Can You Spot the Difference Between the Original Halo 2 and the Anniversary Edition?

See how far video game cinematics have progressed in the decade since Halo 2's release.

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BMTO_Abe_Ace
BMTO_Abe_Ace

Looks pretty good. Honestly if the next gen consoles had more interesting things like this I'd be more interested in actually picking one of them up.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Q: Why did the Arbiter cross the road ?


A: Halo if I know .... 

Defender1978
Defender1978

That is how you remaster something.  Looking at you Naughty Dog.  

Cronyk
Cronyk

Better get my work done while I can... Between Destiny and MCC, my holiday months are fuuuuuuuucked...  lol

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Does this only affect cutscenes or gameplay as well? This kinda increases my will to get an X1 a bit (still not getting it though)

MigGui
MigGui

they could REALLY add value to the game if they included the intended-but-never-released last level after that cliffhanger.

PlayLife_2
PlayLife_2

The difference is the Halo 2 on the original XBOX has cutscenes rendered in real-time, while this new version on XBOX ONE is pre-rendered video (in another words, simply a mp4 video playing out).

virtualskill
virtualskill

Sooo...where's the actual gameplay images outside of cutscenes?..

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

*sniff* *sniff* It's just.... It's just so beautiful!


It's kind of crazy. I've had really no compulsion to buy an X1 in the past 9 months. Some games are system sellers, regardless of generation, though.

frogsith
frogsith

this is going to be epic to replay the game again! 

sg_hobbes
sg_hobbes

Can't tell the difference :) Already have a PS4 getting a one just for this. I really hope you can flip back and forth between the new cut-scenes and the original :)

alexbartle
alexbartle

so are the in game graphics that much better or just amazing looking cut scenes?

howiex89
howiex89

Thats awesome, and also kinda makes a mockery of the debate between PS4 graphics and X1.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Note to Sony: THIS is how and why you remaster. Not something from only a few months ago that barely adds anything new or different to the experience.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

Best part is always Sargent Johnson's pep talks.  Visual fidelity is irrelevant for me there.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

Definitely getting this even though I played them already. I love the graphics and looking o have fun again.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Looks pretty damn good but I highly doubt the over games will.

Halo 2 is with out a doubt the best Halo game in the series if it was just Halo 2 remastered I would buy an Xbox One second hand off course just to play it then most likely sell it but I have a problem with it being all 4 for a few reasons.

Reason#1: 343 taking credit for Bungies work, they have yet to prove they can make a decent Halo game and just like EA I feel uneasy handing them Money for games they never made.

Reason#2:Halo 4 doesn't count in my eyes, I found it pretty annoying they even made a Halo 4 after Bungie and there was a reason the online died after one month......It was very casual and felt more like COD then Halo.

Reason#3: I feel the other 3 will just be ports of 360 games added in to justify its full price, nobody asked for the other 3 it is obvious that they did this to make a larger profit on games which can be picked up in your local bargain bin for a few dollars that most likely look almost Identical.

Reason#4:Halo 3 and Halo CE I have played to death and are still fresh in my mind I really cannot be bothered going through them all over again grabbing all the skulls and playing those maps I am sick to death off.

Reason#5:Halo 2 honestly IS the only one I really Loved, One was okay but feels heavily dated now,Halo 3 was disappointing with its lack off bosses (and especially teasing that giant Flood boss all for nothing not even a full glimpse) and Halo 4 was awful and made me hate Cortana and hang up my spartan suit for good.

For everyone who already has an Xbox One this is great for you Halo 2 looks amazing but for everyone still on 360 considering buying an Xbox One just for this.........If you can't just play Halo 2 round a friends go ahead but if you can there really isn't much point buying an Xbox One for one remaster and 3 ports of games you can pick up for $2 each.

Cronyk
Cronyk

@ArchoNils2 The entire game is remastered. These cutscenes were developed by an external studio and are CGI though. The rest of the game looks great, but isn't quite nextgen potential as it has to run 2 engines simultaneously. 

redghost_hazard
redghost_hazard

@PlayLife_2  What makes it really insane is that it's the exact same software that was used to make Avatar. Looks great! I want to know the ranking system and how they plan to span all three games into it plus the competitive value and how much will be catered towards e-Sports, especially with how big it's grown re-released Halo 2 could be the best title to touch console e-Sports / FPS e-Sports

