The Arbiter and the Oracle - Great Levels in Gaming

Achievement Hunter: The Arbiter and the Oracle - Great Levels in Gaming

We launch a new series today called Great Levels in Gaming. Join Max as he takes you on an analytical look at some of your favorite levels in gaming and explains what may have driven you to enjoy them so much. Sit back, grab some popcorn, put on your thinking caps, and lets check out some levels.

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  • DstadZ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DstadZ

    2 months ago

    I love analysis videos like this!! Please do more! 

  • 22to22 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    7 months ago

    Is this still going? I love this series so much, the analysis is so thoughtful and well-explained. are there episodes I'm missing? :x

  • Karlo-1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    I like the show. Initially discovered this on Youtube and was amazed by the detailed, insightful and well put production. This provides a "huh" and "didn't think about that" effect when watching. I hope that this series continues.


    Referring to these two levels when I played them upon Halo 2 original release; I did believe that the energy sword was the final word in weapons and did not need any other weapon. However I did learn the limits rather quickly and adapted my other weapon to contrast this. The same applies to the sentinel beam.

  • SJShroomish FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Excited for more! :)

  • B0r1ng FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    11 months ago

    Max's voice makes me imagine of a young Jack for some reason...

  • splatman942 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    A-fucking-mazing

  • ElefanteRosado FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Christopher A.

    1 year ago

    Excellent!

  • WilliamXMS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Has an Afro

    1 year ago

    Yep, I'm 100% sold and 100% behind this show.
    This is incredible.

  • uberlitemadsklz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Just watched the dead space one and had to see them all realizing this is a fairly new series! can't wait for more!

  • ZillionJape FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Your best frenemy!

    1 year ago

    I never watched this and now I'm glad I did. This was amazing. Made me appreciate Halo 2 more.

  • Bigflank FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    This is great idea for a series! Looking forward to seeing it develop.

  • cluelessspam FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I mean... I already LOVE Halo 2, it's my favorite Halo game... But now I just love it even more

  • briethun FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Wow, really really cool.

  • Resinator FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold cunning linguist

    1 year ago

    Very, very cool. Looking forward to another!

  • lab_ghost FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Well done

  • AsylumManiac

    1 year ago

    Very awesome. Two best things to put together, Gaming, and information. Please bring more of this good stuff!

  • thegeyst FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    As someone who loves architecture and level design in games, I automatically love this video. The video is put together really well and explains everything amazing. I want more of these!

  • SigurdK

    1 year ago

    this is so TITS!! :) more more more

  • Void_Chi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Very well written, narrated, and filmed! I'm a fan! :D

  • BricBrac FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Eagle Scout and Explorer

    1 year ago

    This was something I didn't know I needed haha I thoroughly enjoyed this, especially the thoughtfulness and care put into the depth of the video. More please! Thanks guys, and good job Max!

  • Ravyn4077 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I would really like to see more of this. It was nice to see a thought out look at the levels, I've been playing MCC and didn't think much of the lore, but now I'm going to have to go back and play them again.

  • TheQueen117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Queen Bitch

    1 year ago

    Incredibly thoughtful and informing. I would love to see Max talk about how level design has changed from game to game in a series though whether it is Halo or another series like Assassin's Creed.

  • ScorchR FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Cool video, cool commentary, cool idea. Keep goign with this.

  • HunterK13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Good call on the new series guys

  • Andioeast

    1 year ago

    nice show!

    love the arbiter. Halo 2 is awesome.

    to bad 343i made halo 4 and 5 instead of another covenant game.

  • billzegun1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    This is awesome! cant wait to see some more

  • SarcasmAdam FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Great video. Max is very easy to listen to. Not funny, because it's obviously not meant to be, but is very engaging.

  • BLJY

    1 year ago

    Love the show! I'm glad they're trying to add more shows that are both entertaining and informative, like Slow Mo Guys or Five Facts, so we can learn a thing or two while also getting our daily dose of RT content. Hope it sticks around.

  • Dexter8 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Great video! I hope to see more of them.

  • CrAsh8918

    1 year ago

    As someone who has not played Halo 2, only Reach, I still enjoyed this. He gave enough information that I still felt like I knew what was going on even without playing the game. It was informative, but not boring. I love that he was telling us what he liked about certain things, rather than just reading facts about levels and gameplay. Good work!

  • Jhonon1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Love it. His style is great and makes a nice addition to all the other content.

    Even better would be breaking it into 2 episodes, one like this where he does his thing and another where he borrows someone from RT and gets into discussion about it. Maybe a good Sponsor series, where they co-op through the level together, or a segment on one of the podcasts but I personally would love to hear the commentary of everyone else on these levels.

