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Even with a short campaign, often contrived storyline and the same old modes, Halo 2 still provides an incredible experience for gamers who love online, single-player and co-op modes all balled up in one. Halo 2 is the sequel that most shooter game lovers have been waiting for. It's arguably one of the best first-person shooter franchises, but with the original being so successful, the newest game has a lot to live up to.
Starting with the good, Halo 2 has some incredible graphics, details and excellent presentation of its campaign. The online multiplayer aspect of the game is also outstanding and allows for hours of fun. The action is still the best part of this game, and none of that has changed. Halo developers obviously saw what worked with the original and didn't want to mess around too much with new changes. That's probably why the latest edition isn't entirely different from the original first-person shooter. However, there is some new territory and threats. For example, flying enemies are a lot harder to target and actually bring down.
The short single-player campaign is a bit of a bummer, but it is very fun to replay as well. The story isn't all that complex as well, so it can get a little tedious at times. The same problems that were in the original Halo are also back for round two as well. The level designs haven't changed much. The cinematics are just okay, and the 3D engine needs to be improved compared to the way that the rest of the game looks.
All of the action is still dynamic and with millions of players, it's still one of the most popular multiplayer first-person shooters out there. There's a lot to like about this latest installment in the franchise. Even if the storyline follows the traditional plot and the campaign is short, it's still the best shooter and delivers a memorable experience for players.