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Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved

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11/14/2001

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Building on the incredible adventure begun in the Xbox version of Halo, the game tells the tale of Master Chief, the last surviving Spartan -- a genetically enhanced breed of future super soldier, as he battles mankind's greatest threat -- the Covenant -- on a mysterious artificial ringworld known only as Halo. But he doesn't fight alone: Embedded in his MJOLNIR armor is Cortana, a powerful AI, and Master Chief is aided and accompanied by a crack team of highly independent Marines.

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is surprisingly taxing even on very fast PCs with tons of RAM and the latest video cards. Halo for the PC also loses the original version's much-vaunted cooperative play mode. But in spite of all that, and in spite of the very high standards for first-person shooters on the PC, Halo is still an incredible action game.
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I loved this game on the Xbox and it's one of the titles I'll still bust out from time to time, particularly for its split-screen multiplayer appeal. But when evaluated against the standards of the current PC shooter catalog, Halo seems to fall short in just a few key areas: repetitive levels, steep performance requirements and a lingering console balance.
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The bottom line is that for Halo veterans, online multiplayer is a massive draw. If you're already a committed fan then the chance to duke it out with 15 other players night after night is a huge bonus after all the hassle of system linkage or staring at a quarter of your TV in split-screen.
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Simply put, Halo is one of the best games of the year. Not only is it a must-have for Xbox owners, it’s a good enough reason to purchase an Xbox.
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Both the graphics and the control are the best yet seen in a console FPS. On top of the remarkable single-player game, a co-op mode allows two players to play through the entire campaign mode together. Combined with a deep and addictive multi-player mode, the co-op mode gives Halo solid replay value.
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this is more than Edge expected, and exactly what Microsoft needed. This is not hyperbole: this is the most important launch game for any console, ever. It doesn’t mean the XBox will succeed, but it does mean that, if it fails, it will leave videogaming with one perfect, eloquently coded moment.
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After all is said and done you have one the best FPS ever made on anything hands down with out a doubt. Halo with its awesome AI is the kind of game you will play over and over again and each time will be unique, you will never have the same thing happen 2 times in a row and the enemies will never be in the same places, and thats just the single player. The multiplayer will keep you busy for months much the same way Goldeneye did. If you a fan of FPS or action games Halo is a must buy and a game that really shows off Xbox's power.
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The two-player experience is utterly brilliant, but it's all the cool detail, the mysterious plot, and tight gameplay that make Halo feel so involving and unique.
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The environments are giant and beautiful, sometimes taking up to an hour of gameplay before ever loading. The dark and grimy interiors and real time lighting effects are certainly gorgeous.
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When evaluated against the standards of the current PC shooter catalog, Halo seems to fall short in just a few key areas: repetitive levels, steep performance requirements and a lingering console balance.
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