is definitely a tribute to the power of the Xbox,
but unless you are a detail / technology monger and
know what to look for, you'll just think Halo looks
really nice. The underlying beauty of Halo may not
be readily apparent, especially if you are just wowed
by shiny graphics, but once you get into the gameplay,
you'll realize there is more here than just another
a nutshell, you are Master Chief, who is unthawed
early to thwart an onslaught of an alien faction called
The Covenant. The Covenant have a few different species
fighting their war and you'll be introduced to them
fairly quickly, as they have infiltrated your ship.
The little Covenant grunts would be kind of cute if
they weren't so dangerous. However for all of there
macho bravado, they sure turn tail quickly when they
realize they are about to get their ass handed to
them. Watching them scurry off while whining or panicking
in English is hilarious. Their big brothers aren't
as funny however and will often attack you up close
and personal. Luckily you can join the melee, with
a good smash to the face with your weapon if one gets
close enough. If defending yourself and your teammates
ever lets up, take a moment to look around, especially
in the outdoor scenes. It's breathtaking, unlike real
Halo is a first person shooter developed for a console,
you'll have to use the controller instead of the preferred
keyboard and mouse. One the easy setting this is acceptable
but above that, you'll probably run into trouble.
Bungie did make the crosshairs wide enough, to allow
a little leeway in your aim, but when you have take
a ton of enemies, you'll wish for the speed and accuracy
of a mouse. One way in which Bungie has countered
the need for such things is by allowing your health
to regenerate if you can duck out of the action for
awhile. This certainly evens the score to some degree
and even gives the game some added gameplay elements
as you can't just walk in a room and start killing
everything without at least ducking for cover a few
times. You'll need to think defensively as well as
offensively. Once you start getting further on into
the missions, the control starts to become second
nature (even with the Xbox controller!).
in a bit of Tribes concepts, Master Chief can drive
or pilot some vehicles around the landscape on different
missions. The first vehicle you will encounter is
the Warthog, an army issued jeep, with a machine gun
mounted in the back. Definitely a cool idea, until
you try and drive it. The vehicle has absolutely no
traction (for a jeep) and the steering is hit and
miss at best. Controlling the thing is extremely difficult
and annoying, although it is particularly cool when
you've got a teammate or two with you who are literally
builds on the scripted events style of gameplay that
originated back in Half Life, which gives the game
a life of its own. There are things going on around
you that you may not even notice, but it's all happening
whether you are there to witness it or not. The missions
are objective oriented and although linear, you will
feel as though you have some influence over how to
weapons in Halo all have their strengths and weaknesses
and Bungie decided to make this game a little more
realistic by only allowing you to carry two weapons
at once. The catch? Well, you can pick enemy weapons
along the way, but you'll have to drop one. But which
one? Along with the two weapon max, you'll have to
reload those puppies, which means ducking for cover.
You have to see these weapons in action not to mention
the grenades. Talk about realistic explosions! When
you toss a pineapple (I've watched too many war movies)
into a group and one of them gets blown towards you,
you'll be as impressed as I was.
on, without giving too much away, the game bogs down
in the middle and a sense of repetition invades what
should have been a steady climb to an incredible climax.
The game's last few minutes make up for this, but
I was left wondering why Bungie had opted to go this
route. The only reason I could think of was time limitations
to get the product ready for launch. Hopefully the
sequel will flow a little more evenly.
also has multiplayer modes which are fantastic. My
only real complaint with multiplayer is that you can't
play them alone. How's that for a literary oxymoron?
I'm not sure if it's just me, but I would love to
be able to play the multiplayer games against some
bots, but you can't. Strictly for 2-4 players. I hope
I have just overlooked something, but I have tried
everything. However, you can play 2 players in the
single player campaign which is a real blast.
conclusion Your Honor, Halo is as good as everyone
says it is. I love the intense fire fights as they
really captures the "shoot out" mood if
you get my drift. Bungie did an excellent job melding
story, action and suspense. If you own an Xbox and
you love FPS, then you're in luck. Buy it.
Review by Chris Blair
is in a word: Mind blowing! "Ok that was two words.
