One heck of an awesome game
By Red Squirrel
Halo is an action packed game and is by far the best first person shooter I've played. Most fps don't have that much of a story line, you just have to kill everything that moves and that's about it, but in Halo, there's a whole story line, and missions to accomplish.
The Break In
It all starts with you the player being "born" from a containment unit and going through diagnostic tests, this happens inside the main ship called the Pillar of Autumn. But during this time, the enemies attack the ship and come in. This would be the best situation for them to say "all your base are belong to us" and someone on the ship to say "someone set up us the bomb" because it's exactly what happens but of course, you don't want to ruin a good game with bad spelling.
From this point, the guy who is doing the diagnostic test gets killed in an explosion and you are on your own to find ammo and help the survivors fight the incoming enemies. After this it's time to leave the ship and crash land on Halo with an escape pod. Halo is a giant ring that is sort of like a planet. There is life in the inner section and it's just like being on a real planet but instead gravity is pulling inwards from the center to the ring itself. This is a very cool concept. When looking up to the sky you can actually see the rest of the ring surrounding you. Very cool! Just looking at that shows how good the graphics are.
From this point there are various missions and they are straightforward as they go, and hard to find things have indicators so you are not looking for something all the time, but there's still allot of stuff to find on your own which makes it exciting and challenging.
AI That Works!
Unlike some games, there is actually half decent artificial intelligence in the computer-controlled characters, the enemies and the other marines. There is also cool comments made by them such as "finally you made it here" and "what the hell was that" when something happens. Oh yeah, shooting at your own guys is fun, because they call you trader and start shooting back! In some games shooting at your own guys does not even do anything! But in Halo, it's way more realistic in this aspect. So when in a fight, watch not to accidentally shoot at 'em!
There's lot of other cool things that are realistic such as the fact that it's not always the same thing that happens and the same positions of enemies when you go somewhere. Like mentioned earlier I had a data disaster so I had to replay it from the start, and when in the space ship, I realized that a dead body that was there the first time I played, was not there that time, so maybe the guy died somewhere else. Also, certain explosions did not happen at the same time. These are simple things, but it's great to know they were thought of. Things like this that make the game more realistic are a must for a good game that you will want to play over and over.
The effects of the game are awesome. Great sound, music, and great graphics. The detail put into everything from the sky to structures is very good, and explosions are cool as well. The sound effects are also very detailed, the sound of walking varies depending on the surface, and the sound of a bullet hitting a surface varies as well. Also, the "atmosphere" sound of a room is different in a big room then a small one, and you hear the low "underground parking lot" sort of sound when in a cement room, and you can almost hear that something is going on a bit further and it's all the fighting outside from other marines and enemies. The sound effects are also fully stereo sound, if something happens on the left, you hear it on the left. I do not have a surround sound system, but I can almost guarantee that it is actually surround sound and not just stereo, which makes it awesome.
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