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Halo: Truth and Reconciliation

Video games are an ’’Priority A+’’ when it comes to wish lists for any teenager … and when you play Halo, you can only understand why … Halo, developed by Microsoft and Bungie is one of the most visually stunning and immersive game that has ever been released … and I am not joking … In the game, you are a Cyborg … the ultimate war machine and the last hope of mankind … you lead the battle of humans Vs Alien Allies in space and different Earth – like planets in the future … The graphics of the game are truly breath taking and the sound is something that you have never heard before … If you don’t believe me, you can search for and download the soundtrack from the internet and see for yourself … The gameplay is highly non – linear and you can explore the various surroundings and the massive worlds … there are no restrictions whatsoever …

The game is quite easy to play with easily adjustable controls and the story line is very immersive … The game has tonnes of cut scenes and you can easily understand whats going on … You play the game in first person and in third person when you drive vehicles … there are 3 – 4 vehicles to drive in the game and it adds to the over all experience. You also work in tandem in many occasions with human troops to battle out the alien forces … The alien graphics look pretty neat as do the human graphics … not to mention the nice comments you get to hear from the human troops during the battle and from time to time. There are also a variety of guns and grenades and a bazooka launcher … You can also use the enemy ( alien ) weapons by switching them with your own … ( You can only carry 2 guns at a time besides greanades ) The game features Dolby Surround Sound and you can actually FEEL the space ships lift off or land or when they fly over head … its truly amazing … The game promises of a shocking end which makes you wanna play more and more … Even after 5 to 6 hours of playing, I think that I have barely scratched the surface … there is so much to do …

You can win a scenario by employing different tactics … there is no restriction on this part … you can snipe your way out, use stealth or if going all out blasting your way – is your cup of tea, so be it … But some scenarios do require you to kill all the aliens in a particular area before proceeding … This is not your average point and shoot game … it requires a lot of brains and skills to solve the puzzles, co ordinate with your troops and plan and win a situation. It is not very complicated … like Rainbow Six … but very enjoyable at the same time … Now comes the bad part, the game is not available for the PC – yet … It is only available for the Xbox ! Microsoft has promised a release soon … I was lucky enough to play it on the Xbox … They say that this game has changed the ways games are made … something in games like Matrix is in movies … I totally agree … I tell you that when people buy the Xbox for $200 – just so that they can play this $50 game, they are not crazy … They are enjoying something that everyone else is missing … And if you are not playing this game, you are definitely missing something … PS : Please do buy the original game ( even when it comes in the PC version ) because of 2 reasons : (i) If you pirate, you are missing something that you’d find in the original game ( sound tracks, cut scenes, levels, etc ) This will spoil the overall experience. (ii) Developers who design such a game, I tell you, truly deserve the $50 that they ask for it … It is not a game … it is an experience … live it un-adultrated …

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