Halo 2

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Halo 2 is the sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved. In Halo 2, the saga continues as Master Chief a genetically enhanced super-soldier is the only thing standing between the relentless Covenant and the destruction of all humankind.
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ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre First Person Shooter
Maximum Number of Players 4
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Halo 2
5 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 18, 2004

The most anticipated. The most talked about. The most pre-ordered. The fastest selling. Halo 2 has become the game that everyone wanted it to be: the most important reason to ignore reality and escape to a world that's 100% better than your own. Everyone waited for Halo 2 because of its multiplayer gameplay. That's the reason why it has a chance at becoming the most played game of this console generation. Based on my personal experiences, it seems that no less than three people are playing Halo 2 for every copy sold. If it sells as many copies as the first game (over five million), it'll reach at least 15 million players.

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Halo 2 (xbox)
5 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 7, 2004

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Halo 2
5 Star Review  about.com - Nov 7, 2004

Halo 2 is a bigger, more feature filled, and much more polished game than the original Halo. It might seem similar to the original at first glance, but the already great gameplay has been improved and the level designs are much better. This is everything a sequel should be: Bigger and better in every way. Hype is a dangerous thing, and Halo 2 might not live up to the massive expectations placed on it, but it is still a great game that no Xbox owner should miss.

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Halo 2 (xbox)
5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 7, 2004

In the history of videogames, each system invariably lands its super-mega winner, it's system-seller, it's Barry Bonds. On Genesis, you rolled with Sonic the Hedgehog, on Nintendo 64, you got Super Mario 64, on PlayStation you had Final Fantasy VII, and on Dreamcast you loved Soul Calibur. On Xbox, Halo has become the MVP for three years. But there is a new kid in town, and you've known it's name for years.

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Halo 2
5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Halo 2 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.85 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #23 game of all time, #1 game of 2004 for the Xbox and #1 Xbox game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 161 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Halo 2
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 10 expert reviews for Halo 2 and the average expert rating is 90 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Sweet story line
5 Star Review   By member ronstanza - Jun 22, 2007   

Strengths: Complex story, great graphics

Weakness: objectives not obvious at times

incredible web of parallel perspectives of good and evil. what you believed was the enemy had it's own side to the story and what you though was your friend was something else. great action sequences and imaginative weapons.

62% of readers found this review helpful.

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WOW I LOVE THIS GAME!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Cool coop and single player. Great graphics new characters. thats whats good about it.

Weakness: bad things where slow loading. ONLY 2 EARTH LEVELS.

But over all great game 5 out of 5. So Multiplayer is great on xbox live. Create your character Spartan or Elite. Tis game is a classic. Its a need to buy.

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Halo 2
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Packed with adventure and so many new weapons. In first person view where you can see the action. I'm just getting started...

Weakness: The guns are good but the veicles aren't that good. The warthog is good but, the tank stinks.

I've already beaten it but I still like to play it often. I Have this game and I give it a two thumbs up! ( I totally love the game.)

50% of readers found this review helpful.

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halo 2
5 Star Review   By member dtc1102 - Dec 29, 2005   

Strengths: great for xbox live very fun

Weakness: none!!!!

this game has a great set up for xbox live i highly recomend this game. the single player is ok but still fun all that i do is play xbox live

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the greatest game ever
5 Star Review   By member luffy115 - Dec 18, 2005   

Strengths: multiplayer,story,weapons,characters,vehicles,levels,enemys

Weakness: few glitches

If you want to have the greatest game ever created get this game. Its alsome I love it. you will fall in love with this game. But by the first one before you get the second one.

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the game
3 Star Review     

Strengths: great game good game play

Weakness: AI let you down a bit graphics protection is not great no online campain

good game but play could of been better and A I should be AI not stupid but over all great game and would recomend it to any one who has a x box

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3 Star Review   By member Doughboy0434 - May 17, 2005   

Strengths: fun, has xbox live and of course,... marines

Weakness: the story is short,& the ending sucks

you can disagree with me but i am right halo 2 sucks it can be fun, if you know a good game the you know that halo 2 is ok, when u get out of the pause menu you can see the textures in the game which is retarded. the xbox live is cool though.

