      This is the greatest videogame experience ever.


    Oh, please.


I don't think it's that ridiculous at all. It is definitely an "experience" even if you don't like the game for whatever reason. Tetris is a great game, but it's not an experience. DRIV3R is an experience, but it's a crappy game. Halo 2 strikes a pretty damn good balance.

It's not my favorite game ever since I have a few 8-bit era games seared into my brain for eternity, but it's definitely in my top 10 and probably in my top 5. My only big disappointment is the fact that there's no online co-op play.

(edited by KaneRobot on 20.11.04 0904)
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.64
Well - I just finished this game, and I have to say, I am disappointed. I plugged into XBox live, and that is pretty fun, but the game itself was a real let down. I was playing co-op with my roommate and when the end came, we both couldn't believe THAT was actually the finish.

This game just lacked BUILD. You flopped too many times between the Elite and the Master Chief. The first game had one heck of an ending - because you built to it and when you got to the end, you KNEW you were there. This one just missed the mark.

Unless there is another level with the Master Chief out there somewhere...

The level designs are more diverse, but I even think I liked the cookie cutter levels of 1 better too. Don't ask me why - I just did.

The game was fun, but the first is still far better.



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Since: 26.7.02
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
Good game. Great multiplayer. Lackluster story mode.

It's hardly the greatest game ever, as people have become enamored of saying. Hell, it's not even game of the year. GTA San Andreas and Metroid Prime 2 are both better than Halo 2.

I enjoyed the XBox live experience, but multiplayer games get boring very quickly to me. It's the single player that makes or breaks a game, and Halo 2 didn't deliver. Ooooh! Let's give the bad guys DEPTH! How original!

It really is a good game, but I find myself disgusted by the amount of hype generated around it.



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"But your- your songs are sad."

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"I- I knew that. Once."
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Since: 21.6.02
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#14 Posted on
I couldn't believe the ending either. I was actually pumped up thinking I was gonna go back down to earth as the master chief and bust shit up. What a freakin let down. They probably have Halo 3 half way done already considering all they need to do is make more levels. It's sad...They could make little to no improvements from 2 to 3 like they did from 1 to 2, and I'd still buy it.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
Well seriously it's not like it's a bad game. It's still the best shooter out there in my view, but yeah the story wasn't the best.

But then we could go on and on about the graphics glitches in San Andreas, but when the game is that much damn fun who gives a crap about nitpicking?
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
Besides the lackluster ending, Halo2 was a total blast! Better environments, fun weapons, challenging out of the box and a spiffy storyline! The only downside is that I like the Arbiter a little more than Master Chief now. Just something about a fanatical zealot that's appealing to me, I guess.

As for multiplayer, with my lack of Xbox Live, I haven't had a chance to really take a crack at it. Off-line though, I have one serious complaint...NO BOTS! Most FPS out today have at least an option to death match against computer opponents and with Halo's impressive AI you'd think they'd use it to their advantage. The cynic in me says Microsoft made them do it to push Xbox Live, but I just hate listening to that jerk!

My other nitpick is the lack of Character Models. I wanna be a special forces grunt dang it! Hopefully one of the games content downloads will fix that issue.

Besides that, great experience... no regrets...will play it again when I'm feeling less woozie (FPS do that to me.)



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
to me it is the best game ever. the only problem is that you cannot be anyone else.Plus a little birdy told me that you can be a:
1 flood
2 jackal and three best of all
3 grunt with speech and everything
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