When it comes down to it, Pariah is nothing more than just another shooter. While its map maker is excellent, the rest of the game lags behind in mediocrity. The singleplayer is hampered by poor attention to detail and a story which confuses the player right from the beginning. Get together with some friends and you'll probably have a lot of fun in multiplayer, but at the end of the day, you'll be wondering why you didn't choose something better to play. Halo 2 features superior single- and multiplayer modes, better visuals and audio, tighter gameplay and all for the same price as Pariah. This is by no means a bad game, it just doesn't give you a good enough reason to play it, let alone buy it.