Halo: Combat Evolved — anniversary preview

Robert Walker, staff writer

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This game is amazing! The original version of this is what gave Xbox the amount of sales it brought in back in 2001, and allowed it to become as popular as it is now. It is the best shooter, regardless of what Call of Duty says, because without the original version of this game, first-person shooter-type games wouldn’t have ever received the great start that began with Halo: Combat Evolved.

Original developer for the series, Bungie, also made five other games in the series, those being the prequels to Halo: Reach and Halo Wars, and sequels Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 3 ODST. The Halo series has been so great that it is held as the standard for great first-person shooters.

After Halo: Reach, however, Bungie decided to sell the Halo franchise over to developer 343 Industries, which are going to be the creators of Halo: Cambat Evolved Anniversary, according to Bungie.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary has a variety of differences from the original. It runs off the original Bungie engine, which provides the gameplay; however it also runs off a new engine created by 343 Industries and Saber which brings the new and improved graphics, (courtesy of press releases from Bungie and 343) but you can switch between the original graphics and the new graphics in-game. It will include Kinect support as well as well as online multiplayer and online cooperative play ability.

This will also be the first Halo game to support 3D television and, just like any other Xbox 360 game, it will include achievements. The campaign will be the same as the original, with additional features. They’ve also thrown in new challenges and new side-storyline extras in for players to find.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary comes out Nov. 15, exactly 10 years after the original.