Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Hands-On - Re-Mastering Master Chief
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Have you played Halo: Combat Evolved recently? I have. It’s damn ugly, showing every single one of its ten years of age. Stilted animations, clunky polygonal character models and almost non-existent textures all add up to a visual experience that’s far, far worse than I remember. Thank God then for 343 Industries, who are dragging Halo: CE into the modern day with Anniversary. Their efforts put the likes of Capcom and Konami to shame. This is no poorly-executed HD up-res. Instead, it’s videogame conservation at its very best, simultaneously preserving an old classic while bringing it to a whole new audience.

Indeed it’s the newcomers who are in for the biggest treat. Halo: Anniversary is set to offer an exciting opportunity to see where it all began, while also dishing out a strong single-player campaign and a fully-featured multiplayer component. Put simply, Anniversary transcends the limitations most remakes are lumbered with. It’s difficult to overstate the effect of the enhanced visuals. I’m a firm believer that gameplay rules over all else and I’ll slap you in the face with a copy of VVVVV if you argue otherwise. But rebuilding Halo CE in a new engine brings the game to life. This is no more obvious than the opening of the game. Where the Pillar of Autumn was once a tube of dull grey steel, it now boasts nicely lit corridors swirling with emergency lights and a bridge that gazes out into the starry mists of space, not just a dull black void. It’s lovely, a world away from the sterile ship of yore.

All of this has a profound effect on the action. As the ship comes under attack, with small contained explosions ripping through doors and decimating rooms, the drama of the occasion shines through. Bungie’s stage management remains intact, but the set dressing is vastly improved. At the risk of hammering home the point, the rejigged graphics also have a big impact on your arrival to Halo itself. It’s now as gob-smacking as it always should always have been. While the wide green vistas are by now familiar, the way the ring world loops out and up into the ether is genuinely impressive. Especially at night, when it twinkles with life. You feel like you’ve been transported to a truly alien world. And, of course, if you think all that is guff, you can always switch to the original visuals with a click of the back button.

The remastering doesn’t end there. The game also benefits from a full audio refit. Again, the effect is profound. Where the assault rifle once gently farted out bullets, they now roar from its muzzle. Similarly, the pistol – always a highlight  – now has a meaty, booming cadence to match its punchy power. Plus, there’s a completely re-recorded soundtrack, mastered at Skywalker Studios. Halo CE: Anniversary aims to strike the perfect balance between reverence and rejuvenation. Indeed, 343 Industries have added features to the game itself too, in order to provide everything Halo fans expect from a current-gen Master Chief adventure.  Of course there’s achievements, but there’s also a range of 3D modes, a campaign playable in co-op and skulls allowing you to tailor the action however you see fit.

Perhaps of greater note, however, are the terminals. Introduced in Halo 3 as a way of offering a little more depth to the story, they were an interesting addition. But they were also incredibly cryptic, text-based and really only enlightening after a bit of research. In Anniversary, however, 343 are making terminals a bit more user friendly and a whole lot more compelling. So now, when you stumble across a terminal (difficulty levels will position them in different places), you’ll be treated to an animated short at around 2 minutes long. Narrated by Guilty Spark, they fill players in with the series’ backstory, while also providing a few hints at the direction that Halo 4 may take. An intriguing addition. Then there’s Kinect. This being the game that almost single-handedly secured the success of the Xbox, it’s unsurprising that in the remake Microsoft should seek to include their next great hope, Kinect functionality. Thankfully, it’s been implemented in an elegant fashion.

Say “analyse” with your reticule aimed at a foe or a point of interest in the environment and you’ll be transported to Anniversary’s Library feature. By populating the library you can access full text information detailing the object in question, while also viewing a rotatable 3D model of it on-screen. It’s a cool little feature, one that players invested in the lore and inhabitants of Halo will no doubt be fascinated by. It is, however, a feature available exclusively for Kinect owners. Other than that, however, the actual core of the game remains largely untouched. There are a few more directional hints to help you through Halo’s trademark open areas (which could get a little confusing in the original), but they are few and unobtrusive. The level design is identical. Beyond the campaign there’s also fully-featured suite of competitive and co-operative multiplayer modes, with a decent chunk of new, old and remastered maps built in the Reach engine. Indeed, many of the maps – taken from Combat Evolved and Halo 2 - come in their original forms as well as Reach engine optimised versions.

