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Halo 2 Vista-only first-person shooter

£35 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Microsoft

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Halo 2 is the creme de la creme of console shooters. Released in late 2004, Halo 2 sold an obscene number of copies and single-handedly made the Xbox Live service relevant. Halo and Halo 2 made the Xbox, and paved the way for Xbox 360. So it's understandable that Microsoft would look to Halo 2 as a launch title for Vista.

Halo 2 is the creme de la creme of console shooters. Released in late 2004, Halo 2 sold an obscene number of copies and single-handedly made the Xbox Live service relevant. Halo and Halo 2 made the Xbox, and paved the way for Xbox 360. So it's understandable that Microsoft would look to Halo 2 as a launch title for Windows Vista. But Halo 2 is nearly three years old, and Halo 3 is only a few months away from hitting the Xbox 360.

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However, the biggest problem with Halo 2 being a Windows Vista exclusive is it doesn't warrant being a Vista-only game. Aside from two multiplayer maps and support for high-resolution and antialiased modes, Halo 2 on Vista is indistinguishable from the original. There's no DirectX 10.0 support, squelching the one possible justification.

Halo 2 Expert Verdict »
2GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor
512MB of RAM
3MB of hard disk space
Windows Vista
DirectX 9.0c compatible 128MB graphics card
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

This is the ‘ultimate' version of Halo 2, but shares all the flaws and assets of its source material. It's unfortunate that the developers weren't more ambitious in trying to sort out Halo 2's well-documented shortcomings. And if your PC isn't well-specces, you're in for some choppy framerates.

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