A huge hit on the Xbox, Halo has finally come to the PC and the Mac. To Mac users of a certain type, Halo, especially in multiplayer, feels oddly familiar. Despite all the protestations to the contrary from the developers, there is a strong Marathon stream going through the game. Anyone familiar with Bungie’s trilogy will find Marathon all over this game, right from the machine gun all the way to the rocket launcher. Halo is the Marathon for the new millenium. I have to confess that the few times I played Halo on the Xbox, I was left unimpressed. This all changed with the computer version. The solo game is not that hard and is rather short. It’s a bit short on plot but moves along alright. Halo really comes into its own in multiplayer. Whether on LAN or on the internet, this game is pretty damn amazing. All the weapons and vehicles in the solo game can be used (depending on the map) with the addition of a few multi-only weapons like the uber-lame flamethrower. However the pleasure of driving
over your opponents vehicles in a battle is rather hard to explain. The controls are responsive and easy to use…some of the most fun I have ever had in multiplayer combat has been when flying banshees against someone else. There is a variety of types of multiplayer games to play, as well as varied maps and quite a few servers being run. Halo is one of the best FPS going and one that continues to improve with updates. Considering the delays and disappointments in the most recent batch of this sort of game, you could do far worse than pick up a copy of this game. Halo II promises to take this formula and improve it vastly.