Portraits of Halo
years ago today (Nov 15, 2001) Halo and the Xbox were released. At
first, i didn’t pay the console, or the game, much mind. I had my doubts
about Microsoft and this relatively unknown shooter brought over from the
computer world, so i figured i’d give the system a pass for the time being.
Over the next few months though, i kept hearing good things about Halo.
It got rave reviews in the magazines and a few people i knew played it
non stop. But still, i held off. Then one night, i stopped by my friends
house to hang out for a bit. After a while, he asked if i wanted to
play some games and suggested we dive into a few levels of Halo, Co-op.
We played the first 4-5 areas straight through and about 30 minutes in, i was completely hooked. I can’t overstate the amount of joy and fun i had. Headshotting grunts, driving the warthog off cliffs while blasting the horn, and watching groups of Covenant scatter and curse at me in their alien language as i chucked a grenade right in the middle of them, had me smiling from ear to ear. And playing it all with a friend, cooperatively (which was something i had never really done before), brought the experience to a completely new level. The controls were tight, the AI was fantastic and the levels were massive. I couldn’t ask for much more when it came to gameplay.