Xbox LIVE support for the original Xbox shut down during the early hours of this morning, which means that all of your favourite first-generation Xbox games are no longer playable online.
No more Halo 2, is what that means.
To say goodbye in the proper manner, Gametrailers recorded one final Halo 2 multiplayer match, and it’s kind of difficult to watch. Not because of any fond, distant memories that come flooding back, but because, compared to modern games, Halo 2 looks quite dated.
Maybe it is time to move on to Halo 3 and the upcoming Halo: Reach, after all:
Members of developers Bungie were also on hand to play Halo 2 during the closing hours, popping up messages in the ‘Did You Know’ section of the lobby, with heartfelt notes like:
- “Thanks for playing. Seriously? More than five years after launch? You’re awesome”
Silly messages such as:
“Trouble Spot? Having problems playing on Xbox LIVE? If it’s after April 15th, we’ve got a good idea why!”
“Admit it, the first time you boarded a vehicle it was pretty awesome.”
“SMG Starts! Okay, we admit it, it was a bad idea.”
“Superbouncin’! Even from waaaaaay down here, you still look like a douche!”
“Honky Tonk! Honk your horn while driving the Warthog to alert your team mates that a ride is available! Or, you know, just to be irritating.”
As well as fake announcements for the game such as:
“Title Update 4 adds Theater support, screenshots and Forge to Halo 2! Coming: NEVER.”
Those Bungie guys…
Watch one last Halo 2 multiplayer match below: