Everyone who knows anything about video games knows already that
"Halo" is arguably the best game still available on the system, and
it came out more than two years ago. In my reanalysis of this
game, though, I have been trying to think...what makes this game so
It's certainly not the level design, although game reviewers
around the country will tell you otherwise. Really, the levels
that your character, Master Chief, must traverse are sometimes so
repetitive that one thinks the designers just rushed their way
through things, especially as you are exploring the bases of the
alien horde you are so bent on taking down.
Could it be the weapon selection? It's incredible.
The sniper rifle in "Halo" is maybe the best video-game sniper
weapon of all time. So's the enemy A.I., which likes circling
around you and tossing grenades at you for kicks. Vehicle
interaction, working with CPU-guided teammates, and boss characters
are well done too. The music seems to have been blessed with
real care, and the cut scenes are amazing.
And that's all in the single player version. Playing "Halo"
with 15 other people, as you can do through XBConnect, a free online
service that you have to dig up to use on your PC to connect
remotely to other Xbox machines, is maybe the deathknell for all
other console-based FPS games to date. From the sheer joy of
smoking fools with that sniper rifle, to capture-the-flag games
marked by the ominous announcement "Double kill!", to tossing a
grenade into a pack of unsuspecting enemies, I don't think you can
beat all that "Halo" has going for it.
Let it be known that when "Halo 2" finally does hit store
shelves, if it's almost as good as the first game then you can
guarantee I won't be leaving my house for a month.
Rating: Opening Weekend
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience