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  • Summary: Enter the mysterious world of Halo, an alien planet shaped like a ring. As mankind's super soldier Master Chief, you must uncover the secrets of Halo and fend off the attacking Covenant. During your missions, you'll battle on foot, in vehicles, inside, and outside with alien and humanEnter the mysterious world of Halo, an alien planet shaped like a ring. As mankind's super soldier Master Chief, you must uncover the secrets of Halo and fend off the attacking Covenant. During your missions, you'll battle on foot, in vehicles, inside, and outside with alien and human weaponry. Your objectives include attacking enemy outposts, raiding underground labs for advanced technology, rescuing fallen comrades, and sniping enemy forces. Halo also lets you battle three other players via intense split screen combat or fight cooperatively with a friend through the single-player missions. Expand
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  1. Positive: 68 out of 68
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 68
  3. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. 100
    This immersive sci-fi epic delivers both an expansive story and electrifying first-person combat, making it one of 2001's best games.
  2. The attention to detail blew me away. The graphics are beyond anything I imagined.
  3. Xbox Nation Magazine
    100
    Halo is quite simply the closest thing we have ever experienced to a living, breathing alternate universe. [Jan 2002, p.72]
  4. It may be the best FPS ever created. Yet from my personal standpoint, Halo is one the greatest games ever created. Ever.
  5. I started playing Halo early one afternoon. Several hours in, I figured I should probably take a break to get a bite to eat, so I said to myself, "I'll just finish this one level first". Suffice to say, I never did get around to eating much that day.
  6. 95
    Weighing in with 13 maps, 26+ game modes, and a slew of adjustable options, Halo is a veritable cornucopia of multiplayer goodness. Add System Link Support to the fray, and you're looking all night frag-filled benders.
  7. The animation on each Marine you encounter is remarkable, possessing almost endless moving parts and distinct facial features, while the lighting, textures, and massive landscapes prove Halo and the Xbox to be without equal on the console market.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 797
  1. IanC.
    Mar 10, 2002
    10
    It was very fun, but i think it needs more levals and more guns. I have beaten the game. And it was really fun. When they make Halo 2, if theyIt was very fun, but i think it needs more levals and more guns. I have beaten the game. And it was really fun. When they make Halo 2, if they do, i think they should let you chose witch guy you would want to be like a hunter or another alien or you could be a human or the cyborg and they would all have differ missions. Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2010
    10
    This is my attempt at a helpful NO SPOILER review.
    With popularity you get hate. Halo has gained many fans over the years, but it has also
    This is my attempt at a helpful NO SPOILER review.
    With popularity you get hate. Halo has gained many fans over the years, but it has also gained many haters. The reasons that I have heard that people do not like Halo are its originality, itâ
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  3. BrandonJ.
    May 5, 2004
    10
    This is the best game since mario.
  4. Sep 30, 2020
    10
    This game is one of the best games I have ever played, it is so much fun if you love shooters.
  5. Aug 25, 2022
    10
    The FPS game that changed it all! Playing this on the original Xbox as a kid we’re some of the greatest gaming moments of my life. There areThe FPS game that changed it all! Playing this on the original Xbox as a kid we’re some of the greatest gaming moments of my life. There are still very few games that can capture what Halo CE captured. Not only on the combat level or graphical level at the time but the story and wonder in this game were unmatched. The amazing music playing while looking out at the ring and the ancient artifacts made you feel like you were seeing something incredible. This game holds up today, especially when playing it on next Gen consoles. This is one of the greats! Expand
  6. Dec 6, 2013
    9
    for the time that it is made in i must give this game a 9 even do it's not perfect
    i still enjoy the game and it's already 12 years ago when
    for the time that it is made in i must give this game a 9 even do it's not perfect
    i still enjoy the game and it's already 12 years ago when it was made
    it's just awesome the weapons are great just sad you can't pick up the energy sword or fuel rod cannon
    campaign is awesome a very good story too
    +:awesome campaign
    +:a good story
    +:multiplayer options
    -:levels are kinda the same you have the feeling that you are running in circles
    -:too much dark rooms
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  7. BrainwashCommittee
    Nov 11, 2004
    0
    What are you people thinking. Really. This game is terrible. There are about 4 types of guns and about 3 different types of enemies. Oh look! What are you people thinking. Really. This game is terrible. There are about 4 types of guns and about 3 different types of enemies. Oh look! a monster! buts he's red, not blue! holy crap! what a different creature! its the same creature, but its a different color, which must make it different! Really people. This game is bad. Look at the PC. The game have much superior graphics, the controls are a hell of a lot easier to use, and to top it all off, the game costs less! Come on now people...smarten up. Buy a game actually WORTH your money. Expand

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#1 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2001
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#1 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2001