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Halo 2

Developer: Bungie Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
09 November 2004
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Covenant commander Thel 'Vadamee is determined to prove his worth as Arbiter after being branded a heretic due to his failure to protect the Halo. The Master Chief is tasked with defending Earth after its location is found by the Covenant. And an old enemy takes a new form and rears its ugly head.
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As the alien Covenant invade Earth, the Master Chief must defend humanity's homeworld whilst discovering more about the rings called "Halo."
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Decent game seen by most through rose-tinted glasses.
Not to say that it's necessarily a bad game by many stretches, but it definitely hasn't aged very well. Balancing issues alongside a myriad of other issues, and an overall lack of content sees it kind of just overshadowed by many other games, even just by its' own brothers and sisters within the Halo series.

Only people who seem to say this game is a masterpiece are the ones that grew up with it. Decent game, but there's definitely better games, especially in the series. Obscured and overlooked by the games that came after.
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headway8553 2022-11-10T04:55:13Z
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halo 2 for some reason is everyone favorite but i find this one to be really boring. im convinced it's a nostalgia thing but i dont know for sure. though the arbiter levels and duel wielding were cool.
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blue0x 2022-01-06T08:40:46Z
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Is this the most hyped game of all time or what? Few remember that before Halo 3, its predecessor was raved about wildly like the second coming of Christ. At least that's how I remember it, the hype for this thing was surreal. Halo 2 is certainly not without its controversies, graphically it is hideous in a lot of ways and is infamous for not "catching up" in certain cut scenes, the games missions also feel severely truncated and the open world feeling of the first game is sorely missed. But all of those really pale in comparison to the Arbiter. Like any good sequel, a game series sets up a slowly building pantheon, or in this case, dipole of playable characters and Halo 2 is exemplar supreme of this in FPS form.

The Arbiter has always been a controversial edition in a lot of ways and Ive certainly waffled on his inclusion, but narratively speaking it is the glue of this entire games campaign, practically. Lets face it, your faceless hulking green death machine lacks a narrative punch to drive a game like this, which is trying to also explore the machinations and motivations of the series primary baddies, the Covenant.

Another chief controversy is the ability to Dual wield, and we have the severe neutering of several classic weapons to point to as casualties to what should be a kick ass mechanic. Remember the Magnum, the Needler, the Plasma Rifle/Pistol from CE? Remember how much of a punch these weapons had? How awesome would it have been to transplant those same weapons with their same damage output into this game. Devastating the battle field with Dual Wielding Plasma Rifles, or Magnums should be a dream come true, but in a need for balancing, the Duel Wielding feels more superfluous then fun.

Overall theres a million things you can nitpick about Halo 2, narratively speaking its among my favorite games in the series and returning to an undiscovered 2nd Halo and hell, fighting your way through the capital of the Goddamn Covenant, make up for any complaints I have. A dirty gem, a black sheep, nostalgic af.
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get BXR’d kid

the combat is more visceral than Halo 3. H3 makes me feel too slow. H2 does not give you what you want and if you slack off you get dicked at the drop of a hat.
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jackal09 2021-07-23T17:00:06Z
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Halo 2 is probably my favorite game. Ever. The Campaign of the game is enjoyable, and even if there's a flaw or two around the end, it's definitely excusable, since the game wears those flaws so well. It also leads into Halo 3, which is just as good and debatably better storywise. The Multiplayer is near perfect, with amazing maps as well as glitches that made combat even more fun than it already was!

Within the campaign is a very well crafted story, along with a very tightly knit weapon sandbox. Every gun serves a purpose. 2 also brings THE most frustrating difficulty in any FPS ever. Legendary is already hard enough, with enemies that melt you in seconds, snipers that could one shot the you without warning, and many other factors that make the game complete torture. Factoring in the modifier skulls, you get the unofficial difficulty "LASO" (Legendary All Skulls On), where the game becomes the ultimate endurance test! Many complain about how hard the game can get on the hardest setting, but it IS the hardest difficulty, no matter how "artificial" it seems. You got what you wanted! Plus, Gravemind is hilarious on LASO.

On the other hand, Halo 2's multiplayer on the Original Xbox is basically what birthed the modern online FPS.. Like really, if the Original Xbox was more popular, I could easily say that a lot more people would set Halo 2 as their favorite in the franchise. The multiplayer is fantastic, and is only made better by button combos such as the BXR and Double Shot. The game is just as blessed by imperfections from the development process as Super Smash Bros. Melee, and only benefits more from the FPS setting. Button combos add to the game more than they detract, and it's sad that they turn some away from the amazing multiplayer. There were also glitches that allowed for Super Jumps, which make for a some hilarious games of oddball. Aside from that, the modes are the same as they appear in the other Halo games, and are just as satisfying! 2 Is also where the Franchise's map design peaks, with the additions of fan favorites Zanzibar and Headlong. In my personal opinion, District is the best map in the franchise. I could be considered a genius if the knowledge I had of the map went to something... useful. Overall, everything in the multiplayer is perfect.

