Halo 2 - XBox

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[[Waiting for Halo 2]]

As soon as anyone turned on, probably for the first time, their XBox and placed the Halo CD on the tray, they knew that a sequel was coming. The sweet anticipation, the trembling hand with the sore thumb and the sweaty sigh of release at the end of a session, were the signs that Bungie had got it right.
The success of its predecessor has all gamers hungry for any morsel, as tiny as it may be, of information regarding Halo 2. In fact the whole story surrounding the sequel has a lot more to do with what we all know rather than with what we do not.

You already know Halo 2 is the sequel to Halo. You already know Halo walked off with a ton of rave reviews and Game-of-the-Year awards. You already know the bar has been raised and expectations for a sequel are high. You already suspect that Bungie would not create such a game only to destroy it by its sequel.

What you really want to know is: What does it look like? What's new? What's the solo campaign all about? What about multiplayer? And of course the all-important When can I get my hands on it?

[[Halo 2 - Changes]]

The game itself is everything you loved about the original Halo, but with all the knobs turned up to 11 this time round. In fact, Jason Jones, Bungie Studios head described the sequel saying Halo 2 is a lot like Halo 1, only it's Halo 1 on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas and the ninjas are all on fire, too.
This is not a quickie Halo 1.5 follow-up using the same engine. Bungie are using a completely rewritten graphics engine which allows artists to work in previously unimaginable complexity and detail. Anyone who thinks the original Halo stretched the Xbox's graphical abilities to the limit is mistaken. There are gorgeous new realms to be explored, and Halo 2 will take you there. There will be several new weapons in addition to the reliable old standards from the first game. Not to mention the new vehicles you'll ride into battle. Or the many new enemies you'll face. If you had a hard time with the handful of Covenant races you met in the first game, you may wish to start practicing now; you'll need it when they unleash the rest of their army.

[[The Story]]

Halo 2 returns you to the role of the Master Chief - still humanity's best weapon against the Covenant. Their defeat at Halo was only temporary, and they are pursuing their goal - the complete obliteration of humankind - with renewed zeal. Human military forces are exhausted and unable to stave off the Covenant's rapid advance toward Earth. Even with the Master Chief back in action, the situation looks dire - and this is at the beginning of the game, before things get a lot worse. In true Bungie tradition, the solo campaign in Halo 2 deepens and expands upon the story that began in the first game: old questions will be answered, new mysteries will unfold, and the truly epic nature of the story will finally be revealed.

[[Multiplayer]]

The true difference between Halo and its sequel, will of course be the multiplayer aspect. Now that XBox - Live is fully launched and well established in most gaming nations, Halo 2 has the potential to prove very useful in drawing in XBox Live subscribers. Halo 2's multiplayer function, will be designed from the ground up. What's more, the multiplayer experience is being completely redesigned. The first Halo offered just a glimpse of what Bungie originally had in mind. In Halo 2 we should expect a few surprises, a hint as to what those will be comes from lead designer, Jamie Griesemer, we still have the multi-player game-types that people loved in Halo, but we're planning something special for multi-player in Halo 2. I don't want to ruin the surprise, but imagine the essential Halo single player experience: pitched battles between the humans and the Covenant, massive vehicle and infantry engagements. Now imagine that every combatant is an actual person playing over Xbox Live. With no bots planned, Bungie are really trying to create a Next - Generation title.

The Halo 2 online multiplayer experience will feature squad-oriented team-play, real-time voice chat, and extensive community support.

[[The New Engine and the Sound]]

Some will be surprised that Bungie chose to create a new engine for Halo 2, after all the original Halo engine seemed to be working pretty well. Changing the graphics engine however, was of paramount importance if the sequel was to offer something new, something better.
Our code squeezes every drop of power out of the Xbox, said Chris Butcher, one of the sequel's engineering leads. We're doing dynamic lighting and shadows, per-pixel everything, rendering gigantic, lush environments. The graphical features we're using are so advanced we don't even have buzzwords for them yet.

Although some may be quick to dismiss the above quote as pure hype, a quick look at the trailer, which offers in-game footage, will definitely make you think twice about Bungie's claims. As seen in the trailer, shadows, lighting, textures and detail are out of this world.

The game will also feature cinematic quality sound which promises to contribute greatly in the creation of the eerie atmosphere which offered so much to the first Halo. A decent Dolby capable system is definitely a worthwhile investment for anyone waiting for the sequel. According to Mat Noguchi, who is responsible for Bungie's tools and sounds on Halo 2 says, I've improved our sound engine so that we can play more sounds with higher fidelity all the time. Most of the sounds in Halo were played at the equivalent of AM radio on a typical receiver. For Halo 2, we're going full-bore, with sound as good as that you get from a professionally recorded CD. Basically, the best audio experience out there.

[[The Summary]]

Halo 2 is destined to become an FPS classic, a title which will not only claim its predecessors position in gaming but one which will attempt to improve on the original. The various gameplay aspects of the title are more or less known, more weapons (7 is just not enough), more enemies, more frantic action. The real difference however, will be in the new graphics engine. Worlds of unsurpassed beauty and complexity will invite you to carry out your very detailed and textured slaughter.
The other important difference is online play. Utilizing the, quite impressive, XBox Live connectivity capabilities, Halo 2 will attempt to do what no online FPS has yet managed to do, create a completely immersive world where everyone you see is another gamer.
For now, Bungie are under Lockdown orders in order to preserve the air of mystery surrounding the title. We do know it has been delayed and will not be on time for Christmas 2003 but will see release in Q1, 2004.

Whatever the release date however, Halo 2's success will be immediately relevant to the survival and future of the XBox console and of the XBox Live service.

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Halo 2 - XBox

so you would rather it was past-gen?? and did nothing new like say...turok evolution?? it is full of next gen stuff because it is a new game idiot. would you rather it had gameplay to match quake??? think before you speak shithead.and next gen is the future fool, you want old gen, play your nes.ta for talking on topic though, even if you do talk out of your ass.

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wow nice insults for the gamecube and ps2 i'm seriously laughign aye, i have a funny one too gaybox! HAHA oh man thats hilariousand yeah i'm joking f**king losers thin ktheir badass by sayign gaycube lol get a life man and mayeba few friends then try get soem pussy, and no pussy is not an animal with four legs and no your calculator wotn tell you the answer on how to get it.Losers.

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that doesn't even rhyme fool, gaybox??? sexbox more like. play = gay. game = gay. x = sex.you get a life by not going onto a halo2 acticles and specifically insulting people. if you dont like halo ion the first place then why go on there.jrodga2k3 all games are repetitive if you think about it. but halo varied its style and atmosphere. try telling me mgs2 or mario, or even gt3 isnt repetitive.i had some pussy last night as a matter of fact, so, HA. and before you can start, she was a fitty. looked like holly valance

Halo 2 - XBox

uh no, wolfenstein 3d came out firstand that guy is the same guy in return to castle wolfenstein and as you can tell, wolfenstein 3d main dude looks the same as the main dude in return to castle wolfenstein and dumbass, iraq had nothing to do with the WTC geez, i think ur a kid. as for people saying they had sex last night when somebody said go get some pussy usually means your a lying bastard cuz you know what, no one cares if you had sex or not and people that brag about it are usually liers.

Halo 2 - XBox

WTF are you talking about? The marine design is the same as Doom. AREN'T PEOPLE AWARE OF THAT? This means M$ spoof Doom character & make their own FPS. IS THIS OBVIOUS? This is not about which is the first FPS. So STFU you n00bs.

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Halo 2 is made by bungie god dammit!!! and halo was revolutionary coz of its control pad layout...rivalling the good ol' keyboard and mouse for pc. Those who complain

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gamecube and gameboy advance are good...sure its kiddy but its classic! its because of nintendo and some pc dudes that u freaks have an xbox, ps2, gcn etc.DONT FORGET GAMING HERITAGE DAMMIT!

Halo 2 - XBox

ah go f**k yourslef all of you fanboys. if you dont like xbox, bugger off this page, unless thats all you do is slag off others. sad ass, GET A LIFE!! (i know that was a contradiction, but hey)ps2 and gaycube and pc only gamers piss off this page, you are only interested in dissing all the ppl here, and thats is just pathetic. i am a pc and xbox gamer, and i can understand why ppl like the other consoles, hell i would even get a gamecube if i didnt have an xbox, i just hate all the fans of the consoles, purely for the fact that you seem to think that only your opinion is valid.

Halo 2 - XBox

tztz! ...i have never seen a bigger Bull-Shit!!! X-Box sucks! ... das ganze ist ja schön und recht, aber auf der X-Box siehts dann trotzdem voll beschissen aus! ...ich kann einfach nicht verstehn, wieso sich manche eine Konsole kaufen? ...vielleicht weil sie zu dumm für einen PC sind? ..ich weiss es nicht! Aber auf der X-Box ist der Spielspass einfach gleich 0! ...schon nur die Auflösung und die allgemeine Qualität (hängt auch vom Fernseher ab) sind einfach zum kotzen!!! f**k all X-Box pussys!

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couldnt b bothered bout the comments here after i read the first one (damn fanboys)All i can say is HALO ROCKS!!!!! This is cominbg from a very big Nintendo fan as well - so no i aint a X Box fanboy.I honestly think Halo did as much innovation as say Goldeneye to the FPS genre (well not as much, but quite significant). It was one of the first games to have many viechels (I EMPHASISE MANY), as well as MANY NPCs around helping u out etc etc. Yes the guns were ho hum, but the gameplay was GREAT!!!! I havnt played that much of it but damn i was hooked when i first played it. Multiplayer is pretty average though (no bots?????), but co op is sooooo goooodd (aghhh finalyy playable framerates unlike Perfect Dark :( )Anywayz I just hope that Halo 2 is just as good or even better - its gonna rock, since Bungie is making it!!! (oh yeah ppl should really play the Myth Games, VERY REVOLUTIONARY!!!!!)Damn that M$ for buyying all the damn good game developers.Oh and fanboys who say Halo will b on PC etc.... where is it??? Its coming but Halo 2 will probally b out b4 Halo is here on PC!!!Another win for console gamers EVERYWHERE regardless of which faction they support

