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      01.03.2011 13:00

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      One simply brilliant game!

      How is this possible? A sequel being as good as the prequel. Wow!

      The graphics for Halo 2 have had an enormous upgrade compared to the first game. They are completely different and completely unrecognisable to the first game!

      The storyline is on a much larger scale, you are not only trying to destroy Halo, but trying to save the Earth as well. Well luckily you're playing as Masterchief so its no problem!

      Weapons wise the game brings in the Battle Rifle (best weapon ever), Covenant Carbine, SMG and a plethora of other weapons to use to kill the Covenant!

      The main thing that Halo 2 brings to the table, is the Xbox Live service. The maps are very well designed and there have been some great multiplayer matches going on!

      The matchmaking was so good it was unbelievable and convinced many people to subscribe and pick up xbox live. The 16 player multiplayer is still in there too with system link options!

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      02.05.2010 15:47
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      Epitome of console gaming.

      After the revolutionary and Xbox powerhouse exclusive Halo C.E. was released, everyone including Bungie knew that its successor was going to have to be special. They successfully completed this in November 2004 by creating a multiplayer which heightened competitive console gaming as well as being unanimously enjoyable for casual gamers.

      Out of the entire Halo series, Halo 2 is widely considered superior. The inclusion of the ever popular Battle Rifle (BR) was the most noticeable and appreciated change. Whilst Halo C.E. fans were disappointed by the removal of the famous Magnum, competitive gamers rejoiced at the skill the BR required. It is not simply a point and shoot weapon; there are strafing techniques to avoid fire, jumping techniques (Ghandi hop), button combos, different controller setups and so on. It was a great shame that the BR was changed so much in Halo 3 with no hitscan and no button combos. Perfecting your BR, along with the sniper rifle (which saw some changes in Halo 3 such as lower rate of fire and smaller hit box) were the central focus in Halo 2's multiplayer, requiring great individual skill rather than the OTT focus of teamwork in Halo 3.

      The maps in Halo 2 are also very memorable. In fact, Halo 3 released two remakes of the most popular; Midship and Lockout. My personal favourite was Lockout although it's Halo 3 counterpart is terrible as Bungie wrongly decided to alter it, unlike Midship. Unfortunately, Halo 2 is no longer supported by Xbox Live. This was recently implemented and means the only possible way you can play Halo 2's multiplayer is offline. Nonetheless, if you have never played Halo 2 I would highly recommend it for the campaign and offline multiplayer. I still play 1v1s splitscreen!

      I seriously doubt any Halo game will surpass Halo 2, including Halo: Reach.

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      24.02.2010 09:35
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      Overall, better than the original

      Halo 2 was the long awaited sequel to the original Halo game and was well hyped before it's release. I bought this game a while ago now on the XBox as played the first game and really enjoyed that one so hoped this would be equally as good.

      The general story of Halo 2 starts out with Master Chief attending a medal ceremony where himself and a few other members are being awarded medals for their efforts at the Pillar of Autumn. The Elite Supreme Commander is tortured in public due to this role in the first Halo game. However, the ceremony is cut short as the Covenant who are the race of highly evolved aliens, force their way on board and an unleash a war on Earth. From here you will commence battle against them and trying to save planet Earth as your top priority. So it's a fairly similar storyline to alot of games and nothing that new or original here. However, there is a twist and that is that at the start of mission 3 where you control 'The Arbiter' and have to take command of a group of the Covenant during these missions.

      There are twists and turns you will encounter in this game as you progress through it and the plot is not quite as simple as it seems at the start, which makes this game interesting and new to play. There are about 15 missions in total for you to play.

      Halo 2, like the first game is still a first-person shooter with different missions to undertake. There is a whole host of fighting involved and massive battles too. The controls are very responsive and most of the time you will playing as Master Chief as he battles the aliens. He can now jump alot higher and also has a much longer health bar. He only has one defence mind you and that's a rechargeable energy shield.