I tried out High Noon, the rejigged version of Hang ‘em High from Combat Evolved. Medium-sized and asymmetrical, if my memory serves correctly then this version of the map  is a little more spacious. You can also take full advantage of the multi-tiered verticality thanks to the presence of jetpacks, meaning you’re not always as vulnerable from above. We all ended up running around at the bottom of the map in a wonderfully chaotic squall of bullets and pistol-whipping. My headphones crackled with victorious laughter and distraught swearing. It’s quintessentially Halo, then. Towards the end of our session I also got to give the new Firefight map a spin. Called Installation 04, the environment is taken from early in the main campaign and features a forerunner beam emitter on the side of a cliff. As ever, dropships appear intermittently in the sky to deliver increasingly tough waves of Covenant nasties, but there’s also a few UNSC marines milling about the place too. They lay down fire on enemies, but seem largely innefectual. Well, not as effectual as you and all your mates piled into a Warthog and squashing dozens of grunts anyway. Still, a nice addition.

It’s impossible to pick fault with what we’ve seen of Halo Anniversary so far. 343 Industries look to be an incredibly safe pair of hands. Reverential to what made the game so compelling a decade ago, they’ve been unafraid of tinkering and augmenting the formula. If only every studio was afforded the time and money needed to remake their treasured classics like this. Other publishers take note: This is how it should be done.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be touching down worldwide on November 15th, 2011.


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Comment #1 by AstridHaven
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:03:54 AM
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I'm so glad 343 didn't screw this up. Original Halo is Best Halo :D

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Comment #2 by menoknow 88
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:04:15 AM
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honestly i sort of not like the mutliplayer as much as i have in the past, but i just cant wait for the original game remastered.

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Comment #3 by PluralAces
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:07:11 AM
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Definitely excited about replaying the Halo campaign, not too excited about the multiplayer, but there are no multiplayer achievements anyway...a win-win!!

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Comment #4 by menoknow 88
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:11:54 AM
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@3 that is because it is reach mutliplayer and they are adding achievements to that though

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Comment #5 by Zapy
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:16:18 AM
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I can't wait to start hunting skulls again. I missed that in Reach.

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Comment #6 by Olrox
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:16:38 AM
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With 343 working on it, I have much hope for Halo4.

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Comment #7 by THE RVB Church
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:25:14 AM
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Can't wait to revist this old friend.

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Comment #8 by Teh Phantomz
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:25:47 AM
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In 343i we trust.

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Comment #9 by Magsec5
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:27:58 AM
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such a cheap deal, awwwwwwww yyyeeeeaaaaa

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Comment #10 by vaughny_69
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:34:10 AM
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Lol, most of 343 is made up of Bungie members, so it's in good hands

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Comment #11 by Peeblo
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 08:58:09 AM
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@ Mr Bradley

Graphics < Gameplay

Go ahead, slap me sir. :)

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Comment #12 by roza
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:02:08 AM
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@11 I totally agree. The first few lines kinda pissed me off, the graphics were amazing for its time, and some time onward too. I barely even notice the graphics while I play it anymore. None the less, stoked to play it in remaseterd form. Amongst, if not THE best game on original Xbox!

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Comment #13 by xGallade
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:17:34 AM
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Are there grenade chain reactions in this re-make? Because back in the old days, my cousins and I would play on the Silent Cartographer, stack up grenades into one pile, and launch ourselves up toward the center of the island! I Really hope 343 includes chain reaction grenades...

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Comment #14 by ronnie42
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:18:33 AM
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Did anybody else decide he lost his credibility when he said "Have you played Halo: Combat Evolved recently? I have. It’s damn ugly"?

Sorry but I'm a big fan of the originals. I sort of like the remake graphic's but not a big of Reach gameply..........

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Comment #15 by Spectreshade85
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:20:57 AM
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@11. He said that gameplay rules above all else, I think you're agreeing with him?

OT: This is going to be so great. I played through halo so many times with my roommates in college. I'm really looking forward to doing it again despite the hundreds of miles between us. That is really awesome.