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3 Star Review   By member Mazimus - Dec 12, 2004   

Strengths: -New weapons -Excellent Physics -Online Play

Weakness: -Poor Story -Short Game -No Computer AI in multiplayer -Replay Value

Halo 2 is by far the most realistic FPS to date. You can actually feel every bullet. And with a new arsenal that is doubled that of the first, thats a lot of bullets. The gameplay goes into more depth with the Arbiter becoming a playable character giving players the weilding power of a vibrosword. But above all is Master Chief back in action whoopin as$. The games awesome when it comes to graphics, feel, and sound. The legendary mode is great for hardcore fans but might bore players who play for fun. Vehicle hopping is a lot of fun as well in multiplayer mode. But despite these new additions, the game may have taken a little too long to come out. Which brings us to the drawbacks. Thats right, Halo 2 does have a few. The story line first of all could use a little work. Playing through, you will notice no cinema other than the opening,lasts longer than two minutes. Not even the ending. The talking rhyming plant thing was done in pet shop of horrors. And the plague seem to be really intelligent. The side notes are told by Cortana which is a cool idea. But she always talks while your shooting so in order to understand the game, some levels will have to be played over. The levels in this Halo were much less redundant, but than again, the game seemed much shorter. It took me twelve hours to beat the game and that was with taking my time and exploring. Legendary mode adds to replay value but not much, the most drastic change is how long it takes you to kill an enemy. I would say this mode is for bragging rights more than anything else. Multiplayer is better now that it is online but you don't have computer AI. So unless you have xbox online or a lot of friends the Multiplayer mode doesn't stretch too far. So with the Campaign mode being short and fruitless, and the Multiplayer mode being only multi person friendly, the game gets old quick. That is unless you have Xbox online. And finally, what happened to saving the human race, like in the demo? Instead I just ended up on another Halo doing the same thing fighting the same people. Overall this game is basically: Better than the first. Could have been a lot more. Took to long to come out, and thats the reason why I feel this game is so lacking. It was revolutionary in 2002, maybe even 2003. But in 2004 it is just pretty damn good.

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5 Star Review   By member usunghero - Dec 2, 2004   

Strengths: All around the greatest FPS and maybe game ever. As always, awsome graphics, nonstop action, and the beam sword!

Weakness: Still can't get bots in multiplayer... XBOX live compensates for that small fact. also, it had the worst ending possible.

Please, all of you who are complaining about this game, shut up. The only flaw in this masterpiece is the ending, which is gay, but it just means that you will be forced to purchase Halo 3. This is unfourtunate, but it means that about the time this game dies out of the limelight, Halo 3 will be released, giving us all something more to talk about. It will give us one more way to compete and brag, and one more chance to claim to be able to drop an army with a handgun. For those who have just purchased this game, I pity you for not having reaped the fruits yet. But you are about to experience a gaming phenomenon. If you begin in normal, a 10-16 hour playing time will be normal. On legendary, things can take as long as you are skilled. Either way, you will hate the ending. Fair Warning. You might as well Pre-order Halo 3 because you will need it to maintain your sanity.

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5 Star Review   By member xPunisher71x - Nov 24, 2004   

Strengths: The strengths for Halo 2 is the muilt- player mode. Plus, now it can connect to XBOX Live, it makes its even better. I love how, you can play as an Elite and you see their side of the story.

Weakness: The only weakness that Halo 2 had was that the cut- sences were dropped and not long effort.

Just get this game, you will not feel sorry about it. If you do, I'll pay for the game. Remember in it's 1st 24 hours Halo 2 sold about 1.5 million copies, making about 125 million dollars.

