Halo 2 Multiplayer Tips for Beginners and Advanced playersWritten by Tony James
Here are some general tips from an advanced player for all of you who are looking for an edge in this game. You may know some or all things in this article depending on your skill level. Even if you are an expert player this article should help you remember fundamental that make you a good player. This article focuses on individual fighting tips, perhaps a future article will address team strategy.
Weapon Combos: From close range you can hit for a lot more damage when holding two weapons. From a distance, battle rifle is weapon of choice if you cannot get your hands on a sniper rifle. My favorite combo for quick kills is plasma rifle/smg combo and pistol/smg combo. If you aim at opponents head and they donít aim at your head, like most people, they will be wondering how they died so fast. The plasma rifle combo is better against multiple opponents and pistol is more effective against single opponents. This is because pistol runs out of ammo quickly. If you can find a plasma pistol, plasma pistol/smg combo is not bad, but it leaves you vulnerable if you miss charged shot or if there are multiple opponents.
Plasma Pistol/Battle Rifle: This in my opinion is ultimate combo. If you are at close to medium range, hit them with plasma pistol and shoot them in head with battle rifle. At long range, pick them off with battle rifle. This is a frustrating combo to fight against when opponent is good. This is one of reasons you see a lot of Human Slayer games now.
Grenades: This is one of things that separate good players from weaker ones. It takes a lot of practice to become an expert with grenades, but it is one of easiest ways to kill someone. Use common sense, throw grenade where player will be not where they are right now. If you see someone running towards you, backup behind a wall and throw a grenade in their path. If you are surrounded, try to get off two grenades and you will sometimes get several kills. If you hit someone with a frag grenade, and you hit them in head with a battle rifle, they die in one shot.
Evolution of Gaming : Graphics vs Gameplay Written by Tony James
If you are old enough to remember early days of computer gaming you know there were a lot of great games that were fun because of exceptional gameplay and not just graphics. Gaming started to become a little more popular in 90s once people started buying computers. In early 90s games like Maniac Mansion, X-com 1, and Civilization were extremely hot because of their addictive unique gameplay. Today gaming is mainstream and marketed towards a mass audience. In order to market to everyone, many games these days focus on graphics and special effects rather than unique gameplay. You see many games that seem to be carbon copies of each other with slightly different twists.
These days, a lot of games try to be as realistic as possible and have most textures and polygons jammed in to wow your eyes. In order to market to everyone, many games these days focus on graphics and special effects rather than unique gameplay. Although there is nothing wrong with a game with beautiful graphics, once novelty of graphics runs out, gameplay is what keeps you playing. You see many games that seem to be carbon copies of each other with slightly different twists. There are a few games like Halo 2 where developers obviously spent a lot of time fine tuning to make sure gameplay was as enjoyable as possible. With Halo 2, two things that give it an edge in my opinion is fact that movement of players is slower than most games and weapons are highly balanced. Also, rather than throwing tons of multiplayer maps at player, developers focused on making a limited number of quality maps.