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- Control a character during massive firefights as you eliminate as many Covenant soldiers as possible
- Engage in guerilla warfare against the enemy, using whatever is at your disposal on the station
- Use your tactics skills to command squads and eliminate the enemy
- Role-based team & multiplayer combat with over 25 characters onscreen at a time
- A wide variety of vehicles & locations designed in perfect detail
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The explosions will light up your living room. Halo is a sci-fi shooting match that lets you experience first-hand a mysterious alien ring-world. Loaded with combat, Halo will have you fighting on foot, in vehicles, inside and outdoors with Alien and Human weaponry. Your objective is to uncover Halo's horrible secrets and destroy mankind's sworn enemy, the Covenant. Fight the Covenant in dozens of missions as you discover the virulent secrets of Halo. Your many goals include attacking enemy outposts, raiding underground labs for advanced technology, rescuing fallen comrades, stealing alien vehicles and weaponry and sniping at enemy forces.
This action shooter takes place on a mysterious alien world. It offers a combination of team-based first-person-shooter gameplay (reminiscent of Tribes) and third-person vehicle combat elements. Gameplay kicks off with the player heading down to the planet's surface in a troop carrier, à la Aliens. As the player and fellow marines exit, the remaining troopers form a flank in reaction to an oncoming onslaught of human and alien enemies.
It's this smart AI system that makes for a noticeably unique gameplay feel. Another very nice feature is the seamless transition into vehicular elements. As you venture through mission objectives, a variety of enemy flyers and on-ground buggies are yours for the taking. Come across a vehicle and the camera will pull back to a third-person view as you strap in and motor through crossfire. A co-op mode allows a friend to join you in the single-player missions. For chaotic fighting action, up to four players can duel in split-screen deathmatch mode or link systems for LAN play. However you choose to hero your way through Halo: Combat Evolved, the action should break in your new Xbox in explosive style.
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For a first entry it did a lot right I admit. Now for the first thing I really do like about this game and even stands out for me in many ways is the atmosphere. Now unlike your modern FPS games like the COD series this game I feel has a very strong atmosphere that makes the world of Halo very interesting. Levels like the Piller of Autumn does encourage me to explore the levels to see what I can find. And some levels are even a little open.
The next thing I really like about this game is the gameplay. Again, for a first entry the gameplay is very satisfying,fun and even rewarding in many ways. Now with that said I admit it's not perfect and since it's a first entry I won't be too hard on the gameplay given that it's as solid as it is. It even encourages you to try out different weapons and strategies to take out certain enemy types which I think is a great thing.
That's not all though. You can even use a few vehicles in this game. Ones like the iconic Buggy and the Banshee are two examples of vehicles you can drive in this game. While the sequels did add more depth and layers to the gameplay Combat Evolved I still think holds up gameplay wise even if isn't perfect.
Then there's the music which is one of my favorite things about this franchise as a whole. The composer being Martin O'Donnell I would say is one of my favorite composers for video game music as a whole. This game is no different as the music stands out to me whether being atmospheric,catchy or even dynamic when the situation calls for it. I know that music is all subjective but I at least recommend to check out the soundtrack for Combat Evolved. It's good stuff I will say.
For the story, it's very simple and straight forward. I won't try to spoil anything but basically you play a character named Master Chief and you go to all these areas to do a variety of things. Like one example is saving Captain Keyes. Your main enemies you will fight are the Convenant but later on you will fight a new type of enemy. I won't spoil what it is but suffice to say it did make the 2nd half of the game a lot more interesting.
Now yeah, the last thing I will mention with this game is the multiplayer. Now if you know anything about Halo is that the multiplayer especially around the years of Halo 2 and 3 was really popular. Keep in mind though that this game doesn't use Xbox Live so it's only local multiplayer unfortunately. (Then again, since the service was shut down in 2010 it doesn't even matter anymore regardless.)
Now back the multiplayer component itself, basically there are different types of modes whether death match,race,capture the flag etc. Now for the first game there aren't many multiplayer modes from what I checked. I can't say though I played the original's multiplayer given I don't have another 360 controller but from the gameplay footage I have saw of this game it's very solid I will say.
Now yeah, now that I brought up all the positives with my experience with this game I will also bring up the negatives. Since it's the first game in the series it's a given that the first game like any first game will have flaws. And for the first one is that especially later on in the 2nd half level design does tend to repeat for certain rooms.
Now while it isn't the worst thing ever it is very noticeable especially on repeated playthroughs. For the 2nd flaw I would say the health system does have an issue in that if you're looking for a health pack and your shield is wiped out well consider yourself dead by then in the game. I'm not too terribly upset that 2 and 3 ditched this system and I hear it was handled better in ODST and Reach. Again, not the worst thing ever but it can get on my nerves especially if I keep dying in one area.
My last negative with this game I feel like the level design while solid I can sometimes get lost. Especially with one mission in particular because in that mission the arrows point you one way but then you realize you have to go the other way. Now for Halo veterans you probably consider this a nitpick and that's fine but it is annoying when it does happen.
Now for the score I give this game I give it a 8.5/10. A great game I recommend if you haven't played it but does have a few flaws that keeps it from being my favorite in the trilogy.
Halo: Combat Evolved is classic. When you think of games that have really set the world of gaming on fire, Halo is one of the titles that come to mind. I bought this off of Amazon because I wanted to go back and play the series in order, I have only ever played through Reach.
This is an original Xbox game, so the graphics will not be as good as an Xbox 360 game. If you want better graphics for Halo, you will need to buy the re-release for the 360. Game play is fun, but I have never found it as ground breaking as a lot of people claimed. What keeps me interested in the series is the story line and combat.
This changed the face and role of the modern first person shooter. The story line is so great filled with twists
and turns it keeps you coming back for more. I never got to experience this game first hand at launch, but I quickly
became addicted to the Halo franchise. I know own this game as part of my collection and its something that I do not
regret ever picking up. such a great game at such low price, if you don't have it yet, get it immediately!!