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@sg_hobbes Not only have they said it's possible, they've showed it off. In Halo: CE Anniversary, you hit the button and those a transition from on to the other. For Halo 2, they've gotten rid of the transition. It changes, quite literally, instantly. It looks more like you're watching one of these videos than playing a game. I believe they have some video of it on IGN (I think it was an exclusive).

clubadam
clubadam

@sg_hobbes That makes 2 of us this looks freaking amazing! I hope the rest of the game looks this good!

mark_1313_13
mark_1313_13

@howiex89 Sigh, people like you are the scourge of the earth. The h2 anniversary cutscenes are pre-rendered CGI.

danielwd
danielwd

@howiex89 Much like how the debate of ps4 graphical fidelity vs xbone graphical fidelity make a mockery of what dictates the quality of a game.

geosurface
geosurface

@Sevenizz TLOU Remaster is primarily to make the game available to people who have a PS4 but didn't have a PS3.


It's taking a very well received, very successful game from the tail end of the PS3's life cycle and making sure it is available on the PS4.


Makes all the sense in the world, and the level of graphical improvement is actually quite significant. They doubled the frame rate, went from 720p to 1080p, and also improved both texture resolution and anti-aliasing. To do all of that (especially all of that WHILE increasing frame rate that much) is no small matter.


It's completely silly to compare taking a 2004 game from 2 console generations ago being remastered (complete with pre-rendered cutscenes) and try to compare that to a game from last year, on not only a system only 1 generation old... but a system which isn't nearly as different from its successor as the XBox was from the 360.


Get used to these sort of more nuanced graphical improvements from here on out, because we're reaching a bit of a plateau.

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

@seb2127 I think you meant to comment on the Last of Us video, this is the Halo one.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@golden1elite Okay........There is a phone which you can do so or you know you could just go to a bar and try picking up a real woman like a normal human being.....

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Reason 6: You're a biased fool. Make a new account name dummy. No one can take you seriously with that name.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Wow, you read just like Sony marketing. Btw, this isn't bringing in many 360 to PS4 switchers - it's an excuse to release 'something' on a software hungry console and save money on RnD from a company on the verge of bankruptcy. People who bought a PS4 already owned a PS3. Casuals aren't even buying new hardware yet. You might know the casual more as the segment who dictates the industry. And when they start buying consoles - then well know who's actually winning this console war.

'Sony says' is exactly that. No one's confirming anything. Stop being such a sheep. Sony isn't paying you.

seb2127
seb2127

@MrFreehuggs @seb2127 You are right that the last of us doesn't look any different either, the last cutscene here was impressive, but its not worth buying an xbox one, I'm waiting for an original game

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

Lmao... Look in the mirror, you are the poster child for biased opinions. His points were valid even though I disagree.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@golden1elite @sonyonly4 No I am not mad it looks impressive (No Gameplay though) I am only state why I would prefer just Halo 2 remastered.

If they did this with Gears without Judgement off course I would be in store right now buying an Xbox One but I am happy that you Xbox fans get a good game and hope you enjoy it when it drops because lets face it this year has been pretty dry for these Next Gen consoles it is a good thing Sony and Microsoft are bring over the best games to fill the gap because in terms off exclusive this year has been very dry and both Fans deserve better as early adopters.

mark_1313_13
mark_1313_13

@howiex89 @mark_1313_13 Your comment about the debate between ps4 graphics and X1, you credited to make a mockey to essentially the X1 play a video. Which many games have done, including for wii/ps3/360 which have just as good pre-rendered videos. It takes almost no graphical computation power to playback a video.

geosurface
geosurface

@Sevenizz I'm not a Sony or Naughty Dog fanboy at all. Yes, I've had a PS1, PS2, PS3 and now a PS4... but frankly, I probably clocked more hours on Halo 1, on the original XBox, than I did on all 4 PlayStation consoles I've owned combined. I've just never really had any games on any of the 4 PlayStations which really impressed me and became the sort of games you forever cherish and remember. At least, I didn't until The Last of Us. That was the first PlayStation game to REALLY grab me and make an impression.


As for Naughty Dog? My history with them was, I had Crash Bandicoot on PS1, the first game... or maybe I just borrowed it or rented it, I can't recall now. I think I only played a few hours... long time ago, hard to remember. It certainly wasn't a game I fell in love with. I hardly remembered it until I heard people saying Naughty Dog started out with that game. Next time I played anything from then was Last of Us. I ended up buying Uncharted 1 and 2 because of how much I loved Last of Us, but after playing both of them for a few hours, I just wasn't feeling it. Perhaps I should've given them more time, but I guess it's too late now because I traded in my PS3 and all the games for it to get the PS4.


