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Old 10-23-04, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default Ok, so I just played Halo for the first time...

Long story short, I've been out of gaming for a while, but I just built a new gaming rig (P4 3.2, 6800gt), and I'm catching up on some things. Played Far Cry all the way through, it came with my eVGA card, loved it. Single player FPS are what really float my boat, and yes, it took this long for me to actually play Halo in any form. I downloaded the demo... and I was less than impressed. The combat seems somewhat tedious to me, distribution of ammo is extremely stingy for what it takes to kill those big armored guys, and the sound effects in no way convey any sense of power or danger. More than once I was killed by a grenade that I could barely hear. Also, the enemies, aside from the grunts, lack any personality. The squad AI seems really bad, or at least scripted to the point where all they will do is ride the buggy and shoot its guns. Why the heck can't they follow me up a hill?? I'm talking about the Silent Cartographer map, because that's all I've seen. Will all of Halo seem like this to me, or are there much better missions waiting in the full version?
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Old 10-23-04, 12:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ok, so I just played Halo for the first time...

For one thing, each enemy type you fight requires a certain strategy to kill. The big armored guys (Hunters) have a weak spot on their back where their skin is exposed, you're supposed to go for that when fighting them. Friendly troops aren't always supposed to follow you, either. I'd play the whole game and understand how the combat works, because it's a lot more tactical and different from most FPSes.
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Old 10-23-04, 01:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ok, so I just played Halo for the first time...

Actually, the Silent Cartographer is one of the better levels. It was a great game on Xbox, though I agree it should have stayed there.
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Old 10-23-04, 01:38 PM   #4
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Actually, the Silent Cartographer is one of the better levels.
Really? Ouch. Maybe I'll steer clear then. It's strange though, Halo's regarded as a classic of the genre. Guess I should have played it before newer stuff like Far Cry and Call of Duty.
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Old 10-23-04, 02:00 PM   #5
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Actually, the Silent Cartographer is one of the better levels. It was a great game on Xbox, though I agree it should have stayed there.
Exactly, it should have stayed on the Xbox. This game launched with that console in 2001......and we are on the verge of 2005.
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Old 10-23-04, 02:22 PM   #6
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Really? Ouch. Maybe I'll steer clear then. It's strange though, Halo's regarded as a classic of the genre. Guess I should have played it before newer stuff like Far Cry and Call of Duty.
Eh, you really haven't played the game enough to understand how it is different from Far Cry and Call of Duty. While I'll agree that the Silent Cartographer is one of the better levels, if you don't know how to play it, it would really suck. It's about half-way through the game in the full version, by which time you would have had enough experience to know how to approach the level.

The game was a zillion times more fun on the X-Box, though. The PC port is unanimously declared one of the worst ports in history. It's still pretty fun on the PC, but it was a lot more polished on the X-Box. Plus it came out in 2001, you really can't compare it to Far Cry and Call of Duty.
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Old 10-23-04, 02:23 PM   #7
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Default Re: Ok, so I just played Halo for the first time...

I was happy they ported it over to PC for a few reasons.

1.) Higher resolution and AF (aa is bork on it darnit)
2.) Multiplayer- Xbox has a rigged version of multiplayer for Halo, but it's laggy as heck. So I was happy to get a full version of MP for the PC version.
3.) Keyboard and mouse

The game is nowhere near as good as it's hyped to be. Even the xbox version-which I played way before the PC version-it's a run of the mill fps. But I thought it was fun for what it was. You have to make sure you play on legendary mode or else the a.i is just really weak and the game isn't much of a challenge.

I mean-compared to a game like Doom 3, Halo is filled with action and much more story. But it's not a "must play" title. It's worth going through if you plan on getting the sequel...that's about it at this point.
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Halo=Most overrated game ever.

That doesn't mean it's bad, just that it isn't the best out there like all the console fanatics say it is.
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The game was a zillion times more fun on the X-Box, though. The PC port is unanimously declared one of the worst ports in history.
Not really, there isn't anything wrong with it other than it demands a big graphics card, his 6800GT shouldn't have trouble even at 1600x1200. The sound is extremely well done also.
The Halo "Custom Edition" addition the released really improves the netcode, now easily better than UT2003, at least for my connection. Performance has been sped up considerable as well.

The demo mission they chose was...meh..It doesn't convey the whole cinematic feel the rest of the game has, that's one of the game's biggest selling points.
I have a great time playing Halo on the PC, even though I had the same "gah....this is weak" feeling from the demo.
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I can't wait for the PC port of Halo 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2.) Multiplayer- Xbox has a rigged version of multiplayer for Halo, but it's laggy as heck. So I was happy to get a full version of MP for the PC version.
It's obvious that you've never played HALO : XBOX over LAN, XBconnect or DIALUP! I used to play via XBconnect (freeware alternative to XBOXLive) via Dialup (56K) with 4 players, it was smoo-oooth.

Look, I know you've had issue with me but generally I have had none with you. This time I do. You're wrong. Halo PC had possibly the WORST netcode out of ANY game released in the last 5 years. Considering how many crappy PC FPS game there are THAT is saying something.

Gearbox even said thierselves that many XBOX hardcore players might have some issue with the PC version's netcode.
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Default Re: Ok, so I just played Halo for the first time...

I just played the demo, and found that you can drive the 'warthog' though 95% of the demo, so i did, i didnt have any problems killing those big blue things because i would just jump on the warthogs gun and power em down.

At the end of the level that big boss guy with the blade i took out with 2 rockets he didnt even touch me.

After evalutateing it i belive a better title is
Halo: Gameplay Circa Quake II
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