There are many people out in the world today that wish they could get a chance to voice their opinion and thoughts about something they love and/or hate. I have finally took it upon myself to interview some of the local video game players around the Blasdell, NY area that want to voice their opinion and thoughts about the games that they love and/or hate. So, tonight I was given the opportunity to interview Mike, an employee from Geek Squad at the Best Buy in the Mckinley Mall, about his views of Halo 1 on the Xbox.
Sei: Good evening Mike.
Mcfly1391: Good evening Sei.
Sei: How would you explain what the word “fun” means when it pertains to video games?
Mcfly1391: I would describe it as a thrilling experience. It is something that gets you into the game where every second matters. It also gets your heart pumping really fast. It gets you wanting to play all over again and relive the experience.
Sei: Based on your definition of fun, do you experience fun in Halo 1?
Mcfly1391: I can proceed to explain more things that make Halo fun but I don’t know what you are looking for since there are different things that are fun in both single player and multiplayer.
Sei: Well, do you experience fun in Single Player Mode?
Mcfly1391: Yes. The single player mode in Halo made the player feel as though you were in a movie or a realistic situation. The game actually made you want to know what will happen next from scene to scene.
Sei: That is very interesting. Is that it?
Mcfly1391. Well if you really want to know, the game wasn’t just great because of the story; the action in the game was fun. You were able to use different types of weapons and vehicles to help you through the epic story.
Sei: Would you say the action, as you explained it, is your most favorite part of the single player mode?
Mcfly1391: Yes. The fact that Halo is a FPS, the action in the game would have to be my most favorite part of single player mode. I also like the character Sergeant Major Johnson.
Sei: Wow. You really have a lot of things that you love about single player mode. Do you have anything you don’t like about it?
Mcfly1391: It is actually really hard to come up with something that I do not like about it. But every game has something, so I guess I would say that I don’t like the AI of the marines. The marines are your allies throughout the game and they are a bit dumb at times. I really hope they are fixing this issue for the remake.
Sei: The remake?
Mcfly1391: Well I do not know much with what is going on. The company has been trying to keep a lot of it a surprise. From what I have read, it will have updated graphics to look like a new Xbox 360 game. But what I found interesting was that since people want the graphics to stay the same, there is a feature that allows you to switch back and forth from old style to new style. I also read that there will be a new type of multiplayer mode which the original did not have. This remake of Halo will actually be the first Halo game to use the Xbox 360 Kinect.
Sei: Do you think that it is a smart move for the company to allow the use of the Kinect for a FPS shooter like Halo?
Mcfly1391: Well, for myself, I am going to stick with using the Xbox 360 controller. But I do know a lot of people who love the idea of hands-free games. Using the Kinect for the new Halo remake will open the door to a new kind of gameplay.
Sei: I honestly believe that the Kinect still needs some improvement before it gets used in a FPS game like Halo. I really hope that it will not be an epic fail. So, what is your most favorite part of multiplayer mode in Halo?
Mcfly1391: What I loved most about multiplayer mode in Halo, before Xbox Live came out, was that you could connect tons of Xbox’s up together to have a Halo Lan Party. There would be ten or twenty of us in my basement, all on our own Xbox’s, playing against each other all night long. It really never got boring or old.
Sei: I used to go to my friends house all the time in highschool to play Unreal Tournament 2004 on the PC. Did you ever play with random people that you did not know?
Mcfly1391. Back then I would invite random people to my house just to play against someone new. They would actually spend the whole night playing against my friends and I. Playing with my friends all the time in the same room made the multiplayer experience ten times better than playing with people online. Halo 1 was my way of socializing with my friends.
Sei: I agree with you one-hundred percent. Do you still find yourself playing Halo 1 or have you moved on to something else?
Mcfly1391: Well, right now, Halo is my default game that I can always go back to at any time and still have fun. I honestly still have friends over to play the same way as we did back when it first came out.
Sei: When the remake get’s released, whenever that is, will you keep playing Halo 1 on the original Xbox or are you going to play the new one more often to experience what it is like in more detailed graphics?
Mcfly1391: That is actually a hard question to answer right now. I know for a fact that I will still play the original game but when the remake comes out I may end up playing that one a lot more. The only thing that can actually make my decision more permanent is the quality of the remake.
Sei: Well, thank you very much for your time tonight Mike. Are there any last comments you would like to make before I let you go?
Mcfly1391: The only thing I would like to add before this is over is that I highly recommend to everyone that you play the original Halo 1 on the Xbox before playing the remake that way you get a better grasp on the “epicness” of the Halo Universe.
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