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Well I will be honest, I used to own this for Xbox and I loved it then but my disc broke. So rather than buy it for my Xbox again I thought I would get the achievements and get it for Vista Live.
This is amazing! The campaign is great, and although some have said it's a little short I've not had any problems with the length of myself. The campaign mode has all the same good features of the Xbox version (as expected, it's exactly the same), but the graphics look much nicer, and it doesn't have those glitchy textures when first loading a new scene (any Xbox owner of the game will know what I mean). Maybe that's just my high spec machine, but I think it looks amazing compared to the Xbox version.
The online community is still amazingly strong! Plus with the PC version having extra maps and the addition of the map editor the action is endless!
I highly recommend it to any FPS fan, even more so if you never got the chance to play the console version. Some useful facts: - The map editor is nothing like the Halo 3 one, it is professional software for creating online maps, so it is harder to use and master. Online tutorials are included.
Yes, Halo 2 uses Games for Windows Live, so if you already have a 360 account, then you can link it up and all unlocked achievements will be shown on your 360. You will also be able to play online if you have a gold account, plus all the features like friends and such are the same.
Confirmed to work on the new Windows 7 OS, as it's the one I'm using right now! Well worth it!
Overall, I think it's a great game. Most of the original goodies from the Xbox, with a little added extra, and when using a 360 control pad on Vista/7, it plays exactly the same. Plus, I like the extra achievements I can gain for my Xbox live profile. I honestly don't know what people were expecting from a console port, they've improved it, they can't exactly add much more without creating a whole new game. If you want a whole new game, get Halo 3.
I rate 7/10
Today I will be reviewing Halo 2 for Windows vista.
I bought this a few months ago for around £17 of amazon.co.uk as i had just bought the Microsoft Wireless receiver with a wireless controller and this had been recommended to go with.
As this is the same as the original Xbox version released years ago the story is the same. Halo 2 carries on where the first halo left of and adds a new character called the arbiter.
Exclusive to windows
New maps for online multiplayer
Achievements (1000 GamerScore)
Updated Graphics - The weapons look basically the same I.E. the shotgun still looks extremely thin but the levels look a lot nicer
New Maps - You get 2 new maps to use on multiplayer
Achievements - Requires a Games for Windows Live account or Xbox Live account these are a mixture of online and offline level completion achievements
Map Editor - Edit the map and share it online with other players
You NEED Windows Vista
1GB Ram and 7GB free space
And a decent video card
I use Vista, have 1.8GHz Processor, 2GB Ram, the full 7GB space, an ok video card and it runs fine as with most games that can't be said for the other people who play online!
Uses server type play where you search through a list of games and join one you like there is a few dedicated servers where companies host the games and they are on most of the day. There is also some user hosted games as well with personally created maps and game types.
Slayer - A free for all shoot everyone you see game mode
Team slayer - same as above but in teams
King of the hill - Fight to control the hill
Team king of the hill - same as above but with teams
Capture the flag - there is different types of this but they are all teams
Oddball - Fight to control the ball for the longest time
Team Oddball - Same as above but teams
Assault - Get the bomb and run to the other base arm it and you win this is always a team game
User created game types - These include zombies which is like team slayer but one team has special abilities like travel super fast and jump super high
There may be other game modes but I haven't played halo 2 in a while as I've been on halo 3 :)
There are 23 multiplayer maps including the two exclusive to windows maps. This isn't including user created maps
As I stated earlier on I use the Xbox 360 controller to play this and the controls are exactly the same as on the original Xbox. I believe the keyboard controls are more complicated but I'm sure you could get used to them.
I would recommend checking your system specifications before buying it as with any other PC game it is quiet hard to play it properly when its running extremely slow. Before buying it remember to check if you have windows Vista as it needs to have it, it won't run on XP!
I personally love this game being a halo fan and since my xbox broke it seemed like a good option to buy. I would rate this 4 out of 5 because the graphics and levels look alot nicer now but the guns still look too thin!
I would recommend this to any halo fan or a first person shooter fan.
I had no problems installing the game just hard disk space.
Thanks for reading if there is anything else you want to know about this game or if there's something you think I've missed please comment or message me. Thanks :)
Halo 2 is one of the most succesful games on the original XBox Console, to this day it is one of the most played games on Xbox live. However, PC gamers should beware, this port is really just clever marketing.
