I just had a play around with beta 1.5 of Halo for the PC and a couple of things jumped out at me as I played, I just wondered whether or not anyone else had any thoughts on this...
The first thing that hit me was the awful quality of the graphics at the moment...now this is quite obviously not final but still, the general layout of the graphics and the overall look hasn't really been optimized for the PC...yet...at least I hope it will be.
The next two or three things that hit me were gameplay points, I hopped into the back of a warthog and was very suprised to find that the warthog no longer had a chaingun...it now has a rocketlauncher, did I miss this from one of the lists of new features/changes that have been seen? because I don't remember it and a lot of the things I did see mentioned were there...Flamethrower...Fuel-Rod gun etc...
As far as overall gameplay goes the game seems at least a solid as the XBOX version, nothing was worse although with this being a beta release (which I don't understand since there is less than a fortnight until the final release...so why so late for a release?) there were some nasty parts, Active Camouflage was horrible both in third person view and in third person view over a LAN...which brings me on to my next point...Multiplayer gameplay is everything I could have hoped for in Halo on the PC and more :-)
Last thing, I don't see any options to use mods...maybe I missed it but it would have been nice, I know it wasn't listed as a feature but I was still hoping :-)
To surmise, even as a beta this is an exceptional game, some things are lacking but those things are tasks almost certain to me completed in the final release, and even then these are small things...and the new things are nice too...the flamethrower looks and works the same as in the Halo game on the xbox (if you obtain it by switching the values in a cache map file) except now it causes damage, and a lot of it too.
Has anyone else tried this? How do you like it? Were the problems I put down to this being a beta not a problem for you and just a bug with my GFX card?
Not too much flaming :-)
P.S. Oh yeah, it installs DX 9.0b...I thought 9.0a was the latest? have I again missed something :-)