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3.0 out of 5 stars The Review to Read!, November 12, 2004
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Halo 2 - Xbox (Video Game)
I have read a few mixed reviews and wanted to wait until I finished the game to write my own. I want to start by asking if I am the only one that noticed: The first long (8-9 minute) Halo 2 trailer of mostly game play missing from the game? If you remember this trailer it starts of with Master Chief landing on Earth (in the process of being destroyed) and (the player) moving him through a medical area with dead and injured soldiers, up some stairs in a mostly destroyed building, and eventually into the back of a warthog battling through the streets. It the showed Master Chief jump on a ghost kicking off a brute and ended with a pretty cool cut scene. The reason I bring all this up is this was all demonstrated game play action that was in the trailer but nowhere to be found in the entire game.

Ok, with that off my chest I will simply state the pros and cons.

Cons:

- Story was too scattered with a failed attempt to add what was meant to be cool twists. What's up with the plant thing? lame

- Playing as the Arbitor sucks. I want to be the hero not the enemy

- Game too short (I played on Heroic and felt the urge to pop in Halo 1 after I finished, still thirsty)

- Aliens speak english. They were much scarier in #1 with the foreign words (should have stayed that way and been translated in the cut scenes)

- Most weapons seem less powerful, don't sound all that great, and don't have that weighted solid feeling the original ones had.

- My final complaint is that the game should have been spent traveling to different parts of earth fighting covenant and saving the human race instead of what it was after about the 3rd or 4th level.

Pros:

- Music similar but improved and built upon adding allot to the game.

- Graphics look great!

- Levels are visually stunning and massive.

- Game play is great if you can let go of your frustration with the story.

Finally, I will say this: the game is worth having for sure and looks to have some pretty awesome multiplayer value. The campaign, while disappointing compared to its predecessor, is still a top notch FPS.

In short Halo 2 is to Halo what the new Star Wars movies are to the old ones: visual improvements at the sacrifice of simplicity and substance.
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