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Comment #16 by JackMcAwesome
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:21:01 AM
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I don't even notice the graphics. I'm too busy playing a great game.

Same with FFVII. (And many more) Some games just transcend time.

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Comment #17 by redsmoke7
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:32:19 AM
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i cant wait to replay this

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Comment #18 by Man On The Run
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:40:20 AM
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@16 - True, soul calibur is one of the main games that transcends time ;p

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Comment #19 by Kyanite
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:56:11 AM
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@ #14 - No, the man is just stating his opinion. I know that a lot of people on here disagree, but in the end it's all opinion. Besides, if you still play the original Halo: CE and are fine with how it looks, who cares what anyone on any website thinks?

OT: Yeah, I'm excited for this. I already have the preorder in, and I am quite excited to throw this game into my 360 and smoke some Covenant.

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Comment #20 by ThoracicKez
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:56:13 AM
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@16 whats ffvii

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Comment #21 by Giptuc
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:56:36 AM
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@14 Then what's your problem. The campaign is just a nicer looking version of CE's engine. It plays the EXACT same. I got to play 343 Guilty Spark at the EB Expo down here in Aus, and its a damn copy.

The only aspect that play like reach, is the multiplayer. And even then it just feels so much better then reach even on the same engine

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Comment #22 by Kyanite
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:02:39 AM
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@ #20 - Final Fantasy VII/Final Fantasy 7

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Comment #23 by ShadowMKII
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:08:16 AM
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Pretty sure Sabre Interactive worked on the Anniversary Edition of Halo whilst 343 are hard at work with Halo 4.

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Comment #24 by secretkaos187
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:11:38 AM
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343 is like the employees of ALLSTATE starting a gaming company!!! this and SKYRIMS are defo purchases!!!

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Comment #25 by fishman550
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:16:06 AM
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Definitely looking forward to the Singleplayer but the Reach multiplayer is awful, the jetpack takes away any point of having actual map design as you can go anywhere from anywhere, no more holding the high ground or pitched battles for a certain area as anyone can just fly into the sky and rain rockets/grenades down on you.

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Comment #26 by odysseus123
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:24:49 AM
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talk about excited

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Comment #27 by elott
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:34:59 AM
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I think I want this more than MW3...cant wait.

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Comment #28 by Opiate42
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 11:00:08 AM
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Out of everything being released in November, this is the top of my list.

I want to play with the original graphics and get lost again. That was part of the fun.

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Comment #29 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 11:04:29 AM
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Already got mine paid off and am just waiting!

@ 25

Awful? And no you can't just fly anywhere on the map and do whatever you want. Did you even play the game?

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Comment #30 by a fat turkey
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 11:45:51 AM
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Game will be great! Now they just need to scrap the Halo 4 idea and work on a Halo 2 remake.

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Comment #31 by ViNyLek
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:32:28 PM
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Sounds awesome. Like $20 awesome, and that's when I'll get it:-) I'm busy enough as it is now with other games anyway

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Comment #32 by Matthias42
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:43:55 PM
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Why couldn't they wait till January, I am still into Gear 3 and Batman:AC, then this darksiders 2 and AC-Rev come out, to much all at once, my poor xbox

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Comment #33 by TF003
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:59:58 PM
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i have halo 2 (pc) halo 3, wars, reach if your browser does not automatically redirect you.
i played halo 1 on pc... alot. itś a good campain
not too much flood (halo 2 ftw)

iḿ going to pre order it this week
a master chief amor and the grunt funderal skull are a nice extra.
why is there not a limited edition anyway

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Comment #34 by LickableLemons7
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 01:15:29 PM
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Good to see it's shaping up nicely! Glad I preordered this.Unfortunately, I may have to wait some time to play this. I preordered Skyrim as well, you see.

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Comment #35 by KaoFam
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 01:18:37 PM
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if you think that Halo 1 looks ugly your a complete graphics whore. I think that Halo 1 is completely beautiful no matter what generation it is

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Comment #36 by THC BLUNTED
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 01:23:09 PM
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I havent played Halo:CE since its release about 10 years ago, so this will be like a whole new experience for me. I am looking forward to playing this but wont play mp if it has reach AA's in it.

