HALOReviewed By: HALO
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Genre: Sci-Fi Shooter
"Halo". Quite possibly the game of the year, this game takes the fading FPS genre and breaths new life into it. Technically one of the best games this year, and definitely the best game in the xbox launch line-up. This game combines a great plot with amazing gameplay and graphics, to create one of the best first person shooters ever made.
While at its heart “Halo” is a normal first person shooter, “Halo” combines elements from tactical shooters that enables you to do the ten different missions in almost any way you like. In the game you work together with space marines to find out the purpose of an alien ring planet called Halo. Halo was found when a space ship trying to escape from an alien race called the Covenant, stumbled upon it. The plot has many twists that I will not reveal as it would ruin the game if you choose to play it.
While this is artistically an amazing game, morally I would caution Christians (and others), especially anyone under seventeen. This game contains much violence (though most of it is shooting at aliens) and contains some mild profanities. Another thing that some might find objectionable is the fact that the Covenant seem to have a religion that centers around killing the human race.
If you are a mature Christian who does not find violence objectionable then you might want to consider adding this title to your library. But if you do not like such violence and/or are under 17, I would suggest that you check out some of the less violent titles available for the xbox. Give “Project Gotham Racing” or “Amped” a try.
Year of Release—2001
Positive—I think we're being a little simplistic here. Within the game, English translations of how the aliens refer to their theology may echo Christian terminology, but so what? Perhaps as Christians we habitually get defensive about religion in general, but it's laughable to deny that some of the greatest evils that have been perpetrated have been justified by misappropriating religious teachings. If you don't agree then you must be living in a cave, perhaps one in Afghanistan. That said, I think that credit needs to go where it's due in that most video games are decidedly secular or worse, and this game does raise issues that may prompt some interesting, timely discussions with your teenagers regarding religion (when it has been and can be misused) and war (when it is justified and when it is not). If you're sensitive to PG-rated language or violence, you might not appreciate the game, and this may not be appropriate for all teenagers, hence the Mature rating. My Ratings: [4/5]
—BK, age 38
Positive—I am a bit concerned since we, as Christians, are the New Covenant, and the aliens are religious fanatics that are called the Covenant. Further more the alien ship is called Truth and Reconciliation. These seem to be a clear play on Christian jargon. The graphics are great, but the more I played the more concerned I was with the structure of the game and its possible hidden meaning. My Ratings: [2/5]
Neutral—One of the best games I have ever played. I agree with the other comments listed above about the gameplay. On the box the game receives a “mature” rating for violence. That bothers me because they should have put a rating for the language too. While there is not much obscene language, there is some. I would not have bought this game had I known there would be obscenities in it. If I had children, and was worried about the language I would not recommend buying this game. Positives: great gameplay, storyline, and multiplayer fun. My Ratings: [3/5]
This is by far one of the best FPS games ever made for a console system, This game has a storyline that keeps you interested from the beginning right down to the final level which is one hard task to accomplish. This game is probably the best game on the X-box console and the only thing that a Christian might not like about it is the killing of the aliens in it. The game places you as a cyborg human character who is forced to take on a race of aliens that are trying to destroy your whole race, along the way you are forced to fight your way thru many levels and take on better and harder enemies along the way and take their vehicles and use them against them. There is really nothing bad about this game except a little violence… My Ratings: [5/5]
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