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Why Is Halo 2's Campaign SO F**KING HARD?! (Ft. Hokiebird428)

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Halo 2's Legendary Campaign is notorious for being one of the most challenging first-person shooters ever made. Most people agree it's the hardest in the Halo series, but why is that? What exactly makes Halo 2 so difficult? Beyond just the obvious Sniper Jackals? Well, let's find out.... Hokiebird428 ► https://www.youtube.com/user/bpk428 Thumbnail by Rythaze ► https://www.youtube.com/user/Rythaze __________More Halo 2 Videos__________ Why Is Halo 2's Campaign SO AWESOME?! ► http://bit.ly/2zMISaU Why Halo 2's Cliffhanger Ending was AWESOME!!! ► http://bit.ly/2wUv3mA CONNECT WITH ME! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheActMan2016/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheActMan_YT 2nd Channel: http://bit.ly/2kPXk7f Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheActMan
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The Act Man (10 months ago)
E X T R E M E L Y R E S I L I E N T
Cade SuperMetroidFan (16 days ago)
Heh, MY ASS!
hob nob (1 month ago)
The Act Man it's masta llamalx 25
Chad McElroy (2 months ago)
*E X T R E M E L Y R E S I L I E N T*
Got Memes? (2 months ago)
Jayden Abraham I have an original Xbox and 2 copies of of halo 2
Catmangamer (2 months ago)
*E X T R E M E L Y R E S I L I E N T*
Joseph Mcintare (4 hours ago)
Ok let me start by saying that if you know how the game plays you can get through legendary with your sanity intact. Point 1 Legendary is supposed to make you feel as though you can't win it's sole purpose is to test you to your limits and make you overcome the impossible. Point 2 the whole basis that it dose not make you think on your feet is absurd. Your walking down a hall and oh crap there is five elites now I have to duck or evade. Find a route to kill or get around them. It makes you seek out other options besides killing everything. Point 3 You said that the enemies fire the weapons to fast. You as a player (who knows what they are doing) can fire weapons just as fast i.e doubble pumping the trigger with the plasma rifles will double the firerate. Point 4 The flood are ment to be an enemy that overwhelms you. They are smarter in Halo two because the are adaptive learners . So therefore some may have learned to use shields. Or the infection form has learned to evade you.(let's jump ahead to the flood I Halo 3 they were harder to deal with on legendary due Tuesday this fact. They had several different forms that would desimate you. I.e. the flood true forms or Hunter if you will.) Must we not forget Cortana . Point 5 The damage you take and the damage the covenant take is so itensly different is because they are supposed to be a superior race they are a war centered society. They have technology that is far more advanced than that of the humans. The mission outskirts is designed in a way to make you feel overwhelmed on any difficulty. It's is an invasion. The jackals are great snipers because they have perfect eye sight they have telascopic vision on top of the beam rifles optics. And the time to react follows suit. It takes a trained human sniper 3.5 seconds to get a bead on a target. And the jackles aim for the head. Sheilds are made to displace energy but they can not take a direct impact i.e. melee attacks. Explosives. Direct shots to the head. Ect. And the beam rifle fire plasma bolt Kind of like a flechette. So it is able hit a small surface area essentially parting the sheilds as if they did not exist. Oh and I'll add a flechette can penitrate light steel armor and go straight through kevlar. So in short legendary is ment to be on of the hardest and most challenging things Halo has to offer throwing everything the game can at you in hope you won't survive.
Solarius (19 hours ago)
I’m nearing the end of my halo 2 legendary campaign experience and I cannot wait for the relief to beat this game... I’ll probably kms before I finish
rowdystix (7 days ago)
I’m replaying the halo games on legendary currently on gravemind in halo 2 and so far every arbiter mission I try and fight as little as possible I’m ghosting out sprinting my ass off and hiding behind cover to ghost out again. Feel like I’m Sam Fisher in the halo universe except there’s no lightbulbs to shoot. 10/10 will use active camo again
Sebastian McCray (7 days ago)
Hey act man
Arcticarc1 (7 days ago)
Either I knew how to play before and I lost my skills along the way (maybe some of it since I cannot do legendary Halo:CE easily anymore). Or wtf is wrong with that Halo 2 anniversery edition. I'm getting my ass kicked on the first mission like I'm made of paper. And that's on heroic.
