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HALO 2 confirmed for Fall release!
Entered on: January 30, 2004 4:48 PM by Jackzilla
from www.bungie.net:

So remember last year when we told you we don't announce release dates until we're confident well meet our deadline? Well now were confident. Halo 2 will ship in Fall, 2004. Please make a note of it.

There will be a fair number of new details and announcements to follow over the next few months, and of course theres always E3. Until then, feast your eyes on the first ever Multiplayer screenshot of Halo 2, and check out this week's UPDATE. Can you smell the bacon yet?

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From: Jackzilla Entered on: January 30, 2004 4:49 PM
Well... at least it won't be the launch title for Xbox 2...
 
From: John Entered on: February 1, 2004 2:13 AM
The bacon is faint but I can smell it! Can't wait for H2! Oh well, I suppose it could be worse. At least now we know when to expect it's release.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: February 3, 2004 8:45 AM
Creeko - Have you gotten your xbox games yet?!? I think they were mailed out last fall, for fark's sake!

By the way, kids -- I'm back to playing ARMED & DANGEROUS because I finally got through a level I was stuck on. My bro-hair has already completed this game. It's SWEET! I love killing stuff. Here's a big hint that I just discovered: You can go back into the pubs whenever you want -- each time your weapons/ammo, health and your buddies' health are all restored! (But all the enemies you killed are not respawned!)

"DEATH TO THE SALAD EATERS!!!"
 

From: Jackzilla Entered on: February 3, 2004 8:53 AM
Oh yeah. one other thing:

NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERGROUND has gotten HARD AS SHIT! Even on easy I'm having a bitch of a time progressing! Still a great racer though. I heard a BURNOUT 3 is coming in the future too... :)
 

From: Creeko Entered on: February 3, 2004 8:59 AM
Yes Zilla - they did arrive (muchos thank you's) at the same time as the new baby. So I haven't had much time to check them out. They only took two months to get here. I think my sister sent the package via weather ballon.  
 
What takes two months to get anywhere now-a-days? I can get full size container shipped from China and passed through customs in one month for crissakes.  

 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: February 7, 2004 3:36 PM
Three words, my little friends:

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT

This game looks SWEET! I was just reading about it in a gaming magazine. It's coming out this fall and is basically a Star Wars version of Battlefield 1942. Including vehicles! Can an AT-AT be as fun to drive as a Warthog? I'm game to try and find out! Forget Knights of the Old Republic... THIS is more MY STYLE!
 

From: Ross Entered on: February 7, 2004 5:02 PM
Yeah I saw a video of this one, it's looking awesome. Can't wait.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: February 10, 2004 4:53 PM
Not that anyone else cares, but there's a third Burnout coming out this fall! BURNOUT 3 will have even BETTER CRASHES and encourages players to use their car as a weapon to take out other racers! SWEET! NFS Underground is cool, but nothing beats the BURNOUT series for crashes! You'll race against 5 other cars instead of just 3 too!
 
From: Ross Entered on: February 14, 2004 9:27 PM
Jack, have you noticed? Suprnova is listing Xbox stuff again!
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: February 15, 2004 11:45 AM
Ross - Notice that I did. Now let me get back to Dance Dance Revolution...
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 2, 2004 5:19 PM
Ninja Gaiden should be out soon and is supposed to be super sweet! Similar play to Prince of Persia but more fighting and less puzzle solving stuff.

