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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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  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 197
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    10
    Great Game YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH GO HALO!
  2. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    What a great re-do of an old game. The new multi-player maps are fun and addictive, And the campaign looks just about as good as any new Halo.What a great re-do of an old game. The new multi-player maps are fun and addictive, And the campaign looks just about as good as any new Halo. Now hopefully they will do the same with Halo 2. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Feb 21, 2016
    9
    Halo CE Anniversary is the first Halo title to come from 343 Industries, Halo's new curators. CE Anniversary is a very well designed andHalo CE Anniversary is the first Halo title to come from 343 Industries, Halo's new curators. CE Anniversary is a very well designed and produced game, and a great remaster. The new graphics look spectacular and amazing. And you can instantly switch between the 2001 original graphics, or the 2011 coat of paint. When you switch to 2011 graphics, however, there are a few changes to the game. The Grunt and Elite designs are now the Halo Reach versions, and the game now runs on Halo Reach's engine. The multiplayer in Anniversary is pretty much Halo Reach multiplayer, except you can only play on a certain amount of maps that this game gives you. Why couldn't 343 just recreate CE's multiplayer, but make it online? That would have been great! But no, 343 decided to play it safe. You can buy this game along with the MCC, but I wouldn't recommend buying this game on the 360, the experience isn't as good. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2011
    8
    At first it bothered me that this game was getting scores in the 8 area but now I understand why. The game is beyond remastered, it has beenAt first it bothered me that this game was getting scores in the 8 area but now I understand why. The game is beyond remastered, it has been redone and tweaked in most areas other than enemy AI. The guns are darker and sicker looking , the sounds from rifles and the pistol have been tweaked for a deadly hollow echo. The graphics are amazing and if you thought the game would look like the old CE with Halo reach graphics your wrong. The graphics are much more detailed and less brightly colored than reach's fruity gpaphics. The campiegn if nothing else is extremely playable in todays gaming envirment which I think is the key factor. The downside about this game is the failure to include the original MP. When I think Halo CE i think back to the old lan party games that lasted hours not just the campaign. The other downside is the Reach MP maps are the only maps included on the game. This wouldn't be a big deal but the halo odst release came with ALL maps and the full MP experience so it seems like a step backwards to me. All in all it basically the best FPS campaign of all time so if your on the fence about purchasing but think its too much. Buy the game and sell the dl map pack on ebay and save yourself $10. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2012
    8
    A very polished and comprehensive remastering of a classic game. All the core game play and levels are completely faithful to the original.A very polished and comprehensive remastering of a classic game. All the core game play and levels are completely faithful to the original. Highly recommended to fans of the original and newcomers alike. Special mention must go out to the Terminal cut scenes that deliver more back story and intrigue. They are superbly done and a nice touch. Expand
  7. Oct 7, 2020
    0
    The remasters visuals are too far detached from the source material. I found myself preferring the original graphics. The emotion andThe remasters visuals are too far detached from the source material. I found myself preferring the original graphics. The emotion and atmosphere the original provokes is lost in the remaster. The remaster uses a new warm and colorful palette. The original halo feels cold and lonely in a beautiful kind of way. The architecture was brutalist/minimalist and intimidating. I understand 343 is trying to blend the architecture with halo 4 and 5s forerunner architecture but changes the tone too significantly in my opinion. The game feels overexposed from a lighting standpoint, making the flashlight completely useless. Expand

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