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Halo 2 (Limited Collector's Edition) (Xbox)

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Written by  :  MasterMegid (900)
Written on  :  May 05, 2006
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Summary

Master Chief's latest outing is a weak one at best.

The Good

Halo 2 the sequel to the Xbox killer app is in one word: disappointing. Look past the hype, the graphics, and what you have is a weak sequel. I too was caught up in the Halo 2 hype. I preordered a copy almost a year before release. I let the anticipation distract me from more important things. What a mistake that was.

The Graphics in Halo 2 are amazing, they really show the raw power of the Xbox. The Graphics in Halo were great, so therefore in Halo 2 they must be amazing. Master Chief has been streamlined and looks better and less bulky. All the returning characters have an improved look.

The multiplayer is still fun. And the only reason I have not since sold my copy of Halo 2, at an extreme markup, to some dumbass.

The Bad

Here is the portion of the review in which I rip this game a new one. The plot of this one is good, now wait I know you’re saying then why do you list it in the bad part of the review? Well friend that is because, it has potential but never really delivers the goods. For starters when you have a cool character like Master Chief, why the hell do you introduce a new playable character that almost on one likes?(That’s like not playing as Garrett in a Thief game.) The Aribiter’s game would have been good as an expansion. Because it is decent, that’s right I do not hate it. The game pitch implies that the entire game takes place on Earth, when in fact only about 2 levels do. The rest of the game is spent on a second Halo, how stupid is that?

The Music is a disappointment as well. The original game had a rocking soundtrack. This one not so much. The only good tunes are the ones that return from the original.

Gameplay is oft a mixed bag. For every new or changed element that is good, there are two that are shit. For instance, the reworking of many useless weapons from the original they are now useful, but many new weapons are useless, and late in the game the only weapons at your disposal are Covenant weapons-doh! The game is also on the short side which is probably more of a blessing. And the game ends in such a way that we have to wait for Halo 3. Ordinarily, this would not be a problem, but considering how little is left to do is Halo 3 only going to have three levels?

The Bottom Line

This is not nearly as good as the original. It’s just a bunch of hype. Proving once again that hyped games are almost always shit. I am not even going to preorder Halo 3, because I do not want a Halo 2 repeat incident.