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#1 Drew

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 01:22 AM

You knew it was coming. I'm tired of all of the bullshit Halo hating going on right now, so I've dug up my old capture card, dusted off the ol' Xbox, and fired up Halo 2. The results (large 1360x480, side-by-side screens) can be found below. Feel free to use these liberally around the internet, combating idiocy and fanboyism wherever it may rear its ugly head.

http://img95.imagesh.../7968/10ch8.jpg
http://img135.images...71682269qx0.jpg
http://img100.images...32096615wx1.jpg
http://img95.imagesh...78207988fz2.jpg
http://img241.images...93844960xb8.jpg
http://img143.images...96179109vj8.jpg
http://img72.imagesh...75746285vb2.jpg
http://img187.images...82520292he2.jpg
http://img155.images...49672508do7.jpg
http://img241.images...80040407jf7.jpg


http://img472.images...2/311/24bx9.jpg
http://img443.images.../7671/11ui5.jpg
http://img402.images.../7657/12cc2.jpg
http://img472.images.../6386/13ks5.jpg
http://img130.images.../8045/14pp3.jpg
http://img74.imagesh.../1081/15xn8.jpg
http://img125.images...5/636/16bm4.jpg
http://img66.imagesh...6/492/17wy3.jpg
http://img117.images.../1853/18gi0.jpg
http://img472.images.../9928/19zp5.jpg
http://img123.images.../2060/20bw5.jpg
http://img86.imagesh.../8894/21mp9.jpg
http://img123.images.../6162/23kl5.jpg

Pretty self-explanatory, I think. More to come when it's not 2:30AM. =)

And for anyone who asks, the Halo 2 shots are straight-from-component (just like the Halo 3 shots), uncompressed, and not deinterlaced. Those are the conditions under which the Halo 3 video was shot, and thus, are the conditions that the Halo 2 screenshots were taken. The Halo 2 shots even the the benefit of being uncompressed screen grabs straight from the source, whereas the Halo 3 stuff has the shit compressed out of it.

Anyway, more later. Must sleep.

Edited by Gamble, 25 April 2007 - 01:46 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2007 - 03:28 AM

They look great Drew. I was tossing and turning at 2:30am while you were hard at work.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 03:46 AM

Nice pics Drew. I've a;ready spread the word to some of the smaller forums I visit :ninja:

#4 mattacus

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 06:49 AM

The comparison shots really bring out the difference the time of day makes...

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 06:58 AM

Good work Drew.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 06:59 AM

They also directly contrast the new and old HUD. The new one is superior in every way. Thanks again Drew.

#7 mattacus

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 07:10 AM

They also directly contrast the new and old HUD. The new one is superior in every way.

Thanks again Drew.


Just watching it boot up gets me all fuzzy inside.

#8 Va1or

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 07:22 AM

I think pretty much everyone agrees that the new HUD rules, which is cool.

#9 NJ Shlice

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 08:32 AM

I think pretty much everyone agrees that the new HUD rules, which is cool.


Yes indeed new HUD is so icky its tasty.

I'm interested to see what they are going to do with the Health bar. I dont think it will stay there. But i like the idea of it being completely detached from the radar so the radar can completely disappear when it is turned off.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 08:44 AM

Well done, Drew.

Yes indeed new HUD is so icky its tasty.

I'm interested to see what they are going to do with the Health bar. I dont think it will stay there. But i like the idea of it being completely detached from the radar so the radar can completely disappear when it is turned off.

I think it will stay there for several reasons, most notably the polish being applied to it and its animations when the player is being shot. I talk about this in my walkthrough of the leak you guys can find here.

