Halo 2

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
A bloody, action-packed, sci-fi shooter sequel.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 65 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 195 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You are fighting an alien race, using extreme violence to do so.

Violence

Shoot down enemies from a first-person perspective. You can wield two sub-machine guns at once, cut down your enemies with a sword, or blow up enemies with grenades. Blood is prevalent and battles are intense.

Sex
Language

Mild language sprinkled throughout the game. Online play isn't rated, and fellow teammates or enemies can swear in their headset.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is not for kids. It's a moderately challenging first-person shooter game with lots of blood, gore, and scariness. You will use guns, swords, grenades, and other weapons to inflict death. Some torture is shown and you can also hijack cars. Online play will likely expose players to foul language.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySteveOll April 9, 2008

Of course the rating is correct (they are there for a reason)

Maybe this site is lacking in common sense. The game is rated as 'M'-Mature (age 17+) it shows it on the front of the box.

The game ratings shown as... Continue reading
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byMonkeybox123 April 3, 2011

Perfect for preteens

I think it's fine because my 8 year old neighbor played it, but he gets very angry and uses the swearing he hears in the game. but his older brother, who i... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 17, 2014

8 and 9 iffy, 10 and up perfectly fine.

commonsense has no commonsense. I AM SICK OF IT! Its fricken alien blood! (The correction underline wants me to change fricken to Kendrick! What is wrong with t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byThe Halo Expert October 24, 2011

Great game, pretty violent and gory though.

Great game. Basically the same as the first as far as violence, blood, and gore. There is killing of aliens, and when they die, green, or purple blood spurts ou... Continue reading

What's it about?

Picking up shortly after the events in Halo, HALO 2 finds the Master Chief attending a medal ceremony onboard a spaceship hovering above Earth. The evil Covenant begins an attack on the ship and planet, which calls Master Chief back into action down on the surface to dispose of crafty aliens. Notable new features in Halo 2 include online play for up to 16 gamers via Xbox Live (service sold separately); a split-screen mode for up to four players on the same television; a system link mode for those who want to connect multiple Xbox units in the same room; and, of course, an updated arsenal of weapons with which to dispatch the enemy.

Is it any good?

The original Halo was one of those rare games that excelled in every department, from the gameplay and story to the graphics and orchestrated music soundtrack. And now its sequel takes things further. The game's sci-fi story and impressive cut-scene sequences are some of the best in a video game to date. Stunningly surreal landscapes, an outstanding soundtrack, multiple game types, and the ease with which gamers can launch a multiplayer match all contribute to the thrilling experience.

Halo 2 proves you can improve on excellence. It's an outstanding solo adventure and multiplayer game that gets almost everything right.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why this game has become one of the most popular action game franchises of this generation. Is the sci-fi story better than other games? Does the level of violence make a game like this more immersive than its competitors? Is blood necessary in a 3-D shooter or is falling down enough to confirm the enemy is dead? Does the swearing that you might hear while playing online detract from the multiplayer experience or add to it?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: January 4, 2005
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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