Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary review

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gkicker2

I haven't seen 'Easy 250G' in an achievements description before... does that mean the other 750 are stingy?  #OXMHaloContest

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xBluepearlx11

I agree with stealth202, it would be nice to see the mutiplayer get an old school mode. #OXMHaloContest

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T101

I still have some copies of Combat Evolved, Anniversery will be goig right beside them :) #OXMHaloContest

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alee

It sounds like they did a pretty good job with this remake, and stuck mainly to upgrading things to take advantage of current hardware, and resisted the temptation to make other changes.  Thanks for the review.  #OXMHaloContest

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kingmii21

I still have my old xbox, even though it doesn't work as well now, so every now and then I play Halo and I have a blast every time. The fact that the graphics have been kicked up is always a plus. So like they say, if it ain't broke don't fix it. But you can always tweak it once in a while. #OXMHaloContest

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stealth202

It is sad to me that we may never be able to relive the halo and halo 2 multiplayer experiences over xbox live. Halo's campaign is great, but i don't think anyone would argue that it was the multiplayer that truly revolutionized the genre. I have nothing against the new 'reach' system, I just wish I could go back because playing halo and halo 2 over xbox live was some of the best and most memorable times in my video game playing life. I understand how much gaming has evolved but I wish we could go back even if it was only on a few maps. #OXMHaloContest

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WarrenTrouble

Halo Anniversary, excellent game! It's amazing how the original Halo still holds up today, the improved graphics was an added bonus. Still though I crave a full remake of this game. One built from the ground up completely implementing what was used in Reach, with a re-written story that is a true successor to Reach and ties in much closer to what has been written in the books. But I expected to at least get credits, daily/weekly challenges, and the ability to play as my custom spartan would have added a whole level of play and re-playability! #OXMHaloContest

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captawesome

I've been waiting for this game to come out so I can replay all the halo's in a row starting with reach and ending with Halo 3.  As far as the multiplayer in this game I'm fine with it being in Reach and not a true to form classic remake.  I was 17 when halo came out.  I got the xbox and halo for Christmas.  It was my last big present from my parents.  As I was turing 18 and graduating from High School the next year.  I do remember playing with all my cousins co-op and 4 player split screen deathmatches and ctf on my small 19in tv.  It holds great memories but they were really the only ones I played with.  Nobody else I knew had an xbox so I never got to experience the LAN parties.  Maybe that's why it doesn't matter to me so much about the multiplayer features for Halo Anniversary.  I've always been a story first kind of guy.  #OXMHaloContest 

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gkicker2

In the finishing comments about the score, the only negative is a diss on the multiplayer, which I agree with. When viewed in a vacuum, it is very reasonable for that to bring down the score to an 8.5. My issue is this: Battlefield and MW3 each had negatives that were directed at single player, not multiplayer, and received higher scores, so I think the conclusion has to be made that reviewers now put more weight on multiplayer than they do single player. You could easily argue that the single player score is a 10 and the multiplayer is a 7. I think OXM and other reviewers would do gamers a great service by publishing seperate scores... one for single and one for multiplayer. #OXMHaloContest 

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FAST 420

8.5 really? how did u play 343's glitchy version of what was a gr8 game and come up with 8,5?maybe a 6.0 would be more inline with what it should be. oxm remove the 8.5 trade it with the number 6 to correct your mistake!i found lots o glitches in a game that didnt have any when it was first released 10 years ago.oooo where is classic slayer w/out objective game type. sorry 2 say if they could mess up a perfect game{Halo} Halo 4 will not be any good. #oxmhalocontest

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WorldContainer

#OXMHaloContest I especially love the fact that you can choose your control scheme. With the original Halo combat Evolved download for Games on Demand, I was fumbling a bit, but with the more familiar Reach controls, I'm alot more comfortable

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louiedog

I loved this game. I played countless hours on my roommate's Xbox but never picked it up myself. I own every single other game in the series and this version seems like the way to complete my collection. It sounds like they nailed it and the improvements work in its favor. #OXMHaloContest

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rogXue

#OXMHaloContest I barely remember the game as I played it on PC years ago so I'm looking forward to playing it again for the 1st time.

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JDHarbs19

Why doesn't this game support standard 4:3 televisions? I know this is supposed to be an HD remake, but this may be the first game in history that forces 16:9 widescreen on every tv. Can't enjoy all of the beautiful work 343 did remastering this classic when I've got black bars taking up 30% of my screen.Should we expect this to be an industry norm from now on?

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Gamer83

I guess an 8.5 is a reasonable score considering this is just an HD update of a 10-year old game but I'd still bump it up to a 9, which is a AAA score and this game deserves nothing less. Ten years ago this was my favorite FPS and playing through it again now after about 4 years since the last time I played it it's still by far my favorite shooter. I don't care what anyone says, the campaign is brilliant and I'm thrilled MS and 343i didn't mess with it a bit. Like any game it has its minor issues but for me this is what a shooter campaign should be and the best of map pack thrown in there for Reach is a nice bonus. Everybody else can enjoy their Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3 this holiday. Me? I'll take Halo: Combat Evolved, now with beautiful HD visuals, overy any other shooter. Thank you MS and 343i, this is a great way to celebrate 10 years of the best shooter ever made.

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Doomzdae

I agree. It's a crime that OXM didn't give the original game a 10. It's nice that OXM is anti-biased but I would rather see someone who loves halo review it.

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FAST 420

i love halo check my stats you will see how much love there is. my review gives 343's Halo CE  6.0

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FAST 420

Reach master

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vangoghwannabe

The thing I found really odd with this review is that it wasn't just a single reviewer it was everybody! How could their combined opinions bring this game to an 8.5?

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vangoghwannabe

In my opinion, you should have rated it as good as you did ten years ago and if there was any better features then you can just add to that score? I mean is this game missing something from the original? You guys give games like BF3 and MW3 9-9.5 scores but when the grandaddy of shooters that started it ALL comes around you guys give it a worse score than REACH and ODST? I mean CE is way better than those titles AND many more. Ps 8.5 IS still a good score but in this case I have to bicker.

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SuperSpartan

I Second your notion goodsir! Aye a 10! If ocarina of time can get a 10 and so can the coming skyward sword. Then Halo CE gets a 10 then so will the Upgraded, better looking, better playing, online capabilites and yea might be useless kinect feature but its there ;) 

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vangoghwannabe

Im not asking for a 10 persay but atLEAST a 9. And when I say 9 that would be a COMPLETE understatement.

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MaxxSwan13

 LET ME MAKE THIS SHORT AND SIMPLE! IF METACRITIC GAVE IT A 95 OXM WOULD HAVE GIVEN IT A 9.5 OR A 10! DO U UNDERSTAND!?!?

 
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