Product Type: Microsoft Xbox games
Newest Review: ... considered superior. The inclusion of the ever popular Battle Rifle (BR) was the most noticeable and appreciated change. Whilst Halo C.... more
The best multiplayer experience
Halo 2 (Xbox)
Member Name: StrongSide
Halo 2 (Xbox)
Advantages: Online, maps, BR, cheap
Disadvantages: Campaign isn't great
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.
Summary: Go buy it!