Honestly, if I wanted to be, I could get pretty irritated at Sony. I've bought 4 consoles from them and have never truly gotten my money's worth out of a single one of them. I tend to blame myself more for that, though... but perhaps it's because they just never have games that are up my alley.


Really I'm more of a PC gamer, and have been since about 1989. I get the various consoles (I tend to have all of them each generation and have had since the N64 generation) because I can afford to, and because I don't want to be forced to miss a great game which comes out on one I don't have.


I'm actually really excited for Master Chief Collection, and Halo 5. Though, I have to admit I wasn't amazed by Halo 4. It was okay.


Halo 1 is most definitely in my top 10 games of all time. I still own my copy for the original XBox, I have most of the books, a few of the first batch of toys, and I have every single Halo game released even Halo Wars. I've kept them all, never traded them in.


Had a lot of fun on the original XBox, and I have the utmost respect for the 360. That thing was a real value-packed console, and I still play mine (GTA V) and don't have any plans to get rid of it like I did my PS3. I love the 360 controller so much, I think I own like 8 of them. Most will probably never get used again, and most I've gotten for either my PC or my gf's, etc. But some are for use on the console itself. Fantastic controller design. Glad it seems like the Xbox One has stuck with the same basic design.


I fully intend to get an Xbox One at some point, and it will probably be when the MCC comes out.


I guess I got the PS4 first because it seemed like it was the better value, more powerful with a better library (at this time) and cheaper (Kinect-less Xbox One wasn't out yet) etc. But again, I will have an Xbox One at some point.


I really have not kept up with the fanboy wars and I never will. I find games worth playing on every company's machine. Once I can pick up a Wii U for a bit cheaper, I have every intention of getting one. Right now in my entertainment center is a 360, a Wii, and a PS4. I've got a 3DS, and a DS. Never had any of the Vita or PSP stuff.


So the reason I'm defending TLOU Remaster isn't because I'm some Sony booster or fanboy or whatever it is you think I sound like. It's because I am a PC gamer who is intimately familiar with the details of graphical advancement and therefore able to appreciate how impressive the graphical fidelity leap that Remaster represents, actually is. I'm getting irritated with people bashing the Remaster for not being a significant enough upgrade, because to my mind that reveals an ignorance on their part. So I have allowed my irritation to turn into some attempts to educate.


I think TLOU is a fantastic game, a masterpiece, a 10/10. I'm really glad they made it available on the PS4, because that was part of why I felt I could safely trade in my PS3. If the Remaster hadn't been announced, I would have felt I needed to keep my PS3 so I could always have TLOU to play. I keep games I respect that much forever. Hence why I still have all the Halo games, and both XBox and 360 consoles. Halo 1 is also a clear 10/10 game in my mind. I'm not sure there have been any other 10/10 games in the series... perhaps. Probably more in the 9 zone for most of the others.


Anyway, sorry for the long winded rant... I just don't like being associated with these silly fanboy wars which I have never taken part in and never will. Think of me like a Forerunner :) I've been gaming on console and PC since the early 80's, and the petty wars between humanity and the Covenant do not even draw my notice :) Ha, just kidding.


But the point is, I can appreciate good game making no matter who does it or what platform it appears on.

rogerpdaultry
rogerpdaultry

@MrFreehuggs I'm not sure they are valid. Just because Microsoft stamps 343 on the product, isn't a reason to not buy something. That's moronic thinking.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'm in an Xbox thread. He's in an Xbox thread with that name.

Can you spot the difference?

citizen666
citizen666

@sonyonly4 @golden1elite Halo 2 was actually the one I liked the least. I LOATHE boss fights and the story felt empty and the ending (or lack thereof) was abysmal. Control and gameplay wise it all feels the same to me (i.e. very good). Not sure I'll pick this up, maybe when it's cheaper. Even though they are four good games, I hardly have time to keep up with new releases, let alone games I have already played.

howiex89
howiex89

@mark_1313_13 @howiex89 I was simply referring to how there is a nice noticeable difference between the two versions here rather then videos displaying the same game on next gen consoles which only show differences which you have to look at hard to notice in many cases. I'm not bothered about the ease or difficulty of how its done as I simply don't care. I'm simply commenting on how much better it looks and how obvious it is without having to stare for a few moments at the screen. 



Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'm giving you a like because I appreciate the effort. But I have a problem with one major contradiction that frankly, makes me question your validity. You claim to own Sony's previous 3 consoles and admit there's been nothing memorable on them (minus a Crash game). You also claim it's important to own all relevant consoles. I question why you bought a PS4 (unless money or frivolity is just no issue for you). I was in that boat until this gen. I was even gonna pick up a PS4 at launch. Stand at a Best Buy at midnight too. But a light went off when thinking about my previous Sony consoles. Nothing really stood out to me as far as 'fun'. I'm not a JRPG fan, and western Sony games just never grabbed me - and I've owned the Unchartedes, the Sly Coopers, even The Last of Us. I decided to get an Xbox One because I like their history, games, Xbox Live, and their innovation. I even like Kinect and while I haven't used it for gaming yet (I'm a bit of a fitness nut and the upcoming Dance Central is great cardio), it's a neat feature I wouldn't trade for the world. There's something cool about controlling the console with your voice, record clips, and Skype. I even talk to my WiiU out of habit lol. And Titanfall. Titanfall feels like Halo did way back then and then Halo 2 multiplayer, along with Rainbow Six 3, and the early Ghost Recon games. I've almost stopped playing online with my 360 which is odd because that's when the masses really embraced it.

I'm happy you enjoy your PS4, but I will not be joining you anytime soon - perhaps never. For me, Sony has struck out three times and as the phrase goes - three strikes, you're out!

geosurface
geosurface

@Sevenizz  "You claim to own Sony's previous 3 consoles and admit there's been nothing memorable on them (minus a Crash game)."


Well, I wouldn't exactly call Crash Bandicoot "memorable" even though I remember it, if that make sense. I guess it was okay. Never really been much of a platformer guy. Oh but you know what I just remembered? There were a couple of games on PS1 I enjoyed which I hadn't really been thinking about. I liked Silent Hill 1 a lot, and Resident Evil 2 + 3 were pretty memorable for me, and I played them on there. I also had Symphony of the Night, because the original Castlevania 1-3 on NES were super important to me. Unfortunately SOTN got too JRPGish for me, and all of them since then have been too.


"You also claim it's important to own all relevant consoles. I question why you bought a PS4 (unless money or frivolity is just no issue for you)."


Yea, I suppose that's close to it. I mean, sometimes I just have money burning a hole in my pocket... I guess I felt like I wanted to get a PS4 because it was getting a lot of positive buzz, it was less expensive than the XBox One... I was sort of itching to buy something... I figured it was the right time to strike while I could still get a halfway decent trade in value for my PS3... in a strange way, my buying a PS4 instead of an XBox One when I did (recently, like a month or 2 ago) is actually a slap in Sony's face. Hard to imagine but let me explain... see, even though I had a lot of PS3 games I still hadn't played, I was nonetheless ready to move on from PS3. I felt I was probably never going to really get into the games I still had for it. So why not just trade it in, get the new one, and hope for the best in terms of games on PS4? Hopefully something eventually would really grab me... and Last of Us was coming out for it, so I would still be able to have the one Sony game I'd ever really loved.


Whereas, I wasn't really ready to take the 360 off my entertainment center yet. I felt I still had some gaming to do on it. I didn't want to see it go. I don't have room for more than 3 at a time, and even 3 is pushing it. So as I said, getting the PS4 is sort of a slap in the face to Sony and PS3 in a very weird, roundabout way, in my case... ha.


"I'm not a JRPG fan, and western Sony games just never grabbed me"


Same on both counts. If I could get into Final Fantasy and even MGS, I'd be in much better shape PlayStation wise.


"I'm happy you enjoy your PS4"


Eh, to be honest... I'm not sure I can really claim to be enjoying it yet. I hope to enjoy it in the future. I am playing TLOU Remaster, and that will certainly be enjoyable... but I'm just getting started on that. Mostly it's my blu-ray player, and that's mostly what my PS3 was. And frankly, despite owning over 200 blu-rays, I really don't watch them very often.


I am a money waster.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Well then, you're just as dumb as him.

Let me guess, PS4 owner?

citizen666
citizen666

@sonyonly4 @citizen666 @golden1elite Yes, Halo 4 included. Despite it nog being as good as I'd hoped, it still left a fairly positive impression on me. Likely due to nostalgia as well (it just felt good being in that universe again). It has been ten years since I've played Halo 2 so my opinion on it might be different if I'd played it recently, but has it stands, I really did not like the game much. It was merely adequate and I am very much a story guy and that story disappointed me very much. Also, the ending left forever a hellish fury in my mind, I cannot stand cliffhangers and open endings!

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

Ps4 and Xbox One, I prefer the Xbox One. You're just an ass