the launch of halo 2 was the biggest event in gaming history, the console equivalent of the second coming of Jesus. this was the game that had celebrities lining up to test-play it in e3, the game that inspired incubus to write a four-movement suite for the cd soundtrack, the game that pundits surmised would break down the barriers between gaming and pure art. it was a bestseller even before it hit the shelves. and why not? this was the sequel to one of the most flawless shooters ever made, one that joined the ranks of doom and half-life as title that defined the genre. without question, one of the best action games ever made, though its not perfect. a masterly achievement and one of the best games for the xbox.