So, I played it last night. I was convinced that I was going to wake up the next day a different person, changed in some way by the coveted disc spinning away in my Xbox. But today I feel pretty much the same as I did yesterday. A little calmer, a little older and wiser perhaps, but otherwise unchanged. That's not necessarily a bad thing. There was no way Halo2 could have lived up to my expectations.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad game. Not at all. I loved the first one (a few scattered issues aside), and this one is not worse in any way. It's just that, so far, it's not really noticibly better, either. I've only done the first level and a half or so, but haven't quite been blown out of my seat like maybe I expected. And maybe that will take a little while to arrive - the first Halo didn't start getting really good until midway through the second level either. So far not much has changed though, and the things that are different haven't affected gameplay a ton - yet. Dual-wielding, while cool, is so far a little more confusing than it is useful. And hijacking the Ghosts is pretty fun too, but kind of difficult to do without taking a ton of damage. Now the AI friendlies are far more active in using vehicles, particularly the Warthogs, but they're not very smart about it. I'm not really used to the screen setup yet either. I'm used to looking here for my health, there for my grenades, etc, and the changes to it aren't quite intuitive. Again, I've only played about a level and a half, so I have a long way to go on this one.
I don't mean to give the impression that this is a bad game, or that it is a disappointment in some way - far from it. There's a lot that went right in this game, and everything I loved about the first one is back with incremental upgrades. The graphics are great, the cutscenes are well done, the sound is balanced much better this time around (I always had a tough time hearing Cortana in the first one), the locations you fight through are far more varied and interesting. Some of the more fun elements of the first one show up pretty quickly this time around (tank, rocket launcher, Ghosts), so I'm getting the feeling that there's still plenty of surprises waiting for me further on. I can't wait to get home this afternoon and get back out there with Master Cheese.
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