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Halo 2 For Pc


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#1 TheYoda

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 01:39 PM

I saw it in the stores, so it obviously out already, but has anyone played it? What's the deal with multiplayer? I wasn't sure when i read the box but I think i need a subscription to LIVE to play it. If I do, I'm gunna punch Microsoft in the face. It's bad enough it's only for Vista, but if i have to pay for it too??? come on...

Well, enough of that...does anyone have it or played or know about it?

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 09:34 PM

Personally i wouldn't bother with it. There are plenty of great online fps games that dont have monthly fees, and for a PC game the graphics look worse than most.

I also don't want to buy into Microsofts little game in getting me to switch to vista. If you got vista already then thats cool. Im not much of a halo fan either, even though i do own halo 1 for pc and xbox and halo 2 for xbox.

Edited by cliver, 21 June 2007 - 09:35 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2007 - 10:10 PM

Wait, Halo 2 is only for vista on the pc and not compatible with xp? That's retarded :thumbsup:.
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Posted 23 June 2007 - 08:38 AM

Ya they could of gotten it to work fine with xp also, but they just want everyone to buy vista....

I guess its a good idea though since I bet quite a few people, who are die-hard halo fans, will actually upgrade to vista just to play halo 2.
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Posted 23 June 2007 - 08:39 AM

Yea, it's dumb. I'm not a big fan of the Halo series, but I would have gotten it if it came out on XP.

I don't think you need to purchase Windows Live to play it online, I recall that Microsoft is setting up Windows Live to be similar to Xbox Live with silver and gold accounts, except that Windows Live should be free to play games online (silver or gold), but extra stuff (ripoff in my opinion) you have to pay for. Mainly, the only real perk I've seen with a Windows Live Gold account is that it would allow you to play compatible cross platform games with the 360 (I think Shadowrun is the only one right now).

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 11:08 AM

Oh ok. Well I already have a computer with vista, but it's a laptop...and it sucks cause it wasnt designed for gaming. I might use the restore CD that came with it and install it on my desktop and see if it runs on that. I wanna make sure vista runs first before i buy the game. And I'll probably get it being I don't own an xbox and I really like the Halo series. I just hope i don't have to pay for it.

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 07:49 PM

I believe there is a patch/crack/hack or something that will allow you to play it on XP, but its untested by me so i cant really comment.

From some game forums I visit, when a game is able to run under XP and Vista, the XP version allways seems to run with a higher frame rate, with a very slight graphical difference. Also if you check the specs on a game that will run both, you need better specs to run it under Vista.
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Posted 23 June 2007 - 07:58 PM

I believe there is a patch/crack/hack or something that will allow you to play it on XP, but its untested by me so i cant really comment.

From some game forums I visit, when a game is able to run under XP and Vista, the XP version allways seems to run with a higher frame rate, with a very slight graphical difference. Also if you check the specs on a game that will run both, you need better specs to run it under Vista.


Yea, apparently a company (don't remember the name) is claiming that they are developing software that would allow Halo 2 to run on XP (single player at least). However, the problem with that is that they are just saying it will work and there isn't any proof behind what they are saying. To make it more shady, they want you to buy the game with their software based on what they say and you're pretty much giving them the money based on their word and if it doesn't end up working, you're left with a useless game unless you can pawn it off or get Vista.

Here we go, the company is called Falling Leaf Systems and they're doing it through Amazon. Now, maybe they'll be able to do it, but at least till it's proven, I'm not so sure about it.

http://news.filefront.com/halo-2-and-shadowrun-now-on-xp/

Edited by Wizdabest, 23 June 2007 - 08:06 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2007 - 09:21 PM

Hmmm...I wouldn't risk it. I'd rather just install it on vista and play it. If it falls through that it DOES work out on XP, I might switch over. But probably by then I'll be so used to playing it on vista that it won't even matter. I will keep an eye on the Falling leaf guys because that looks pretty good.

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 10:29 PM

It makes me think, if they can get it to work on XP that'd be cool and all, but I'm really thinking that's only going to benefit singleplayer, what about multiplayer? I'm really thinking it's not going to work right and with the Halo series, I see them more as a multiplayer series (especially Halo 2).

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 10:51 AM

I agree. Especially someone who's played the game on Xbox and/or already knows how the story goes, chances are they won't even play the single player and go straight to the multiplayer. Even if they didn't know the story, a good amount of people don't care for it. It's the same thing with halo 3 coming out, multiplayer is one of the biggest things they're working on because they know how intense it is when people play multiplayer and since almost all the people who will buy halo 3, will buy it for the multiplayer (which also be enhanced by the Xbox 360s online, wireless, etc pwnage). The BEST thing, i think, is the fact that you can play halo 2 PC with people on Xbox live. I think that's what you need to pay for this way its fair for the people playing Xbox who have to pay for it anyway. I think the LIVE subscription fees will only be for playing with people on Xbox. There should be a free one like in the first Halo where you can play it with just other PC players, which would make more sense.

Anyway, I managed to get Vista installed and working good, and as expected, there were some hardware driver issues so I don't have access to my SCSI 10k RPM harddrive because vista doesn't support the SCSI card I have...how ghey. Anyway...I have to go to the mall today anyway to get some things for people in band (different topic, lol) so I'll probably pick it up with the money I got for my birthday on Thursday. I'll post back with the results and some screenshots for sure! I'm really excited!! :thumbsup: lol

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 09:41 AM

I went to the store and I purchased Halo 2. I noticed something a little strange, that requirements posted on the back are very to-the-point. It simply states you need vista, 2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 7GBs of harddrive space and a video card better than the X700 or the 6100. The only reason I hate vista is there is no omega drivers for vista so I can't overclock my video card to make the game fast, cause i do get some lag. The lag is expected, being its over vista which is a resource hog in itself.

So now, I installed the game and it is the strangest thing, you can play the game while it installs, and there are no shortcuts anywhere once it is installed. The only way to play the game is to click play from the autorun of the dvd. Anyway, so i played and the game play is pretty frikkin good! I'm gunna check out the multiplayer as soon as I'm done writing this as I couldn't do it last night (router has a timer on the plug so I dont forget to turn it off at night and i didn't feel like turning it back on). I don't get how screenshots work, i'll probably have to install fraps or something to get screenshots.

I'll post back later with (hopefully) screenshots and some info on the LIVE process.

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EDIT: I just read this from a link in Halo 2:

• Games for Windows – LIVE is now on Windows and connects to Xbox LIVE®
• PC to PC multiplayer including browsing a list of active PC games is free
• Experience cross-platform gameplay with Shadowrun now
• Play against other PC gamers online with Halo 2® for Windows Vista™
• 1 gamertag, 1 friends list, 1 list of achievements for your Windows PC & Xbox 360
• Easily find and play supported cross-platform titles online with your friends across both your Windows PC & Xbox 360
• Games for Windows – LIVE is available in every country and region supported today by Xbox LIVE®
• There are 2 levels of membership, Silver (free) & Gold ($49.95 U.S.)


So like I thought, the silver membership is free and I can play with other PC players only. The Gold i have to pay for and I can play with PC players AND xbox players. Good deal :thumbsup:

Edited by TheYoda, 25 June 2007 - 09:54 AM.

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