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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Nerd, you're a fag! Halo has WEAK ASS GRAPHICS compared to DEAD OR ALIVE XTREME BEACH VOLLEYBALL! Halo 2 will lose to DEAD OR ALIVE XTREME BEACH VOLLEYBALL 2!

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I just feel like i want to spit in some peoples faces, but hey... not everyone can be normal or behave nice. But to tease a little... Anonymousat 18:7 15/7/2003 - You should realy learn that there's no such thing as a "PCXBOX" LOL, learn to write if u were going to f**k us all! matriXBOXsucks - Why saying halo 2 sucks and having bad graphics if you haven´t tested it? That only shows how stupid and immature you are. In the future, please post relavant stuff. And oh, yeah.. Halo 2 will most probably rock!

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From what I've seen and read this games will be the greatest xbox game ever made I'm dieing to play this game i want this game now! from what Inow know I have to get Halo2 as soon as it come avalable in stores.

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You bunch of everquest geeks need to quit putting games under a microscope.We play this shit for fun. last time I checked Halo is fun so f**k off.go masturbate to your cartoon porn fags.

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"xbox has: halo, blinx, doa3 & doax, hunter, project gotham, moto gp, indiana jones, buffy, dead to rights, wreckless (now 4 ps2,bugger it), unreal championship, mechassualt, phantom crash and splinter cell. i have more, but say those are the best games. plus more great games to come this year. so stop with all this slagging."If you want to make a point about the xbox stop naming multiplatform games. you listed at least 2 others not just wrecckless and I don't know why you are putting wreckless in that list. That game sucks a$$.

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I cant believe I was going to read all those comments. Good thing I stopped. You damn nerds. Quit bitching about everything. Halo 1 was good. Who cares if the Halo guy looks like the Doom guy? As long as its a good game...

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for those of you that claim PC is so much better than x-box, i'd like to ask what operating system you have on your computer, if its windows just shut up and don't talk anymore, please! cause i know if you are a linux user you wouldn't be dumb enough to go to an x-box forum and try to be funny.. i mean seriously, you must be handicapped, and as far as your accusations about graphics and stuff where computers are better, you have to spend $2000 to get a good gaming computer, if your a bargain hunter its $1,500. the xbox uses a gforce 3, a very high end gforce 3, much better than g-force 4 mx's and if you can afford to get a geforce4 ti, your poiled brat, or just have too much money on your hands, an xbos is just $140-170 thats worth less than your graphics card and it plays as good as a high end g4 so just close your mouth, you've already let out enough of your stupid.for the people that think other games have better graphics, i have no quarrel cause its all opinion, i just smack big fat facts in front of idiotic people faces!

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Hahaha all mother f**king crazy people around here, if i ever need fun i come here hahahaha stupid f**kershalo is great f**k you all stupid unhalo gay f**kers who f**king think that f**k is shit, f**k this response i f**king i hate it f**kf cukck cujkcukcukcuckdamn who knows a good warez server where we can play halo1 online f**k this shit i will have to wait another year to download halo 2 for pc for freee!!!f**k it halo 1 is damn good but f**k i finished now i don't have anything to do shit motherf**kers i will kill my self goddamn

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why do you go on living mr. Dev/Null, honestly, if your that idiotic to come over to and talk like a 4th grader that just learned some new words from southpark, honestly. get a life, or go to an anti-xbox forum... common, your trying to insult the system to try and piss people off, but your just exposing your true inner renob, why do you bother living?

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@ assholeand gaypube is any better? with their mary kate and ashley olsen, oh and don't forget about viewtiful joe, that game looks good too! PS2 just needs better graphics, other than that, i can't argue with anyone on that one... and i haven't heard of any $60 games, sure i haven't been looking for a while, but no one would buy anything for $60 anyways, unless they are REALLY stupid. i can't talk you into liking x-box, but at least agree the gaypube is really bad, almost everyone can agree on that, unless you gotta thing for Joe. damn that cell shaded egotistical f**knut

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what the fuxk is wrong with u ppl is this all u do...............stay on the comp and make insults............look halo 1 waas pretty good so obviously halo2 will be just as good

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look Halo 1 rulz, so all those who are giving it shit can all getf-cked because anyone who has even played half of the first level of Halo 1 knows that Halo 2 is going to be the greatest game in a long time in the history of xbox games. and for those people who are saying the character looks like some f-ckhead from doom... get a life, u guys can get back to your shitty little game of pissy doom... alright anyone who knocks Halo is just a big waste of space ever to be put on the face of the earth... that's all i've got to say to halo-haters.

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Look...Dunno if you should be talking trash but you should instead be asking questions about the game like,is the game gonna have cooperative play in campaign like the first Halo?...I'm really asking!!!

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Gee good point Tirin, sorry, I was really pissed at the world that night... but anyway, Samuel, that should be enough, if not about $10 short, and I'm almost positive it will have Co-Op... I mean, this is HALO 2 we're talking about. Halo ruled, and I think Halo 2 will be twice as good, maybe even four players in co-op XD I certainly hope so.

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R3, L3? Is this somethin to do with a PS2 by any chance? Cos if it is, then wrong forum... but anyway, R3 is clicking the Right Thumbstick in. L3 is the same but with the Left thumbstick.

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hey listen up if you think xbox is gay then u have major f*cking problems. Xbox has way better graphics, but the only downside is PS2 comes out a lot more games but to no comparison to the XBoxes graphics. I know that the PS2 has came out with a new data board hook up or sum Sh*t like that. But if u think it compares ur crazy. Also another thing u cant do w/ PS2 is link play like Halo Lan Parties like i have one wensday. And Halo 2 shouldn't be coming out until Fall of 2004 according to xbox.com, so this waiting sux *ss.

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original halo felt a bit likehalf-life. 3 factions. humans, covenants, and flood. half-life´s got. The guards, marines, black ops, aliens. oh sorry that´s 4. anyway halo2 looks kind of good. But i am not that impressed. about the graphics, the thing that impresses me is the facial animation, and lipsync inhalf-life2. when i first saw that my jaw was on the ground. wow! and to joe graphics is not that importent.

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