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Halo 2 is the sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved. In Halo 2, the saga continues as Master Chief a genetically enhanced super-soldier is the only thing standing between the relentless Covenant and the destruction of all humankind.
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ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre First Person Shooter
Maximum Number of Players 4
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Manufacturer Microsoft
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Halo 2
5 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 18, 2004

The most anticipated. The most talked about. The most pre-ordered. The fastest selling. Halo 2 has become the game that everyone wanted it to be: the most important reason to ignore reality and escape to a world that's 100% better than your own. Everyone waited for Halo 2 because of its multiplayer gameplay. That's the reason why it has a chance at becoming the most played game of this console generation. Based on my personal experiences, it seems that no less than three people are playing Halo 2 for every copy sold. If it sells as many copies as the first game (over five million), it'll reach at least 15 million players.

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Halo 2 (xbox)
5 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 7, 2004

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Halo 2
5 Star Review  about.com - Nov 7, 2004

Halo 2 is a bigger, more feature filled, and much more polished game than the original Halo. It might seem similar to the original at first glance, but the already great gameplay has been improved and the level designs are much better. This is everything a sequel should be: Bigger and better in every way. Hype is a dangerous thing, and Halo 2 might not live up to the massive expectations placed on it, but it is still a great game that no Xbox owner should miss.

Read the full review »

Halo 2 (xbox)
5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 7, 2004

In the history of videogames, each system invariably lands its super-mega winner, it's system-seller, it's Barry Bonds. On Genesis, you rolled with Sonic the Hedgehog, on Nintendo 64, you got Super Mario 64, on PlayStation you had Final Fantasy VII, and on Dreamcast you loved Soul Calibur. On Xbox, Halo has become the MVP for three years. But there is a new kid in town, and you've known it's name for years.

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Halo 2
5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Halo 2 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.85 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #23 game of all time, #1 game of 2004 for the Xbox and #1 Xbox game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 161 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Halo 2
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 10 expert reviews for Halo 2 and the average expert rating is 90 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Sweet story line
5 Star Review   By member ronstanza - Jun 22, 2007   

Strengths: Complex story, great graphics

Weakness: objectives not obvious at times

incredible web of parallel perspectives of good and evil. what you believed was the enemy had it's own side to the story and what you though was your friend was something else. great action sequences and imaginative weapons.

62% of readers found this review helpful.

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WOW I LOVE THIS GAME!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Cool coop and single player. Great graphics new characters. thats whats good about it.

Weakness: bad things where slow loading. ONLY 2 EARTH LEVELS.

But over all great game 5 out of 5. So Multiplayer is great on xbox live. Create your character Spartan or Elite. Tis game is a classic. Its a need to buy.

20% of readers found this review helpful.

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Halo 2
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Packed with adventure and so many new weapons. In first person view where you can see the action. I'm just getting started...

Weakness: The guns are good but the veicles aren't that good. The warthog is good but, the tank stinks.

I've already beaten it but I still like to play it often. I Have this game and I give it a two thumbs up! ( I totally love the game.)

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halo 2
5 Star Review   By member dtc1102 - Dec 29, 2005   

Strengths: great for xbox live very fun

Weakness: none!!!!

this game has a great set up for xbox live i highly recomend this game. the single player is ok but still fun all that i do is play xbox live

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the greatest game ever
5 Star Review   By member luffy115 - Dec 18, 2005   

Strengths: multiplayer,story,weapons,characters,vehicles,levels,enemys

Weakness: few glitches

If you want to have the greatest game ever created get this game. Its alsome I love it. you will fall in love with this game. But by the first one before you get the second one.

