Platform: Xbox 360
Developer: 343 Industries
Halo. Those four letters and three chords are more than just a game. It's a potent symbol of Microsoft's success, a global franchise and a banner behind which millions of gamers have rallied. We've had anime films. We've had novels. We've had years of monolithic expectations, hype and nail-biting anticipation for each new title. It's more than just a game. Halo is a phenomenon.
Strip all that away, however, and Halo: Combat Evolved is just a game. A game that stood the test of time as a benchmark for exceptional design, and demonstrated once and for all that first person shooters don't just work on consoles - they can truly excel. The Anniversary Edition gives us a compelling new excuse to return to Installation 04, but can the new bells and whistles justify a whole new purchase?
If you're a fan of all things Halo, the answer is yes. And also irrelevant, because you're probably playing it already. Otherwise, the decision about whether or not to buy becomes much more difficult... and much more divisive.
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