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.
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.
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.
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".
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
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.
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.