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Halo Preview at Gamespot
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While most of us mere mortals have been licking our chops waiting for the release of Halo, those lucky dogs over at Gamespot have been running the game through its paces on the X Box. While Halo is slated for release on the XBox platform in a mere two weeks, Bungie is still tight-lipped about when a Mac version will be available, though they have stated that one is in the works.

In true teaser form, Gamespot's preview doesn't reveal much, but it does provide some tantalizing glimpses at the weapons, enemies, and vehicles available in this huge shooter.

First, the weapons. While most FPS games allow you to carry enough armament to make Arnold Schwartzenegger's knees buckle, Halo seems to take a more "realistic" approach, limiting players to two weapons at a time:

Ever felt as if the number of weapons you could carry in a particular first-person shooter was unrealistic? In Halo, you can only carry two at a time, and that causes you to choose carefully. Luckily, you can pick up weapons from fallen enemies and comrades, but in doing so, it's important to know which are best.
But what weapons they are! Gamespot doesn't tell us about all of them, what they do talk about sounds pretty cool: a 60-cartridge Assault Rifle, a Plasma Pistol whose shots gain power the longer you hold down the trigger, a rapid-fire Plasma Rifle (which they claim "you'll go searching through piles of bodies for"), and a Needler which fires explosive glass shards. The only dud seems to be M6D Pistol, "voted the weapon most likely to be discarded."

As for enemies, Halo seems to boast a fairly assortment of aliens, at least one of which speaks English:

The grunts are noteworthy for two reasons. The first reason is that they're the only species among the Covenant that speaks English. You'll hear them squeal, "There he is!" when one spots you, or "They're everywhere!" if you approach with a group of marines in tow. We've noticed about six different phrases so far, but there could be more. The second noteworthy fact about them is that they often toss plasma grenades, which you need to avoid at all costs. It is particularly humiliating when one of the grunts attaches one to your visor, because the only method of removal...hurts. If you can shoot these creatures before they throw any plasma grenades, you'll be able to stock up on this extremely valuable weapon by snagging their supply. Grunts tend to carry either the plasma pistol or the needler.
After the Grunts come the power-shielded Covenant Elite (tough to kill with conventional weapons) and the fast harrying Jackals.

Unfortunately, Gamespot's preview doesn't reveal much about one of the most revolutionary aspects of the game: the various vehicles scattered throughout the world of Halo. There is a bit about the Warthog, a tough dune-buggy-like vehicle that can be used singly (with a computer-controlled gunner) or in multiplayer mode (with players acting as both driver and gunner):

If you're playing Halo's single-player mode, you'll be driving this attack buggy, while computer-controlled buddies man the gun turret or ride shotgun, picking off enemies from the passenger seat. Lose a buddy to enemy forces? If you drive up next to another marine, he'll jump into the open slot.
If you're playing Halo's multiplayer mode with a group of friends, you'll be able to select the driver's seat, passenger's seat, or gun turret while teammates man the other positions. In this mode, you participate in joust-style matches against your other friends.
Unfortunately that's all the skinny available now. But Gamespot promises to reveal more tomorrow in their 3-part Halo Preview.

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