Many games do have imperfections, and Halo 2 is no different, but I don't think any other game will have imperfections that work for a game as well as they do here.
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Halo 2 is the same engine and core gameplay experience as Halo 1, the visuals are slightly improved in some places, and it has a few new mechanics.

What Halo 2 changes is:

* the addition of Dual wield weapons

*the overhaul of the health system - no longer do you have health bars and health packs, but just one main health shield and when it breaks you die with the next shot.

*MAJOR change - in Co op no longer can you die and then respawn when your buddy is safe. Now, when ONE of you dies, it instantly reverts you to last checkpoint. This alone makes the game FAR more difficult.

* Some new weapons


So about the campaign, it goes through many twists and turns
For instance a lot of scenarios are different
There are levels where you're crawling through destroyed city streets, and a lot of the game feels relatively more urban than the last, because it takes place on Earth.
There seems to be more driving segments, and they last a lot longer, and they kind of feel a bit repetive at times with long tunnels of endless waves of enemies.

Then after a certain point, the viewpoint changes, and now you play half the campaign as the alien race the Covenant. Where you're going around sci fi alien ships using swords and alien weaponry fighting these new enemy types, its all pretty cool and refreshing but at a certain point I wanted to play as Master chief not the aliens.


Really, the main thing for Halo 2 is that I play all Halo games on Legendary difficulty, but for some reason, Halo 2 is the only game in the entire franchise that changes the respawn mechanic when you die on Co op. As stated previously, when any partner dies in Co op , it instantly reverts to the last checkpoint instead of allowing you to respawn.

Because of this, Halo 2 is notoriously the hardest game in the franchise.
With this in mind, there are many segments that are down right sadistic to play through.
There are areas full of dozens upon dozens of One hit sniper enemies, and its a game of wheres waldo memorization game trial and error shit. You need to die over and over, remember where every single enemy placement is to proceed. It's challening as fuck, but also kind of bullshit.

Also just the regular enemies are way more bullet sponge too. The game is full of Elites which are aliens with huge shields, and pretty much the only reliable way to kill them is by grabbing a Plasma pistol, charging it up, shooting down their shields with it, then swapping to another gun for a headshot when the shield is down.
This game is hard, really hard, on Legendary.
To the point where it's almost a pain in the ass to get through it,
There are tons of vehicle segments that are the same too. Like the flying sections where it's not uncomon to fly around for 40 minutes repeating the same checkpoint over and over.

There are so many segments like this I can go on forever
Theres another segment where it keeps spawning 'flood' enemies through 2 pipes in the walls, in a tiny enclosed room, and you just have to survive. There is nowhere to take cover, and no respite. It's a damn endurance run and this part alone took is like an hour. Many many deaths.



There's some pretty hilarious mid 2000s nostalgic in here too, like randomly hearing Alt rock songs from Breaking benjamin and shit. pretty funny stuff, and honestly can be kind of epic at times.
Halo 2 is a good game, don't get me wrong. But personally it has some drawbacks for me that keep it from being as good as the first

- The level design is not quite as memorable for me, with some less interesting parts such as too much repetitive driving sections, boring brown & bloom urban sections, and overall some of the segments just seem to drag on for too long.

- The difficulty seems almost broken accidentally or something, as its the only game in the franchise that does not allow co op partners to respawn. This makes the whole campaign hard as fuck and really frustrating. on the one hand the challenge is fun, but theres a certain point where the bullshit starts to come to a boil after repeating the same checkpoint 15 times in a row and randomly getting 1shot all the time.

All games in the Halo master chief collection have a scoring system where it gives you medals and points after every kill, which is extremely satisfying and fun to see. And there are 'par scores' for every level ,and it was actually a blast trying to get these par score achievements, and we would even replay some levels multiple times just to get the par score achievements. fun stuff.



7/10
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  • bonadea 2022-02-02 14:37:53.499034+00
    great art direction & sound design, but i found the campaign extremely tedious for some reason (i played it in coop & for the first time ever), whereas timesplitters 2 (which i started the day after finishing this, also in coop) were some of the most entertaining times i've spent with any video game in the past years. but i guess there wasn't any particular spike, i just probably didnt felt any of this
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  • PrivateJoker 2022-03-20 03:19:14.61354+00
    The same mindless repetition of Combat Evolved, but with a few very fun sections, great visuals and art direction, and some cool cutscenes as well. It's like if you combined the best parts from Combat Evolved and Halo 2 you might have a really great game, but individually, they just feel incomplete and repetitive.
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  • TheLowe4 2022-06-30 00:21:49.813629+00
    idk how i used to think halo 1 was better, the weapon variety in this alone makes it superior
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  • dataplex 2022-09-15 00:11:27.055897+00
    more dont always mean better half the weapons suck ass
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  • Pumas 2022-09-15 12:33:28.467022+00
    It's been said many times but the legendary difficulty in this game is so bad and it hurts the game a lot. Still great though & definitely has the best story. The remaster has like the best acted cutscenes ever.
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  • Ulaan 2022-10-26 10:07:45.449714+00
    y'all remember when 7/11 had special slurpees for this? so weird to think this release was like, headline news.
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