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Comment #37 by SpecOpsHD
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 01:29:41 PM
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#32 Who cares about you?

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Comment #38 by Astrex
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 01:34:05 PM
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fuck yes!

and 32 what a twat!

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Comment #39 by Masta Mylez
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 01:40:49 PM
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I have never owned a single Halo game in my life. I did go to my friends house all the time to play Halo 2 on Xbox Live and had a blast.
At 40 dollars I think I will be picking this up. I hate to miss on games that were really ground breaking and Halo 1 seems to be one.

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Comment #40 by 123abc
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 03:10:15 PM
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Why cant we use the libary with a controller? stupid microsoft trying to make me buy a kinect

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Comment #41 by Zalabar22
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 04:49:23 PM
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@40 Really dude? First off there are NO Kinect related achievements. Period. If you want to see the libary, (its spelled library btw) then look up a video on youtube or buy a kinect. They aren't greedy as much as just rewarding those who have it. Also to the guy who wrote this article: you are an idiot. Graphics DO NOT make the game. For example, if you make a game that is so realistic your eyeballs fall out of your skull in wonder, but can't back it up with a great story or gameplay, no one will play that game. Halo still looks great compared to most games on the Wii, Ps3, and even some of the stuff being released on the 360. You buy the game for fun, not to stare at. I'm not saying I won't like the new stuff, but i'll tell you right now, before I play your pretty boy version, I'm playing it with the originals. Heck, I am going to play this game so much, I may need to get an IV just to eat... :P

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Comment #42 by BC SG9er
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 05:19:32 PM
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Can't wait for this...

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Comment #43 by DRNoob
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 06:23:50 PM
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@41 - Very well said and I agree.

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Comment #44 by St0nerJR
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 06:37:24 PM
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@ 41 agreed
After the first line of the review all respect for the author went out of the window.Whilst i do appreciate all opinions as a critic you have to expect some heat for what you say

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Comment #45 by Nevander
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:16:07 PM
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"It is, however, [the analyze feature] available exclusively for Kinect owners."


I completely agree with you #40, these other people don't know what they are saying.

You should NOT have to dish out extra money to buy a piece of extra equipment, whether it be for achievements or not, to get access to all the features of the game.

Stupid Microsoft indeed. You're not getting more of my $$$ just to let me use a feature that is IN THE GAME. FFS what is the world coming to?

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Comment #46 by Quake007
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 09:32:26 PM
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I've been reading a bunch of articles from Lee Abrahams and am a bit put off by how he does things, personally.

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Comment #47 by Man On The Run
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 10:21:45 PM
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@41 - Wow, halo looks better than some ps3 and wii games? Maybe wiis shovelware crap but other than that no it does not. It never looked that good once you went inside the buildings and buying this to play with the original visuals is kind of silly. Graphics dont make a game but the help with immersiveness for me, the redone visuals make it all fresh again. CE does have an epic ending using the warthog though whatever you play it with.

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Comment #48 by mentaljason
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 12:40:49 AM
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"I’m a firm believer that gameplay rules over all else...But rebuilding Halo CE in a new engine brings the game to life."
A lot of you need to reread this. The author never said "graphics > gameplay" like half you seem to think. He said "gameplay > every other aspect"

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Comment #49 by elsnoggler
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 01:24:54 AM
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Reading comprehension in this comments section is poor.

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Comment #50 by Restricted-Access
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 04:21:20 AM
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The first Halo game is and will always be my FAVORITE Halo game (I have the disc version, as well as the Xbox Originals version)! I am so pleased that we are finally getting a version that runs natively on the 360 (with the improved graphics AND achievements), to go along with the rest of the Halo games on the 360. I'm certain that Halo 2 won't be far behind, to complete the entire set on the 360!

Graphics and achievements aside... the MAIN thing I am looking forward to is "Co-op over Xbox LIVE!!!"

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Comment #51 by IchigoX00
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 09:39:09 AM
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Who ever made this article is an idiot, graphics don't make a game. I'm not trying to be rude to you, since it's your opinion, but it's true. For example look at the original super Mario bro's that was a great game even though the graphics don't even compare to anything on the Xbox 360. Ocarina of time is another, that is one of my favorite games of all time, the graphics aren't brilliant but the game is fun.
I personally will be playing Halo Anniversary with the original graphics and original music. Then play the game in co-op with the updated graphics.
Overall can people stop focusing on graphics and just enjoy the game, no matter how bad it looks!