For those that haven't played the Xbox version or the first game, Halo 2 stars an armour clad soldier at the forefront of earth's war with The Covenant, a highly religious collective of alien species. The Covenant believe humans to be heretics and much of the action takes place on a giant ring shaped space station named Halo. The surface of the station is like an artificial planet and so there are beautiful roaming landscapes dividing up the usual claustrophobic scenarios so common to first person shooters.
While certain elements of the plot will be missing to those who haven't played the first, Halo 2 is worth playing for fairly fun level design and an interesting choice of baddies and weapons. However one should be careful to avoid the Halo series hype. Much of its success is due to the fact that if was one of the earliest first person shooters to work well on a games console. On a PC this advantage is lost and the games lose this distinction but is still perfectly playable. If you haven't played it and enjoy shooters then you shouldn't be particularly let down.
There are issues with the Pc release however. Firstly, the Xbox version of Halo 2 was released in 2004. With the sizable gap between releases very little has been done with the game. This includes correctly optimising the game to run on current machines. People who read my review will be aware that I hold performance in high regard, frankly for a game released in 2004 to suffer from shakey animation and a poor framerate on my medium-spec 2008 machine should be illegal. Had the game been subject to a significant uphaul in the graphics department then I could understand. It hasn't and I don't
Secondly, the reason that this game is such a bad conversion is that really very little attention needs to be given to it. It is a title that microsoft knows will sell purely on a name. Conveniently locked to only run on Vista despite the fact that the game can be cracked to run on XP, this is a very obviously rushed release to advertise microsofts disappointing "Games For Windows" platform.
If you don't have an XBox or Xbox 360 then buying this version of Halo 2 will at least allow you to play a popular and entertaining game.
If you do have an xbox or xbox 360, the original version are superior and probably cheaper.
Halo 2 PC is the PC version of the Xbox game with the same name.
Halo two continues the story of the master chief and adds a new playable character, an alien called the arbiter. The story is the same as the Xbox version so there is nothing new to see here, yes they even left in the terrible ending.
Exclusive to the PC are much improved graphics, some new multiplayer maps and to keep all achievement junkies happy they have added 1000 achievement points for you to collect and add to your score.
The game is still good and with the improved graphics and added maps it is worth revisiting this classic game. You do however require Windows Vista so make sure you have it before you purchase this game.
You can get this game for around 15 to 20 pounds which is a good price especially if you missed out on this game when it was on the Xbox, even if you do own the Xbox game it might be worth buying.
Halo is an amazing first person shooter game. What separates it so much from the rest is the fact that it is not as dark and scary. Do not let that full you, it is a great game. In my opinion one of the best first person shooters.
The variety of weapons and vehicles, the detail of the graphics on all the different levels will satisfy even the most demanding gamers. Add to that the fact that on the PC you use the mouse for first person shooters, (which is by itself a totally different experience than playing with a controller and the auto-aim function on other consoles) and you have yourself a 9.0/10.0 game.
With the multi-player ability of the game you won't you get bored not even for a minute. Gather with a few friends online and spend the next few hours running each other over with tanks.
Hey if you want a third, a fourth or even a fifth opinion just ask anybody on the street. Everybody knows Halo 2.
Halo 2 is one of those games that you can actually call an experience.
I had some problems with the original version of Halo on the PC, though I loved the storyline. I'd even read a few of the related books that added further depth and back story to the game's plot. When Halo 2 was announced for the PC, albeit on Windows Vista only, I didn't think that I would be interested enough this time around to play it.
However, with Christmas cash burning a hole in my pocket and few A-list titles in my genre of choice (first person shooter or FPS) unplayed, Halo2 was the only real option.
Halo 2 is a game that offers a quick play method called "Tray and Play" which means that, in theory, you can stick the DVD into your PC and being playing within seconds, should you choose that installation method. I chose the traditional installation method, which is probably just as well...
Usually, I can install a game, tweak the options to suit my system and gameplay needs and be into the game within fifteen minutes. With Halo 2, this was nearly forty five minutes. You are required to create an account with which to play then create your profile which involved setting up the system as any other game. It's this process that slows everything down by being completely unintuitive. If your preferred keyboard set up doesn't match any of the ones offered by Bungie/Microsoft, you have to use the custom setup, which is definable. The message that appears onscreen here is: "Define your own settings if you think you're better than us".
