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  • Summary: "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" is a spectacularly remastered version of the original "Halo" campaign, created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history. With a bounty of new features including cooperative play over"Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" is a spectacularly remastered version of the original "Halo" campaign, created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history. With a bounty of new features including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, a bundle of some of the most beloved multiplayer maps in "Halo" history reimagined for Xbox LIVE, new challenges and a new story to uncover. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    100
    They could have easily just threw on a fresh coat of paint on it and called it an HD remake like a lot of other titles, but 343 has more respect for Bungie, Halo and the fans than that. They have added a ton of new features well worth the $40 price tag.
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    90
    An ambitious remake. One of the most memorable campaigns in the history of first person shooters can now be relived with wonderful HD graphics. And six of the best multiplayer maps from the original rounds off what is a fantastic package with great value.
  3. Nov 25, 2011
    88
    Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is more than just a simple high defintion remake. The game is running on two engines, the original CE one and a new one. It's a great way to show the progress that has been made in ten years. In spite of some technical errors and the absence of many original multiplayer maps, 343 shows that it has the power to create next year's Halo 4.
  4. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    A great way to celebrate the original Halo. The remastered HD graphic is good enough and the simple but effective gameplay of the first Halo game can still offer a lot of fun. The addition of the Skulls system is really appreciated just as the Reach multiplayer. If you've never played Halo, you should try this Anniversary edition.
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    Dec 1, 2011
    80
    A faithful recreation in every sense of the term. [Christmas 2011, p.96]
  6. 80
    As long as you're prepared for the fact that Halo neither was nor is a perfect game, this piece of restored gaming history is well worth the cost.
  7. Nov 30, 2011
    50
    It's still an important and hugely influential game and it should probably be played by anyone interested in first-person shooters. But unless you're part of the generation of gamers that are now in their 20s and you're looking to recapture your Halo heydays, this is definitely most gamers can skip even at its budget $40 retail price.

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  1. Negative: 6 out of 177
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    I'm starting to doubt the value of the score in video game reviews (83 is fine, not my point). There is such an inflation issue with theI'm starting to doubt the value of the score in video game reviews (83 is fine, not my point). There is such an inflation issue with the perspective of readers that devalues anything less than 90 to pure trash.

    Anyways, for Halo CE fans this game is a 100. It's the game we love, with the faults we love, now with online co-op. Nothing gets better than that.

    I get lost on Pillar of Autumn and the Maw every time.
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  2. Dec 29, 2011
    10
    Jogo e muito bom, o 3d e bakana. como sempre a serie halo esta de parabens, agora estou na espera de halo 4, tomara que não demore paraJogo e muito bom, o 3d e bakana. como sempre a serie halo esta de parabens, agora estou na espera de halo 4, tomara que não demore para chegar. poderia tambem era fazer o halo 2 remake com graficos em HD e 3d.
    Halo e so jogando para saber como e bom.
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  3. Oct 17, 2012
    10
    Brilliant!! Most fun I've had on XBOX in a long time. Playing through a graphically updated remake of the original is very cool experience.Brilliant!! Most fun I've had on XBOX in a long time. Playing through a graphically updated remake of the original is very cool experience. While also being updated it still feels very nostalgic for those who have played the original Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was really excited for this game and couldn't wait for a remake of the best halo campaign ever! This time around it comes with brand new graphics and a map pack with remakes of 6 halo ce maps including one halo 2 map. It also includes anew firefight map which is pretty great! Overall this game does not disappoint. The campaign is as amazing as ever with the ability to change between the 2001 and the new updated 2011 graphics. The anniversary multiplayer is great because I think they jacked up the pistol and now its like my favorite weapon. The remakes are also spot on with a few renovations. For $40 this is not a bad deal at all. It includes kinect features which are fun for a little while. This isn't Halo 4 but it might be enough to last us for a year till that comes out. More maps would be cool later on this year but who knows? I really don't have any issues with this game so I would give it a 9/10! Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2020
    9
    My first halo game. So fun. Level design is perfect. New HD graphics and reach multiplayer adds to the original masterpiece. AlthoughMy first halo game. So fun. Level design is perfect. New HD graphics and reach multiplayer adds to the original masterpiece. Although sometimes lighting can look too bright compared to the original, and the libary is not an enjoyable mission in the slightest. Couldn't put this game down. Looking forward to starting Halo 2. Expand
  6. Mar 1, 2013
    8
    Shortly after I bought Halo 4, I went to Gamestop and bought Halo Anniversary. The game was pretty good and it is nice to see the start of theShortly after I bought Halo 4, I went to Gamestop and bought Halo Anniversary. The game was pretty good and it is nice to see the start of the Halo Universe. The new graphics are a welcome addition and it is really cool to press the back button on your Xbox controller to see the original Halo graphics. Looking at the old graphics, I find it so amazing that graphics back in the day were state of the art and it seemed that graphics cannot be any better than that. Fast forwarding to today, the graphics seem almost crappy. Although the graphics are great, it doesn't make Halo Anniversary good it's all about the gameplay and the story. Just a little heads up, I have only now gotten into the Halo story so my understanding of Halo is very limited. You play as a super solider named Master Chief and your job is to stop the Covenant and trying to destroy the Halo rings. There are many things you can explore during the campaign and many achievements you can find. The characters are very interesting, Sgt. Johnson is hilarious, Cortana is nice to help you out, and you will meet many other characters during the campaign. I highly encourage to buy this game and if you are new to Halo, start off with this game. It will help you get into the Halo universe. Expand
  7. Aug 5, 2019
    1
    This is definitely the worst game I have ever played. Combat, driving, controls, graphic, story none of these are at least ok. There is noThis is definitely the worst game I have ever played. Combat, driving, controls, graphic, story none of these are at least ok. There is no single thing I like about it. It is terrible as a standalone and even in MCC. Everybody give it a good score just because nostalgia and totally ignore that it is worst in series and overall really so awful game. Expand

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