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  • Summary: In a desperate attempt to keep a conquering alien race called the Covenant from finding Earth, you--a cybernteically enhanced soldier representing the peak of human military evolution--and a ragtag group of Marines flee to a distant uncharted system where you unexpectedly stumble acrossIn a desperate attempt to keep a conquering alien race called the Covenant from finding Earth, you--a cybernteically enhanced soldier representing the peak of human military evolution--and a ragtag group of Marines flee to a distant uncharted system where you unexpectedly stumble across Halo, an enormous alien artifact in orbit between a gas giant and its moon. Your objective: Uncover Halo's horrible secret, and destroy mankind's nemesis - the Covenant. [Microsoft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    Watching the game run at 1600X1200 left me speechless. Textures are incredibly rich; the lighting is to die for... On the flipside, however, in order to really enjoy Halo, you need a hardcore gaming rig to see any kind of smooth framerate. [Nov 2003, p.95]
  2. There are still countless hours of fun to be had with Halo. If you couldn't stomach the control pad and the lack of online support (or Xbox itself) really turned you away from the Xbox version, then this Halo is sure to please.
  3. I'm going to cheat, and simply provide a score for the multiplayer element of the game...and bearing in mind that this game probably won't run shockingly well without major tweaking, because it's one of the most demanding games in terms of system specs that we've ever seen.
  4. PC Gamer
    85
    It's the outdoor areas - roughly 25 percent of the game's 20-plus hours of playtime - that host the kind of epic confrontations that you'll tell your buddies about. [Holiday 2003, p.98]
  5. 80
    Crippling frame rate problems tarnish an otherwise engaging single-player experience. Ultimately, the addictive online multiplayer is the main attraction; without it, there’s not much to see here.
  6. Does have one noticeable omission. In the Xbox title, gamers can choose to play the campaign mode alongside another player. This isn't an online option on the Windows version, which is disappointing because it would be fun to run through the story mode cooperatively with a friend.
  7. To put it simply, the game is horribly slow. The framerate is so devastating, that at a point during the second level, playing the game becomes literally impossible...One of the biggest disappointments in my gaming career.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 140
  2. Negative: 28 out of 140
  1. Nov 13, 2010
    10
    This review is the second part of a fairly long but helpful review, go to the Halo: Combat Evoleved (Xbox 2001) page to see the first half.This review is the second part of a fairly long but helpful review, go to the Halo: Combat Evoleved (Xbox 2001) page to see the first half.
    There are ten fairly long, open playable campaign (story-mode) levels in Halo: Combat Evolved and even more multiplayer (versus-mode) levels. You can play with one or two players in the campaign or up to sixteen players in multiplayer, which is great fun when youâ
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  2. Aug 13, 2013
    10
    so confused how this game did not get better ratings compared to its xbox release.

    they are both the same freaking game- scratch that....
    so confused how this game did not get better ratings compared to its xbox release.

    they are both the same freaking game- scratch that....

    the only thing different about this game is the fact that because it is on the computer you could CUSTOMIZE AND MOD IT. which is freaking AMAZING.

    I know this is not related to the game but ever play Halo:custom edition? simply fantastic.
    if halo for the xbox got a 97 without the ability to create god like player/ fan based mods then this game should have scored the equivalent or higher than the xbox version
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  3. ElfrancheT.
    Jun 10, 2006
    10
    Halo is one of the most soul-moving games ever made, in that it gives you the feeling you are taking part in something great and very Halo is one of the most soul-moving games ever made, in that it gives you the feeling you are taking part in something great and very important. The level design is not physically brilliant, but the atmosphere always is. Expand
  4. GetFitWithGilbertMulroneycakes
    Oct 18, 2003
    8
    Hmm. It's a good game alright - one of the best console FPSes evereverever - only, now it's on PC, it's, it's, it's Hmm. It's a good game alright - one of the best console FPSes evereverever - only, now it's on PC, it's, it's, it's out of date. It took two sodding years to port it over, and now it feels like, well, a two-year-old game. Buy it if you like, but bear in mind that Half-Life 2 - which makes this game look even older than it is - is just around the corner. Mmm, Half-Life 2... Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2012
    8
    Although Halo probably isn't as good as much of the hype it got, it's still a pretty good game. Most of the time it's a matter of going inAlthough Halo probably isn't as good as much of the hype it got, it's still a pretty good game. Most of the time it's a matter of going in guns blazing, rather than using stealth or strategy, but it's still pretty fun to go around blasting aliens and mutants. The game's storyline is good--though it could have used more developing--and the banter is fairly amusing. Many of the levels can get rather confusing as you try to navigate around endless corridors on spaceships and fortresses, but all is forgiven once you hop into a Warthog and drive around running over enemies or chase down a screaming grunt and pistol whip him! Expand
  6. May 9, 2021
    5
    Realmente nunca entendí porque este juego era considerado tan bueno, incluso para su época, teniendo anteriormente joyas como Half Life oRealmente nunca entendí porque este juego era considerado tan bueno, incluso para su época, teniendo anteriormente joyas como Half Life o Quake 2 que se sienten mucho mas pulidos. Seguro, los gráficos son muy buenos para el 2001, aunque los escenarios en si son muy reutilizados y vacíos. La jugabilidad es funcional, pero demasiado repetitiva y con un personaje demasiado lento en un mapa que a veces llega a ser enorme que ademas a veces obliga a excesivo backtracking. Este podría ser el primer FPS con vehículos montables, aunque estos se controlan muy mal. La historia tiene un concepto interesante, pero llega a ser blanda. Los enemigos tienen una buena IA pero también algunos combates llegan a cansar y se hacen algo injustos. También tuve problemas de framerate, aunque no lo tomare como un punto negativo ya que no tengo manera de comprobar si es mi PC o lo mal optimizado que esta el port de Xbox.
    Teniendo cada punto positivo uno negativo me hace pensar que a este juego le falta pulirse bastante. Casi como si intentara aspirar a muchísimo pero en el proceso solo terminaron priorizando la innovación y ambición sobre la calidad.
    Incluso a veces de lo tan vacíos que son los mapas y la naturaleza repetitiva del juego me hacen pensar que estoy jugando a un prototipo...
    Dire al final de cuentas que es un juego decente para su tiempo, pero que ha envejecido muy, muy mal a comparación de otros grandes shooters de aquel entonces.
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  7. HolySh*t
    Oct 20, 2003
    0
    I am very disappointed in the game... it seems to run OK on my P4 3.2/1Gb DDR/Radeon 9800 pro, but the game looks pooooooor. As if the maps I am very disappointed in the game... it seems to run OK on my P4 3.2/1Gb DDR/Radeon 9800 pro, but the game looks pooooooor. As if the maps were made by some 5y old kid. Driving those vehicles with a mouse is only fun for players who love to have RSI... I love to play CTF but not in HALO... To me, for online gaming, BF42 and SOF2 are fun better! Expand

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