      The Arbiter, who you control in certain missions in the game looks very different to the Master Chief and his armour is completely different too.
      He has a temporary cloaking device which is very handy. By becoming invisible he can sneak up on enemies and this can prove to be very useful.

      One of my favourite elements of this second game is the huge array of weapons at your disposal. There are a few new weapons to add to the existing ones like human sniper rifle, rocket launcher and shotgun.

      In Halo 2, you have more options in regards to firing your weapons, as you are now allowed to dual-wield light weapons. This means that Master Chief can come in blazing with two Needlers or two submachine guns or a magnum pistol and a plasma pistol or with any other combination of light weapons. There is a down side to this though and that is that you can't throw grenades while doing this.

      The enemies in Halo 2 have been graphically altered to make them look even better. There are also a few new species to kill or blow up. The Covenant forces are the main enemy opposition that you will encounter but there are other enemies in play too that you will have to tackle at certain points.

      The thing for me that sets this game apart from other first person shooters I've played is the use of vehicles. There are the original four vehicles from the original game and this time around there is also Wraith. The humans still have Warthog which is a Jeep that has a large machine gun or rocket launcher in the back. Three people can sit in one of these vechicles at any one time. The second human vehicle is the Scorpion which is a huge tank. One person climbs inside and controls the movement and fires a machine gun or torpedo missile every few seconds.

      As the the Covenant forces they now have 3 vehicles that you can use. One is called the Banshee and then there is the Wraith and the Ghost. The Ghost was my favourite one as it's very fast and shoots lasers. It also now features an afterburner that increases your speed greatly.

      The whole campaign lasts for 15 missions. However, at times it's not too hard and you may find that if you play it, it might not take you too long to complete which is probably the major drawback of the game.

      There are may multi-player options in Halo 2. You have the traditional 4-player split screen option or a 16 Xbox, 16 TV of Halo 2 system-links. While you play online you can join various clans and can only join one clan at a time and each clan supports up to 100 players.

      Graphically, Halo 2 is a fantastic effort. Everything is so detailed to the point of near perfection. The cut-scenes in the campaign mode are extremely impressive. The characters and animations are smooth as well. The maps and missions are huge. All of the objects in the environment are well placed and detailed.

      Overall I would recommend Halo 2 as it's a nice sequel and is better than the original in my opinion with some good changes and features.

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      26.01.2010 00:22
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      An outstanding new chapter in the Bungie phenomenon

      Halo 2 is the second chapter in the trilogy of Halo. Created by Bungie, the emphasis of this gameplay has shifted completely and from the brilliant orginal Halo 2 shines as possibly the best online game ever!

      A bold statement perhaps but the way in which Bungie have implemented an online gaming aspect into the Halo gameplay is brilliant. In this game you can create a lobby and join your friends so that you can chat to them freely and then go and play games with them. There is a range of different gametypes also available such as team slayer, team skirmish, Rumble Pit and bigger scale games that can hold up to 16 v 16.

      The online play is not the only aspect of this game that is so outstanding. Although it is by far the best part of it, the campaign is also absolutely amazing. The graphics have been improved dramatically and the next chapter in the trilogy has been portrayed and created with amazing precision and innovation. With new guns also invented such as everyone's new favourite, the Battle Rifle, Halo has become a game about skill, tactical awareness and technique.

      This game is a must buy for all Xbox gamers/

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      13.01.2010 18:36
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      A masterpiece of the genre

      And you thought it couldn't get any better. The original Halo is a masterpiece of the FPS genre, but astoundingly, the sequel released a few years later managed to build on the original and outdo it thanks to an even most robust production design, a more engaging storyline, and a stunning multiplayer mode that has only really been topped recently with the Call of Duty games.

