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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary review

A classic remastered
Mon Nov 14 2011, 14:00
Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary

THE CLASSIC game Halo has been revitalised and relaunched for its 10th anniversary edition.

The iconic first person shooter Halo has been remastered to mark and celebrate 10 years since its launch in 2001. Dennis Reese, producer at 343 Industries told us at a briefing, "It's more than just a new coat of paint."

Although it is a remake, the game has been redeveloped using the original code but with new and improved graphics and audio engines. You can now play Halo in full high definition at a 16:9 aspect ratio compared to the original 4:3.

The single player campaign is just as it was with no changes to the story. The gameplay feels just like it did before but with a massive change to the look of the Halo world.

You can experience the difference for yourself, which is our favourite feature of the anniversary edition. Simply hit the back button on the Xbox controller and the screen transforms back to the first Halo. This was originally used as a tool during development but we're glad it got left in as a feature for the final release.

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The time machine style effect can be used at any time while you're playing and it only takes a second or two to make the switch. It gives an intriguing insight into how far the game has come over 10 years and it's really fun switching as you play.

Apart from the ability for reliving and reminiscing while playing the campaign, a lot of new features have been added to spice things up. First and most important is cooperative mode, which means for the first time you can play the campaign with a friend.

We really enjoyed having the option to do this and it's particularly good if you have voice chat on as you go. You're not restricted to using the same mode so one player can be playing in the new look while the other is in classic mode.

Some other additions include terminal videos, skulls and achievements that the first Halo didn't have. The terminal videos are easier to find than in other titles from the series so you don't miss out and have some hints about Halo 4. Skulls are a fun addition and we have a soft spot for the one that makes grunts explode like a plasma grenade on death. There are 1,000 achievement points up for grabs across campaign and multiplayer.

 

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