Ganon Tice (7 days ago)
You can't play for shit!
shi11tenshi (9 days ago)
Yo act man I wanted to point something out... Halo 2 Vista Awhile ago I had modded legendary. I gave master cheif an over shield at all times it seemed like way more of fair challenge. He felt tanky like in halo one and the gameplay was super fun. You chould do more without it being so unforgiving. If you can visit this I think you will enjoy.
Zared Shizuka (11 days ago)
I hate that mode (legendary)
Nintendofangeek (12 days ago)
I remember I got stuck in Halo 2 on a ledge I wasn't supposed to be on (as I was just dicking around) and right as I landed on it it said "Checkpiont >>> Done" and I had to start the whole mission over.
Scuba (12 days ago)
Halo 2 on legendry is absolutely fantastic, even better when stoned
EnclaveSoldier (12 days ago)
Those Jackals on the Earth mission (forgot the name) gave me nightmares and turned a brand new controller into debris
kenneth (18 days ago)
cause you suck! thought id answer your question# get gud!!!
Bennett Fender (20 days ago)
Sense when was legendary supposed to be the true difficulty where did this bull crap come from.
Outarel (24 days ago)
I played halo 2 for like 10 minutes on legendary and i'm here already.
LukeofEnder (24 days ago)
My friend and I played through all the halo games on co-op on heroic difficulty. It was his first time playing them and my first time playing on heroic(I always preferred normal, never tried legendary) so I kinda expected a little trouble with H2. But neither of us could have ever prepared for the fresh hell that was the brutes. Now he says it's his least favorite game in the original trilogy because of it. Mind you this is on heroic. HEROIC. I give my condolences to all that lost their sanity to Halo 2 LEGENDARY.
JPM (26 days ago)
Halo 2 was the best game in the series! Idc how hard it was!
As trollphysics (29 days ago)
21:00 Grunty Industries boiiiiii
fonkyman (29 days ago)
came back to watch the intro again
roktopus (29 days ago)
Hear that? That's the sound of git gud
Busy Bee (29 days ago)
Or, how about you just play on heroic and stop bitchin'?
Gareth Williams (29 days ago)
I was the only one of my friends that had an original Xbox. I got mocked for having the ugly machine by some... but I didn't give a shit as I was rocking Halo and Splinter Cell, which at the time were un-fucking-believable.
Brett Birchler (29 days ago)
Heroic mode is confirmed for the most accurate difficulty for a spartan, not legendary. Obviously some things are changed from the lore for gameplay mechanics, such as a Wraith being described as turning everything in a 20 meter radius of impact to glass and plasma weapons in general would one shot marines. Spartans do not have a difficult time with any covenant ground forces 1 on 1 in most situations. The chief struggles in hand to hand combat with elites and brutes because their strength is equal or greater to them, but that rarely happens. Also if I'm remembering correctly, a single needle would put most people out of fight and kill them. Ash only took like 2 and blew his rib cage open
Steam-Powered Fox (29 days ago)
Long before Halo 3 was a concept on a drawing board? Much of Halo 3 was content cut from Halo 2
1234 (29 days ago)
I remember being a kid and because I had nothing to do I would just play the halo 2 campaign over and over and over, and I remember getting to the point where I wanted to scream because of that stupid game XD... That being said nothing and I mean nothing beats that feeling where you finally do it. So you may argue that halo 2s legendary was too annoying, but it felt good seeing those tougher elites. Seeing a rare elite with it's special armor felt really good as a little kid. It's like whoa I'm actually facing a fucking zealot!!! (I think I'm remembering that right, when you go to higher difficulties you face special elites, right?) You guys complain that legendary had bullshit mechanics, but why not just NOT play it? I think it's ok for games to have bullshit modes...