I fancy myself as being computer literate and reasonably intelligent, but after twenty minutes of trying to set up the keys in my preferred configuration, I had to give up due to frustration. In the end, I was forced to search the internet for a solution which didn't help improve my mood. What you have to do is create a set of dummy keys that don't clash with any keys already in use by the custom configuration THEN re-create your desired configuration, obviously avoiding any clashes with the dummy keys. How or why Bungie thought this was a better solution than the same system used in practically every other FPS on the market where you can simply delete key assignments is beyond me. Suffice to say, by this stage, steam was coming out of my ears!
Spartan 117, the Master Chief, hero from the original, is on a space station orbiting Earth, collecting a medal alongside Miranda Keys whose father perishing during the original Halo episode. As luck would have it, the Covenant chooses that moment to arrive at Earth, launching an attack on the orbiting space fleet and sending ships groundside for purposes unknown. The Master Chief, always ready for a scrap, repels the attacking Covenant and follows them to the surface with the help of Miranda Keyes. Again, the Master Chief helps fight the Covenant who begin to retreat. Before the Covenant mothership can escape with enemy VIPs onboard, Miranda Keyes picks up Spartan 117 in her ship "In Amber Clad" and they follow the Covenant to a destination unknown. As they come out of slipspace, they realise that they've arrived at another Halo, a huge, planet-sized device that the Master Chief knows is a weapon and has to prevent being fired by the Covenant who look upon it as a holy relic.
Getting into the game itself makes things better, though by how much is arguable. Microsoft used Halo 2 as the flagship gaming product for its new operating system, Vista. In order to restrict the game to Vista, they made Halo 2 use DirectX 10 (Direct X is Microsoft's way of handling tasks related to multimedia). Older operating systems do not have DirectX 10. For me the implication was that, due to DirectX 10 being used, the game would be graphically superior. It is not. OK, the game is nearly a year old now even though I've just bought it and I've recently played Bioshock and Crysis which are astounding to look at, but Halo 2 looks like a two year old game (which it is, effectively being a conversion of an XBox game from 2004).
While not being up to date, the game still manages to be fairly nice to look at (though still suffers in comparison to other recent games such as Crysis and Bioshock) and, for the most part, the game designers have avoided one of the major flaws of the original where sections of the game were so similar looking, it was easy to get lost while hordes of monsters attacked you. Gameplay is also "improved" through the use of a double edged story. During the game you play both the Master Chief and his Covenant opposite number, the Arbiter. This adds a little intrigue and expands the back story somewhat, but playing the two characters is far too similar to be really worthwhile.
Despite the update in plot and gameplay, it's hard to pinpoint other upgrades. The graphics and sound, while having a minor polish, don't seem to be terribly different from the original. Additionally, the fact that the game is a port from an older Xbox game means that the PC is not adequately supported. Mouse support is limited, for example, and the ability to make sweeping changes in mouse sensitivity as in any other FPS is severely limited to something like four distinct options. With sensitivity set to maximum (i.e. meaning there should be little mouse movement on the desk translated to corresponding movement in-game movement), the Master Chief/Arbiter still feel as if they have the turning circle of a supertanker. I found myself making huge sweeps across the desk with the mouse when moving my character around corners or gently curved passageways. I found this extremely annoying and something that I never fully got used to through the entire game (playing the odd game of Bioshock and Crysis in between didn't help matters either).
Where Halo 2 does shine though, is the audio. For starters, the music is just breathtaking and surprisingly covers quite a lot of genres including choral and rock and is extremely easy to listen to even away from the game (though still does that soundtrack feel to it). The sound effects, although still extremely similar to the original, still fit the game really well and the voice acting is top notch too with some well known names lending their voices to the characters (including Ron Perlman and Michelle Rodriguez amongst others).
The single player game offered a reasonable challenge and that wasn't on the most difficult setting, but overall the game was satisfactory. Multiplayer was slightly different. I couldn't find too many different game types (unlike Half-Life 2, for example, where you have free-for-all games, team games etc.) and most were the same maps with different default weapons (e.g. one game would have rocket launchers and the next would be the same map with shotguns). Plus the mouse sensitivity issue was even more of a problem in multiplayer which is more fast-paced thant he single player game. There seemed to be other game types out there, but features were locked due to my Silver level "Live" membership (i.e. the free one). I could pay a monthly fee for a Gold membership (which unlocks both single and multiplayer features at a fiver per month), but quite frankly I don't play online often enough to warrant the payment (and I can play better games for free with my copy of Half-Life 2) and it's annoying to have the game tell you what you're "missing" every time you access a new menu without a gold membership.
