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Tuesday, October 30, 2001

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Voodoo Extreme Goes Ga-Ga Over Halo
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Having been lucky enough to get an advanced release of Microsoft's X-Box gaming machine and a copy of the final version of Bungie's first person shooter, Halo, Voodoo Extreme's Robert "Apache" Howarth has been playing Halo feverishly for the last few days. Howarth a few days ago took some time to write up an extensive preview of Halo and today reports that he has finished the game, reiterating that it is the "best first person shooter ever", besting games such as Half-Life and Quake III. Here's more from Howarth on Halo:

I finally finished Halo yesterday, and I'm sticking with my "best first person shooter ever" statement, as the game kicks ass from start to finish. Here are a few reasons (besides the fact that there are no bugs in the game) why I think so:

1 - Best visuals. Halo blows away every other FPS released to date and looks to have a step or two on the upcoming FPS's like Unreal 2 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Halo should safely keep this title until DOOM 3's release (or maybe Unreal Warfare), as really, Halo is simply stunning.

2 - Best gameplay. A lot of first person shooters have tried to successfully incorporate vehicles into the mix, and other than Operation Flashpoint and to a lesser degree Red Faction, most have failed to make their inclusion anything really special. The only game I can foresee beating out Halo in the gameplay department would be Duke Nukem Forever.

3 - Best presentation. Before Halo, my pick for the game that presented itself the best would be Half-Life. With all the nice scripted events, the small talk with the security guards and scientists, and just how Valve laid the game out (that is, until the end, where things got goofy) made Half-life an exceptional game. Bungie really one-upped Valve with Halo though, and once you play Halo, chances are you'll think the same.

The Microsoft X-Box console and Halo will be released in mid-November. Bungie has publically stated that a PC and Macintosh version of this first-person shooter is still in the works. There's no word yet, however, on when a PC/Mac version will be available.

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