HALO 2 REVIEW

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HALO 2

(STORY ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX/PC

Game Supports English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese text.

Audio Support English only.

Support 1-2p offline and online co-op, 1-4 offline multiplayer, and 2-16 online multiplayer

 

Story: With the lost of a Halo due to Master Chief destroying it, all hope for the Covenant was lost, but lucky for them they built more than 1 Halo and are going to use another Halo to destroy earth. Master Chief learns of this and is on a mission to destroy another Halo. At the same time a yellow elite is put on trial and is turned in to a Arbiter in order to regain the trust from the higher ups.

Good or Bad Story?: Halo 2’s story is epic and its cinematic. You have to experience the story to understand how good it really is. And Halo 2’s story is pretty much the best story of all the Halo games I played. EPIC!

Graphics: Halo 2 came out in 2004 and playing it in 2014 I got to say…..it has not aged well. The game looks good as its colorful and has environments and some characters mainly the Covenant being well designed, but it also looks bad as well with some characters looking blocky as if they came from an N64 game, Cortana looks ugly and I got to ask what happened to her face?

Some of the environments and machines have washed/muddy textures and the game is also very dark in some areas making it hard to see. And there is some textures that load, but it barely looks different from its original textures.  1 more thing at times reflections from some of the environments stay on screen and it gets annoying as it can make something’s hard to see.

Audio: The music is awesome with some of tracks from the first game being remixed and the other tracks sound like they were composed by Daisuke Ishiwatari the creator of Guilty Gear. The English voice acting is really good, but I would have liked if there were more voice options.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Halo 2 is a 1st-person shooter where you play both Master Chief and Arbiter whose stories occur at the same time or after the other and depending on the level you’ll play 1 or the other. Halo 2 keeps the core mechanics of its prequel like shooting, tbagging, melee, scoping, picking up weapons and exchanging with your AI pals, throwing grenades, jumping, driving vehicles, hitting your AI pals, exploring the environments to find secrets, co-op(offline and online), and using a flashlight(Chief only). But it also introduces new 1s like using 2 guns at the same time(only certain guns) and hijacking your enemy’s vehicles.  Arbiter doesn’t have a flashlight, but instead has camouflage that last 20 sec. so you can be a bit stealthy. And there are 3 boss fights, a level select, and new weapons.

Bad: There is no option to change the crouch button from holding it down to just pressing it. Your flashlight only works in certain areas and if you try to use it in other areas in the game than it will only last for 9 sec. and on top of that it doesn’t make things easier to see in the dark. You can’t melee foes with 2 guns. You can’t take a turret with you. The AI is terrible at driving and if you get out of a vehicle the AI for your fellow marines will try to kill you and leave you behind.

Overall: Halo 2 is such a blast to play alone or with friends, with an epic cinematic story that is so good you would wish the story was on DVD. The game has its issues, but its a sheer amount of fun that gets better and better. Of all the Halo games I have played I got to say Halo 2 is the best 1 yet. A must have.

Likes: Gameplay, music, voices, story.

Dislikes: Graphics, AI driving, no melee with 2 guns, flashlight, no option to change the crouch button from holding to just a press.

Wishlist: Better AI driving, melee with 2 guns, Remake.

Score: 4.5/5 SIR FINISHING THIS FIGHT!

Recommended for fans of: Halo, Microsoft, Destiny, Shooters, Scifi, Aliens, Metroid, Bungie, 343.

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HALO COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY

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DARKNOVAFORCE REVIEWZ

JLO/GAYLO(HALO COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY)

(SINGLE PLAYER ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/XBOX/PC

Game Supports: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, Italian, & Portuguese text.

Audio Support: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, & Italian.

Supports 1-2p offline/online coop, 1-4p offline multiplayer/2-16p online.

Played in Japanese.

 

Story: The Covenant have destroyed the planet Reach and are aiming to destroy Earth next. So they created the Halo a weapon which can destroy whatever the Covenant want, so to make sure that doesn’t happen Captain Jacob entrust Cortana to make sure the awakened super soldier Master Chief puts a stop to the Covenant and to ensure the safety of humanity in his hands.

Good or Bad Story: The story starts really slow, but half-way through the game it gets better as the story starts to pick up a lot more. The thing is I found the story to be overshadowed by the game’s gameplay. The story ends up being entertaining even though Chief doesn’t interact a lot with others and have conversations, he just takes orders and does all the fighting while everyone else is on vacation. G00D!

Graphics: Halo CEA runs on the Reach engine and it allows the visuals to have more detailed textures and better effects as well as better graphics than the original. The game looks good, but it doesn’t look better than Halo3-4. The visuals are at the same quality as the 360 launch titles, but in a way it also looks like it could run on the original XBOX(not a bad thing if it could). And finally 1 cool feature is the ability to switch between the remake and original visuals all through a press of the back button bringing that nostalgic feeling back(even the remade visuals give off a nostalgic feeling).

Audio: Halo CEA contains the original themes and remastered versions of the original themes with both being really good. The voice acting in Japanese is superb although you won’t hear Chief talk a lot, he barely does.  What’s weird is Halo CEA on 360 is the only Halo game on the 360 that contains multiple audio options in all regions where you can buy the game since the other Halo’s do have multiple audio options, but you have to buy them in specific regions to hear the character(s) speak other languages. For example if you want to play Halo 4 with Japanese audio then you will have to buy the Japanese version otherwise the USA version will only contain the Japanese text. I would like to see the other dubs be included in all regions in future Halo games.

