CGRundertow HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Uploaded by CGRundertow on 28.02.2012

This is it, guys. It’s my favorite video game of all time, Halo: Combat Evolved. Without
Halo, not only would the Xbox 360 most likely not exist, but the first-person shooter on
the console would be nothing like it is today. This game gave us not only awesome gameplay,
but a huge universe which has spawned several novels, spin off titles, and even toys. Near
the end of 2011, the game was given the HD treatment, and it isn’t just as good as
I remembered, it’s even better. This is Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
This game’s story will be familiar to fans of the previous games in the series, such
as Halo: Reach from 2010. Picking up right where Reach left off in the story, Master
Chief wakes up to find the Pillar of Autumn being attacked by the Covenant, and with the
help of Keyes and Cortana, he manages to crash land a life pod on the ring planet, Halo.
Again, fans of the original Halo already know all of this, but Halo Anniversary is also
a great point for newer fans of the series to jump into. If you’ve played Reach, play
this next, because it will help to answer some early questions you may have. The story
is still as epic as ever, and everything about it is just like the original game.
Gameplay in Halo Anniversary is absolutely excellent, and not just for an HD version
of an 11 year old game, but for any game period. Shooting and physics are spot-on, weapons
still feel awesome, vehicles still have that slightly loose feel that must be mastered
to do well with, and enemy AI is still great. It’s really astounding how well this game
holds up. I replayed the original Xbox version of this game a few months ago, and it is still
a jaw-dropping experience. Whether it’s the first time you see a Phantom or when you
load up an Elite with needler rounds, this game plays perfectly. And yes, killing your
own guys with grenades is just as fun as it was the first time you ever did it.
The only gameplay issue I actually could find in my time with Halo Anniversary is the odd
choice to switch the mapping of two buttons. The default controller layout has the melee
button as the right bumper and the grenade switch as the B button, and the game actually
does let you change this, but you also have to change other buttons and go to a whole
new layout to do so. I really wish melee was B in this, but this is a very, very minor
complaint, as you can tell. Fans of Battlefield might even like this better if they’re used
to using the bumper for knifing. As this is an HD release of the original Halo,
you’d expect it to look like a brand new game, and it does come fairly close. Character
models and environments both look nice, for the most part, but heads look a little bit
stiff when talking. Still, the original game doesn’t actually look bad today, so an update
just makes it look better. Music is still epic, and voice acting is still some of the
best ever. I love this game so much. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary only costs
40 bucks new, and that’s a huge bargain considering how incredible it is. If you’re
interested in picking it up, it also comes with a few reworked maps for multiplayer play
in Halo: Reach, and believe me, you should definitely be interested in picking it up.