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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • SKU: 2856517
  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
ESRB Rating: Mature
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    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (183 out of 191)

    Product Details


    • Developer: 343 Industries
    • Publisher: Microsoft
    • Platform: Xbox 360
    • Genre: First Person Shooter
    • Release Date: 11/15/2011

    Synopsis


    Get in on the action and see for yourself what everyone has been talking about. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular Halo campaign, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is spectacularly remastered to increase the excitement. Filled with a bounty of new features, including a bundle of some of the most beloved multiplayer maps re-imagined for Xbox LIVE, new challenges and a new story to uncover, this anniversary edition ramps up the action. Cooperative play over Xbox LIVE lets you connect with players across the street or across the world. Experience the game everyone's talking about.

    Created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the beloved gaming franchise, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary increases the excitement, action and adventure in a brand-new, re-imagined shooter. Remastered with a variety of new features, the game showcases all the classic action of the Halo campaign with better-than-ever additions. The game features a bundle of the most beloved multiplayer maps, now re-imagined for Xbox LIVE, new challenges to test your skills, a new story to uncover and cooperative play over Xbox LIVE.

    Features


    Enjoy some of the most beloved multiplayer maps, now re-imagined for Xbox LIVE

    Test yourself with new and exciting challenges

    Immerse yourself in a new plot and story to uncover

    Join forces with friends and family using cooperative play over Xbox LIVE



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 191 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      true hardcore halo fans

      Posted
      xReconx

      Dont even clame to be a true halo fan InfiniteZero. Your far far far from the hardcore fan base and nobody should even consider what you have to say about this game. Halo ce was a great game and i spent countless hours playing it. halo 2 improved that experience and introduced the multiplayer to xbox live. Halo 3 with better graphics, kept that experience alive and introduced forge and countless hours of custom games that never could have been created on the first 2 games. If you even read the first book of the halo franchise, I will be the first to admit that the fiction of Halo Reach was way off base unlike the first 3 games. But, with that being said. The multiplayer of Halo Reach was not a let down and even though the fiction was off, the campain was still enjoyable. Some of the armour abilities were a little far fetched and could have been left out of the game but most were a great addition to the game and the armour customization just got better from halo 3 and the armour affect was a great new addition. Cant wait to see what halo 4 has in store for us. I hope they keep firefight in matchmaking. Halo ce aniviersary is going to be well worth the $40. Not only are they keeping the gameplay the same in the campain as the original halo ce but they are allowing us to switch from the classic graphics to the new HD graphics. what else could we ask for? for probably the past 5 years i have dreamed of a updated halo ce, and i donnt no about you guys but i am excited about the classic multiplayer maps coming to xbox live. Hope this review was helpful

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Ready and waiting...

      Posted
      MielikkisChosen

      First off, let me start by saying that this game will be released for $40, not $60 as this site is claiming. Now then, this is the franchise that single-handedly brought the Xbox to massive popularity, and this is the game that started it all. I cannot wait for this to release. Anyone who calls themselves a true halo fan will be picking it up. The original graphics are being remastered to fit in with the Reach world, along with seven Combat Evolved maps being added to the Halo: Reach multiplayer. If that isn't good news, then I don't know what is. Some people are having a hard time dealing with the maps not being included on the same disk as the Anniversary Edition an instead being added to Reach. Those people are what I like to call ignorant. In terms of finances, it is by far the smartest thing for Microsoft to do. Like I said, it makes no real difference to true Halo fans because we already own Reach. Win-win as far as I'm concerned. Overall, this game will definitely be worth the $40 that Microsoft is asking for it. Some of you may not agree with what I've said, we are are all entitled to our opinions. See you all on release day!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Just like I remember

      Posted
      alldaygrindin

      This game is just how I remembered it. I was skeptical at first about buying it. I thought they may have changed to much about the game but they didn't. The real big improvement to this game is the graphics. You can switch back to the original graphics just by pressing the "back" button but why would you? They really made the ring come alive. The graphics are so much better. They seem to have taken the graphic improvements from Halo 2 and 3. They added so much more detail to the levels and everything is just so much more lively. I only switch back to the original graphics just to see what a major improvement they truly are. They also remastered the soundtrack. It sounds clearer and better and they also made the guns and explosives sound more crisp. I know this game will sound awesome with a surround sound. I don't have a 3-D tv to test out that feature. Overall I am completely satisfied with the improvements on this game. They did not change the fast paced action of this game which is a good thing. They just improved the graphics and sounds and added a little bit to the story line. You have to find these terminals which tell you the back story of the game. I think its 10 total, one on each level and you can also find these skulls which make the game easier or harder depending on which ones you turn on after you find them. Its 10 of those too I think. There is one particular skull that can give you infinite ammo if you find it, very helpful on legendary difficulty. The multiplayer now has an online feature just like any other modern game but I dont play online. I just bought the game for the main campaign. If you are a Halo fan and enjoyed the original as much as I did you will not be disappointed in this remake. They did not add new levels to this game, just improvements. Now if only they will work on Halo 2......