Gameplay and features:

Good: Halo CEA is a sci-fi fps with an almost open world like world. As Master Chief you will be gunning down, tbagging, grenade throwing, punching and car crashing the Covenant(or your AI friends) all day long. You have at your disposal human and Covenant weapons(can only carry 2 weapons at a time and can switch weapons with Ai teammates) as well as 2 types grenades a sticky and a time sensitive 1. You can go at it alone or with a friend(offline/online) in story mode(note both players will be Master Chief, but with different colors). Halo contains different types of vehicles, some are for land and others are for flying and some vehicles allow for more than 1 person to be on it. The controls for both Chief and the vehicles are responsive and tight.

The game’s levels are big and allow for more than 1 way to get to some main objectives like your enemies could be in cave and the cave has 3 ways to get in so you can pick which way to get in and surprise them from nowhere. If you explore around the levels you can find, skulls(can alter the game in your favor or not in your favor), health packs(Chief can recover health units with these) , terminals(new to the remake these give you insight on the history of the Halo universe and things that could come in the future), and orbs(red for armor and blue for camouflage).

There are some cool feature to some of the mechanics like when crouching if you move the LS stick a bit then Chief will walk, but if you push the LS stick/dpad all the way forward then Chief will stand up and walk like normal, but if you stop he will crouch again a very nice feature indeed. Chief has 2 ways of recovering, he can recover health when he’s not taking damage and the health packs can recover his health units that he lost so he can recover faster. The Ai for the Covenant is good as depending on their class they will run away, dodge, or rush at you. And the last good feature is the ability to select levels.

Bad: The frame rate does drop a bit at times. And the PC version does not include coop only the console versions.

Questionable: The Ai for your teammates is odd when their on a vehicle. For some reason if you want to say use the turret or be on the passenger seat as soon as you press the button to interact they leave the vehicle and instead of getting in on another part of the vehicle they will go back to the beginning of the level. I find it strange that they will just leave you, but the funny thing is if you get in the driver’s seat then they will return to the vehicle. None of that makes sense. The good thing though their barely with you.

Overall: Halo CEA is a really good game that gives off that nostalgic feeling and it can be enjoyed with friends. It has good story that starts slow, but gets better half-way. Having the ability to switch between the new and old visuals is a plus. The gameplay is so satisfying that it will makes you want to play more of it and find everything that you may have missed. It has some minor issues with the frame rate and a shame that the PC version doesn’t have coop, but it is so fun it’s definitely a must have. And it has a really cool looking character.

Likes: Graphics, music, voices, gameplay, story.

Dislikes: Frame drops and no coop for PC version.

Wishlist: Multiple audio options in all versions of Halo in all regions.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Halo, Bungie, Microsoft, shooters, Conduit, sci-fi, action, adventure, coop, Aliens, 343.

HALO 3 REVIEW

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DARKNOVAFORCE REVIEWZ

GAYLO3/JLO3(HALO 3)

(STORY ONLY)

Platforms: XBOX 360

Game Supports: Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and English text.

Audio Support: English only.

Supports 1-2p offline story, 1-4p online story, 1-16p multiplayer, and 1-4p offline multiplayer.

Story: Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax.

Good or Bad Story: The story carries the same charm of past Halo games. Its serious, heart-warming, and it has a cinematic feel. G00D!

Graphics: Halo 3 came out in 2007 and playing it in 2013 the game still looks good; however, the human’s designs look like N64 quality and some of the textures look muddy. But the majority of the game looks good.

Audio: The music is well done and its very memorable. The voice acting is top notch; however, I would have liked if they included the other dubs.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Halo 3 is a FPS and such includes the following, shooting, throwing grenades(there are 4 types of grenades), melee, zooming, jumping, switching weapons(can only carry 2) , pick ammo/weapons, radar, and tbagging(famous). Halo 3 offers something’s that most shooters don’t  have like dual wielding(certain guns), shoot your ai friends in story mode, switch weapons with ai friends, driving vehicles at anytime, special items, and hijacking vehicles. The controls for both the character and vehicles are solid.

The world in Halo 3 is big and such allows for exploration so you can find some secrets and also take different paths to reach your main objective as long as you’re not indoors. You can play thru the story and fight the flood and covenant by yourself or with friends(p1 id Chief, p2 is Arbiter, and 3p-4p are two of Arbiter’s friends) offline and online. The game also has 1 boss fight , a level select, and the ai for the enemies is really good as depending on the class they may run away if their weak or dodge your attacks so you will have to come up with a better way to defeat some of the villains.

Bad: Your ai friends are fucking stupid when driving they may get the vehicle stuck in some place and don’t know that they can go in reverse, sometimes when they have to follow you they tend to stay behind, and sometimes they have no clue where to go. If you crouch and get shot you will automatically stand up, this gets annoying especially when you’re taking cover. You can’t melee someone with both guns in hand. And you can’t zoom in and fire with all your weapons only with some, I would have liked to zoom with a shotgun and be able to fire will zoomed cause it can help in some situations. And 1 more thing level 8 is the worst level in  the whole game.

Overall: The first time I played Halo 3 I considered the game to be average, but after playing it again now my thoughts have changed and what I found is a really good game. It has some issues, but nonetheless it is really good.

Likes: Graphics, music, voices, gameplay, and story.

Dislikes: Some parts of the graphics, ai friends, no zoom and fire for all weapons, standing up when getting shot in crouch, no 2 gun melee, and level 8.

Wishlist: Better ai friends, stay in crouch when shot, 2 gun melee, zoom and fire with all weapons,

Score: 4.5/5 REALLY G00D!

Recommended for fans of: Halo, Bungie, Destiny, Microsoft, Aliens, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Shooters.