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Halo 2 vs. Half-Life 2

Halo 2 vs. Half-Life 2

Well, it's not really like that, but Steve posted that he's tempted to get an Xbox simply to play Halo 2. I'm having similar pains over Half-Life 2. My beautiful wife picked up a copy of Halo 2 for me this morning at Target. On my home PC, I've got a ready to activate copy of Half-Life 2. The problem is, after playing the source beta for Counter-Strike 2, I find that my video card isn't quite up to snuff for the HL2 release. So my conundrum is, do I buy a new video card so that I can play HL2, or do I save myself 250 bucks and just get some of the other great new Xbox games that are coming out this fall? The mind reels...

Update: I'm going to get a new video card and at get the game.(Eventually) I didn't mean to start a Vi vs. Emacs war, my only point was that I don't have to screw with the console games at all. I can just pop a disk in and play it. The PC is a little tougher, as I want to play wide screen and I want it to run well. I love playing Counter-Strike, so there was never really a question that I would get the software. I'm also looking forward to playing with the source code and maybe building a level or two. :)

Comments
  • I'd stick w/ the xbox. aside from H2 there is also MechAssult 2 wich in my mind is going to be a better online game than H2 (i've played beta versions)
  • I'm right there with ya. I've been a pure x-box gamer for the last year, and when i loaded doom 3 up on my ati 9200, i was appalled that 800x600 brought it to its knees.

    So know i too am wighing purchasing a new card - though in my case its either a new card or window tinting for my car....oh the agony!

  • You could wait until HL2 comes to the Xbox :).
  • Well, I'm all for Half-Life 2 (http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/archive/2004/11/09/254589.aspx), and yes, I had to upgrade to a new machine to prepare for the full experience: http://blogs.msdn.com/mswanson/archive/2004/11/02/251391.aspx
  • Go buy that sucker - you know you want to!

    /die hard HL2 fan ;)
  • Edge Magazine (UK) gave Half Life 2 10/10.

    Edge magazine don't give games 10/10.

    Enough said.
  • Lazycoder weblog » Half-Life 2 rendering paths
  • Yeah, I'll probably go buy a 6200 when I can. I was just thinking out loud. :)
  • Well I see that a new ati card x800xt is 450$ now. I bought new amd64 6 weeks ago and then found that i could not find a x800xt card to buy (they were all out of stock). So i have been been waiting for 6 weeks to get new video card. Now that i have paid for my pc, it is hard to let go of another 450$ for a game card. If bought the new card with the other 1500$ it does not seem that bad. But..spending 450$ for game card sure seems like a lot of money. What to do?
  • HL2 allll the way halo looks like crappy cartoons
  • Halo 2 is obviously great ............but Halflife 2 will be a better fps.......in my opinion
  • Half life 2 is way better than halo 2. Halo 2 is like Halo except for double weapon wielding and new stuff. Halo 2 will get boring really fast. The multiplayer for Halo 2 is good but Counter Strike 2 is going to appeal to people much more. So, go out and buy a video card for HL2
  • it has a texture problem in the video clips,
    silly menu functions
    glitchy animations for sp
    and bad radio sounds

    but Multiplayer is awesome
  • I know what you mean, I just recently bought an Xbox almost solely for Halo 2. I thought Halo was a great game, in terms of both graphics and gameplay, and that it was a whole lot better than Half Life (but then again, they started work on it just around the time HL came out). I have a PC that hopefully will play HL2 without too many explosions or fires, and (over here in the annoying UK) Halo 2 has only just been released today. I think it'll be a great game, but without a doubt HL2's gonna be a hell of a lot better!
    I say buy an Xbox cheap, and steal from children until you have enough money to fix up your PC! (Or not, if video games haven't warped your brain as much as they have mine....)
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