NukDuk (29 days ago)
So as a kid and non-english speaker I played Halo kinda on the rush. Only understanding the word Campaign so I started the game. Always chose Legendary because the picture (shield with swords and skull) was so epic to me as a kid
The Biggest boi (29 days ago)
Dark souls?
mchalo188 (29 days ago)
I thought halo combat evolved was harder than halo 2 on legendary. And I've completed all halos on legendary
thisisn'tmyrealname (30 days ago)
legendary halo 2 was hella fun with a team mate. The ability to focus fire + the ability of carrying around 4 weapons instead of 2 provides a lot more flexibility and entertainment.
Big Man on Campus (30 days ago)
In my personal experience with halo 2 legendary, I found that often times hard pings did not kill elites, taking multiple headshots without shields even with snipers and even surviving a plasma stick (regular elites and not ultras mind you)
The Sonic Ray (30 days ago)
One time, many years ago, I decided to play Outskirts on Legendary out of curiosity. Let’s just say I wasn’t prepared for what I was going to encounter. Sniper Jackals
Pro starts for the flood infection forms let them hit you and. But if theirs to many run get shields up do it again. Combat forms rub backwards and shot. The pregnant ones(can't remember their names sorry) throw grenades at their feet and run. Only mastered killing original ones haven't figured out pro strats for tanks yet
connor kennedy (30 days ago)
Wait hunters are instakill with sniper to their back... Wtf
connor kennedy (30 days ago)
Your just being a pussy actman. Get gud.
ALPHAWOLFREX (30 days ago)
I always thought legendary isn't suppose to be fun
Scorch 620 (30 days ago)
It still isnt harder than the evil within on Akumu. That is pure, and cruel Hell
samuel lamarche (1 month ago)
19:12
DigitalDNA (1 month ago)
Did you update or make a new video?
odstarmor557 (1 month ago)
The squad mechanic in halo 5 didn't help at all. Its like gears of war with dom's dumbass times 3......so gears of war 3. Plus that hard ping and rng shit is why i dislike "ultra hard" difficulties in alot of games because they do make things tedious and annoying, the few games i can think of that dont suffer from this is halo 1-reach (exculding 2) and halo 4 to an extent, the new doom's nightmare difficulty, dead space, and the new wolfenstein.
Active Genesis (1 month ago)
I might attempt to beat this game on LASO... Solo... And I will probably livestream it on Twitch... I will attempt it after I finish beating the all halo games on legendary (currently on 3), then play the games in order all over again...
The Green Guy (1 month ago)
I'm going through this campaign with a clanmate right now
WOGBOY (1 month ago)
lol halo 2 legendary wasnt that hard just use the covenant carbine and headshot everything from a distance the whole game i remember halo reach on legendary being impossible and there are still some levels from the original i still have not beaten
csknives2140 (1 month ago)
because you are playing on legendary, you dam fool
Batman (1 month ago)
LE MEILLEUR DES HALO
Luke P (1 month ago)
As a Halo fan of over 15 years am so happy to have found this video. It's not just me. And all your points validate that. Halo 2 and 5 are the only games in the series I haven't felt compelled to complete on Legendary. Now I won't go to the insane trouble that would likely harm my love of the franchise and it will no longer bother me. Thank you for that. 😁😉🙏
Khronic X (1 month ago)
*M. Y. T. H. I. C*
Darth Bane (1 month ago)
This is why I didn't like halo 2, the challenge wasn't fun. Best to be played on heroic.
Doc Philip (1 month ago)
I’ve completed it on legendary recently, I have ptsd. Carbines are the true hero’s of that game. 15:05 I beat that even when I got notice, I had to immediately turn and run and jump from the first floor to the second one.
Hound of Ulster (1 month ago)
Lmao I had to reload that checkpoint like two million times. Damn things would turn around before I even got on the ground.
ChIefN (1 month ago)
halo 2 first dropped I beat it twice on LEGENDARY I remember it being hard but doable then last year I tried it out again and I couldn't get past the first room don't know how I did it to begin with
Andrew (1 month ago)
Or....Or....Or....stay with me..... You guys suck.
Michael Lance (1 month ago)
Maybe you're just not very good at the game.
