Halo - should I finish 1 before playing 2?

I guess this is the place for video game threads???

Just bought Halo 2 and started playing it last night. I never finished Halo 1 - there was one particular Flood level that I couldn’t get past, and then I had a mini-life-crisis, and basically left it there.

I only played through the first level or so last night. Seeing how important the story in Halo 2 is, should I go back and finish? Or is it not worthwhile, and if so, can someone post the whole storyline (of 1, not 2) in a spoiler box?

Here ya go. I would have written it myself, but I’m too busy playing the new game. :smiley:
Halo 1 Story