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Old 08-08-02, 09:57 AM
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First HALO 2 Screenshots

From a Halo 2 trailer using the in-game engine.


http://www.bungie.net/images/site/ha...s/scrn_110.jpg
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http://www.bungie.net/images/site/ha...s/scrn_109.jpg

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Old 08-08-02, 10:04 AM
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These shots were taken from the Halo 2 trailer which will be released on the net soon.

Bungie has really improved the lighting. It's amazing how much of a difference that makes.

Here is an blurb from Bungie's site:

The game itself is everything you loved about the original Halo, but with all the knobs turned up to 11 this time round. This is not a quickie "Halo 1.5" follow-up using the same engine. We are using a completely rewritten graphics engine which allows our artists to work in previously unimaginable complexity and detail. Anyone who thinks the original Halo stretched the Xbox's graphical abilities to the limit is mistaken. There are gorgeous new realms to be explored, and Halo 2 will take you there. There will be several new weapons in addition to the reliable old standards from the first game. Not to mention the new vehicles you'll ride into battle. Or the many new enemies you'll face. If you had a hard time with the handful of Covenant races you met in the first game, you may wish to start practicing now; you'll need it when they unleash the rest of their army.

Halo 2 returns you to the role of the Master Chief - still humanity's best weapon against the Covenant. Their defeat at Halo was only temporary, and they are pursuing their goal - the complete obliteration of humankind - with renewed zeal. Human military forces are exhausted and unable to stave off the Covenant's rapid advance toward Earth. Even with the Master Chief back in action, the situation looks dire - and this is at the beginning of the game, before things get a lot worse. In true Bungie tradition, the solo campaign in Halo 2 deepens and expands upon the story that began in the first game: old questions will be answered, new mysteries will unfold, and the truly epic nature of the story will finally be revealed.

Multiplayer is an entirely different kettle of fish. Halo 2 is designed from the ground up to support internet multiplayer games over Xbox Live™. You're no longer limited to playing LAN games against friends who live nearby. What's more, the multiplayer experience is being completely redesigned. The first Halo offered just a glimpse of what we originally had in mind; now, in Halo 2, our designers' vision will come to glorious, explosive fruition.

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Old 08-08-02, 10:18 AM
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I also like the grittier, darker visual style. I always thought Halo looked a little too bright, colorful and almost cartoonish at times. This is how I always wished Halo looked.
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This post just made the wait for Halo 2 a lot longer. I can't wait for this game to come out.
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Broadband Multi-player is going to KICK BUTT on this game !!!!

I should already plan to be out of work for several "sick" days during its realease month
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Old 08-08-02, 11:10 AM
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I know one person who will be playing HALO tonight after seeing these PICS.
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sweet... hope they show some in-game shots. The cutscene shots here are probably pretty close though.
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Oh man I am soo waiting for this


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sweet... hope they show some in-game shots. The cutscene shots here are probably pretty close though.
In-game engine. Exact same graphics. Like a cut-scene in the original Halo. Plus you have to keep in mind that they still have over a year of development left for tweaking.
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OMG...

I will be playing Halo tonight regardless of the Halo 2 shots (I play it juts about every other day in some fashion)..

But halo 2 looks amazing...

I honestly, and this will sound stupid, think HALO 2 will be game of 2003...

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This is gonna be online too right?
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This is gonna be online too right?
Yes.
 
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This is gonna be amazing too right?
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This is gonna be amazing too right?
Yes.
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Dammit, Yujinaka, now I'm going to have to go home and play some more. Good thing I'm not stuck at work.

Anybody want to fly to Houston so I can try out the multiplayer? None of my idiot friends will play. Dammit.

Halo 2 =

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Halo 2 =
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Oh man, I want to see this. Here is the Halo 2 trailer description:

The Master Chief, the enigmatic main character of Halo, is back in Halo 2--as is Cortana, the AI construct that joins him early on in the original game. The teaser trailer shows the Master Chief arming himself in the belly of a spaceship. Shouldering an assault rifle, he makes his way through the dark corridors of the ship toward the hangar. During this sequence, the increased level of detail in Halo's graphics becomes obvious. Realistic real-time lighting effects, superior animation, and even more realistic bump mapping lend the visuals an authentic touch.

As the Master Chief enters the hangar, it is revealed that his spacecraft is orbiting Earth--and that Earth is under heavy fire from Covenant warships. The Covenant are the enemy race from the original Halo game, and it seems that they have found the human homeworld and are seeking to destroy it outright. Therefore, the Master Chief's new mission is clear: defend Earth and save humankind. The Master Chief casts open the airlock of his ship and literally hurls himself into outer space, toward Earth. His suit can apparently withstand the void of space, but won't he be incinerated during atmospheric entry? But the Chief isn't jumping down to Earth--he lands, hard, on a Covenant ship and prepares his assault. The trailer ends there.
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Another fun blurb from this article at Xbox.com: Link

'Halo 2' is a lot like 'Halo', only it's 'Halo' on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas," explained Jason Jones, the head of Bungie Studios, "and the ninjas are all on fire, too."
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Another fun blurb from this article at Xbox.com: Link

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I was psyched when I heard it was like halo going 130 through hospital zone whiel on fire and being chased by helicoptors and ninjas...

but when i found out the ninjas were on fire...

i creamed...

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Originally posted by tha_dvd_man
I also like the grittier, darker visual style. I always thought Halo looked a little too bright, colorful and almost cartoonish at times. This is how I always wished Halo looked.
Yeah but the PURPLE COLORS were gorgeous in HALO.
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When I saw that AMAZING first shot from HALO 2 I started thinking about how far HOME VIDEOGAME SYSTEMS have come since PONG



Look at this Boxing game from Activision.




Don't get me wrong, they deserve "props" for laying the groundwork but man this stuff looks ancient.
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after seeing doom 3 previews, this fails to impress me.
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Originally posted by enthused
after seeing doom 3 previews, this fails to impress me.
Halo 2 will have massive, expansive environments with dozens of creatures on screen at once. Doom 3 -- extremely doubtful.
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