Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Review

Your favorite Covenant-killing space marine is back! This new and remastered John 117 is better than ever, and he’s ready to revisit one of his greatest achievements. Most you that will be buying this game probably already know this iconic story-line, but for those of you who haven’t, I will go over it. At the end Halo:Reach, Noble 6 saved Cortana and the Pillar of Autumn, so at the beginning of this game, Chief is still in his cryogenic slumber. As this game begins, the Pillar is under attack, and Captain Keyes has no choice than to wake sleeping beauty. The Chief gathers his bearings, and soon obtains the help of Cortana, an amazingly helpful A. I. . He lands on an unknown planet and soon learns of the Halos, a Forerunner device made to kill the flood, oh yeah, and everything else with them. The Covenant are also aware of this, and so they too, are fighting the flood. Long story short, you destroy the Halo, along with the flood.

One of the main selling points, is the HD re-mastery of this awesome title. While the graphics haven’t completely been bumped up to today’s standards, they clearly have been improved. Also, the ability to change from the new graphics to the old and back is strangely fun. I feel that I’m going to spend way too much time switching between modes, and it will entertain me until the end of time. All you have to do is press the select button, and in the blink of an eye, your back in 2001. Seeing just how far games have actually come in 10 years is simply astounding.

Multiplayer has also been advanced, having 6 of the greatest maps from Halo 1 and 2, and 1 new Firefight map. I find these remastered maps to be amazing, and I think it will bring a lot of people back to the multiplayer scene. Seeing maps like Beaver Creek brings back great memories, and I will be playing these well into next year along with my favorite Reach maps. Co-op has also been added to Combat Evolved, enabling players to play through the campaign with their best friend, and maybe earn a few achievements along the way.

The Verdict:

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary brings back memories of arguably the best campaigns in history. Combined with new multiplayer maps, this game is a giant shot of nostalgia right into my heart. Although, there are times where there isn’t an indicator on where to go, so it can be easy to get lost in all the confusion. Also, as I put before, the graphics are amazing, but compared to others in the market, they’re just okay.

Rating: 9/10