Summary: Halo is the best selling Xbox game for a reason. It doesn't really do anything new or different, but it simply plays better than any other FPS out this generation. When the Xbox was first released, all it really had was Halo. There were a lot of other fun games, but Halo is what sold the system to the masses. The reason for Halo's success is because the gameplay is better than pretty much every other FPS on the market today.
Pros: Gorgeous graphics, Fantastic FPS gameplay, Co-Op is amazing
Cons: Enemy designs are repetitive and bland, Level design is linear and uninspired, No bots in multiplayer
Excerpt: You’ve survived the covenant threat as Master Chief, you’ve managed to save the city of New Mombasa as a team of O.D.S.T’s but now prepare to face your biggest challenge yet as the Noble Team.
Excerpt: Halo immediately throws you into combat as the Master Sergeant, who is dragged out of cryogenic sleep when his ship comes under assault from the Covenant. From that point, you must get to the bridge for your orders from the ship's captain and then fight your way off of the ship. After crash-landing on the planet below, you fight your way through enemy troops to meet up with your allies.
Pros: Top-notch enemy and ally A.I., Large enivronments, Great for multiplayer action
Cons: Limited variety of enemy types, Lack of computer controlled "bots" in multiplayer
Excerpt: Every now and then, a game comes along that redefines its genre and sets a new standard in gaming. Halo is one such game. Even better for Microsoft, it’s one of the Xbox launch titles, which makes the Xbox that much more attractive to potential buyers. Over the past few weeks, many critics have concluded that Halo is a must-have for owners of the Xbox.
Excerpt: Halo is not only the first FPS game for the Xbox, but it has definitely set a high standard for all other FPS games on any console to meet. As the story begins, your ship is in the depths of space investigating an obscure alien artifact. Suddenly, your ship is attacked by a group of aliens called the Covenant. Your ship?s captain decides that in order to fight off the invading Covenant, it was necessary to bring you out of suspended animation.
Excerpt: Not since Goldeneye has there been such a landmark for FPSs (unless you count Half-Life). Halo ushers in a new generation of games technically, utilizing awesome graphics, music, controls, AI, and vehicular combat. The game doesn’t bring many gameplay innovations aside from vehicles, but it is rock-solid FPS, making for one exciting and fun game.
Excerpt: Note to Hollywood: I want a "Halo" movie and I want it soon. While playing "Halo" recently for hours (and hours and hours), I found myself considering it almost this perfect mix of "Star Wars", "Starship Troopers" and "Aliens". I have to say that it's certainly one of the most cinematic video game experiences that I've ever had.
Excerpt: Is it worth paying $350 to play
Halo? It's a simple question, with a somewhat difficult answer. It's the question
I'll try to answer for you in this review. The task on the table here is not
rating halo. By now you've heard that halo is a 5 star, a 10 out of 10, a 100 out
of 100, and let's just get this out of the way... yes even a p42 5 planet game.
Halo is ground breaking in every way.