      Given how momentous the online offering is, is it really worth it just for the single player (especially now that not so many people play it online anymore)? The answer is a resounding yes: the story continues where the first game left off with its fairly ambiguous ending. The battle between the Covenant and humans continues, but this time you not only play as Master Chief, but also as a Covenant alien, giving you a dual perspective of the action. The ending might disappoint some though as it is intentionally vague, making sure you grab the third game which came out in 2007. Visually, the game also excels as its predecessor did, with a slick production that is more lavish and detailed than ever, with sublime character models and amazing explosions.

      The real reason this game is so great, though, is the online multiplayer. It was the most comprehensive online FPS of its time, with a fully fledged ranking system that also allowed you to create clans. Also, as even the CoD games have failed to do, Halo 2 allows you to play online with a friend on the same console, meaning nobody is left out watching. The maps are superb as usual, and the firefights get very intense.

      Although the online isn't as popular as it used to be, you can still find people playing it, and it is incredibly fun. Still, the single player, while short, also provides the requisite thrills.

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      09.05.2009 12:46
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      Go buy it!

      After the success of Halo CE, it was a no-brainer that Halo 2 was going to be released and I think what most people were excited for was the Battle Rifle. A semi-automatic direct hit weapon.

      This soon became the most used weapon on Halo 2 and if you wanted to become a good player, you had to improve your BR. This consisted of two things; your strafe and your accuracy. The term "4 shot" was quickly created as it takes four headshots to kill someone with the BR.

      Although Halo 3 also has the BR, too many changes were made in my opinion. It's no longer direct hit and you have to lead your shots, as well as increased bullet spread and less recoil. The biggest problem with this is that it feels too unreliable now. In Halo 2, if your reticule is red and they have no shields, when you shoot, they'll die. No questions asked. But in Halo 3, it depends on your connection, how well you lead the shot and if you don't get much bullet spread.

      Halo 2 also has the best maps out of the three games. Midship and Lockdown were the most popular. There were pretty much concrete rules: if you're playing a FFA (Free For All) then it's on Midship, if you're playing Team Slayer, then it's on Lockdown. Luckily both these maps will be on Halo 3. Blackout has already been made which was not very good, to say the least but Heretic (Midship re-make) is being released with Halo 3 ODST and hopefully that's something to look forward to.

      A large part of Halo 2 is also the button glitches. If you don't mind using button combos to get better then you'll enjoy Halo 2 but it can seem unfair and they are not in Halo 3.

      The campaign was the weakest of the three in my opinion. I didn't enjoy switching between the Arbiter and MC.

      Overall, if you like how I've described the multiplayer above then go pick this up! It's very cheap now and there's still people playing and keeping Halo 2 alive. Remember, you can play this on your 360 on Live.

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      14.02.2009 17:48
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      A great game, being the second game of the Halo trilogy

      Halo 2 is the second game in the Halo trilogy. It's an unforgettable game as it was the first to feature the amazing Xbox Live gameplay. The problem with Xbox Live on Halo 2 was that many people found ways to cheat, which spoilt the game. This has since been fixed in Halo 3.

      Halo 2 continues your battle against The Covenant and The Flood to prevent them from firing the Halo rings. This game will take you through some more amazing levels including ones in the great outdoors and inside in the futuristic buildings featured in the game. You use a range of weapons to overcome the enemies including Snipers, Machine guns and Assault rifles. You can also take advantage of the vehicles in the game including the new Banshee, which flies. This was not featured in the original Halo: Combat Evolved.

      The online experience is excellent. There are a range of playlists to play in such as Team Slayer, Double Team and Team Snipers. With Halo 3 having been launched for well over a year now, Halo 2 has lost its popularity online but there are still people who play it. You can also play custom games with friends, customised to the rules you want.

      If you have played the original Halo, I would highly recommend buying this game for £13.95 brand new as a classic version from amazon.co.uk. You can buy used and new versions from other sellers for under £5.00. I would definitely recommend this game to continue the excellent story and make the most of the great gameplay.

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        28.01.2009 18:27
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        Great game, probably my most played game of all time.

        Now this review may be slightly out of date by now what with Halo 3 around etc. This is one of my most played games ever, so I thought I may as well give it a review.

