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Sunday · November 07 2004

Halo 2 reviews at Metacritic
Let's see…100, 100, 100, 100, 100

From Gamespy

It's here. The long wait is finally over, as Xbox owners will be able to stroll into their local game shop on Tuesday to pick up what might be the most highly anticipated game of all time…

For those of you who have just awoken from your coma, Halo 2 is the sequel to the most popular Xbox game of all time, which launched with the system and went on to redefine what gamers should expect from a console shooter. In some ways, though, calling Halo 2 a sequel lessens the importance of the game, which will undoubtedly stand as the greatest Xbox game of all time. Like the films “The Godfather 2” and “Aliens”, Halo 2 is superior to its predecessor in many ways, impressively building on the universe introduced in the first game.

Finally a game for the Xbox that's better than Halo. Enough with the superlatives, just gimme my copy so I can get my ass kicked by 15 year olds.

Archived: Play » November 2004
What you had to say:
November 08 2004

Halo 2 is taking over my workplace! There will be up to 16 people able to play at a co-worker's house over lunch tomorrow. I think a few hard-core people are planning on playing for 15 hours straight. I am going to make sure I at least watch the spectacle.

November 08 2004

There are certain times when I wish I were a college sophomore with a light class load. This is one of those times.

November 08 2004

As a PS2 owner, I must ask: Is this worth buying an X-Box for?

Also, I haven't figured out this console-hooked-up-to-the-web business yet. How do you do it? Then again, maybe there's no point to that. My experience with playing PC games online is that a bunch of punk kids kick my ass severely every time.

November 08 2004

Yeah, my experience has often been the same, but this promises to be different for a couple of reasons.

One, Bungie (the developers) have revamped the typical online ranking and matchmaking systems. Their entire goal is to match players of equal skill, reduce cheating, and increase fun. It's all sort of complicated to explain here, but it really does sound promising. I also played a beta version at my brother-in-law's place a couple months ago and I was impressed. There will still be some element of the 15 year old kicking your ass, but over time, if you're a scrub, you'll be playing games by and large with other scrubs, and hopefully enjoying a more level playing field.

The second reason this could be different, at least for me, is that I know a # of people who are going to be playing. Playing on the same teams as your friends or just having games where you know most of the people is so much better than playing anonymously. You really can't even compare the two.

As for hooking up the console to the web, I have no idea how it goes with the PS2, though I doubt it's hard, but with the xbox, you pretty much just plug an ethernet cable into the back and sign up for xbox live, which is $50 for 12 months.

I wish I could give you a test run at my place, Reed, but unless you're going to be in Chicago anytime soon, no can do. I don't know if it's worth it for you, but I will say that a gaming event couldn't possibly get bigger than this. The anticipation is on the level of the first Lord of the Rings movie. It's huge.

November 09 2004

I'm still confused. Do I have to buy a router like the one Allen and I use for our PC's? Once you plug one end of the ethernet cable into your console, where does the other end go? I'm not very smart about how this internet thing works.

I don't know when I might be through Chicago again. None of the annual conferences I go to are in Chicago this year. They're all in Orlando and New Orleans(well, there is one I could go to, but it totally sucks, so a more junior reporter is going to go to that. Sucker).

November 09 2004

All depends on your setup. How does the PC you have down there connect to the internet? If it connects hardwired via a router you have in the basement, the other end of the cord coming out of the console would plug into that same router. If you all use the same wireless router in the house, then you can buy an wireless ethernet bridge which converts the wireless signal into wired so you can connect the other end of the cord coming out of the console to it.

Let me know if that makes sense.

November 09 2004

I'd have to discuss it with Allen, but I think our router does both wireless and wireful (not a real word...yet) connections. Is the bridge a console specific item, or something more generic?

November 09 2004

The bridge is a generic networking item used in conjuction with any internet-ready component that isn't inherently wireless. Consoles are probably the most popular appliances hooked up to bridges, but they could be used with anything. It's basically just a little box with an ethernet jack and an antenna to pick up the signal.

I use the Linksys WET11, which is a bit older, but does the trick just fine.

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