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The Unauthorized Halo 2 Battle Guide: Advanced Combat Techniques (Premier Press Game Development) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Stephen Cawood


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17. Dezember 2004 Premier Press Game Development
"The Halo 2 Battle Guide: Advanced Combat Techniques" will serve as a springboard to a whole new aspect of video game books - applying proven military tactics and strategy to the virtual world. While other strategy guides focus on the single player campaign experience, this guide will discuss fighting techniques and military strategy that can be used in single player or multiplayer games. This guide is not a simple walkthrough of the single player campaign. It teaches gamers how to be better players - not just how to get through a specific room. The author is an experienced Halo 2 Beta tester, and will combine that experience with information from top Halo players. The final result will be a collection of tried and true battle techniques. Using the new Halo 2 ranking system, readers will be able to measure their progress as they climb from one level to the next. Existing guides do not include sufficient information about team tactics, and the information on fighting is elementary. "The Halo 2 Battle Guide" provides Halo gamers with the tactics and techniques they need to fully maximize their enjoyment and mastery of Halo.

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"The Halo 2 Battle Guide: Advanced Combat Techniques" will serve as a springboard to a whole new aspect of video game books - applying proven military tactics and strategy to the virtual world. While other strategy guides focus on the single player campaign experience, this guide will discuss fighting techniques and military strategy that can be used in single player or multiplayer games. This guide is not a simple walkthrough of the single player campaign. It teaches gamers how to be better players - not just how to get through a specific room. The author is an experienced Halo 2 Beta tester, and will combine that experience with information from top Halo players. The final result will be a collection of tried and true battle techniques. Using the new Halo 2 ranking system, readers will be able to measure their progress as they climb from one level to the next. Existing guides do not include sufficient information about team tactics, and the information on fighting is elementary. "The Halo 2 Battle Guide" provides Halo gamers with the tactics and techniques they need to fully maximize their enjoyment and mastery of Halo.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Immediately Useful 21. Januar 2005
Von Michael Bowen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This guide was immediately useful to me. I'm a fairly average shooter with a really inconsistent track record. I play no more than 8 or 10 hours a week, although sometimes I go on a binge. So it takes me a little time to get back into the swing of things. But even when I play all night, I get very frustrated at times.

As I started to use the tips in this guide, it showed me a new way of thinking about the game as well as new things to look for during battle. I read it all in a day and couldn't wait to get back online. The difference was subtle at first, and then it really started working well. It was like when Neo suddenly started fighting Agent Smith with one hand. I could begin to see how other players were making errors, and as soon as I saw it, I could capitalize.

The two biggest things I learned about weapons also made a big difference. So I have become a great deal more effective with the Battle Rifle and with grenades. Also, exploding the myths about headshots was a great revelation.
13 von 13 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Bravo! 20. Januar 2005
Von Golfer X - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Kudos to Stephen Cawood for finally producing decent strategy guide worthy of the Halo name. I agree with other reviewers who note that the UH2BG is a complement to the other "authorized" guides and FAQs out there in that it is dedicated exclusively to the multiplayer game. I don't have the time to spend hours getting good at Halo and the UH2BG is perfect for helping me tackle the steep learning curve so I at least have fun online where newbies are often crucified mercilessly.

PROS:

1) Cawood is a technical writer and it shows. The book is well organized with chapters on Basic Combat, Weapons, Vehicles, Advanced Combat, Solo Strategy, Team Strategy, Multiplayer Maps, Level Ranking System and even Etiquette (something sorely missing on XBL). The text is clear and illustrated with screenshots and diagrams.

2) Cawood put the UH2BG together by drawing on many varied resources, including: members of Crew 116, a veteran clan originally comprised of Microsoft beta testers for Halo 1; MrJukes, a veteran player with mad skills; and military books including Sun Tzu's Art of War. The result is a cornucopia of useful tips and information.

3) The strategies and tactics presented run the gamut from the very basic to the more advanced. I suspect that almost every level of gamer will find something useful in the guide.

4) Included are maps and strategies for every multiplayer map (except Foundation which was probably not available at the time of writing).

CONS: The reason I gave the UH2BG 4* instead of 5* is because I felt it could have been better in certain areas.

1) For the most part topics were well covered. But sometimes I felt the information presented was just common sense or too vague and general to be applied. Examples of this include: Ambushes; Cawood devotes a mere 2 paragraphs to ambushes. I wanted more information on how and where to set up ambushes; Cawood uses the military term "enfilade" but never explains what it means and why it is important. If he is going to go the trouble of using military maneuvers and quote military doctrine, I want more detailed tactics I can actually use instead of general axioms.

2) Sometimes the strategies or tactics presented are just a list of tips. Examples of this were in the strategy sections for the various team gametypes e.g. CTF, assault, team slayer While the tips were valuable, I think a less disjointed and more cogent strategy would have been preferable.

3) The multiplayer map strategies are underdeveloped. They provide a useful diagram of the site and a list of all the important areas e.g. weapon locations, but missing is any overall plan of attack or defense. Cawood provides most of the pieces but the reader has to sit down and put together a team plan. To me a strategy is a web of maneuvers with options depending on how the opponent counters, like when playing chess.

