to a game store near you on the now famous date of 11.9.04,
Halo 2 is bringing with it improvements of all kinds over
the first game. But the single most talked about new feature
is also the biggest - Halo 2 will support play over
Xbox Live in a big way.
But it won’t just be a glorified multiplayer
game. Halo 2 promises all that you’d expect from a sequel in
the single player arena as well- new Covenant enemies, new weapons
(Including the awesome Covenant Energy Sword from the first
new vehicles and improved graphics. The repetitive environments of
the first game are gone, replaced by beautiful new levels populated
with destructible pillars, boxes and even light sources. Part of
the reason is that the new game is set (at least in part) on Earth
itself, which the Covenant has finally located. They’re attempting
to wipe out humanity at its source, but Master Chief isn’t about to
let them get away with it.
the exciting new story, the primary focus of the hordes of drooling
fans has been the multiplayer. Aside from the Live play, there are
many new elements to the game that promise days of pure action
bliss. Vehicles will now display battle damage, pieces of the hull
blowing off and revealing the vulnerable mechanics underneath.
Several of them will also be board-able, which means you can hop on,
toss the rider off and take control yourself. The high-flying
Covenant Banshees will be in multiplayer as well, so expect some
aerial battles. And there are levels large enough to take full
advantage of all these vehicles, as Halo 2 promises arenas
that are larger, more varied, and just overall “better”.
variety, players will be able to mix and match one-handed weapons
with the new dual wielding feature. You can even wield the energy
sword along with a ranged weapon! There’s a downside though, as
while dual wielding you won’t be able to throw grenades or melee
attack. For even more diversity, you’ll be able to play as either a
human Spartan Marine or a Covenant Elite in multiplayer, and
customize your model with different colored armor and even different
insignias. Pick your favorite or one for your whole team. Speaking
of teams, you’ll be able to pit more than two against each other in
a single game. Three vs. three vs. three, four vs. four vs. four
vs. four, or for you macho types, five vs. five vs. one? The
possibilities are nearly unlimited with up to 16 players per game.
It all sounds
good. It sounds really good. Basically, they took the best selling
Xbox game ever and added every improvement you could possibly
imagine. But as good as it all sounds, trust me, it’s incredible
when you see it in action firsthand. Halo 2 is going to be
an action-packed experience that no one with an Xbox should miss.
If you don’t have Xbox Live yet, this is the reason to get it. If
you do have Xbox Live, then you should already have this game
reserved. It’s just that simple.