        I'm seeing a lot of people say how they preferred Halo 1, don't get me wrong that was a great game, and I think I'd definitely say that the single player was better, it was certainly longer. When I first cracked into Halo 2, the single player was completed very differently, so I'd say if you don't have a broadband connection this just isn't worth playing.

        Onto the broadband connection...

        This is a must, many of the games on the original Xbox didn't have a very good online multiplayer, be they just not very good for that style of play, or simply just didn't connect very well, whatever, Halo 2 really set the standard for online consol play, it works just as well as Halo 3 to be honest, without it I really don't think that Xbox Live would have even taken off at all.

        The actual game play online is superb, completely different from offline play, as the opponents are much harder. It can range from frantic shooting onto tactical stealth battles, there is a game play style for ever player, and has a ranking system so you generally play people around your skill level.

        In many aspects I'd say this is better than Halo 3, I think primarily the level designs were better and more suited to online play, and when I was playing everyone on it would have a headset, which makes things a lot better, but on the Xbox 360 you meet next to no one with one.

        One word or warning, this game is perhaps too addictive once you start playing, you'll never get off it!

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          22.10.2008 12:52

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          Worth buying, but not a very good game overall

          Well, going against the grain here, but I was honestly dissapointed with Halo 2, having pre-ordered the game and been teased by all the trailers, it really wasn't as free flowing as the original Halo.

          Halo had set such a benchmark for others to meet, the second in the series had such high expectations, though didn't even meet the standard of the first.

          It felt Halo 2 was a quick release due to the time taken to produce Halo 3. There were internet rumours of this, though never confirmed.

          The storyline lacked depth, the graphics and final product was clearly rushed, the gameplay didn't feel as smooth as the original and the multiplayer was a dissapointment. The online community speaks for itself, there are nowhere near the same amount of players online as there are on Halo 1 and 3. Having spent £40 on the game, I find myself playing 1 and 3 far more often, this one just gathers dust and might get it out every now and then.

          Overall a good game but a real dissapointment, that's what heppens though when you have set a previous benchmark so high!

          Summary: Worth buying, but not a very good game overall

          review on my dooyoo account nj106 also.

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          06.09.2008 20:33
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          great overall game

          Halo 2, in my opinion has to be one of the best shooter games i have currently played to date.

          Halo 2 is quite similar to that of the halo 1.That's definitely not a bad thing though as Halo's campaign mode was what made it such an outstanding game. But that's not to say that the gameplay is without updates and additions. Bungie wanted to show that they did not forget about the single player mode and they have done a good job. Tactical fighting becomes even more important in this game due to the new additions and changes. Combat is more refined and the levels feel more varied. One of the biggest changes the player will notice is that the health bar has now been reduced to just one bar instead of a bar plus multiple heath cells. Most of the levels are greatly designed, with areas that are perfect of standoffs or all out gunfights. The AI has been vastly improved upon. Enemies are even smarter and they will use their own unique strategies against you... Even the simplest fights can lead to your demise. Friendly AI has also been improved and your allies now have the ability to drive vehicles (though not very well). Additions to the weapons arsenal were expected, and the game delivers. The new weapons are great to use and many of the returning weapons have been reworked. The duel wielding ability adds a new twist to combat but doesn't necessarily make things any easier. The updates to the weaponry department means those old tactics of yours might not work anymore. There is more importance on the use of vehicles, which leads to some really fun levels. The physics have received some updates as well, everything moves very realistically. The rag-doll physics on enemies are excellent. You'll also take on the role of someone other then Master Chief during some missions, which leads to some refreshing levels and gameplay elements. The campaign mode feels very balanced for the most part. Bungie went the extra mile to remove the long load times between levels so that the action flows undisturbed. But this is rather pointless as each level starts out very slowly and eventless. There are some others flaws with the gameplay as well, including some returning ones. Some missions seem as if they are endless and continue to drag-on. The AI tends to become predictable midpoint through the game and the friendly AI is useless at times. Lengthwise, the campaign mode is still pretty short... less than 15 hours in normal difficultly. Of course, the co-op mode and 'Legendary' difficulty will definitely ask for another play through or two.

