I’m suffering from Halo 2 lust. It’s due out in just over a month; I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon this morning. Wired had an article today about the development process. The problem that Bungie faced was that they’re targeting the same hardware platform for Halo 2 that they used for Halo. They don’t have a lot of spare CPU power to use on fancier graphics. So they spent their three years building a better story, more levels, and better gameplay. Hopefully it all works out; games and movies have been trending towards better special effects at the expense of gameplay and plot for years; hopefully this is one of the exceptions to the rule.
I just don’t know if I can wait to find out.