Hey, give me a break. I have been playing for the
last 48 hours almost non-stop" With a title like this
I will enjoy the suffering though. If you where impressed
by games like Half-Life, then this is the game for
you. It is kind of funny Half-Life fits very well
here do not get me wrong but it is a term to describe
a length of time. It seems that the life span has
now worn off. Thanks to the folks at BUNGIE and Microsoft.
Halo is an adventure shooter and combat game. That
is certainly going to make people stop and say hey
what is that? This game is rated Mature and at times
there is some strong language, blood and gore. However,
it is not just for the sake of blood and gore. It
has a reason for it unlike some games that just add
it to help sales. If you have a speaker set-up in
your gamming room and it is not hooked up, you're
missing out on a lot of extras. The graphics are great.
The voices fit the characters very well. The story
line draws you in almost from the very first minute
of the game.
This is the show stopper so for of all the launch
titles. However, there are a few things that would
have made it a hands down outright number 1 game.
The game manual is loaded with info. However, it really
does not explain the controls enough. I guess that
since during the game play messages pop up telling
you the functions, they decided that the information
was not needed. I would like to be the judge of what
I would like to know before the game starts. You can
change the controls to your preferences to a degree.
I gave the control a higher rating based on the ease
of learning them and they work well for the most part.
Like any game, some things just take practice such
as learning the proper way to climb the ladders and
other small things. The whole game is like being in
another world. The weapons are very cool. They also
make some nice, messy spots after you blow up one
of the creatures.
basic story without ruining anything: you're the last
of a special breed of human race, a human who was
bred and engineered for total all out warfare. You
will need all those skills to accomplish your mission.
This game has it all: a great story multiple missions
and a great mix of different fighting areas. Also,
it has some really cool toys to drive around to destroy
the enemy. They even included some ships to attack
from the sky! Like most games of this type you must
reach a goal point to save from. If you die or cannot
complete the mission you have to start from the last
successful save point. You do get plenty of help and
hints along the way. However, if you're the type who
is gun crazy, beware. It's not nice to take friendly
fire and how would you feel if you killed one of your
If this is only the beginning of what the Xbox can
bring to all of us gamers, I cannot wait to see what
is next. The game is very complex with several options
not just the campaign mode. So do not expect to just
spend a few hours on this one. This is definitely
one you will want to show off to all your friends
who did not yet get the Xbox! Take your time conserve
your ammo and be prepared to be surprised at some
of the awesome things that will happen during the
game. One last thing, this is a 1 player game. To
use the 4-player mode, you will definitely want to
use the Xbox Link system.
a lot of accolades at E3 this year was Halo, a military/alien,
first-person shooter with great graphics and tons
of action. The game hits the floor running with heart-pumping
excitement that features real time strategies and
squadron deployment. The only thing that would make
me put this game down for a second might be a double
cheeseburger with bacon, or possibly a loaded pizza,
or maybe a plate of hot wings… Mmmm. Hell, I'd put
down my life support system for a plate of hot wings.
(You'll notice I didn't say I'd actually unplug it….)
there's nothing like a good alien shoot up. Armed
with a massive, futuristic assault rifle, it's up
to you to save the human race from the other-worldly
monsters you battle on their own turf. They blow up
real good though; with explosions that look so realistic
you might be tempted to roast a hot dog over the flames.
I can't stop thinking about food now that I mentioned
environments are massive and most of the action takes
place outdoors. Think of areas (zones) instead of
levels. Because the world is so vast, you have to
navigate your way through the alien landscape on a
jeep. Make sure to pack a lunch; it's a long way to
the nearest truck stop. Beef Jerky doesn't spoil as
fast as fish.
you don't enjoy strategy games because you find them
too cerebral and slow moving, then you will definitely
enjoy Halo with its relatively straightforward gameplay
and engaging battles; just get down and start shooting.
The gameplay becomes more involved as strategies and
other battle decisions are played out in real time.
I've got to make a food reference in this paragraph,
so here it goes: fried chicken.
and multiplayer options are available. A headset mike
will be used for communicating with up to 16 network
players. If you're not used to using headset mikes
here's a tip: try real hard to remember you have it
on before you leap from the couch, responding instinctively,
to the beeping microwave in an effort to retrieve