Truly awesome game . Ive only made it to the third level thus far, but I did have to work today so I finally went to bed about 3 am. Team Bungie spared no expense on the quality of this game, they even went all out on the security as not to get any early releases. As I waited for the official second of release time with about 50 people behind me, I noticed 2 fellas walking around in a Launch Team shirt. They were not employed by the game store, they were employed by Bungie to ensure the proper sales times were being enforced. So there I was second in line, I had my copy reserved and completely paid for months ago. The clerk asked me do you want the special edition or regular?WHAT ..I thought you could only get the special version through pre-order? I was wrong. Good thing I got mine last night or my special edition might have been gone.The ride home lasted for hours, or so it seemed. OK, OK, to the game review. The game starts with you creating a character profile, I made one for an elite. Then you can start a campaign or multiplayer or link to x box live. I started a campaign, and for a few minutes of the intro, I thought I could play as an elite in a campaign.No, you cant. So in the intro it shows an elite equal in hero status to Master Chief.The elite hero is in front of the counsel explaining what happened in the first game.The counsel is very angry and the elite hero will now be punished for heresy, scene jumps to Master Chief in transport. This scene at first is similar to Halo 1 open. You do a very short intro to targeting and shields, then your off to get your prize. MC is escorted to the bridge to be honored along with Alicia Keys (JUST KIDDING) but the daughter of CPT Keys (from Halo1) is there and she receives a medal in his honor. MC gets a medal too. Then the shit hits the fan.Multiple covenant ships start attacking the human transports. MC follows the crowd to a nearby weapons rack and picks up his BR55 Rifle. 36 rounds per magazine, three round burst, and zoom. Great weapon!!! at any given time you may pick up another weapon, you may also hold down the y button when standing over a weapon to dual wield it, only certain weapons. They are as follows: Covenant Plasma pistol (Grunt, and Jackal weapon) charge burst semi auto just like the old one Cov. Plasma Riffle (Elite) 420-600 rounds per minute excellent at mid range auto and semi a little more beef than the old one Cov. Needler (User varies) 30 rounds per magazine sticks and explodes as old one did can ricochet unpredictably more beef than the old one Human M6C Pistol 12 rounds per magazine laughably weak accuracy is a must last resort no more zoom Human M7/Casesless Sub Machine Gun (SMG) 60 rounds per magazine difficult to control awesome spray, very effective just sounds cool when fired These are the only weapons that you can dual wield thus far. Some sort of special Halo secret could (but I doubt it) change this. Along with the advantages of dual wielding comes some disadvantages. You must reload each weapon separately, but you can dual wield any combination of the above weapons mentioned. You cannot throw grenades or melee attack while dual wielding. Once you switch back to single mode, you lose the dual weapon and return to using one of the two weapons in you possession. The action begins here for the most part. You must scurry around the ship and destroy the attacking covenant. You have to do some searching here so dont sit still too long. After the initial attack is over you must then find where they are boarding the ship. In a short while you will hear a transport get blown away. You are then informed that the covenant has placed a bomb on your ship, its heavily guarded so youll know when you get to it, Plus Cortana will tell you when youve found it. Now the trip there is no joyride. the ship is dark and many enemies will confront you on the way. You will even encounter the new alien race to join the covenant, the drones. These little bastards are a pain in the ass. They fly all around and stick to the damn walls. You will also see a few Elites propelled by a rocket pack. After finding the bomb and securing the ship, MC will be reunited with Cortana, and she will once again join him in battle. Cut to movie. MC requests permission to leave the ship so he can Return the covenant bomb. Ill leave the story there. Overall thus far the game rocks . well worth the wait. Ill keep this post updated as I learn new secret stuff and goodies. Feel free to do the same. I would love to see more participation in the game section, Hell Id ask to be a mod for it if it got more attention. Just getting a lot of views as of now. Lets kick this thing in gear.