"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.