Wanna hear my latest sweet deal? I bought a "broken xbox" off of ebay for $50 shipped. It's a 1.0 xbox with a bad DVD drive. Bought a Matrix chip from a private party on xbox scene for $22 shipped (!!). Got both in already (bought last week). I actually did install this chip in 5 minutes just like the infamous Easybuy2000 description reads! So for $72 I have a modded xbox (of course I'll sell the retail HDD on ebay for 20 bucks too). Throw a big harddrive in it and I'm all set! I don't need a working dvd drive since it'll be networked into the ZillaStation Network. I figure I got the new house networked for a reason -- better get me some more xboxes on deck! :)
 

From: Ross Entered on: March 2, 2004 5:24 PM
That is pretty sweet, Jack, I have to admit.
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 2, 2004 10:06 PM
I was at the bookstore tonight and noticed a new magazine: Stuff Gamer. It looked like a cross between Maxim and a gaming mag. Have you seen this one yet, Jack? You should look into selling it down at your store. I almost picked up a copy but I had to leave too quickly.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 2, 2004 10:37 PM
Ooooh cool! We sell Stuff magazine (published by Maxim, it's basically Maxim II) and gaming mags, so Stuff Gamer should be a natural. It's crazy how well Maxim and Stuff sell in the store. Young men are suckers for anything with hot chicks on it. In retail terms it's almost unfair sportsmanship: Like setting out salt blocks for deer.
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 3, 2004 1:13 PM
Ninja Gaiden is out. I'm getting it now.
 
From: John Entered on: March 3, 2004 1:18 PM
Hmmm. This sounds like my brand of justice, lots of sweet action and not too cerebral. I want it!
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 3, 2004 3:28 PM
Yeah, I'm gettin' Ninja Gaiden now too.

I just upgraded the second HDD in the ZillaStation to a 250 gig. The old 100 gig is going into my 50BUCKBOX. So that brings the total ZillaStation Network storage capacity to 990 gigs (120+250 ZillaStation + 250 ZillaBox + 250 FunkBox + 100 50BuckBox + 10+10 SuluStation [formerally known as ElmerStation]). Shit! I gotta squeeze another 10 gig in there somewhere! :)
 

From: Ross Entered on: March 3, 2004 4:23 PM
That's impressive, Jack. What kind of deal did you score on the 250? I've been looking for a good price on a 250 so I can record more HDTV shows on the Rosstation. At 8+GB/hour, you're still only talking about 30 hours worth of programming with a 250, so I need all I can get.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 3, 2004 5:13 PM
The 250 gig was $250 - $110 in rebates from Circuit City. No big woop, but the best deal I usually see. Nothing beats that one deal I got there a couple months ago though ($250 - 140 in rebates plus I got a $25 gift card and I sold off the FREE adapter card it came with for $20-30 on ebay).  
 

 
From: Ross Entered on: March 4, 2004 8:40 PM
I just started playing Ninja Gaiden. This game kicks all kinds of ass! I think this is going to be one of those games that we all can agree is sweet. I solidly recommend this one.
 
From: Creeko Entered on: March 8, 2004 7:01 AM
My girfriends brohair dwnld'd nfs-underground and prince of persia. he just got a DVD recorder and was asking me the best way pass them to DVD. Any advice??
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 8, 2004 8:42 AM
Whatever burning software he has should be able to burn the DVD ISO file directly to disc. If he doesn't have any burning software, I recommend Primo DVD, but Nero should work fine too.
 
From: Creeko Entered on: March 8, 2004 9:53 AM
1. Will I be able to save the ISO's to the HD?  
2. If they fit, can he put both games on the same DVD?
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 8, 2004 10:05 AM
1) Not exactly sure what you mean. When you download a game, you usually get an ISO file. If you originally put the game directly on your xbox hard drive to play it, you "un-ISO'ed" it. If this is all you have, (ie the individual files in a directory somewhere, either on your xbox or PC hard drive) then you can put the files directly on the DVDR to burn. As long as there is a "default.xbe" file in the top-level directory of the DVDR, the xbox should be able to recognize it and play it.  
 
2) Yes, this can be done, but it requires a little more know-how than I would be willing to give you online. If Jack has ever given you any discs that do this (he might not if you didn't know it was possible) then you could just look at the contents of the disc on your computer and copy what he did. Essentially, instead of the game being at the root-level of your disc, you have a menuing program that knows how to launch games that you put in sub-folders on the disc. I think I usually use Avalaunch as my menuing program to do this. Jack may be more willing to help you out with this (especially if you're going to be in GR).
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 8, 2004 10:10 AM
I think I spoke too soon about the sweetness of Ninja Gaiden. It's still sweet in my opinion, but it's not exactly my preferred brand of justice. The graphics are great (they're the same as the Dead or Alive games, same developers), but it's got a bit too much of the boss fighting for my taste. I don't really care for re-attempting to fight a boss 30 times to beat him. Plus, as with most games of this type, you can't save wherever/whenever you want to, so if the save point isn't near the boss area, you may have to spend a minute or two running your ass back to fight him after getting whupped. It's fairly annoying. Also the story is lackluster, not that any of you guys care. :) But I'm still playing it anyway...  
 
Anyone else start playing it yet? Jack? What's your vote? Or are you too busy with the new homestead?
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 8, 2004 11:31 AM
Yep, I'm still tiling. Have just the kitchen to go. Should be done tomorrow. Haven't played any games in two weeks...
 
From: The Bone Entered on: March 8, 2004 4:58 PM
Ross, did you get Ninja G from Supernova?
 
From: Creeko Entered on: March 9, 2004 4:34 AM
What shoud do with .zip file containing .rar's?
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 9, 2004 7:22 AM
Get WinRar from download.com. After installing it, double click on the .rar file and it will extract everything for you.
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 9, 2004 10:36 AM
Splinter Cell 2 has gone gold! Meaning, it'll be out in a week or so. Can't wait!  
 
http://www.gamespot.com/xbox/action/pandoratomorrow
/news_6090899.html

 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 9, 2004 3:24 PM
Actually, Splinter Cell 2 is on Suprnova now! Not that I or anyone here would ever download something from there.

Finished tiling today, so I should be able to check out some of these new games now! I just got Dead Man's Hand which sounds interesting (FPS set in the Wild West).
 

From: Ross Entered on: March 9, 2004 4:17 PM
I was just getting on here to say that same thing. :) Amazing how quickly games can be had, if you're a nefarious mofo.  
 
Dead Man's Hand has gotten pretty much universally poor reviews, I think I'll steer clear:  
 
http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/xbox/dead
manshand/

 
From: Ross Entered on: March 11, 2004 9:34 AM
I'm playing it. Anyone else even care? Bone, I Know you liked Splinter Cell. I've only played it for about 20 minutes last night, but it's already pretty sweet, but basically more of the same. If it weren't for my workout plans, I'd never leave the house at this point.
 
From: The Bone Entered on: March 11, 2004 6:33 PM
Hell yeah but it takes forever to download - especially when Muffin reboots my computer in mid download.
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 11, 2004 9:33 PM
That truly sucks. But can't you resume it? In any case, this one is worth buying for sure.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 11, 2004 9:39 PM
I heard the copy of SC2 circulating now is not the final version (and may have bugs), so I haven't bothered with it yet. Besides, I still have the new James Bond, Unreal 2, Dead Man's Hand and Ninja Gaiden to deal with. Good thing tomorrow is game night!
 
From: Creeko Entered on: March 12, 2004 3:01 AM
Jack, I'm a bringin a Sac-O-DVD's! Daddy has cash!
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 19, 2004 4:38 PM
Ninja Gaiden is pretty damn sweet. I haven't gotten very far yet, but the fighting is super sweet. I'm at the stage where you have to shoot arrows at the guys on horses. Hard as shit, but fun!

I'm really pumped about BREAKDOWN having just played the demo. It's a Japanese-made FPS (which is unusual in itself) but super-realistic, never breaking from the First Person Perspective. You grab an item and your hand lifts it close to your face so you can examine it. You can eat food and drink (it's lifted up to your face). You can also fight (hitting and kicking) in first person! Very cool! And Ross, you'll be happy to know that its supposed to have a cool story too! Look for this one soon, kids!
 

From: Ross Entered on: March 19, 2004 8:45 PM
I am a bit further in Ninja Gaiden, and yes, it is quite a difficult game in my estimation. I actually think a bit too hard for my taste. I haven't played in a while, though. Instead, I'm playing a cool game on the PC called Far Cry - it's set on a tropical island, with lots of mercenary shoot 'em up goodness. Impressive graphics, too.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 21, 2004 9:50 AM
Ross and Bone - Do you guys like the fighting game TAO FENG? All of us here are always returning to this sweet game. We all think it's better than DOA, Mortal Kombat or Soul Calibur 2. The sound is especially good and just adds to the effect of some major ASS being WHUPPED. As usual with fighting games, JohnnyBells is an animal on this one. But I do take his bitch ass out sometimes (He likes to play it safe and use the same moves over and over, til you learn to counter them). Oh yeah, the chicks are super hot too. Two-player goodness!  

 
From: Ross Entered on: March 21, 2004 9:55 AM
I don't play fighting games much unless I'm showing off the box and my games collection to someone. I do like Tao Feng, but I also like Soul Calibur 2. I guess I haven't played them enough to prefer one over the other.  
 
I'm also one of those people who like to try new and different moves, rather than your a) button-masher type player or b) stick to a few core moves player. Granted, in a real life fight, the b) style is a winner, but we're talking video games here. That shit gets old quick. Thumbs down to Johnny Bells. That's also one reason I don't like fighting games as much as I used to.
 
From: The Bone Entered on: March 21, 2004 10:14 AM
I do enjoy me some Tao Feng. Reminds me of the time I kicked Fatty's ass 10 games to 1. I usually tend to "stick to a few core moves" when the going gets rough and when I have the upper hand, I try to figure out new moves by button mashing. It's hard when you don't have instructions.
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 22, 2004 8:57 AM
Ninja Gaiden may prove too much for my patience to handle. I've resumed play of this game and to my delight it has gotten much more fun. However, I'm at the end of Chapter 6, and not only is there a boss that I have no idea how to fight (or even hurt), but after you die, you respawn in an area where you have to perform some seriously assinine jumping just to get back to the boss! Plus, I have no health potions. I am fooked. This could be the end for me...
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 22, 2004 10:07 AM
Ross - Sounds like me and my game of Buffy. I haven't tried it in awhile but I'm right toward the end without enough life to continue. I've even restarted two levels back and worked my way back up but my life is still too low. That's bullshit. They shouldn't let you continue if you don't have what it takes to continue (or they should restore your health).

Or maybe we just suck at games sometimes.
 

From: Ross Entered on: March 22, 2004 10:17 AM
I'd like to think that I've been playing games long enough to have what it takes to beat a well-designed one. Of course what is "well-designed" is largely subjective. It would be easy to design a game that is too hard to complete, and I think these games just have some spots in them that should have been made a bit less difficult. For instance, in my case, if you're fighting a boss time and again, you don't want to have to break up the action (and add to frustration) by making the player go thru some difficult jumping navigation just to get the fight going again. It's sloppy design, and it happens all the time.
 
From: The Bone Entered on: March 22, 2004 10:46 AM
I agree with you Bert about having to jump through your ass just to get to the point where you get your ass handed to you by a boss over and over. I can handle fighting with low life since after about a hundred times you get a good rythim and flow and will eventually win, however going back disrupts this flow and makes it ricockulous.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 27, 2004 10:53 AM
Played Splintercell 2 last night -- 4 player! It's not easy, I was gettin' whupped on whether I was a mercenary or agent. Definately cool, but I gotta get it down better. Lots of neat gadgets and some real depth in gameplay. It's not a run 'n' gun that's for sure!

Made more headway in Breakdown too -- Freakin' sweet game! I'm an ass-whuppin' MF'er in that one! I knock assholes clear across the room! And... you can SAVE WHENEVER YOU WANT! And when you die, it restarts you at the last checkpoint with FULL HEALTH! Ahhh... THANK YOU!
 

From: The Bone Entered on: March 27, 2004 11:30 AM
I've been playing Jedi Academy lately and although it starts out kinda lame, I have become a supreme lethal ass whuping phenomenon. I have an even combo of Dark Force and Light Force powers. I can clear out a room full of bad guys with such furious blaze of lightsaber lethality that it shocks even me.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 27, 2004 2:14 PM
I tried the system link game of Jedi Academy and although it has some cool parts, i found it somewhat lacking. System Link co-op, mission-type play would be sweet. STAR WARS BATTLEGROUND is gonna be the game!
 
From: Ross Entered on: March 28, 2004 11:16 PM
Just finished Splinter Cell! I played the hell out of it today. I'd say it's about on par with the original. Kind of disappointing in that it added very little to the original formula, but I guess if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I wish I could play five more of those games. That was a nice interlude between bouts of boss fights in Ninja Gaiden.
 
From: Ross Entered on: April 26, 2004 10:26 AM
ERROR 425: XBOX FARMED UP
 
From: Creeko Entered on: April 26, 2004 11:37 AM
Your right Tony, I have no excuse. I should have called you and I feel bad that I didn't.  
 
Have you tried calling Spain, or dose your phone only let you make national long distance calls?
 
From: The Bone Entered on: April 26, 2004 12:56 PM
My phone only has domestic calling powers. I can't even use 10 10 2020 or the like. I need to get an international calling card. I could be better about looking for one.  
 
I love the ERROR 425: XBOX FARMED UP - hilarious, I can't stop laughing.
 
From: The Bone Entered on: April 28, 2004 1:04 PM
I've heard about Johnny Bells Fight Night profile. Can someone take a screen pic and post it?
 
From: Ross Entered on: April 28, 2004 2:20 PM
I also loved Johnnybells, and laughed my ass off. John, of course, was none too pleased. He also didn't care for me exclaiming that he "went down like a little bitch" when SlimFatty defeated him in the ring. Ah, good times.
 
From: Ross Entered on: April 28, 2004 3:15 PM
This is pretty interesting news for Xbox fans (from Xbox-Scene):

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Corp may be forced to cut the price on its PlayStation 2 video game console as soon as the coming weeks or risk being outsold in the U.S. market by rival Microsoft Corp., analysts said on Tuesday. Sony forecast earlier on Tuesday that PS2 sales in the business year ending March 2005 would fall by as much as 30 percent, a much sharper decline than analysts had expected. Unless Sony cuts the price on its PS2 in order to spur sales, U.S. game software makers, many of whom track Sony's fiscal year, may find sales growth targets harder to reach, analysts said.

American Technology Research analyst P.J. McNealy said the Xbox was likely to overtake the PS2 on a units-sold basis for the first time ever in the United States in April. He estimated Xbox sales of 275,000 units this month, versus about 200,000 units for the PS2. PS2 sales have been falling in the United States this year, and in the just-ended fiscal year Sony said PS2 unit shipments fell 37 percent in North America. There has been a rising clamor from game publishers for Sony to cut the price of the PS2 by the opening of E3, the video game industry's annual trade show, the week of May 10.
 

From: Ross Entered on: May 6, 2004 3:42 PM
Amazon.com is taking pre-orders for Halo 2- they have a release date of Sept 1:  
 
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000
8J7NZ/qid=1083876198/sr=8-1/ref=pd_ka_1/104-106026
7-5548760?v=glance&s=videogames&n=507846

 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: May 6, 2004 4:06 PM
Actually Halo 2 is available for pre-order from a bunch of sites. EBGames listed April 1 for the release date a few months ago. Sept 1 sounds good but I'll believe it when I see it. I'm thinking Christmas Season release, then if it comes out earlier, I'll be pleasantly surprised! Bungie officially says "this Fall."

Ross - Have you checked out the Halo mod scene lately? HOLY CRAP! I can't believe the shit modders are doing to Halo now. We played some of the new mods last night. The Banshee is available, that tank that shoots fireballs, new weapon combos (like a sniper that explodes needlers on your ass + homing rocket launchers!), new graphics, new sounds and completely reworked levels! One mod has you playing as a grunt! Another has Blood Gulch with falling snow and pine trees all over! Yet another throws a bunch of bridge work over the entire blood gulch level (with what seems like a dozen warthogs!). Unreal!

Here's the site I checked out: www.halomods.com but there's a bunch of others.
 

From: Ross Entered on: June 29, 2004 9:00 AM
Has anyone played Spider-Man 2 yet? I've played it for about 15 minutes, and I have to say that it is SWEET. It's definitely better than the first game - none of that run-and-hunt bad guys in a warehouse bullshit. Spidey has tons of sweet webswinging moves, it's like he's straight out of the movie. I can't wait to keep playing it, but I still have to finish Riddick - Johnny tells me I'm very near the end.
 
From: Creeko Entered on: June 29, 2004 9:05 AM
How'd ya get it so fast? Were you waiting outside Blockbuster with $2.00 in your hand dancing around like Homer when he wants someting really bad?
 
From: Ross Entered on: June 29, 2004 9:14 AM
My powers are strong, old man.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: June 29, 2004 10:37 AM
Okay, I tried Spidey 2 for about 30 minutes. Pretty cool! I like swinging through the city -- it's done more realistically from the last game (you actually have to web to something). It's GTA-ish when you're walking the streets as you hear different people talking (my favorite so far: "Menace!" Must read the Bugle too much). There's also side missions like GTA. And all the real voices from the movie actors.  
 
This'll be a fun one. I can see the young kids liking it too (it has a kid-friendly control scheme available too).
 
From: Ross Entered on: June 29, 2004 11:47 AM
Yeah, we got Heather's 4-year-old nephew the original Spider-Man game and although he loves Spider-Man (mostly because I do, I think), I think he doesn't play it because it's pretty difficult for little kids, especially at the beginning, of all places. But this one seems much more kid-friendly. And I do like the dual-swinging schemes. I actually think the webswinging is perfect - it's super fun just to go thru the town like this.
 
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2004 10:50 AM
I partially retract my rabid enthusiasm for the Spidey 2 game. It's still sweet and the web swinging is badass. But it's trying to copy GTA too hard, and it's not doing a great job of it - there is too much emphasis on completing the side missions, which would be fine except that they tend to be extremely repetitive. The story-based challenges are cool though but I think the game should be focusing on them more, rather than the Help The Cops in the Gunfight, Foil the Carjacking, Foil the Purse-Snatching, Save the Construction Worker, Get This Guy to the Hospital challenges. At least in GTA, each mission was mostly unique. In Spidey they're literally identical.
 
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2004 11:15 AM
I just read Gamespot's review of the game, and it nicely summarizes my take on it:  
 
http://www.gamespot.com/xbox/action/spiderman2/revi
ew.html

 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: June 30, 2004 11:25 AM
Yeah, I played Spidey 2 more last night and you're right. The webbing system is too sweet (I'm still getting the hang of it) but there could be a bit more variety in the missions. And do you notice when you talk to characters their mouths don't move? Angie to me: "Who's talking?" Aren't we beyond that?  
 
I was messing around with the webbing and you can actually web a lightpole and swing AROUND it! How cool is that? Plus all of Spidey's cool moves are here. Swinging around town is cool (similar to the movie effect) and webbing a thug and throwing him is SWEET!  
 
I wish it was an xbox-only title as I'm sure they could have made it that much better. The big problem is following a game like Riddick. That game was so superb that I can only imagine the pants pooping to be done when Monkey-Bone plays it.
 
From: John Entered on: June 30, 2004 12:52 PM
Riddick is sweet and I need to get back to it. Zilla and I had great fun playing it together but now it's time for me play it on my own. I'll miss my partner though, we kicked ass in that game.
 
From: Ross Entered on: June 30, 2004 1:24 PM
I will probably hop back to Riddick soon after I tire of Spidey. THough it's so easy I might just finish it first for the hell of it.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 11, 2004 3:43 PM
Halo 2 Goes Gold  
By: CÚsar A. Berardini - "Cesar"  
Oct. 11th, 2004 10:06 am  
 
Microsoft Game Studios announced today that Halo 2 for Xbox , the most-anticipated video game of the year, has gone gold and will ship simultaneously over three days to 27 countries in eight languages. Halo 2 will be available on November 9 throughout North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  
 
The sequel to the award-winning Halo: Combat Evolved, will be available in France, Belgium and Switzerland on November 10, as well as in Japan and the rest of Europe on November 11. Halo 2 is being localized in eight languages including English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (traditional), Spanish, French, German and Italian.  
 
http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/6966/Halo-2-Goes-Gold
 
 
[Just in case anyone doubted it would be done!]
 
From: The Bone Entered on: October 11, 2004 4:18 PM
You ordering it or going to get it via "other" means?
 
From: The Bone Entered on: October 11, 2004 8:27 PM
What's different between the regular and limited edition other than packaging? Do they have any bonus material?
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 12, 2004 11:33 AM
I believe the limited edition case is metal and includes a "Making of HALO 2" DVD.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 13, 2004 10:04 AM
There's news of several videogame retailers opening at midnight the night of the 8th to sell Halo 2! Myself, I'll just walk down the street to Meijers (open 24 hours) and pick it up if I must. Here's EBgames list of stores opening at midnight:  
 
http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/ads/promos/halo2midnight
madness/?site=NLF1013

 
From: Ross Entered on: October 13, 2004 10:21 AM
Cool! The one next door to my gym will be open. It's past my bedtime, but I might make it over there.
 
From: The Bone Entered on: October 13, 2004 11:31 AM
Apparently Hawaii doesn't participate in such madness. Oh well, it was past my bedtime anyway.
 
From: BigFatty Entered on: October 14, 2004 5:22 AM
This just in.......... Halo 2 has been reported out!!!!! My friend emailed me and said he got it yesterday and has been playing it for 9 hours. This has not been verified, and it might be a joke, but I tend to believe him. Its nothing to joke about! I will ask what channels he used.
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 14, 2004 8:19 AM
Oh yeah? Well, tell your friend that your friend in America is already playing Halo 3!
 
From: BigFatty Entered on: October 14, 2004 8:48 AM
Its OUT its OUT!!!!! I have seen it from the regular sources! Verifiable and true - My buddy is up to 15 hours straight and he gives it the THUMBS!
 
From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 14, 2004 11:40 AM
Pirates release Halo 2  
 
Microsoft's biggest Xbox release for 2004 has been leaked onto the Internet.  
 
Late last night, 27 days before its officially scheduled retail release, an allegedly complete version of Microsoft's upcoming first-person shooter, Halo 2, was leaked onto the Internet. The pirated release, said to be a PAL version of the game with French-language dialogue, is currently making its way around various Usenet newsgroups and peer-to-peer networks.  
 
There has been no word on where, or how the game originally surfaced at this time. It should be noted that players who download the game illegally could face a maximum penalty of $100,000 per infringement for copyright violations.  
 
Halo 2, which continues the adventures of Master Chief with an all-new single-player adventure, as well as Xbox Live support for Internet-based multiplayer, is scheduled to hit retail shelves on November 9. We'll have more on this story as it develops.  
 
 
http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/10/14/news_611053
9.html

 

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