Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacular remastered version of the original game, created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved first-person shooters in gaming history. Bundled with seven of the most popular multiplayer maps in Halo history ready for Xbox Live, Halo: Anniversary includes a bounty of new features including cooperative play over Xbox Live, Achievements, new challenges, and new fiction to uncover.
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The original Halo experience, this game does a lot to further the fps genre, but playing it over ten years later does not do it justice. The intriguing level design quickly loses its flair as you are forced to backtrack endlessly through the same areas over and over again, with over half the campaign re-using assets. The story is simple enough, and working your way through this with a friend or employing some strategy on harder difficulties makes you feel like a badass.
While its level design loses its awe factor later in the game, the first foray into the world of Halo still offers one of the most exciting and mesmerizing first few levels of a game of any I've ever played. The worldbuilding is so strong and the game looks tremendous, both in new and old graphics. I still get a smile every time I hear the now iconic theme song blaring, especially when searching for the Silent Cartographer. It's a shame levels like the Library are deflating and feel so lazy compared to the rest of the game, as they severely dampen the spirits of a super fun game.