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In my eyes, Halo 2 is still the best Halo game. Judging from the direction 343i is taking the Halo franchise, I have a strong feeling that it shall hold the title of "Best Halo Game" -in my eyes at least- indefinitely.
Everything about it was amazing. Sure, people say the campaign felt unfinished -and it was-, but I still think it had the strongest campaign of any Halo game. It was, well, mature. When Halo 2 came out, I was a youngin' and couldn't fully comprehend the depth of the story that Bungie was conveying through the game. I replayed the campaign at a slightly older age, and to this day am still blown away by it.
Obviously, the multiplayer was of equal, if not more, importance. The gameplay is simply the best out of any game in the series. The weapons were a blast to use, the maps were immaculately designed, and everything was just fun. Heck, even the skill system was awesome! It was a system that rewarded players based on their skill, not the amount of hours you pumped into the game.
I could really go on for ages about why I consider Halo 2 to be the best Halo game, but I'll cut my ramblings short. So, what do I think of re-releasing Halo 2?
I'm torn; I truly am.
Yes, I want nothing more than to play this game over LIVE again. Halo 2 Vista is fun, but not quite the same as Halo 2 for the Xbox. However, what I want is a carbon copy of the game: same gameplay, physics, gun damage, maps, etc. The only thing I'd want upgraded would be the textures.
The problem with this is simple: a remake/re-release won't be done this way. They'll find some way to 'upgrade' it. They'll put in armor abilities, or sprinting, or try to bolt on new features that take away from the game that I love. Those features belong in certain games, but not Halo 2. I fail to see why people claim that Halo needs to 'Get with the times'. What does that even mean? Is borrowing elements from different games 'getting with the times'?
I don't care that games borrow concepts from one another. I'm not going to cry foul because I can sprint in both Call of Duty and Battlefield or choose a specific load-out. Those are great concepts! However, Halo is supposed to be an arena-style(ish) FPS. You should be able to spawn and know that you're on the same playing field as everybody else. It doesn't matter that the guy across from you has been playing the game for over one-hundred hours and you just started.
*sigh* I'm really rambling on. I've got to congratulate people who actually took the time to read through it all!
I can't stress enough that these are simply my opinions!