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the game
3 Star Review     

Strengths: great game good game play

Weakness: AI let you down a bit graphics protection is not great no online campain

good game but play could of been better and A I should be AI not stupid but over all great game and would recomend it to any one who has a x box

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3 Star Review   By member Doughboy0434 - May 17, 2005   

Strengths: fun, has xbox live and of course,... marines

Weakness: the story is short,& the ending sucks

you can disagree with me but i am right halo 2 sucks it can be fun, if you know a good game the you know that halo 2 is ok, when u get out of the pause menu you can see the textures in the game which is retarded. the xbox live is cool though.

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3 Star Review   By member Mazimus - Dec 12, 2004   

Strengths: -New weapons -Excellent Physics -Online Play

Weakness: -Poor Story -Short Game -No Computer AI in multiplayer -Replay Value

Halo 2 is by far the most realistic FPS to date. You can actually feel every bullet. And with a new arsenal that is doubled that of the first, thats a lot of bullets. The gameplay goes into more depth with the Arbiter becoming a playable character giving players the weilding power of a vibrosword. But above all is Master Chief back in action whoopin as$. The games awesome when it comes to graphics, feel, and sound. The legendary mode is great for hardcore fans but might bore players who play for fun. Vehicle hopping is a lot of fun as well in multiplayer mode. But despite these new additions, the game may have taken a little too long to come out. Which brings us to the drawbacks. Thats right, Halo 2 does have a few. The story line first of all could use a little work. Playing through, you will notice no cinema other than the opening,lasts longer than two minutes. Not even the ending. The talking rhyming plant thing was done in pet shop of horrors. And the plague seem to be really intelligent. The side notes are told by Cortana which is a cool idea. But she always talks while your shooting so in order to understand the game, some levels will have to be played over. The levels in this Halo were much less redundant, but than again, the game seemed much shorter. It took me twelve hours to beat the game and that was with taking my time and exploring. Legendary mode adds to replay value but not much, the most drastic change is how long it takes you to kill an enemy. I would say this mode is for bragging rights more than anything else. Multiplayer is better now that it is online but you don't have computer AI. So unless you have xbox online or a lot of friends the Multiplayer mode doesn't stretch too far. So with the Campaign mode being short and fruitless, and the Multiplayer mode being only multi person friendly, the game gets old quick. That is unless you have Xbox online. And finally, what happened to saving the human race, like in the demo? Instead I just ended up on another Halo doing the same thing fighting the same people. Overall this game is basically: Better than the first. Could have been a lot more. Took to long to come out, and thats the reason why I feel this game is so lacking. It was revolutionary in 2002, maybe even 2003. But in 2004 it is just pretty damn good.

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5 Star Review   By member usunghero - Dec 2, 2004   

Strengths: All around the greatest FPS and maybe game ever. As always, awsome graphics, nonstop action, and the beam sword!

Weakness: Still can't get bots in multiplayer... XBOX live compensates for that small fact. also, it had the worst ending possible.

Please, all of you who are complaining about this game, shut up. The only flaw in this masterpiece is the ending, which is gay, but it just means that you will be forced to purchase Halo 3. This is unfourtunate, but it means that about the time this game dies out of the limelight, Halo 3 will be released, giving us all something more to talk about. It will give us one more way to compete and brag, and one more chance to claim to be able to drop an army with a handgun. For those who have just purchased this game, I pity you for not having reaped the fruits yet. But you are about to experience a gaming phenomenon. If you begin in normal, a 10-16 hour playing time will be normal. On legendary, things can take as long as you are skilled. Either way, you will hate the ending. Fair Warning. You might as well Pre-order Halo 3 because you will need it to maintain your sanity.

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5 Star Review   By member xPunisher71x - Nov 24, 2004   

Strengths: The strengths for Halo 2 is the muilt- player mode. Plus, now it can connect to XBOX Live, it makes its even better. I love how, you can play as an Elite and you see their side of the story.

Weakness: The only weakness that Halo 2 had was that the cut- sences were dropped and not long effort.

Just get this game, you will not feel sorry about it. If you do, I'll pay for the game. Remember in it's 1st 24 hours Halo 2 sold about 1.5 million copies, making about 125 million dollars.

