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3.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the cover, 22 May 2007
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This review is from: Halo Effect: An Unauthorized Look at the Most Successful Video Game of All Time (Smart Pop) (Paperback)
This Halo book is not one of the best ones I've read but it does make for a good read. Its not a novel but simply some game reviewers, reporters, scientists, lecturers, writers, novelists look on certain elements or aspects of the game but more on its impact on people who've played it. It talks about halo's affect on machinima, what differences there are between Halo's science and real science, the mentality behind master chiefs popularity, religious aspects, how a halo movie would need to play out, a brief history on FPS and how halo effected others, comparing halo to guerilia warfare, how the military is using halo to train its troops and one very interesting article about the greatest halo player in the world, Zyos. So yeah theres quite a bit in there, some interesting, some not but mostly it makes for a fascinating read on well, what the effects of halo are and is written by several literate people who just happen to be fans. Pick it up if your interested in some history/ halo's influence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not mind-blowing, 28 Oct 2008
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7ruth (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Halo Effect: An Unauthorized Look at the Most Successful Video Game of All Time (Smart Pop) (Paperback)
This book has a few parts and tells the history of Halo's success and it's continuing legacy through different perspectives. From someone in the press, professional gamers, Halo's psychology... so if you're interested in the social impact Halo had, you'll probably like this book. On the other hand, if you were looking to be blown away by things like amazing stats and interesting inside-stories, you might find this book a bit boring halfway through.

But then if you love Halo and want to know more about it, and you have a few extra quid to spend, this book will prove to be a satisfactory investment.
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