          Multiplayer in Halo 2 will probably be the most played feature. Offline split-screen and LAN multiplayer experiences feel the same for the most part, with the exception of the new weapons, levels and modes. It would've been nice to have some bots but it is forgivable. The main focus of Halo 2 is Xbox LIVE multiplayer. This is the game to get if you have Xbox LIVE. Participate in matches at anytime without worrying about the hassles of setting up split-screen or LAN games. The interface is very simple, allowing you to get into matches or set up your own without much effort. There is an auto balance system that matches up players based on play time but it would've been better if they balanced players via skill somehow. The stat tracking on Bungie.net is groundbreaking! Find out what games you played, who you kill, who killed you, where what happened, etc. LIVE play adds an enormous amount of replay to the game. Without LIVE play though, the split-screen and LAN matches are still worth playing.

          There was little question as to whether this game would be the best looking console game out to date. Enormous levels, excellent character designs, huge explosions are all here and all look great. The detail on everything is extraordinary and everything looks sharp and clean. The game runs smoothly with the very rare occurrences of minor, almost unnoticeable slowdown. The cut-scenes are outstanding and leave little to be desired. But there are some things which I feel are disappointing, especially since expectations for the game were built around beautiful images & jaw-dropping videos. The human characters look really odd... They all look unnatural. Some levels still have areas that carry a reused look, giving the player a 'haven't I been here before?' feeling. And the levels are still dull and motionless for the most part; there is little ambience to them. Lastly, the most surprising thing of all: pop-ins. The textures/layers will not fully load a lot of times and you will notice them loading upon the core polygons during many cut-scenes and during some levels. Minor flaws aside, the game still looks unbelievably great.

          Your ears will love Halo 2- The audio quality is unsurpassed; everything is on sync and sounds excellent, and the surround sound is very believable. The voice acting is up there with the best of the best. The musical score is excellent with some old favorites remixed and some completely new tunes. There are a few tracks that aren't as great as the rest of the score but overall, the soundtrack is a hit.

          The story continues where it was left off in the last game. You'll learn even more as to why the massive Halo rings exist and you'll also see the internal civilization of the Covenant. The game takes some surprising twists and turns, and will leave you shocked. The story is way better then the previous games, but the ending completely leaves the player shocked and suprised

          Halo 2 delivers everything the fans wanted.The single player mode is excellent and the multiplayer is a amazing especially on xbox live. The game excels in graphics, sound, music and story.But with such a high caliber game, minor flaws become amplified with so much attention to the major details. But make no mistake, Halo 2 is one of the best xbox live games to date and it is a title that you must have in your game collection.

          Final words: i know this is an old game but if you havn't played this game i would recommend it as this is a really great game.

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            21.08.2008 19:47

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            Halo 2 is the sequel to the excellent halo combat evolved for the Microsoft Xbox console.

            Players resume the role master chief and soon the aliens are back and you have to beat them all over again. As well as master chief in this game you also get to play as one of the aliens called the arbiter, he doesn't really play that differently from master chief but he has a cloak which allows him to turn invisible. Although the single player is good it has a terrible ending and is over far too quickly.

            There are numerous gameplay upgrades, you can now dual wield weapons, steal vehicles from your enemies and most importantly it introduces online play so you can battle rivals from all over the world. The multiplayer is one of the best available on any consoles and should be experienced by any one who enjoys shooters.

            This is a good game and should be purchased by fans of the first, if you have an Xbox360 you will be pleased to know that it will work on your console.

