Halo 2


Caden Massey

Some people say this is the best sequel of all time. I mean, I guess I get it, but honestly, I’m not so sure I agree. You have to be better than Black Ops 2 to be the best sequel of all time, and I just don’t see it. Regardless, I played the game so now I have to review it. 

Get ready to see more Halo in the future by the way. I have a ton more coming down the line for reasons that aren’t worth discussing.

I think everything I say from here on out is going to seem underwhelming, but that is just because I am not very good with Halo games, and I also never really grew up with Halo. I had a few but never got super into them.

Let’s keep it 100 right now. I did not hate the game. I kind of even liked it. It is just so difficult to go back to older titles and expect the same experiences you get today. For example, in Halo 3 you get to play the co-op campaign as the Arbiter and Master Chief at the same time, but in this game, you just play as two Master Chiefs. That is a small gripe, but it feels so much cooler playing as both. 

Another example is sprinting. In most Halo games you cannot sprint. In the new ones you can. This makes the older titles feel slow and sluggish. Also, the needler sucks in this game. So… get ready for that.

I think the area where Halo 2 really shines is the story. It gives us something to fight for, expands on the original, and provides a good springboard for the next Halo game. I feel like I want to go back for Cortona at the end, and I understand the Arbiter’s feelings toward Master Chief and how betrayed he feels. It makes for a good story when you can connect the characters to your own experiences in my opinion.

Obviously, the soundtrack is good because it is a Halo game, but it doesn’t really stand out to me as an objectively better soundtrack.

The ending is pretty epic though! riding warthogs away from explosions is always cool, but unfortunately, I did not get it on my first try, which somewhat takes away from the moment, but that’s just on me being a garbage player. It really does have a “cool guys don’t look at explosions” vibe to it.

That is about all I really loved about it. I thought the multiplayer and mechanics were okay at best. I think it is hard to compare the games before Halo 3 in that aspect. Everything feels blocky and dull. I want to judge the game objectively as a standalone, but to me, it seems impossible. I have been cursed with knowledge.

I think the game is fine. That is about all I have to say about it. Maybe, if I played the Master Chief Collection version of Halo 2 I would be singing a different tune, but I didn’t so just deal with it. Overall, I rate Halo 2 a whopping 5 epic warthog rides out of 10.