so on the back of completing Halo reach i decided to pick up Halo 2 the Halo game that when I am reading about the franchise that most people seem to talk about and praise so i picked this up pretty cheap on ebay to give it a go, thank goodness for xbox backwards compatibility (gives a glancing look down my nose at my ps3). When playing through the game part of me was naturally comparing it to the current halo games to see how it has evolved and what has changed but it would be unfair to totally compare the two. naturally i cant compare the online mode as Microsoft has turned the servers off.
What I found when playing Halo 2 when thinking back to other fps’s on consoles at the time is they were really trying to push the barriers of what was on offer, to be honest I found the graphics and look of the game to be acceptable now by modern contexts, of course you can see some of the games age when you go into an urban environment and look at building and the level of detial etc. There were a lot of things in which i was playing that I thought must have been innovative at the time for things such as in the storyline being able to play as both sides of the war and as there stories intertwine.
I found the levels in this game to be just to damm long maybe it is because i have grown more use to modern fps’s or another reason but i did just find the missions seem to last way to long and there was audible groans from me of oh god how much longer do I have to play, and to be honest this began to make the game feel like a drag, from memory there are 3 times when you play as the person from the ”bad guys” and this character seems to have the longest levels ever. this just makes the pacing feel awful for me.
There are other good things in this game i really like the way that they have implemented the use of vehicles in this game and i really did like these sections and found that they were done really well at keeping the fun in the game but still having a good challenge
Also some of the level designs and enemies really pissed me off in this game it felt like there were quite a few corridors and similar things constantly reused to then find an open space which would just strike me as a multilayer map and the flood enemies really pissed me off not because they started off as little things that were hard to shoot but then they would cause all the other people you killed to get up and just start chasing you in benny hill fashion. Also on level design for the love of god don’t make it that i can fall off the edge of a cliff all the time.
But the biggest thing that pisses me off about this game is 95% of the time you are by your self suddenly you have a soldier or 2 to keep you company you think finally I have support awesome you walk into the next room and boom they all get massacred by the weakest enemy
The difficulty in this game is quite high i found i was dying way more than i was on halo reach which means this is more challenging
Just another point there seems to be a cult about the main charecter to master chief on the internet and you see some people going crazy about him as some all out action hero well this is the second game I have played with him in and to be honest it doesnt work for me I just find him a token generic action hero nothing special in fact none of the charecters really work for me in this game.
So in conclusion this was probably good and fun at the time now but now it feels slightly dated. now a days 7/10