Hey guys, I've been waiting for Halo for a long time too, but when I compare it to a game like BF1942 it falls way short. They really got the technology right for that game. Anyone who has NOT played it, download the demo and compare.
As for Halo, so far I have to agree with the negative consensus that the game doesn't even come close to the hype. I tried the singleplayer and multiplayer. I tried all the tweaks that I've seen posted. I have a damn good machine for playing and access via a T1. Below are my specs and timedemo results. Just running the timedemo I'm seeing a LOUSY 20 FPS average. It's really not even playable for me with the options all set low/off and using the tweaks.
2 Gigs of Kinston HyperX DDR
4X 80Gig HD running Raid 0
Ati 9700 Pro with newest drivers and DX9
Date / Time: 10/3/2003 10:25:16 AM (83479187ms)
2800MHz, 2048MB, 128M ATI Radeon 9700 PRO (DeviceID=0x4e44) Driver=220.127.116.1168 Shader=2.0
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Halo\halo.exe -timedemo (Version=18.104.22.1680)
Average frame rate=20.53fps
Below 5fps= 5% (time) 0% (frames) (12.936s spent in 11 frames)
Below 10fps= 6% (time) 0% (frames)
Below 15fps= 18% (time) 8% (frames)
Below 20fps= 38% (time) 25% (frames)
Below 25fps= 76% (time) 66% (frames)
Below 30fps= 96% (time) 92% (frames)
Below 40fps= 98% (time) 96% (frames)
Below 50fps= 99% (time) 97% (frames)
Below 60fps= 99% (time) 99% (frames)
Memory used Max=161MB, Min=131MB, Ave=149MB
Just when I think I've seen it all, I found a new wrinkle in my sack.