Maverick (1 month ago)
halo 2's shotgun feels like a toy, instead of that serious-shit-about-to-happen that was halo CE's shotgun
Maverick (1 month ago)
it is so hard because of those duck fox raptor punk sniper freaks
You Always win4 Gomes (1 month ago)
Idiots who uses a tank on quarantine zone,use the specter and don’t stop to kill anything
오예성 (1 month ago)
Surprised that not many people complain about the fucking berserking brutes in high charity. That was the hardest part for me.
Hound of Ulster (1 month ago)
Lmao making me have these memories of getting chased by brutes that one shot you, gonna give me ptsd
Washu Shikagawa (1 month ago)
…So where is 7-’’9’’ fatal flaws?
Joseph D'Amico (1 month ago)
'wah im bad'
Daniel Reyes (1 month ago)
How to become immortal: Beat Halo 2 on Legendary.
June28July (1 month ago)
Halo 2 is on PC yes? Great! Mod the game until it's great!
Sgt. Digas888 (1 month ago)
Try Killzone 2 elite and dead space 2 and 3 hardecore
BozoTheNoob (1 month ago)
This is still my favorite halo video from you :)
jonathan schenck (1 month ago)
No spawning on Legendary Coop is a mythic level difficulty. it forces the player behind cover to revert to last checkpoint unnecessarily.
Anton Karlsson (1 month ago)
To spice it up even more u could grab the skull in the beginning which gave all the elites silver armor as well. Me and my friend actually finished the story as well but I don't wanna know how many times we died... And yes, if one of us died it was a reset. Ofc on the original xbox. Loved the game!
Citavalo (1 month ago)
Playing Gravemind in Legendary is like living in hell for hours.
I know why they are tougher *the flood* because the full on grave mind was made remember when uh MISTER MUSTARD 117 and KETCHUP VADAM died in halo CE it was a proto grave mind so the flood were weak but when this proto grave mind was made :/
James Joe (1 month ago)
15:46...XD
James Joe (1 month ago)
Lol..
justfitz08 (1 month ago)
They should have patched the Halo 2 legendary difficulty in MCC and added an optional skull to play on the original legendary difficulty if you wanted. That would have made going through the entire series on legendary more enjoyable, while also providing the original legendary experience for those purists out there that need it.
I died 460 times first time I played Halo 2 on legendary. (I had a livestream with a deathcounter)
OZ Gaming (1 month ago)
Kawaii Neko Senpai Chan Nya Get on my level plz.
OZ Gaming (1 month ago)
Kawaii Neko Senpai Chan Nya I died about 1 thousand times
J N (1 month ago)
no fucking idea how my friend managed to completed this shit with most of the skulls activated. like the enemies were invisible?? damn
Lew (1 month ago)
This is why I play heroic, I feel no shame about that. I play all the other games on legendary.
Willem Dafuck (1 month ago)
I beat every Halo game on Legendary by myself without using the noob combo. AMA.
Team12 U.K (1 month ago)
**incoming triggered cod fanboys**
Admiral Hackbar (1 month ago)
The normal difficultlt usnt that bad, but legendary is impossible
Marina (1 month ago)
Thank God I found this video! All these years, I thought it was ME.
hob nob (1 month ago)
A very small YouTuber called masta llamalx 25 actually completed this game on legendary without dying once I recommend checking him out he's one of the most under rated YouTubers ever
Kris Church (1 month ago)
can't find him
Jameson Dymond (1 month ago)
Guys I found out how to defeat cortana all you have to do is is mention jackal snipers and she will kill herself
Kenzo 117 (1 month ago)
a 27min. long vid? i just Need two words: J A C K A L S N I P E R S
uglyblokeonabike (1 month ago)
I think the original Halo 2 looks better the one they never released.
uglyblokeonabike (1 month ago)
All Halo games are apart from the original and ODST have very flawed single player campaigns it's all about the multiplayer that's where most of the effort goes in.
Berserkasaurus Rex (1 month ago)
Weird, I always found Legendary harder on Halo:CE. Maybe I was just a better player by the time Halo 2 came out.
