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'Halo 2' hits shelves

Aug. 23, 2004

Players waiting for array of scenarios


While some students will study and get ready for tests, some might be fighting each other using assault rifles, grenades and plasma weapons this fall.

These scenarios and more can be played to their fullest this late summer and upcoming fall semester in the fantasy world of video games.

There are numerous new game titles that are coming state side including a couple of domestics thought up by college students.

Many games are originals, such as Psi-Ops and Crimson Tears, while other games like Halo 2 and Mortal Kombat: Deceptions are sequels in an established franchise.

"The biggest game this year will probably be Halo 2 on Xbox Nov. 9 since Microsoft had delayed the game multiple times creating a buzz for the game since last November," said Chris Smith, manager of GameCrazy, 5201 Bosque Blvd.

This time around in Halo 2 the player and Master Chief will be fighting the Covenant on Earth.

The Covenant are invading Earth in an attempt to eradicate Humans from the Universe.

"I can't wait for Halo 2 to come out. I still play the first Halo to tide me over until Halo 2 comes out," Jamal Harper, a Dallas junior, said.

Walt Ford, a Houston graduate student, said, "I anticipate the new weapons, the new layout, and the abilities the players may have," he said.

Grand Theft-Auto: San Andreas is due out on PlayStation 2 on Oct. 18. This time instead of a player just driving or walking around to wreak havoc, pedaling around -- yes, pedaling around on a bike is now an option.

Instead of just a city, a player now has a whole state to terrorize.

There are three cities to have fun in, not to mention the surrounding countryside.

For GameCube owners tired of having the "kiddie system," there is good news, or more appropriately bad news.

Resident Evil 4 is on its way this September. Gone are the zombies of old. In are the "humanly" smart villagers to fight.

The story of Resident Evil 4 is set six years after Resident Evil 3 and stars Leon.

He is sent on a mission to find the president's daughter, and the action evolves from there.

"I remember playing the other Resident Evils and it freaked me out," Rob Culberson, a Dallas sophomore, said. "Now, after looking at some of the game-play videos, I know I will be sleeping with the lights."

Last, but not least, are the slew of sports games that will be coming out this summer and fall semester.

Both NCAA Football 2005 and Madden Football 2005 will lead the pack.

Both are improvements over last year's games with new features like the Big-Play Stick for Madden and an improved Dynasty mode.