#11 Drew

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 12:34 PM

Alright, here are the last of the shots. I think that these ones show much more of a profound difference than the last ones. If a mod could upate the first post with these links, that'd be great. Thanks. =)

http://img472.images...2/311/24bx9.jpg
http://img443.images.../7671/11ui5.jpg
http://img402.images.../7657/12cc2.jpg
http://img472.images.../6386/13ks5.jpg
http://img130.images.../8045/14pp3.jpg
http://img74.imagesh.../1081/15xn8.jpg
http://img125.images...5/636/16bm4.jpg
http://img66.imagesh...6/492/17wy3.jpg
http://img117.images.../1853/18gi0.jpg
http://img472.images.../9928/19zp5.jpg
http://img123.images.../2060/20bw5.jpg
http://img86.imagesh.../8894/21mp9.jpg
http://img123.images.../6162/23kl5.jpg

BTW, just read the walkthrough. Great job Voc!

#12 mattacus

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 12:53 PM

Af first, I noticed that the walls are whiter. I figured that that could just be because of the change in time of day. But then I noticed that pavement has been restored (notice the area between the fan and the main building). The place was in sort of a ruined condition for the Halo2 map. We know why this is, plotwise: it was a place where the covenant stormed the humans who were still holed up in there. All these maps have a place in the story.

Now, this base that had been, for many Marines, a place of last resort, has been rebuilt and renamed (in their honor? maybe). The big question begged by the reconstruction of this power plant is who rebuilt it? Is it a sign that mankind is rebuilding after defeat of their enemies, or is it a public works project by the Covenant? Could they be trying to improve the planet's ability to sustain life for possible settlement by increasing the output of the station (as opposed to their usual tactic of just glassing the planet)?

Edited by mattacus, 25 April 2007 - 12:54 PM.


#13 Drew

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 01:01 PM

I think you're on to something. If you notice in Halo 2, all of the remakes of the maps from Halo 1 have deteriorated. And I mean, all of them. Find me one that doesn't look like it's been aged and weathered. And, from what we've seen of Halo 3, the maps are in better condition. Something small and very subtle, but if it that's what it turns out to be, holy shit.

#14 mattacus

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 01:11 PM

I think you're on to something. If you notice in Halo 2, all of the remakes of the maps from Halo 1 have deteriorated. And I mean, all of them. Find me one that doesn't look like it's been aged and weathered. And, from what we've seen of Halo 3, the maps are in better condition. Something small and very subtle, but if it that's what it turns out to be, holy shit.


Good Point. And for those smartasses out there who want to bring up Longest-Elongation, those aren't the same map at all. At most one could say that Elongation was merely inspired by Longest.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 01:27 PM

Good Point. And for those smartasses out there who want to bring up Longest-Elongation, those aren't the same map at all. At most one could say that Elongation was merely inspired by Longest.

Even Elongation was deteriorated, with fires, broken electrical circuits, smashed wall panels, and some grimy base textures, whereas Longest was spotless. It's deteriorated much less so than other remakes, but still deteriorated to some extent.

#16 mattacus

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 01:35 PM

true, true...

#17 Drew

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 02:46 PM

I love how everyone on GAF ignored these when they were posted. Someone else mind posting a few more?

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 02:48 PM

There are currently 56 Guests viewing this thread. I think a few people saw them. Cesar over at TeamXbox also took some of your images and posted them in his "Base" without a citation or mentioning of where or whom he got them from. He's a bitch.

Edited by Blaze, 25 April 2007 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2007 - 02:56 PM

There are currently 56 Guests viewing this thread. I think a few people saw them. Cesar over at TeamXbox also took some of your images and posted them in his "Base" without a citation or mentioning of where or whom he got them from. He's a bitch.

Drew finally beat my Most Users Online record. Damn it.

#20 mattacus

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 03:06 PM

There are currently 56 Guests viewing this thread. I think a few people saw them. Cesar over at TeamXbox also took some of your images and posted them in his "Base" without a citation or mentioning of where or whom he got them from. He's a bitch.


Somebody should start a TeamXbox thread making sure that everybody knows to give credit to Drew. I'd do it myself, but I don't have a TXB account.



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