Times Square Toys R Us Halo 2 BashMicrosoft Game Studios today announced that the Toys "R" Us international flagship store in New York's Times Square will become the center of the Halo® 2 universe on the evening of November 8. Throughout the evening, midnight madness will ensue with special guest appearances, and prizes will be awarded for gamers showing off their Halo 2 enthusiasm. A number of gamers will even get an early hands-on experience with Halo 2 while awaiting the stroke of midnight. Toys "R" Us Times Square will open its doors at midnight on November 9, giving gamers a chance to pick up the very first copy of Halo 2 for Xbox® in North America. For more information, please visit www.ToysrusTimesSquare.com. Pushing the Xbox hardware to its very limits, Halo 2 will expand on everything that made the original game great, plus add a wealth of technological and gameplay advances. Significantly improved graphics, enhanced artificial intelligence (AI), an advanced real-time lighting engine and destructible interactive environments are just a small part of Halo 2’s evolution of design and technology. Every improvement in Halo 2 is designed to take gameplay to a new level -- and in the end, to tell a more compelling story. Utilizing Xbox Live to redefine online play, Halo 2 delivers superior online multiplayer capabilities. Whether playing with a clan on a new multiplayer map, boarding a friend's Warthog, dogfighting in Banshees or checking player stats, Halo 2 will bring the social experience to a higher level via Xbox Live. More information about Halo 2 is available at http://www.halo2.com/. Bungie was founded in 1991 with two goals: to develop games that combine brilliant technology, beautiful art, intelligent stories and deep gameplay, and then sell enough of those games to achieve the real goal of total world domination. Over the past 10 years it produced games like the "Marathon Trilogy" and the first two "Myth" games, hailed as classics by critics and gamers around the world. "Halo: Combat Evolved," its latest game, has achieved phenomenal success on the Microsoft Xbox video game system. More information on Bungie can be found at http://www.bungie.net/.