Controls: Nothing can touch the mouse/keyboard combo for FPS games.
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Multi-player: Although there are some balancing issues and some questionable spawning points, MP is just down right fun!
Graphics: A step up from the already excellent X-Box version.
Sound: Great sound effects abound. And the environmental sounds really add to the atmosphere.
Artificial Intelligence: With out a doubt, Halo has some of the best AI of any game, past or present.
Storyline: Not too original by any means, but it is well written and the plot keeps you interested enough to keep playing to find out what happens next.
No co-op play: This is the biggest flaw for the PC version. Although Gearbox has stated that it may be possible to add it in the future via a patch. Let's hope so.
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Performance: Although it ran fine on my system, many users have complained of poor performance on their systems, even high-end ones. The latest patch, ver. 1.02, appears to have improved this issue somewhat.
No Level Editor: For many this is a non-issue, but for me and others this would add greatly to the replay value of this title.
Price: Although it's new for the PC, it isn't new to the gaming community. And for such a long wait for the PC version, they should have made up for it in price, say around $30 bucks!
This game is exactly what I expected it to be. A game that was a blast to play on the X-Box improved in almost every way for the PC. The only exception being the lack of the highly addicitve co-op play that solidified Halo's success on the X-Box. Regardless of what many people have said, this game is a lot of fun to play. It not cutting edge gameplay, nor cutting edge graphics, it's just how the entire package works so well together that makes this game enjoyable. For some strange reason, many people complained that the PC version is exactly like the X-Box version. To those people I ask, what were you expecting, a compleatly new game. It's a port folks, and it does have several new features and enhancements.
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By far, the biggest complaint people have had with this title is it's performance. For me, this game runs just fine on my system, and it is far from top-of-the-line. On my system, (A Celeron running at 1.05Ghz, GeForce4 Ti4400, 512Mb PC133 ram, SoundBlaster Audigy Platinum, WindowsXP Pro.) the game is very playable and runs much better than it did on the X-Box, especially on the final level where you have to drive the WartHog through the insides of the Pillar Of Autumn. Sure, there are some slowdowns, but nothing to write home about. Sure, the game could use some more optimizations, but it is very playable in it's current form and you shouldn't skip this title because you can't get 200+ fps with it.
All in all, I feel GearBox did a good job and delevered what they set out to delever. While not perfect, Halo PC offers great gameplay, good graphics, top-notch sound, and MP that has to be played to be appreciated. This game is a must buy for any FPS fan and anyone else that enjoys great stroy and lots of action. And, as with most PC titles, I'm sure there will be more patches that will further improve the performance and iron out the rest of the minor issues. Also, don't forget the co-op feature might be added too, making this conversion complete.