I don't want to give the impression that the UH2BG is poor, it's not and I highly recommend it. But I hope Cawood will produce a second book entitled "The Still Unauthorized Halo 2 Battle Guide: Even More Advanced Combat Techniques".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best Halo 2 guide there is... 15. Januar 2005
Von Patrick C. Cook - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
With just a few months since Halo 2 was released I'm impressed that Stephen Cawood (with the help of Crew 116) managed to produce and publish such an excellent Halo 2 battle guide this soon. The guide is timely for us new comers to Halo 2, since many dedicated players are already well advanced in their skills making game play rather frustrating without knowledge of good battle techniques. I really needed to go beyond the basics, learn team strategy and start thinking like a real player. The Unauthorized Halo 2 Battle Guide is helping me by giving me concise, meaty tips and pointers with plenty of full color Halo 2 game play screen shots to help visualize the technique being discussed.

But, I'm finding it difficult to immediately translate Cawood's battle tips to actual game combat. It's one thing to describe battle techniques in a actionless situation - it's another to perform those techniques with an opponent blazing his guns at you or teammates that have their own strategy ideas. So, this guide will not give you an immediate edge just by reading it once. What I'm doing is referring to the guide after each game to glean from my mistakes in the actual game. It's a matter of internalizing the techniques - just reading them alone will not do it.

Before I discovered this guide I was looking all over the Net for such tips, which came in a haphazard way mostly in Halo 2 forums sandwiched between distracting trash-talk. A few websites have attempted such a guide, but they fall way short of the content sequence, organization and highly focused pointers that are presented in Cawood's guide. When I start a Halo 2 clan, this guide will be required reading.

This Halo 2 battle guide is a timely, well written, full color, highly focused battle strategy guide that exceeded my expectations. As such it gives me the incentive to stick with the game long enough to get past the frustration curve that comes with seemingly everyone else knowing Halo 2 battle techniques better than I. This battle guide is as important to me as my Xbox controller.

Well done Stephen and Crew 116. I will purchase your next guide without hesitation.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Tell the champs from the chumps in a few sentences... 1. August 2005
Von Michigoon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
"He must be level 10..."

"I bet he's a low level.."

Especially considering that Halo 2 stats can be viewed at any time (for free) at Bungie.net, do you really want to trust people (no names mentioned) who can't even be bothered to check their claims before they write them? Skip comments like those, and you'll get much better insight into what the actual guide contains.

The people behind this guide might not be major stars at the moment, but in the wake of a half-dozen patches and a release of new maps, it's hardly fair to expect the old-school stars to be the tops of the new age- especially when most every name you see at the top of the leaderboard nowadays probably cheated their way there. But enough about that! This space is for reviews, not bashing people.

This guide is great for players new to competitive gaming in general, and it's a good read for players who think they know it all. After all- if you haven't mastered the basics, what exactly do you have? The answer: squat.

If you're someone who's interesting in kicking some serious tail online, and you're new to the whole idea of "pwning" people in first-person shooters, this book is a great place to look. With a few helpful tips to help you along your way, you'll see your skill level start to climb in no time at all.

Sure, it might seem silly to have to be told to remember to reload your weapons whenever you have a break in action, but take a close look over the shoulder of even the best gamers, and you'll see that little mistakes like these are the crucial points when the game's on the line.

Especially as your skill increases in a game like Halo 2, you need to keep a firm grip on every little piece of information you can access to get ahead. How many players really know that there's a tiny dot in the center of all headshot-capable weapons that lets you know when you have a headshot lined up? How many players really know all the little jumping tricks that you can use all over Lockout?

And for those who are woefully unfamiliar- Char was a player who achieved godlike status during Bungie's beta testing for Halo 2. Char had an uncanny ability to wipe the floor in virtually any game, at any time, against even the best players who could be found, and came out as the Michael Jordan of the Halo 2 beta test. Several other names revolving around this guide had similarly impressive success in Halo 2's early days and- even if their insights have been dusted over a bit as the game's gotten older- their sheer talent regarding tactics and weapons will always be of help to newer players.

While this guide is no substitute for setting down and playing the game, the insights it provides can be absolutely invaluable for the new to mid-range player. And "1337" players take note- it can never hurt to see other players' takes on tactics and learn from them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Resource for Halo 2 Multiplayer Combat 27. Dezember 2004
Von The Arbiter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Unlike most of the Halo 2 guides available Battle Guide provides more than a simple overview of Halo 2. The Battle Guide provides strategy guidance, weapon combination recommendations, detailed maps and descriptions of various team tactics and when to employ them. After completing the single player campaign on Legendary, I thought I would dominate on Live. However, I found that the tactics I employed to defeat Halo enemy AI's were of little use in the multiplayer context. The Advanced Combat Techniques was given to me as an early Christmas gift and I was able to use it to good advantage within a few hours. I would definitely recommend this Battle Guide to any serious Halo 2 - Live player.
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