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Showing its age

      Posted
      DFR1988
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      I admit it, I was never a big fan of the Halo series. However, I had friends that were fans so I always wound up in multiplayer matches and knew my way around the controls. The single player campaign was never appealing to me, and the multiplayer was something I was more or less forced to play by my friends. With that somewhat negative background for the game, I still bought a copy of this game so that I'd have something to play with my fiancee that she enjoyed. And much to my surprise, I kind of liked the campaign. Now, that's not to say that I think all of the hype is warranted; not by a long shot. There are some truly evil checkpoint placements in the game, often stranding you with very little ammo, health, or both to finish up a firefight. Some levels or segments are incredibly annoying *cough Library cough* and there's a general feeling of predictability in the game; I always seemed to guess where the "dead body ammo dump" (as I called them) locations would be. The story is also pretty uninteresting, turning into a bland sci-fi zombie story about halfway through. That said, they did cram some impressive size and scale into some of the areas, and switching between old and new graphics on the fly is a nice touch in this version of the game. Co-op is also a lot more fun than competitive multiplayer, which is how I've played most of the time now. And the controls are definitely solid, if unspectacular. Which pretty much sums up how I feel about the game as a whole. Good enough, but nothing special.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best of luck of your first title, 343

      Posted
      voodoochild2426

      Oof to the other review here...just wanna say that it's great that another production company is startin up in this economy and good luck to them! Hope this Halo CE lives up to its original (need my nade chain reactions again!), and Halo 4 should be epic. Even if part of me wishes the trilogy(ies) ended with the first, there's a chance of something great here instead of what we all expected: completely nothing. If it fails we can simply forget and look back on the first 3. Let me just add: ps3 is just as amazing as the 360 but wow...nintendo?...what you thinkin girl? here's their production process: console, metroid, mario, super smash, zelda. new console, metroid, mario, super smash, zelda. new console, metroid, mario, super smash. oh ya, and pokemon. beautiful games but common where are the ideas??..and fitness games

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The original classic reborn

      Posted
      XAvenger
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      This is a great game. HALO Combat Evolved Anniversary takes the very first HALO game and upgrades it to HD. In HALO, Humanity is fighting a losing war against an alien empire called 'The Covenant'. An Earth space cruiser finds an artificial ring-shaped world called 'HALO' #hence the title# and crash lands with the Covenant in hot pursuit. You assume the role of SPARTAN 117, the last survivor of a series of super soldiers in a pitched battle to survive Covenant attacks and to uncover a mystery locked deep within HALO itself. The story is the same as the original XBOX game, but with the addition of some foreshadowing to HALO 4. HALO boasts one of the best developed sotries of any game and, in my opinion, the best developed story for any FPS. The HD graphics are brilliantly detailed and the sound is improved over the original XBOX version. A very nice showcase for what the XBOX 360 can do. The controls are easy to pick up and the gameplay is great. Whether your on foot armed with one of the many awesome weapons or at the helm of one of the cool vehicles, the controls are flawless. There's lots of exciting action in HALO and some truly suspenseful moments near the end of the game. 343 Industires has done a great job with the HALO Universe and the series looks to having a very strong future. I'm really hoping for an HD version of HALO 2.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Just a flashy Halo 1 and that's not a bad thing.

      Posted
      Dpops
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      I do like this remake of Halo: Combat Evolved. It is worth picking up if you're a big Halo fan. The graphics are so tasty, and the sound (like the melee of the needler) are just to die for. The anniversary maps are a lot of fun, it's great to finally play levels like 'Damnation' against people online. All of the online playlists for Halo: Reach aren't available though this games online so dont go trading in your copy of Reach to buy this. Toggle Crouch acts really wierd too. You pretty much can't use it because as soon as you start moving you pop up, but you also go back down when you stop moving. I don't understand what they were going for there. Another really annoying pointless addition: when you select multiplayer at the main menu it plays this cool montage while it (loads?) takes you to a new main menu. It was neat the first time, but you can't skip it until after a minute or so in. It sounds like a small thing, but it's annoying being forced to watch this video. $40 is a high price to ask, I bought it while it was on sale for $30. The game is also manufactured in Puerto Rico.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome!

      Posted
      NOTW116NOTW
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      This game quickly became my favorite game on the Xbox 360! I think the aliens in the game are a little goofy though, but the flood are really creepy looking in the original graphics. For my first play through I strictly stuck to the original game and soundtrack for a more honest first look at Halo: Combat Evolved. While the updated graphics look prettier and environments look more full I found that changing the way the flood looked actually made them a little less terrifying. As far as the sound track goes it quickly became one of my favorite game soundtracks which I had to get for myself, yes its that good. Gameplay was a little rough for me at first because the button layout isn't the usual FPS layout but I was able to adjust quickly. Well I say thats good for my review. In conclusion, the graphics are good (being able to switch from the original to the updated graphics on the fly is pretty interesting), soundtrack is amazing, and gameplay might be a little rough at first but is solid. Buy this game!!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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