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Addition of online play makes new 'Halo' shine
By Justin Hoeger -- Special To The Bee
Online play. That's what "Halo: Combat Evolved" was missing when it
hit store shelves alongside the Xbox three years ago. It also could
have used more imaginative level design in some spots and maybe a few
"Halo 2" delivers all that and a big bag of chips, and it looks and
Picking up shortly after the destruction of the original game's
namesake at the hands of the Master Chief, a cyborg super-soldier,
"Halo 2" takes the battle out into space, back down to Earth and to
The enemy is the Covenant, a conglomeration of alien races that
worships the artificial ring world of Halo as a holy relic and views
the Master Chief as a ravaging demon.
Takes one to know one. The Covenant's member races are fearsome, and
the first game's aliens are joined by the hulking, apelike Brutes and
the speedy, insectoid Drones. And these aren't the only new foes the
Chief will face in the game's story-driven campaign, which can be
played alone or with a friend.
"Halo" had a terrific spread of multiplayer features that took
advantage of the game's various vehicles, weapons and locations to
create some of the best competitive run-and-gun game play ever. But
gathering the requisite Xboxes, TVs, copies of the game and people
needed for a really good multiplayer match of "Halo" was daunting for
most and impossible for many.
"Halo 2" ups the score with new maps, game types, vehicles and weapons
- and, at last, online play. Now anyone with a broadband Internet
connection and an Xbox Live subscription can join the fun.