Summary: Parents need to know that this game is not for kids -- hence the PAUSE rating and recommended age of 16 years and older. It's a moderately challenging first-person shooter game with lots of blood, gore, and scariness. You will use guns, swords, grenades, and other weapons to inflict death. Some torture is shown and you can also hijack cars. Online play will likely expose players to foul language.
Summary: Without a subscription, you won’t have access to matchmaking (which doesn’t work) or multiplayer achievements. Woo. Despite the crappy graphics and very first-gen implementation, this is still a brilliant game. Of course, it’s a brilliant, almost three-year-old game with a $50 price tag. And the Xbox 360's already on Halo 3.
Pros: Live for Windows; great gameplay, all the perks of the Xbox version...
Cons: ...except for matchmaking. And it's essentially a 3-year-old game. No graphics update or new features.
Conclusion: The sound the wonderful, what you would expect from a Halo game, it includes all the original masterpieces from the Xbox version of the game, Although the graphics are very dated, they are very good despite this being a port they far exceed those of the Xbox version of the game, including the new 16:9 aspect ratio so you can enjoy your Halo in beautiful wide-screen.
Excerpt: I'm yet to decide whether I should rejoice or not. Whether I should jump for joy for having the chance to test a former ace from Microsoft's loose sleeve, or just accuse the undue gesture of providing the remains for being...
Excerpt: Revisiting a title on a new platform can revive the nostalgic feeling once felt years ago, but one has to wonder if the ancient game can hold its own against the latest releases. Halo 2 for Windows Vista is an odd pairing considering most Microsoft loyalists who adopted Vista early in the life cycle have probably already played other Microsoft products such as Halo 2 on the original Xbox.
Excerpt: If there's something PC gamers don't want it's console ports, especially when they're used to launch a new operating system and hailed as the next big thing in PC gaming. Halo 2, the Vista only title that MS hopes will encourage gamers to upgrade from XP, is the latest console game to hit PCs, but while Halo 2 was a great Xbox title, I'm not sure the PC crowd is going to take to it quite as readily.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Few games have made gaming history as much as Halo. Originally for the Xbox, it created waves in the gaming community for its deep storyline, frantic gameplay, and excellent multiplayer. When Halo hit PCs, the game delivered the same fantastic gameplay as on the console, and drew in even more fans. Halo 2 originally came out for the Xbox in 2004, but it’s surprising that its PC port was released three years later.
Excerpt: When I heard that Halo 2 was coming out for Windows, I will admit that I was excited. The original Halo was a great port to the PC, so my expectations were understandably high for Halo 2. Halo: Combat Evolved was released in 2001 for the Xbox and in 2003 for PC, two years later. Halo 2 was released for Xbox in 2004, then in 2007 for PC, a full three years later. I had mixed feelings about this.