(written by Grand_Zamboa) Added on: 30 Apr 2012
When I first got Halo 2 with my new Xbox 360, I did not think it would be much different from the original Halo: Combat Evolved. However, the moment the introductory video started, I was proved wrong. Bungie improved just about everything since Halo 1, from graphics to weapons to new enemies. Halo 2 strikes me as the first ever game that provides great insight on both sides of the conflict, UNSC and the Covenant, all the while the action keeps you on your toes. New, powerful weapons like the Beam Rifle or new enemies such as the Forerunner Enforcer are just few things that will give you a run for your money, but proceeding the story makes up for it. The appearance of a new playable character on the other side, the Arbiter is both despicable for his past deeds, but at the same time strikes you as someone who simply follows his orders without question. As you delve deeper into the story, you discover the Flood isn’t just some parasite, but rather THE Parasite.
Plot aside, the gameplay saw a definite improvement in both movements that are more fluid and mechanics. Enemies are even more intelligent than in Halo: CE and heaven save you if you run into a Jackal sniper team in an open area. Allowing the player to wield the dreaded plasma sword of the Elites only improves the gaming experience, but it is easy for a multiplayer match to simply devolve into a sword fighting “orgy”.
The multiplayer is one major chapter in itself. Bringing in new, colossal maps into the multiplayer enhances the gaming experience greatly, especially for multiplayer loving players who like grand battles, also the ability to run around as an Elite, instead of only a Spartan. Some of the maps are made specifically for large battles with both light and heavy vehicles as well as the flying Banshees and mark my words, you will not get bored with them easily.
All in all, Halo 2 is a worthy continuation to Halo: Combat Evolved, which has won the hearts of so many players at the beginning and even some of today games, would have a hard time competing against it. If you are looking for an exciting shooter game, but also a rich storyline or a long hours of fun with friends in multiplayer, Halo 2 is the game for you.