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            09.08.2008 04:20
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            My Favourite game ever

            I've been a fan of general computers and games consoles since I can remember being able to pick up a controller and play a bit of sonic on the old mega drive. But ever since getting into the halo trilogy, I've never looked back. "Must buy" is becoming a bit of a cliche within the gaming industry these days but it was a cliche made for this game. Anybody who's a fan of shoot 'em ups i.e - Time Crisis, Duke Nukem, COD, James Bond Games shouldn't even blink when considering this game.
            For those that aren't completely familiar with the halo series, you play as a character know as a spartan - A bioengineered 7ft+ superhuman soldier who's fitted out in shielded armour to battle against the invading Alien forces known as "Covenant". You play from a first person point of view and travel trough vast landscapes on varying planets and space stations as earth's true hope of survival. There is a vast array of weapons available throughout the campaign and you are able to pick up any used by you're defeated assailents or from any ally UNSC soldier as they are invariably a lower rank than you.
            Human Weapons include: SMG (Sub-Machine Gun), Battle Rifle (Powerful Triple shot burst 2x scope weapon), Sniper rifle (Precision Head shot to kill 5x-10x scope weapon), Magnum (Single shot dual wieldable piston), Shotgun (Deadly from close range as usual) and Rocket Launcher (Large Splash Zone Death Weapon).
            Covenant Weapons Include weapons of similar functions to the human weapons but with different build, reticule and slight differences in purpose and attributes.
            Online Xbox live play is possible and has been around and vastly played by people across the world for a long time now and this will keep you amused for days on end after completing the campaign on all difficulties.
            This might not appear particularly original as far as storyline goes but the gameplay, variation in weapons, environment layers, depth of plot, length of game and overall feel of the game is what has given it the reputation it has today.
            I've played all Halo games, all of which are awesome but halo 2 still stands as my favourite and the online multiplayer experience is fantastic.
            Like I said: A "Must Buy"!
            See: Bungie.net for more info and FAQs about this great game!

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              15.07.2008 11:26
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              Halo 2 Probably the best sci fi first person shooter game of all time

              Halo 2 my personal preference in the 3 that bungie have released, I find the game play and the visual style much more neat than halo 3 which makes it a better game to play.

              As like the first game you control the master chief an "augmented" soldier that has been trained both physically and mentally since he was a child. Also in this game on the career mode you get to play as the arbiter!! a covenant gone rogue as he sees through what his leaders are trying to do and turns against them.

              The story picks up shortly after Halo 1 and after alot of "mumbo jumbo" from the covenant about how they want to activate the ring world known as halo to start their great journey you finally get to see things through the master chiefs eyes, and its not pretty at that the covenant have made their attack for earth this time, some personal vendetta because the human race stopped them from activating halo in the first game. However the master chief deiscovers that a prohpet is aboard one of the ships entering slip space and so is ordered to follow them. on the other side of slip space they discover a second ring world and the master chief again knows his mission and that is to destroy this onw before its activated. On the ring world he discovers what is known as "the flood" a load of little green things with tentacles and an absolute pain to kill in higher difficulties of the game.
              The master chief is joined forces with the arbiter and together they must stop this halo being activated.

              The game much like Halo 1 has brilliant multiplayer modes through system link or even through xbox live the game never gets boring. Also added in the game is new weapons and vehicles and you can now dual wield some of your standard guns making ammo conserve a high priority and making the game a little more tactical than halo 1. If your one of those people that likes to walk into a room and shoot anything that moves then you will have a tough time trying to play this game on its higher difficulties as you will run out of ammo very fast and be walking around aimlessly trying to bash your enemies which wont always work believe me.

              The game remains the top selling first gen game as far as i know this might have changed but with the release of next gen i cant see many people buying first gen. The fact that it is the most popular first gen game really shows the effort that bungie put into it and they was scared that the development was never going to be done on time but as ever they pulled out all the stops for us the gaming community and with the release there was alot of speculation on if it could match or even be better than the great Halo 1 and let me tell you that It is!

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              21.06.2008 15:05
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              Classic game available at classic cheap price.

              Halo 2 for the Xbox. The second game in the Bungie series. Now proceeded by the great Halo 3 (Xbox 360), however still a great game and one that can be picked up at a bargain price (check out ebay).

