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.
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: 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.
Summary: Windows Vista gamers will be able to experience the epic story of "Halo 2" as Master Chief delves further into the mystery of the Covenant in the aftermath of Halo's destruction. What he discovers will soon threaten the fate not only of Earth, but of the Universe itself.
Excerpt: The first question PC gamers ask themselves is "Why is this game Vista only?" The first answer you'll most likely read is its to sell copies of Vista. That's just plain silly though, and that's definitely not the reason Microsoft intended, though I'm sure if it DOES sell a few copies of Vista you won't hear any complaining from Redmond. The reason this is on Vista is because it requires DX10, even though it doesn't take full advantage of it.
Pros: It's Halo, Tray and Play works well, Map Editor Included, The Music rocks, Solid Controls
Cons: Models are lacking detail, Some quirky Live things
Excerpt: Halo 2 on the PC has been a long time in coming. It’s come to the PC three years after it was released for the Xbox, and the game was significantly delayed before it debuted on that console. Yes Halo 2 has finally arrived, but oddly enough it is a game for Vista only and has fairly steep system requirements at that (good luck getting it play nice without a Core Duo processor).
Excerpt: A Bungie-t 1991-ben alakította két egyetemista, és eleinte Macintoshon váltak legendává a Marathon-trilógiával. Ezt követte PC-n a Myth-széria, majd belevágtak a sci-fi FPS-be (eleinte stratégiának tervezték), a Halóba. A fejlesztés során, 2000-ben megvette őket a Microsoft, és a Halóval az elit fejlesztők közé robbantak. A Halo 2 még elsöprőbb siker lett, ennek PC-s változatába pedig egy Hired Gun kódnevű Microsoft-banda segítette őket.
Pros: + az M.I. még mindig felülmúlhatatlan, + a multi még mindig élvezetes