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Halo: Combat Evolved [XBOX]





This set the groundwork for modern shooters , so calling it revolutionary (and near perfection) is an understatement.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Revolutionary"

Summary

Combat Evolved is what it says in the title, Combat Evolved. It is a new type of FPS, I can't think of a previous game with a regenerating health ability which is one of the most major parts of the game. This has carved the way for many new games besides just the Halo sequels (and prequels) such as Call of Duty and Battlefield (although they completely butchered it).

The games maps where also a notable feat. Granted, The Library wasn't the best map in the history of gaming, but when you look at just about every other level in the game and your left with near perfection. My favorite was Silent Cartographer, but really they're all close. Also, the variety of the map scenery is great, too. One map your on a USMC space cruiser, the next your in a hilly alien planet fighting in a Jeep equipped with a .50 caliber.

Next is to mention the vehicle combat. It is a rare thing for a video game to have both vehicle and ground combat the is this astounding. The Warthog, Scorpion tank and Banshee are all so amazing and the Ghost is quite good, too.

Possibly the most notable aspect of this is the online mode. VERY few games can stand up on a single player campaign without the online suffering and vice versa. However, CE has done it to the point were it should shame really any other series to the point of depression (you know who you are, CoD!). Blood Gultch is enough to make this better than almost every other online game in history, so adding a dozen more amazing maps is just icing, strawberries, sprinkles, and candles to a cake with a stripper inside it (although, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to have a cake with candles be the same cake a person walks out of, no one looks hot with a burnt scalp. Not to mention burnt hair smells awful).

All and all, Halo: Combat Evolved is arguably the best FPS in history, consisting of great campaign (although the story aspect isn't quite as good as some other games such as every Bioware game ever, but once again it still puts Call of Duty to shame), amazing online and the fact that it is revolutionary and paved the way for 90% of the most common FPS today.




'The original halo is said to be the best halo'

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Highly addictive"

Summary

Possibly halo is the best shooters of all time. Its unique, fun and inspired gameplay to many different shooters such as section 8 make the game even more classic. The campaign makes the game though and its the NPC's as well which are good, make the experience even better. Brutes, Elites, grunts and jackles are enemies you will encounter during the campaign. There is also a brilliant multiplayer added to the game which has lots of modes too. Like this or not, but halo is definitively better than Call of duty or the battlefield series and shows that games can be this good. Halo combat evolved is getting an anniversary in November, a chance for Xbox 360 players to have a go at the classic shooter. Yep just like GTA 3 this is getting a fine, polished remake which will tell people how good it was then and even now.




One of the greatest shooters ever made, if not the greatest, and one of the best games ever.

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Masterpiece"

Summary

Well, lets start off with the graphics. Yeah, sure, for today's standards these graphics aren't exactly great, but they are still good, and when first made, they supported one of the best graphics up to date.

The campaign is absolutely thrilling. The plot is interesting and new, and each level is just amazing. When I first finished the game I thought the lack of bosses was a negative point for this game, but now I realize that one of the reasons this game is so great is because it has no bosses. It's just hours and hours of non-stop, quick-paced shooting.

The multiplayer is also real fun, even though I haven't spent so much time playing it, but getting a bunch of friends and playing on any of Halo's multiplayer maps is just great.

When I finished this game the first time, on Normal, I was tempted to finish it on Heroic, then on Legendary, and then on Legendary again. I can't tell you how many times I've finished the game now because I've lost count.

This game is an absolute masterpiece, and the best of the Halo games. Can't wait for the HD version for the 360!




10 years later and Halo: CE is still the greatest FPS ever released!

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Best in series"

Summary

Halo: Combat Evolved was made in 2001 by bungie as a launch game for the original Xbox, and has bloomed to be the greatest Xbox exclusive ever, and one of the greatest and most revolutionary First-Person Shooters ever.

Halo: Combat Evolved was one of the original console shooters, and the very first one on Xbox, releasing the same day as the original Xbox release day. The graphics for Halo: Combat Evolved are not up to today's HD standards, but for 2001 Halo: Combat Evolved had some of the greatest graphics of any game on the market at that time. The controls of Halo: CE revolutionized FPS controls on consoles, and are great. The main characters of Halo: Combat Evolved are, John 117 the Master Chief, and Cortana. Master Chief is the quiet, walking tank, while Cortana is the A.I inside Chief's head that gives him intel. The story of Halo: CE takes place on Earth 500 years in the future, after the planet Reach falls to the alien group known as the Covenant, where Master Chief awakes from Cryo-Sleep, on the "pillar of autumn", which has been invaded by Covenants. After fighting through Covies Master Chief makes it to a escape pod and crash lands on the Halo ring. After rescuing Captain Keyes on the ring, Keyes orders Master Chief to beat the Covenant to Halo's control center. Master Chief along with a forerunner 343 guilty spark are about to activate Halo, when Cortana re-appears, and warns Master Chief that Halo would destroy all life in the galaxy, and Chief and Cortana, decide to destroy Halo, and the best way to do so is to self-destruct the crased Pillar of autumn, which requires Keyes authorization, when Chief reaches Keyes, he has been infected by flood to the point of no return, Chief takes the neural implant directly from Keyes brain, and activates the countdown on the ship. However 343 guilty spark cancels the countdown, and Chief only narrowly survives Halo's explosion.

Overall, Halo: Combat Evolved is an amazing First-Person Shooter, that has revolutionized Video Games, created a amazing game that is easily campaign of the century, and created a legacy among gamers.




The real reason the Halo series is so famous ten years after the release of this masterpiece!

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"All it's cracked up to be"

Summary

Excellent. That's what comes to mind when I play this game. The game itself is beautiful. From the moment you set foot out of the cyrogenic pod to the moment you encounter the flood, this game is just epic. The graphics are excellent for its age, yes its outdated now, but anyone who complains about it doesn't have enough respect for the classics. The music is awesome, great soundtrack. Sounds as if it was orchestrated by the same music group who made the Lord Of the Rings movies. After playing this you will never. Forget. The Halo theme song. The gameplay is just so convincing. You feel like your really there fighting the Covenant on a massive military vessel in open space. Or as if your really wandering around in the rainy dreary swamps looking for your captain. This game is amazing in every way. I recommend for everyone even slightly interested in playing video games to try this game. Especially those who love first person shooters. Truly brilliant game in almost every way. You will have to play it yourself to know how the game really is, stop reading the review and go play it already!

9.7

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9.7
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