STAFF REVIEW of Halo 2 (Xbox)

Friday, November 12, 2004.
by Yellowlab

Halo 2 Box art (Very minor spoilers ahead) I\'ll try to avoid boring you with an overview of Halo 2, as everyone with a pulse knows what the game is about. It\'s very difficult for any much hyped sequel to live up to insane hype, whether it be a blockbuster movie or a video game. I was pleased to find that Halo 2 lived up to every bit of the hype and I was fully satisfied by every aspect of the game (single player campaign, XBL, and co-op play). Some may be put off by a cliffhanger type ending (think Matrix Reloaded), or the fact that it asks more quesitons than it answers, but I thought it was very well done and am very much looking forward to Halo 3!

The first thing I noticed - regarding the single player campaign - was that the level design was improved greatly over Halo 1. While I loved Halo 1, it did suffer from some repetitive level design, and less exciting levels as the game progressed. Every level in Halo 2 is incredibly diverse and stands very seperate from the others. Also a few of the later levels were some of the best in the game. Bungie still does some amazing outdoor battle designs, and they greatly improved the indoor ones too. The dual weilding weapon was a nice touch, and added an interesting aspect to the game. I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with different weapon combination. The weapons have been tweaked, and for the most part improved, although I do miss the old pistol and AR. But, the improvements and dual weilding more than make up for the weapons that disappeared. Halo 2 has a beefed up story that was much improved over the first.

It goes without saying that it is a terrific looking game. But, I don\'t know if I would call it the best on the Xbox to date. I still think Tecmo makes a very slightly prettier game (Ninja Gaiden, DOAU). And, I would have preferred FMV cut-scenes as the in game rendered ones had some pop-up (with the texturing) and framerate issues in a couple spots. But, I\'m nitpicking as it is without a doubt one of the prettier games on the market today. The environments are just amazingly well done, and the character details are spectacular.

It doesn\'t get any better than this. A tremendous soundtrack that chimes in at all the right times and voice work that rivals the best games. The marine and grunt chatter is hilarious. I love that they brought in a few celebrities as the marines (David Cross is hilarious). The sound effects, gun shots, blasts, etc... are just so well done. I loved it on the first level on earth when you could hear gunshots ringing out in the distance. It truly sounded like you were in an urban warfare situation.

A couple minor things...there should be a split screen option (horizontal or vertical) in the game, without making us change our dashboard settings from widescreen to 4:3 TV size. A few more XBL options would be nice too, instead of Bungie choosing the gametype for ranked games.

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 10.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


Site Statistics

Registered Members: 51,117
Forum Posts: 725,924
Xbox One Titles: 3,263
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,086
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 586
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 2,113
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 15,865
Screenshots: 34,691
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

2021: XBA is still here
Post by shrew king
1 Replies, 7797 Views

Watch Dogs: Legion
Post by Nato King
0 Replies, 23839 Views

Xbox Series X or S
Post by Nato King
5 Replies, 29718 Views

Spellbreak Grand Magus Pack (3) and Starter Pack (7) Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 22922 Views

I pay $ 1000! I search the Element 54 Canadian launch Team signaturen Faceplate
Post by Smill
0 Replies, 22024 Views

Xbox one no signal
Post by debrartin
0 Replies, 46789 Views

do you remember?
Post by SnoochyBoochy
3 Replies, 48935 Views

i haz xbox
Post by SnoochyBoochy
0 Replies, 43583 Views

Claiming the first thread of 2020
Post by Kraft
7 Replies, 71736 Views

Important! I pay $ 1000! I search the Sweden launch and the Element 54 Faceplate
Post by Smill
3 Replies, 30648 Views

Squad Up
Post by samslophead
0 Replies, 70692 Views

TERA Skinned Xbox One X Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 56440 Views

Starfield Release expectations?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 110119 Views

Issue with Xbox live on Xbox home
Post by rcmpayne
0 Replies, 79699 Views

Happy Birthday, Me.
Post by SnoochyBoochy
4 Replies, 96246 Views

© 2000-2021 - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics