If rumors are true then we could see the next Halo remake at the end of this year. Halo 2 came top of our Top 5 Xbox Live games of all time and with good reason, because no other game has come close to emulating what it did for online gaming. Lessons can be learnt from the mediocre sales of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, no mistakes can be made with the multiplayer like there was in that remake. Here’s what 343 needs to do to bring in sales and keep the fans happy.
Keep the Ranking system
This is key to it’s success or failure. Halo 2 had a brutal ranking system, the 1-50 skill based ranking system caused major headaches for everyone but it was the reason we all kept coming back. Getting to a level 40 was a major achievement, something we could be proud of, something that was respected by friends and the reason many of us kept playing. Sure, cheating was rife but no-one cared, we need a genuine ranking system in all FPS games even though recent games tell us otherwise. I sincerely hope that 343 do not replace the ranking system in any way, the fans don’t want a progression based levelling system and any modification of the system would spell disaster.
Keep the button glitches
The sword and rocket glitches kept things interesting. Getting to the top of maps by sword glitching made custom games fun and turned Halo 2 in to the social experience we all loved. Nothing beats the thrill of flying across the map and getting a wonder kill, when you’re not meant to. The button glitches gave the game infinite character and kept things fresh, 343 would be fools to take them out.
Actually put in a Golden warthog
The legend that kept us all fooled for many years should make an appearance. I spent many hours on Headlong searching for this mythical beast and it would be the coolest easter egg of all time if it actually made an appearance. Many are still convinced of its existence and this really would show that 343 care about Halo fans and its history. The Golden warthog needs to exist!
Keep ALL the original maps
Halo: CE Anniversary made the huge mistake of not keeping all of the original maps. I want exactly the same maps from Halo 2 just with a bit of extra polish. This includes all extra maps that were available on the Halo 2 mulitiplayer map pack disc. We’ve had countless remakes of Coagulation/Valhalla so give us the ones we haven’t played in a while at least. Halo 2 had the greatest and most balanced maps in Halo history, we need them all back.
Weapons on map and no loadouts
Loadouts and customization are unnecessary additions to games, usually because the game has very little content and it keeps people interested. The gameplay did the talking in Halo 2, it was balanced and fair and everyone was on a level playing field. Obviously they need to keep all the power ups that were available on maps as well as the power weapons with timed spawns. The ability to calculate the spawn time of the power weapons sorted the weak players from the great. Games cater to casual players more these days and the competitive essence Halo 2 had is somewhat extinct in games these days, bring it back!
No party chat in ranked games
The beauty of Halo 2 meant that you were forced to communicate with team mates and you could trash talk to foes with ease. Party chat has ruined Xbox Live, 343 could take a real stand here and show newer players how great it can be with the ability to talk to others. Currently my Xbox One headset is gathering dust because no-one talks at all. I want the thrill of going in to a game with random people, forming a game plan and making friends. I would be OK with party chat in social games, just keep it out of ranked as it’s essential.
There is no reason to tweak anything in the game besides the graphics and frame rate. I would be more than happy if everything was exactly the same as it was 10 years ago, albeit a bit shinier and prettier. It’s a big responsibility taking on a classic like Halo 2 but 343 need to realize that multiplayer is what should be their main focus. The campaign is weaker than the original Halo and it’s longevity was not based on it’s amazing campaign.
What do you think? What are your greatest memories of Halo 2? Are you excited for its inevitable release or should it be left alone?