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This is an HD remaster worthy of your time.
on April 2, 2014
After Bungie's departure from the Halo franchise, Microsoft rounded up a rag-tag squad of code monkeys and veteran developers that just couldn't let go of the series. Together these people formed what we now know as 343 Industries, dedicated to continue bringing your frequent Halo fix. Their first order of business was to win over the fanbase with a special HD remaster of the one game that started this whole thing -- Halo: Combat Evolved.
First announced in conjunction with Halo 4 at E3 2011, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a faithful recreation of Halo: Combat Evolved with high definition screen resolution, revamped current generation graphics, virtually UNTOUCHED gameplay so as to remain faithful to the original game, Xbox Live achievements, 3D capabilities, Kinect interactivity and special features, and brand new inclusions to the game such as Skulls (game modifiers) and Terminals, which unlock special videos to uncover hidden Halo lore. This complete HD remaster is the near-definite version of the game despite one downside that knocked off two stars on this review:
343 Industries, presumably on a dead line, neglected to include the original game's multiplayer modes or maps. In order to appease hardcore fans with their choice to not include the original multiplayer, 343 designed their own multiplayer mode. To achieve this, they used the Halo: Reach multiplayer engine, remade seven of the most popular Halo: Combat Evolved maps in that engine, and modified the Reach gametypes to emulate the feel of the original multiplayer. It sure isn't the same, but it's close enough for the time 343 was allotted.
If you're interested picking up a copy of Halo: Combat Evolved for just the single-player features, definitely consider picking up this Anniversary copy. The special features, new graphics, and new goodies justify the price tag. The Reach multiplayer is a simple bonus, depending on how you feel about the original multiplayer.