November 15, 2004

Victory is Mine!

Last night I beat Halo 2 on the Normal setting, but I won't consider it truly "beaten" until I've completed Heroic and Legendary each in solo mode, a process that took me several months with the first Halo.

Once I've done that, I plan to venture online and try some of the XBox Live matches. One thing I've read that makes me really look forward to playing online is Bungie's matching of players with similar skills, and tracking their experience, so that they move up as they become better players.

My first experiences with online play (with the Halo for PC demo) were less-than-satisfactory due to the mismatch in skills that often left me lying in a pool of blood for the entire game as snot-nosed teenagers typed insults at me on the chat channel.

Posted by JohnL at November 15, 2004 08:14 PM

I was wondering if you played any multiplayer. The guys over at Penny Arcade seem to greatly prefer multi.

Posted by: owlish at November 16, 2004 01:08 PM

Multiplayer can take place any number of ways:

1. Cooperative play in the campaign scenario. I've done this with both of my boys.

2. Head-to-head with up to (a) 4 total on one Xbox (small split screens); (b) up to 16 Xboxes linked in system link; or (c) against the world online through Xbox Live.

2(a) is not too much fun, as the only opponents I have are 7-10 year old boys. Not much of a challenge. 2(b) not an option. 2(c) I plan to pursue after beating the game solo.

The game engine, thankfully, is basically unchanged, so the combat is as fun as ever and many tactics translate well from the orginal game. Where they differ, they are mostly improved. Two thumbs up!

Posted by: JohnL at November 16, 2004 03:06 PM
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