Easily the most anticipated game this year (maybe even the most anticipated game ever) is HALO 2. Fans have been reserving the game at online stores and local video game shops since the game was announced years ago, and have suffered through the many new releases dates of the often-delayed game. Once a month, we're going to turn Gamers' Thumb into a fact or fiction list, hopefully giving everyone insight on their favorite upcoming games.
Question: HALO 2 will be better than the original.
Fact. Yes, no doubt about it. HALO is regarded by some as one of the top five games ever made. Considering that Bungie isn't changing too much about the original style of gameplay and adding quite a few new ideas and gadgets to the game (as well as Xbox Live support), HALO 2 will be everything that HALO was and then some.
Question: HALO 2 will not live up to its own hype.
Fact. When you're dealing with something this big, it is nearly impossible for anything to live up to the hype that is around it. Take the STAR WARS prequels for example. While there weren't necessarily bad movies, no matter how good they were, it would have taken more than George Lucas could have done to make the movies hype-worthy. The same goes with HALO 2. As big as it is, as good as it probably will be, you just have a feeling that quite a few people are going to be disappointed.
Question: HALO 2 will be the best game released this year.
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