For me, Halo 2 on the PC is everything that typifies the reputation Microsoft has (though not one that I usually share with the majority). It's over-rated, other people have done similar things a lot better and it's designed to suck money out of you. The control system is clunky at best, multi-player is horrendous if you don't want to give Microsoft yet more money (and there are plenty of better games out there where you can play everything for free) and value for money is poor, compared to Valve's recent Orange Box. The only real redeeming feature is the story, which remains excellent and the core game is above-average but not outstanding.
It's also typical of FPS games that are ported from or designed specifically for consoles (see Deus Ex 2, for example). They typically don't make the best use of the PC as a gaming platform and the controls and interface are usually dumbed down.
Oh, and did I mention that the game "ends" on a cliff-hanger? It's as bad as 'Back to the Future Part 2' or the second of those terrible 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies that are nothing more than glorified film trailers. Unforgivable.
Halo 2. The game that would end all games. I'm gonna get blasted to pieces for saying this, but: What a disappointment.
I should make it clear right now that i'm not some kind of Halo hater, nor am I a Halo fanboy. I'm someone that heard all the hype, and was totally disappointed with the game because people had built it up so much from me.
I'll start with the good of the game.
The AI isn't perfect, but it's much improved from Halo 1. Enemies will actually react to you a lot better, and work far better in teams to take you down. The game itself seems to have been made more challenging, even on the easier difficulty settings.
The graphics are fairly good. They're not amazing like some people seem to think, but they're up to the industry standard for the time.
The gameplay is fast paced and easy to learn. Dual-wielding is fun, and any combination of one handed weapons is allowed. Vehicles are plentiful and oddly satisfying to use, everything from the fast hovering Ghost to the slow, lumbering Scorpion Tank.
Now, of course, we must flip the coin and look at the bad.
In Halo 2, you can have one weapon equipped, and one on your back. With a missile launcher and a shotgun, for example, this is understandable. However, the same rule means that if you've got a pistol at your belt and another in hand, you can't carry anything else. It's an age-old battle between a couple of weapons to be realistic vs. every weapon in a game to be fun. There has to be some middle ground somewhere.
Hype. This is the single worst thing about this game. People everywhere saying how perfect it was. How revolutionary it was.
The fact is, it was neither. I had so many expectations with this game, and my hopes were dashed. If it hadn't been put so high on a pedestal by people, I get the feeling I would have enjoyed this game a lot more. As it was, it constantly failed to live up to my expectations.
Despite that, i'm still gonna give it 4 stars. Why? Because it was still a very good FPS. It wasn't revolutionary, groundbreaking, or perfect, but it was damn fun.
"Halo 2," a sci-fi action/first-person shooter game, is a full sequel to the best-selling original and will continue the story of the Master Chief, a genetically enhanced supersoldier who is the only man that has successfully defied the Covenant, a coalition of alien races on a murderous march toward Earth. "Halo 2" surpasses its predecessor both in graphical beauty and combat intensity. The Master Chief and his marine allies return to battle the full complement of Covenant forces, as well as new enemies who have not yet revealed themselves. "Halo 2" also expands the Master Chief's already substantial arsenal with powerful new weapons, many pried from the twitching claws of defeated enemies, as well as more than twice as many drivable vehicles for exploring vast landscapes or speeding into battle. In addition to its epic single-player campaign, "Halo 2" will be playable online through Xbox Live.
We all know the game halo was the best and we all know halo 2 is going to be better there is better friendly and enemy ai so instead of just sitting in the jeep (warthog) and driving it so your Marines shoot you can sit in the back of it while your marines drive and a squad can drive the warthog independently. you can hold two weapons out at once ie the plasma pistol and the assault rifle but if you do that you can not throw grenades there s a lot more things to drive more versions of warthogs ie diffrent weapons instead of the ususal machine gun and quad bikes the will also be an advantage for when a enemy ghost is coming towards you you can jump on it and knock the driver out and jump in the seat. i think you can do this with most thing coming towards you.ther are two new coverant in halo 2 as well one is the brutes thes are big and have blands for close combat the is another one Prophets they bring the coverant back to its religious rotes the sit in hovering chair and are hard to fight against. A number of new weapons will be brought out of the armory this time around, including an assault rifle with a scope, and a new automatic pistol. This game is worth buying even if you just look at the box all day long. This game is a different class from any other game made, even if you don't this genre you'll love it