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....
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Ok let me start by saying that if you know how the game plays you can get through legendary with your sanity intact.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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.
Yo act man I wanted to point something out...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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
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)
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
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.
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...
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
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. 😁😉🙏
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.
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!
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 :/
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.
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!.
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
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.
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.
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