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Comment #52 by Zalabar22
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 10:54:16 AM
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@51 I agree with you my good sir. Some of the best games were made when I was a kid, and back then blocky characters and low rez was like a cup of tea and a really tasty muffin! You know, I can barely believe it has been 15 years since this game was released. It feels like yesterday I was playing this amazing piece of art and science fiction muffiness... Although we may not agree on all the new features and content being released for CEA, we can all agree on this: Halo has changed our lives and will always hold a special place in our hearts. :)

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Comment #53 by Zalabar22
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 10:58:28 AM
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@ 51 Have you tried the remake of Ocarina of Time on the 3Ds? Great game sir! It's awesome because I never had a N64 or Gamecube, so I never got to play the original or Master Quest... But now I can. Truthfully, I have always been more of a portable gamer. :P

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Comment #54 by MushrooM2k
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 12:33:28 PM
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Insanely excited, but I'm gonna miss those good ol' Halo 1 Graphics!!

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Comment #55 by IchigoX00
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 05:13:50 PM
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@53 I have to agree with you twice my good sir. I to am more of a portable gamer and have played the remake of ocarina of time. I've only played the shop demo for the 3ds remake but it does live up to the original. There was only one thing which I had a problem with was that it felt like they copy and pasted the original game onto a 3ds cartridge apart from that the remake was brilliant and while playing I remembered so much from my first time playing the original.
Also are you getting Halo anniversary and want to play Co-op?

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Comment #56 by The PRJ
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 10:30:43 PM
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This is win. I love the Reach engine as well as the original Halo storyline. Very fun indeed. As far as it "looking ugly" I respectfully disagree. I believe the graphics were great for the time and that's part of the lineage of gaming: as time goes on, so too do graphics improve. Yet as I replay the original Halo (very shortly, need to get refreshed and prepare for a well-spoken comparison) I won't complain about it.

Old games look old for a reason and that's part of the experience. Kind of helps us appreciate where our hobby has come from and how it's improved over the years. Regardless, this is a must have.

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Comment #57 by Rogue Ninja 10
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 07:09:04 AM
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Simply can not wait for this game to be released.

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Comment #58 by Leaf King
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 11:19:41 AM
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Since 343 is in Microsoft's pocket, it's no surprise that they were instructed to include Kinect functionality. So we should expect to see it in Halo 4 as well. That's the only downside I see to this project - to fully experience the game's features, you need Kinect, and Kinect sucks.

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Comment #59 by CardinalPiggles
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 08:11:21 PM
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So when will wee see a Halo 2 remake.

Also, Kinect sucks, I'm not buying it just for some information I have already learned from the books.

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Comment #60 by TANK U 99
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 07:02:03 PM
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im going to rock this game and get evry achievement like i did with all of the other halo games. great story indeed.
Live! yay. dont make a halo wars 2 343. :D or else...

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Comment #61 by Mon4rchX
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 07:59:55 PM
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Why did they have to remake the game? It was perfect the first time -_-

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Comment #62 by Priestyboy
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 11:04:21 PM
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fuck yeah cant wait halo is te best but assasins creed revelations can FUCK RIGHT OFF that franchise is fucking terrible etzio is definantly a closit cock sucker

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Comment #63 by Snaggletooth
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 12:00:43 AM
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Ok... I'm ready for the thumbs downs.

I really have a hard time seeing why Reach is a bad game. Everyone seems to have some sort of problem with it whether it's because of the gameplay or its the graphics. I have been a hardcore Halo fan since the beginning and I LOVE Reach. Sure I have those nostalgic moments when I miss Halo 3 and how it played, but I also like having something new to play when it's also still very familiar. I like that Bungie wanted to change things up and keep things fresh. They didn't want to make a game half=assed and have it be a clone of their other games with a different title. The direction that Bungie went in was a bold one and I don't think people really appreciate it. I really believe that people just like to complain.

Halo: CEA will look great. I have faith in 343i. I'd have even more faith if they can do a Halo 2 remake and pull off doing a new trilogy.

