At last the sequel to one of the best games of all time! A game worth not slamming your X-box against the wall in order to get ready for the X-box 360. Halo is coming back with a vegeance.
Halo 2 starts off almost immediately after the first one when the Master Chief (aka Badass), escapes the ring-world Halo and heads to Earth. Except that when he gets there he finds out the Covenant beat him to it and are planning to destroy it! Unfortunately for them the green warrior is there to stop them. But, with the help of some new innovations. This is where the battle starts....
One of the first thing anybody would notice is the impressive graphics of the environments and characters alike. They look as if your playing through a movie with shiny guns. Every detail has been filled in so that a person can tell the difference between a male marine and a female marine (thats right I said there are actually girls in this game unlike the first one.) As good as the graphics may be, there can be a few jumps in the frame rate. Sometimes there will be a part where the people while take a while to appear but its hardly any problem when a person is too busy blowing things up to notice it.
Just as new as the life-like graphics there are new weapons to deal with. One of them being the almighty plasma sword that kills pretty much anything in one blow! Although the handy assault rifle didnt make an appearance in this game, the battle rifle and SMG's make up for it. The Covenant weapons stay the same except for being stronger or having a more advanced unit. Even the aim is a little bit more sticky so you can actually shoot moving targets without wasting a whole round on the ground or other people around you.
An addition to the weapons is also the ability to dual-wield weapons. By holding a light gun in one hand, you are able to pick another one up and control them with the left and right triggers(prior to the hand their in). Although this is a clever technique you lose the ability to throw grenades in order to use two weapons. Although the same two grenades are still present (frag and plasma) they still take care of groups with devasting power and pretty explosions. But mixing and matching dangerous things like two needlers takes all the pain away. Even that still doesnt take away the fact that you cant use two rocket launchers or plasma swords to rip enemies apart!
All the vehicles that you love in Halo are back to create a twist in the war. In addition to the warthog, scorpion tank, ghost, and banshee there are some new toys to play with. One of them being a wathog with a gauss cannon (big gun that shoots metal bullets really fast). And the covenant version of the warthog the Spectre, an oversized version of a ghost that sits the pilot, one passenger on each wing, and the gunner that uses a rapid-fire laser gun and the alien tank called the Wraith that shoots giant orbs of plasma that always murdered you in the first one. To go with the vehicles there is also a new ability that you can hijack a vehicle thats coming at you, you do this by jumping on and beating the crap out of the driver until he cant take it anymore and bails.
With all these new things there is also a new plot to the Halo story as well. Of course you will play as the deadly Master Chief, but there is a new player called the Arbiter. He is an elite soldier of the prophets that takes out anybody opposing the Covenant. Unfortunately the two never meet so there is never a huge deathmatch in the end. The Arbiter mostly focuses on the flood then any other threat to the aliens.
Multiplayer in Halo 2 is alot more advanced than the first one. It includes new options to the huge maps that are always fun to play. There are new game modes too, like slayer which is a deathmatch with specific weapons such as the sword or heavy one like a rocket launcher (you choose what to fight with). There is also the old games like "capture the flag" or "zones". On Xbox Live, now there is also an option to create a clan and compete against the others to see who is the best!
As good as Halo 2 can be there are some problems to figure out. Like the lack of levels that it takes to fly through the sudden ending that makes you want more. Or maybe how there is not enough explanations in the levels as to what your supposed to do. Besides those minor faults, Halo 2 is still one of the best sequels that will ever come for the X-box. That is, until Halo 3 comes out....