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: 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: 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.
Excerpt: Almost as soon as a few Halo screens hit the internet, people were touting this game as THE game to own when the Xbox finally arrived. Well, that time has now passed and how does Halo hold up to the hype? Read on to find out!
Conclusion: I said it at the beginning of this review, and I'll say it again. You can put me in a barrel with a bunch of angry Siamese cats and roll me down the hill till my skin turns blue, but I do feel the need to drop a few points off HALO simply because MS ruined some of the fun by making it an Xbox title. Why do us game journalists have to play dumb and pretend as if we're reviewing a console game when we're not.
Pros: Gorgeous, polished, clever and exciting; you get to pilot tanks, weird flying craft, drive a buggy with your teammates in it...
Cons: TV resolutions, the fucking game pad, no character depth whatsoever and the gameplay models could've had a bit more polys.