I've told everyone how much Unreal 2 felt like Halo. My kid plays halo on our Xbox and she watched me for about 10 minutes before asking me if I was playing "Halo 2". I told her "yes, basically".
Unreal 1 was a game you could explore and experience. Unreal 2 is linear and scripted as hell. I will say the "defend position" aspect was a nice addition to the gameplay, but that was really the only original idea in the game. Not even sure how original it really is.
I enjoyed the weapons. They are WAY better than the crap in UT2K3, even if it is a little ludicrous that your player can carry like 30 weapons, including a remote turret bigger than him (or 3). I only used about 4 different weapons of the many I was given.
I found my player able to walk through people and objects at times. That took away what little immersion I might have experienced. At one point I killed some big bastard animal and when I tried to get a close look at him I found myself clipping though him...dumb.
The sad thing here is this: I think the artwork (textures, models, sounds, etc) had the potential to take this game where it should have gone. The story, the scripty predictable gameplay shot the game down hardcore. I couldn't fully enjoy the game world because I was FORCED into cliche confrontation after confrontation. I never was immersed in the game as I have been in the past. I was hoping for that special feeling. Maybe if I get stoned I can dupe my mind into getting into it.. lol
In Unreal 1 you could walk around and look at things. You could mess with the animals, jump in and swim with fishes....shit, you could go on a virtual vacation if you wanted to. You weren't forced into combat. When you were ready to progress through the story, you would encounter bad guys or some story element. In unreal 2 its like you are taking a ride through a "haunted house" at some carnival. You are just along for the ride.This comment was edited on Feb 6, 19:11.
He cut the possum's face off then cut around the eye socket. In the center of the belt buckle, where the possum's eye would be, he has placed a small piece of wood from his old '52 Ford's home made railroad tie bumper. Damn, he misses that truck.