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Comment #64 by 41inuyasha
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 03:50:01 AM
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"Have you played Halo: Combat Evolved recently? I have. It’s damn ugly, showing every single one of its ten years of age. Stilted animations, clunky polygonal character models and almost non-existent textures all add up to a visual experience that’s far, far worse than I remember."

Um I have and I think I speak for the whole halo community when I say that this game is still extremely beautiful. The fact that he called it ugly just irritates me to the core. Sure its no cryengine. But still gets more gameplay then most other titles to date. And "worse then I remember". Implying you already thought it was bad. The guy should not being writing about this game.I almost feel offended.

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Comment #65 by DarkBladesz
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 04:03:17 AM
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Can't wait!

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Comment #66 by ChiefJDUB420
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 08:31:25 AM
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this is gonna light the roof on fire!

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Comment #67 by IchigoX00
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 10:11:34 AM
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@63 I agree with you about Reach, I love the game, but for some reason I don't at the same time. The bloom effect is what makes the game bad for me, i'm glad it's there since it makes the game harder (with the recoil). The reason I hate the bloom effect is because when I went back to ODST and 3, to play the campaign and Multiplayer, it just didn't feel the same as when I played those games in the past. Also how come Reach is more advanced then the trilogy in its technology?
@64 that's exactly what I said in my comment @51

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Comment #68 by Da ClOaK
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 08:41:57 PM
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Don't worry all with the reach multiplayer, Our classic maps wont be effected with jet-packs! this is because 343 have modified the classic halo 1 maps a bit. But don't worry the only thing the edited was the height of the maps so those pesky jet-packers wont rule the sky.

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Comment #69 by bomber127
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 12:26:05 AM
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lol@everyone who just cant wait for this game... i've owned it for 10 years.

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Comment #70 by Copper xH
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 01:22:35 AM
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343=jesus of halo

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Comment #71 by Copper xH
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 01:24:38 AM
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also they will never remake halo 2 bc god hates us

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Comment #72 by daseeker25
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 02:44:27 PM
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I have played halo 1 and looking at the trailers and the screenshots I have to say graphics can make a difference to the gameplay experience. Normally I care much more about the gameplay but I am definitely forking over the money for this game. I can not wait

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Comment #73 by jedi junkie1138
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 09:20:44 AM
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this game was the reason i bought the original xbox......doesnt time fly! cheers master chief!

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Comment #74 by oo Pacsun oo
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 02:47:31 PM
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Getting this game is going to make it feel like Christmas Morning '02 all over again :)

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Comment #75 by OverlordC
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 09:32:37 PM
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For starters, graphics DO help, though as the author and few other commenters noticed, he DID say that gameplay beats everything, and for people complaining about the kinect functionality, it's a small little optional bonus that everyone will see on Youtube immediately after the games out, so stop complaining. Finally, if you want to play it in the original graphics, fine, do so, just stop complaining about the new graphics.

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Comment #76 by SergeantCaboose
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 10:30:52 PM
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Welcome back, old friend.
Time to blaze through the UNSC frigate Pillar of Autumn once more!

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Comment #77 by greenscore
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 11:50:56 PM
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I'm really glad there is a new halo coming soon, cause it's a really cool game to play and i love the little aliens when they died. Halo rules and cant wait for it to come.

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Comment #78 by ViviD
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 07:48:34 AM
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Fail Game =P

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Comment #79 by DarkBladesz
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 10:13:50 AM
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343 is the best because the won't screw this up!

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Comment #80 by brokehippie1234
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 09:09:17 AM
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cant wait

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Comment #81 by JemVoid
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 07:35:37 PM
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Started playing shooters last summer with Reach, can't wait for the anniversary to come out.

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Comment #82 by TF003
Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 06:46:48 AM
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it's good that they first make a remake. then they now how halo works.
i've got it yesterday

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Comment #83 by XGamer
Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 06:11:08 PM
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Got to get that first day. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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Comment #84 by Dfarkas89
Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 06:44:51 AM
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Graphics made better maybe? purchase is a must !!

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Comment #85 by WildCard007
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 03:40:49 AM
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as soon as the funds come in i'm getting this one. This was the best game for me and my friends.

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US November 15, 2011
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