Emmanuel Delgado (1 month ago)
am i the only one who found halo's 3 campaing on legendary harder than halo´s 2?????? i mean halo 2 is hard as hell but atleast you can keep behind cover and kill enemies one by one strategically, but in halo 3 they use to fucking much explosives and those fucking grunts that run towards you with granades never allow me to stay covered for a long time
I actually think Reach on Legendary would rival Halo 2 legendary! I think the hardest mission based off my memory is probably when you're in the ONI base and you come out!. I remember facing like a dozen concussion rifle elites, with a shitload of Jackels, grunts and the most awful species of covenant, those fucking Skirmishers! If those were in Halo 2! They would make Jackel snipers look like learner's!. The only saving grace in Reach was the fact the Beam Rifle wasn't in the game!. Otherwise, Reach HANDS DOWN would've been the hardest FPS ever created!. The last time I played Reach was probably a good 5 plus years lol!.
WiseDragon22 (1 month ago)
Halo 2 all up was a great game but you wonder how it would have turned out with all it's problems fixed.
MANXAN H (1 month ago)
I woke up one day went to babysit my niece and realizing it was christmas I get a box shaped gift unaware it was the HALO 2 COLLECTORS EDITION ! now I played halo 2 several dozen times on easy then normal and now I mastered the game so far I start on heroic and I play that alott and I mean ALOTT EVERY DAY FOR TWO MONTHS NOW I get a lil bored now I see my achievements are lacking I start on legendary mode and I get mad but I realize I need long range for jackals and short range for elites and grunts I think the brutes were the hardest but after a while and a lot of dying I get it and what to do and now not so hard
‘MuricanEagle (1 month ago)
I think bo3 campaign would be harder than this IF we didn’t have the specialist abilities such as active camo and the fire fly one
jacobepaps (1 month ago)
“With the speed and intensity of a drunk snail” I Lol’d 😂
Durandol (1 month ago)
What's up everybody? This is the *FUCK*
Master Chef (1 month ago)
If you uses Halo 2 legendary Deaths for a Drinking game You would Literally die
Yup, you'd have to take a break between ever checkpoint. I played it on legendary with only 460 deaths haha.
Texas (1 month ago)
NO, YOU CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR THE DOGSHIT AI MAKING THE HALO 5 CAMPAIGN EASIER
ChiefSaladRunaway (1 month ago)
I've completed it on the mode second to legendary. Legendary is so hard. I have never made it off the satellite...
Wolf Spartan (1 month ago)
Halo CE: 22 Halo 2: 9 shots Halo 3: 11 shots Halo 4: 12 shots Halo 3 ODST: 15-20 shots? I was always confused of why even halo 3 ODST has the player be able to more hits than when you play as chief wearing the mark 6. It’s probably for gameplay reasons.
echo zero (1 month ago)
on legendary you will get anus penetrated..ahahahaha. I laugh at part to much..
IIISL SteveIII (1 month ago)
I remember when people back in the day said Mile high club from Cod 4 was the hardest fps mission of all time. Excuse me? Umm have you played Halo 2?
Avenger77420 (1 month ago)
Gah, it’s so frign true! The only game that made me truly feel defeated! The difficulty is asinine..
ThatRealTimeGuy (1 month ago)
this is so sexy can we hit orphan children
Dalek Bumps (1 month ago)
Legendary is only fun with the Envy Skull, it turns the game into a stealth-sniper simulator
Andrew Hess (1 month ago)
I beat Halo 2 on Legendary 12 times in a row, it's possible, but soul crushing. Also, this video is entirely too long for what it is.
Bendy Bruce (1 month ago)
I utterly despised Legendary on Halo 2. Never beat it at that level after endlessly trying for months. I would start the game; play to try and get a couple of check-points further in, until it became so frustrating that I just wanted to smash my controller to bits. After a while, I told Halo 2 to go fuck itself and stopped playing.
Gerald Corvitz (1 month ago)
Hey, I see it this way. Chief really is a hardass because in “real” life he couldn’t respawn at the last checkpoint. Meaning he SURVIVED Halo 2 on legendary without dying once. What a Legend.

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