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5 Star Review   By member masterchief16 - Nov 18, 2004   

Strengths: graphics are great. covenant are harded to fight on legendary.that are so good that i still cant beat the first level on legendary

Weakness: stary line needs a little work

well, got to tell ya, this game is just as good as the first, if not better. i love the duel weilding of the plasma rifles.they have seriously downgraded the the pistol though...i was very depressed when i pulled out my pistol and got my Butt kicked when it didnt have enough ammo and it didnt have the scope.all in all though...this game is a must have!!!! get it if u want to keep up with the bling bling of things....i got a question though....r they gonna put out a halo three??

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5 Star Review   By member spooty333 - Nov 13, 2004   

Strengths: the high graphics and quality of game play. The non-respawning on legendary

Weakness: a rubish ending and the lengh of the game is to short

congradulations to the guys at bungie for making another sucessfull game but making it to short made half life 2 the better game by far but still 1 of the best games ever made. Any way at least it lasted two days instead of one, like the other (on normal of course).

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Halo 2 wheee
4 Star Review   By member zoglog - Nov 10, 2004   

Strengths: Improved graphics, well implemented dual weilding, great same gameplay, additional vehicles, true multiplayer, vehicle jacking, co-op mode is still great to play, continuation of a good story.

Weakness: Still suffers from repetitive level syndrome, no more than 2 player co-op or system or online co-op, Campaign mode is kind of short, texture pop-in delay is noticeable, Dissapointing ending

Seeing as how there are so many non-reviews on here I thought i'd write an actual review (from somone who owns all 3 consoles and has no console bias whatsoever) instead of all the useless stuff from fanboys and haters. Well it's been quite awhile since Halo 1 which I played for countless hours (always in co-op) with a friend. Sometimes we'd be attacking covenant forces and sometimes we'd be killing each other endlessly for fun. The good news is Halo 2 retains all of the greatness from the first and essentially adds more. Some of the more noteable new features is the removal of the health, increased action, a harder legendary mode, more multiplayer capabilities, more vehicles, ability to steal vehicles from opponents, and dual wielding, and new weapons (especially the sword). I can't say much for the multiplayer xbox live element since I do not have xbox live but I can imagine it adds a whole lot of value to the game. I am mainly a PC FPS player so I could never play a console FPS competitively unless it had keyboard and mouse. Anyway the main reason why I was looking forward to halo 2 is the co-op mode which was a total blast in halo 1. The good news is all the new additions to the game serve to make the co-op experience more fun than the original. I honestly believe that more first person shooters need to implement a co-op mode in thier games and is a seriously lacking feature in most FPS, especially in PC ones. As a stand alone game when not comparing to Halo 1, nothing about it except the dissapointing ending has degraded. The story development in the game has more character development than the first with looking at the war from both the human and elite (covenant) perspective. You spend about half the game playing as an elite covenant which is a nice change. However in both parts as master chief and as the elite you find yourself reliving some of the repetitive level gameplay that you experienced in halo 1. Given they have improved it signifigantly it still occurs and me and my friend found ourselves getting bored on occasions. If you own an Xbox and you liked the first halo I would definetly recommend it as a buy regardless of it's flaws. And if you havent played the first halo I recommend you rent this game to see how it sticks with you because I realize alot of people don't like first person shooters. I find however that many people tend to like halo 2 regardless of them not fully appreciating the genre. And even though the campaign experience is not totally fulfilling, the gameplay and balancing elements in the campaign (especially in co-op) make it the best Player VS Computer first person shooter games I have played. (tempted to call it single player but I guess co-op wouldnt fall under that ^_^) Breakdown: Graphics: 9 (got to take away some for the pop-in textures) Music: 9 (well placed) Control/Gameplay: 10 Length/Replay: 9 (If you don't have Xbox live i'd say 7-8)

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