Halo 2: Bungie Striptease Continues

Multiplayer screenshot drip-feed update.

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Halo 2: Bungie Striptease Continues
As you will be aware by now, Bungie likes to release screenshots from the massively anticipated Halo 2 in a Chinese Water Torture-style, with a new grab being offered every month or so - a strange way of doing things and rather annoying, it must be said.

Anyway, here's the latest offering, taken from one of the online multiplayer games set to dominate Xbox Live later this year.
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Comments

sue_raas 22 Mar 2004 15:16
1/5
this is getting boring. Original Halo was a masterful exercise in combat gamery. Halo 2 has a lot to live up to. I can understand gangs of salivating Halo fans lapping up everytrhing Bungie put on their site, but Christ on a bike, let's have a playable demo already. Give it to the official Xbox magazine. One level would suffice.
narcogen 23 Mar 2004 05:44
2/5
Sue Raas wrote:

>this is getting boring. Original Halo was a
>masterful exercise in combat gamery. Halo 2 has a
>lot to live up to.

Certainly. Bungie has had a history of delivering with sequels though: witness Myth 2: Soulblighter got nearly as much acclaim as the original, and Marathon 2: Durandal, which many consider to be the seminal game in that series.

I can understand gangs of
>salivating Halo fans lapping up everytrhing
>Bungie put on their site,

Or on their sites. The updates are generally rotated to various fan-run sites, which I think does lead to a generally above-average amount of goodwill from the "salivating Halo fans". :-)

but Christ on a bike,
>let's have a playable demo already. Give it to
>the official Xbox magazine. One level would
>suffice.

Bungie generally hasn't done demos prior to release. Given the amount of attention Halo 2 will likely get, I doubt that commercially it's necessary. And little birds have said that there won't be a demo... so we're all just going to have to wait. :)

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Rod Todd 23 Mar 2004 12:32
3/5
narcogen wrote:

>necessary. And little birds have said that there
>won't be a demo... so we're all just going to
>have to wait. :)

There won't be a demo. But there SHOULD be a demo.
Joji 24 Mar 2004 00:54
4/5
The FPS genre has gotten very crowded since the original Halo was released. Therefore its sequel has a lot attention to battle for amongst Half Life 2 and co. Perhaps Bungie are holding back their ideas for the full version of the game.
config 24 Mar 2004 10:14
5/5
Joji wrote:

>The FPS genre has gotten very crowded since the
>original Halo was released.

Since Halo? The FPS genre became crowded the day after Doom - possible even Wolfenstein 3D.
Duke Nukem 3D, Hexen, Heretic, Alien Breed 3D, Star Wars: Dark Forces - Bungie themselves even joined the fray with Pathways into Darkness and the Marathon series.

They were the early contenders. More recently we've been blessed with the Quakes, Unreals, Half Lifes, Medal of Honors, Aliens vs Predators, GoldenEye, Daikatana (ha!), Red Faction and many other good FPSs, and far too many bad one.

All before Halo ever entered the equation.

Infact, just go back to Marathon and take a look at the story.

Marathon - Mysterious deserted ship, hostile alien race, narrative led shooter detailing the discovery of what happened to the occupants of the ship. Bags of fun multiplayer action.

Halo - Mysterious ring structure, hostile alien race, narrative led shooter detailing the discovery of what the purpose the structure serves and who built it. Bags of fun multiplayer action.

>Therefore its sequel
>has a lot attention to battle for amongst Half
>Life 2 and co. Perhaps Bungie are holding back
>their ideas for the full version of the game.

My money's on HL2 - if it every sees the light of day.

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