              The Halo 2 story, the destruction of Halo slowed down the covenant but didn't stop them completely! They are fueled by their fait, fury and vengenance they have swept aside the defences and have gained a foothold on EARTH! With the human military broken and scattered, the fate of the Earth lies in the hands of one man- our hero Spartan 117- the master chief!

              With new weapons this improves on the previous Halo, 1-4 players, system link 2-16 players. Xbox live action enhances the game and adds depth to the already great game.

              A must for all Halo fans, works on Xbox 360 so grab yourself a bargain now!

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              A great game with a simple gameplay that makes it ever the more fun!

              Halo 2 is one of the greatest games ever and I played it loads and loads everyday over Xbox Live. It features a good campaign with a few annoying levels, but the rest are exciting. The game is very simplistic and ever so fun! It is a typical first-person shooter as you go through many levels fighting against aliens in a good storyline.

              The story is quite complex and hard to get a grip of, but it is a very revealing and good plot. The basic story is that there is a Halo ring that the covenant (a bunch of aliens) believe brings them on a great journey if they fire it, however it would destroy the earth and mankind if fired. So basically, you have to get onto the Halo ring and find the control centre and destroy the ring before the Covenant can fire it.

              The actual single player (campaign), is very good. You will fight through quite a few levels killing aliens as you go. It starts off rather easy and gets harder as you advance. The controls are introduced from the beginning to make sure you are familiar with them before you go into combat. The levels are all very different to each other but some are a bit annoying when you are fighting certain races that are just so aggravating like 'The Flood'. This is a certain race that used to inhibit the Halo years and years ago and you have to fight them on one level called Library. It is so annoying as loads of little enemies all attack you and literally climb on you, draining away your health.

              Each level is very unique as I say. There are some huge open levels, where you will use vehicles to drive around. There are other levels where you are in confined spaces indoors, which have a very different feel to them. I prefer the large open levels, but they tend to be harder with snipers around on Legendary mode (the hardest difficulty). As for multiplayer levels, there are plenty of them. The standard ones that came on the game are very good, but Bungie (the creators) released many more new levels for download - some of which are pretty good. They also differ from large open levels to small confined levels with aspects of symmetry for 2 bases and more.

              The multiplayer is fantastic and I played thousands of games on Xbox Live. There are loads of playlists - ranked and social including Team Slayer, Double Team, Team Skirmish and Team Snipers. Team Slayer is simply a 4 Vs 4 game of killing the other team. Double Team is where you enter as a pair and fight against another pair. Team Skirmish focuses on objective games such as King of the hill, Territories and Oddball (where you have to hold the ball whilst not being killed and reach the time limit). The addition of ranks in most playlists makes it very addicting. The community is pretty small with the release of the new Halo 3.

              As for the graphics, they are very simplistic. The shapes are very simple and nothing is to great detail. However, the actual general look of the game is excellent as the colours are done well and it looks clear. The simplistic look and feel of this game is what makes it so great, because it is simple and fun. There are no detailed or hard to understand concepts to the game. You literally use weapons and grenades to kill opponents and succeed in your missions. The sound isn't of great quality comparing it to newer games, but for the time it was released at, I think the sound is pretty good. The weapons sound realistic and the grenades are effective. This game also works with surround sound, which is a bonus really.

              Overall, it is an excellent game and very fun to play. You can buy this game from £7.44 on amazon.co.uk used and new from members of the site. This is a very cheap price, and is repeated in shops for a similar price of around £10. This game is very fun to play through and the online community is still present, but rather small. Still worth the buy for such little money!

              Thanks for reading,

              - Recon -

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              Halo 2 continues the story of the Master Chief, a genetically enhanced super-soldier who is the only human ever to successfully defy the Covenant -- a coalition of alien races on a murderous march toward Earth. To the mysterious leaders of the Covenant, the human victory at the ancient ring structure known as Halo was an unacceptable failure. They will not fail again.