Microsoft ended the Live support Xbox 1.0 game this week and one of those games affected was Halo 2, a game I’ve played far too much over the years. ‘Fear the CAT‘ lists close to 5000 games played though I assume my other temporary Gamertags probably add another thousand to that.
Fear the CAT‘s final stats:
- Total Games: 4954
- Total Kills: 30658
- Total Deaths: 48714
- Total Assists: 11031
Yes, my K/D ratio sucks, I’ve never claimed to be a good player! I really don’t want to imagine the time I’ve put into it though. Imagining every game to last an average of ten minutes that adds up to about 40 days. Not to mention all the time spent in game lobbies which is at least the same amount of time.
My first game of Halo 2 on Xbox Live [there were plenty of SysLink games before that] was Slayer Pro [Rumble Training] Lockout on 07/10/2005 at 10:22 PM. I placed 2nd with 18 kills and 14 deaths, so I suppose that wasn’t all that bad.
My last game was also on Lockout on 9/1/2007 at 12:44:26 PM though let’s pretend that game doesn’t exist.
There are many, many memories I have to Halo 2 and it’s mostly to do the people I played with. Overall I think there were five groups of people I played with, from this group of German guys I ended up playing with for months to some guys I used to work with. There was all sorts of crazy drama with the only other girl I played with regularly blocking me, because I allegedly lied to her about going offline or XL and other stuff.
Fun times include having a group of guys I played with regularly create trial accounts to match mine, as well as copying the look of mine! Going into games with Fear the CAT, Fear the DOG, Fear the MOUSE and Fear the BIRD was bizarre! Or that one time where.. Well, I’d be here a long time if I were to recount them all!
I sold Halo 2 in 2007 and didn’t think about buying a used copy early enough to play on its last few nights. Now I won’t have the chance to ever play on Lockout, Waterworks, Sanctuary, Relic, Headlong, Ivory Tower, Turf, Terminal or all the other maps I didn’t like. I did like some of the messages Bungie changed for Halo 2′s final days though, for example:
BXR. Yeah, it’s cheating.
I remember the first time I got BXR working in a game. Seeing I used the green thumb control layout which switches melee and zoom, it was a bit more difficult.
So it’s been fun times all around. Thanks, Halo 2!