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da_koh you dont even speak english, so your point of view aint valid, bloody germans. WE WON THE WAR! listen to yautjatraker and stop just dissing the xbox, go and make comments on the ps2 games

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DEATHSTRIKE; So what if Halo2 comes out b4 Halo PC? It is coming and thats all thats important. It is only coz M$ dont want to loose Xbox sales that they purchased Bungee and the Halo titles. The only reason I have an Xbox is coz of Halo. After 1 year I only have 2 Xbox mames;Halo and Splinter Cell. Thats what I call pants! I have 2 PC's and I think that all the best FPS's come out on PC's (generally)

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YOU ARE ALL A FOOLS............ITS A DOOM WANNABE. IT WILL CONSIDER DOOM WANNABE. THE HELMET LOOKS LIKE THE DESIGN FROM DOOM MARINE HELMET. THE COLOR OF THE ARMOUR & HELMET IS GREEN. DOOM MARINE ARMOUR SUIT IS ALSO GREEN. WHAT THE HELL MAKES YOU THINK ITS NOT A SPOOF DOOM CHARACTER? YOU ARE ALL BUNCH OF F*CKTARD XBOX LOVER WHO THINKS HALO IS A GOD FPS. F*CK YOU ALL.

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DOOM Clone.....lol... Is that becuase it's using similar graphic rendering tecniques...or is that really the worst thing you can think of to say about the game...if it is im pleased :).

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Its all about copyright material. If someone copy your work & modify it to make it their own character, will you be pissed? I will. M$ did sue few firm over the copying their work & modify it. So far I see a similarity between Doom character & Halo character. I have to say that is a darn copying intellectual property. Don't you like to see another lawsuit for M$? It is about time they get a payback they deserved.

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F*CK YOU ALL. YOU ARE NOTHING BUT BIG LAZY ASS c**k SUCKER, PORN LOOKER, SLUT SLAPPING, IRROGANT PUNK, BUSH BALL LICKER, TERRORIST DEALER, DEVIL WORSHIPPER, RETARDED IDIOT, XBOX FANBOYS, SADDAM BALL LICKER, OSAMA BALL LICKER, ATI FANBOYS, NVIDIA FANBOYS, PS2 FANBOYS, GC FANBOYS, MICROSOFT SUPPORTER, SONY SUPPORTER, TROLL, SPAMMER, CLONES, NINTENDO SUPPORTER, SEGA SUPPORTER, NUDIST, PRO-WAR, ANTI-WAR, NAZI, p***s, PUSSY, F*CKER, SH*THEAD, RAG HEAD, TOWEL HEAD, COMMUNIST, FASCIST, REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRATIC, WAR CREATOR, FRENCH HATER, FRENCH LOVER, FREEDOM HATER, FREEDOM LOVER, SUCKER THIS BOARD HAVE EVER SEEN.

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DS; i was replying to the kids question of when halo2 was coming out! I wasn't talking about halo(typo on my part) and besides, i hope halo comes out on PC b4 halo2 comes out on XBOX(supposed to happen anyways) cause i play XBOX and PC just as much, and I, like most other people can't get enough of that halo goodness

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a guy in an armoured suit can be from any game, movie etc...a guy with a gun fighting off hordes of aliens can be from any game, movie etc...but does a a guy in a sequel to a kickass game exclusively on bill's xbox have to be a breach of intellectual property?master chief is master chief! a SPARTAN engineered super soldier

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What the helll is wrong with u guys ,,, cant u tell the fact that this game rules,,, f**k it u guys are just jealous ,,, u guys wont understand ,,,the only thing im going to say is to wait.... till HALO 2 comes out and gains its respect by everyone ,,,

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UNKNOWN'S REPLY TO ME;If M$ have any sence they will not try and influence the content of Halo 2 other that actual quality control for bugs and serious failings in the game structure (dead ends etc)generaly publishers tend to leave the best developers (Lionhead iD Software etc) to their own devices during the biggest titles and dont impose stringent deadlines. I dont think M$ will start doing this with Halo2

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why are you jipping halo are you thick or is your head hurting because its been up your ass the whole day because we all LOVE halo whats bad about a guy hordes of aliens to pieces and whats wrong with you lot of ass hole insulters cant you spell! jesus for all that is good and holy get of your fat asses and stop playing on your ps2 and learn something like this.............................................................................YOUR A ASS HOLE AND HALO KICKS ASS

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I like to go the way of nonviolence. Internet fights are like the special olympics... no matter who wins, they're all retared (no offense to anyone please) Maybe MC does look like the Doom guy. So? Why do you care? It's not yoru deal, why make it ruin a game for you cause something on one game looks like something on another game. Example:

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M$ IS A PIECE OF TRASH & SHOULD BE HEAVILY CRITIZE. THEY MAKE CRAPPY SQL PROGRAM, THEY MAKE CRAPPY OS. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK HALO AREN'T THE SAME? M$ WILL & FOREVER MAKE CRAPPY PRODUCT THAT HAVE OR WILL FOREVER HAVE GLITCHES......LONG LIVE LINUX

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