  • ItsJustRave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rave

    1 year ago

    I absolutely loved this. I have often said how much I love this level, but to hear Max go into even more detail and background of the larger story etc is really interesting. I definitely hope to see more of these, Max did a brilliant job.

  • DarthEdak FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Top notch, would love to see more!

  • HMSheetS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    That was pretty good! I would love to see more of these.

  • Tibault FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I think this has potential to be a good show. Not only does it go into detail about the level, but the back story of the game. I know there are a lot of good games out there I missed and would love the treatment this received. Looking forward to more!

  • ZykBRooster FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    What if blind people were all invisible?

    8/10, would watch again! Some audio/volume-leveling issues (the voice track starting at (9:15) seemed louder, though maybe Max was just a bit closer to the mic, I'm no expert, but voice audio definitely seemed to grow harsher. Also, the structure of the piece seemed to jump about, nothing too jarring.


    Look forward to further episodes! Ciao!

  • raskinar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Loved it, great find guys!


    Very different from any other content AH has but variation isn't bad, it's a nice change-up to have once a week. Max does an excellent job delivering his points and it was especially cool to start with a classic game like Halo 2 that most everyone on this site has played. It really made me think and follow along with the video which really caught me. It's really cool and thought provoking when someone like Max does an in depth analysis of the level and characters It'll leave me interested when he does a game I might not have played too. While it would be nice to try and experiment having a back and forth conversation for an episode the strength I feel comes from how well written this is and trying to improvising a few things might throw that off with an extra commentator unless their lines were scripted too.


    Overall extremely enjoyable and would watch every episode regardless of game and level, amazing work and video Max and great find AH!

  • CS_Neutr0n FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Well said, well thought-out, and well delivered. You have a keeper, AH!

  • Gamer3427 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold taC terceS

    1 year ago

    Very interesting video. Can't wait for the next episode....

  • catchrubes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    That was really interesting. I'm all for this being regular

  • the1silentdeath FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    i would defanatly appreciate getting more of these

  • SemiHuman99 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Otaku Brony

    1 year ago

    This is amazing! I've never thought of how well put together those levels were. Makes me rethink about the whole story altogether and how it would have been with the arbiter.

  • MrHuffles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    This was great. Can't wait for more.

    As a game design major it's nice to see others also seeing how much thought goes into teaching a player. it is amazing the tricks that developers have come up with to have a player learn how things work or how to do something without telling them.

  • Grouchy_Marx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I like his enthusiasm and his insight on good level design. This series has potential... but it may need some tweaking as I may not continue to watch it if it stays as it is now. Call it personal preference, but it seems like such a stark contrast to the AH chaos that normally lies in these videos. I'll give it a few more episodes though.

  • jaecold FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Loved it! More please!

  • wlien FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Great video, looking forward to seeing more! Reminds me of similar videos where people analyze films to catch those cinematographic decisions that enhance the general feel and story of the movie. It definitely feels a little different not having the typical AH humor in here, but it's a welcome change of pace. A few things I would like to see in this series:


    -A second commentator/listener

    -More discussion about music and sound FX

    -A few indie games mixed in, not just AAA titles


    Awesome job overall!

  • VirtualW12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Great video. I liked the analysis of not just the story but the level design. Those are things you don't always think about well playing a game. Keep these coming.

  • cannon4est FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I think this series has potential. It offers a nice contrast to AH's usual content. That said, I can think of a few improvements that could be made on a technical/production level. The most notable thing I picked up on early in the piece was the voice over. The vox(VO) track was well written, clean and clearly delivered. Max has a great speaking voice for this type of content. However, it got a little too rhythmic. This speech pattern put me in danger of tuning out from time to time in spite of the content or its clarity. The moments where Max makes remarks or little quips about his personal experiences help, but they almost feel jarring in comparison to the rest of the speech. By varying the speech pattern just a little bit, I think you can marry the body of the narration with these "human" moments quite nicely. Otherwise, the blocking of the piece was good. Each point flowed nicely into the next one. You could add music and/or use some other editing techniques to tighten up the pacing, but overall it was put together well. I really liked the analysis of some of the larger, yet subtle, themes at play in the game and how this level related to them. By the end of the episode, I was looking forward to hearing Max's insight in other games. I will enjoy watching this series grow. Good luck to Max and the rest of the team.

  • onebudd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Señor

    1 year ago

    This was good, brought me back to 2004. Really feeling the urge to go play some Halo 2 now.

  • WookieTiddy

    1 year ago

    LOVE the analysis of the story and what this level means in context to the rest of the series. MORE PLEASE!