Halo: Combat Evolved
Following the recent release of the Xbox, Halo: Combat evolved
has been getting massive amounts of media hype. Does it live up to hype?....HELL YES! Originally made for
the PC this Xbox port really shows what the Xbox has to offer.
You play the role of Master Chief, a Space Spartan (sort
of like the marines of the future) who has just been awaken from a hybernetic chamber to help save your ship The Pillar of
Autumn from an alien attack. You awaken to find that an alien species the Covenant have invaded your ship and are reeking
havoc. A soldier awakens you and explains the full capabilities of your space suit. This suit is very durable and is capable
and is equipped with an energy shield that recharges after a certain amount of damage. You stop the attack to find that your
ship is on the verdge of blowing up. In a desperate attempt to save the lives of the ship the captain of the ship, Captain
Keyes lands on what he thinks to be an abandon ring planet called Halo. On the way down Keyes gives you a chip to enter in
to your suit. That chip contains an artificial guide who talks to you threw your suit. The guide's name is Cortona and she
will talk to you and help you threw out the game. When you take a rough landing on the ring planet you notice that the world
is populated with Covenant. There are 4 different species of covenant. Grunts (small aliens which are small aliens that are
easy to dispose of alone, but deadly in packs), Elites (strong, tall aliens with a rechargeable energy shield), Jackals (medium
sized covenant with a shield that generates from a wristband), and the very deadly and humoungous Hunters. These wont be the
only enemies you encounter on your quest to save mankind. On later levels you will also encounter the Flood. A very deformed
looking alien species that is very deadly. You may be over-whelmed by this, but don't fret there will be both human and covenant
weapons and gernades to accamadate your destructive needs. Not only that but you actually have access to vehicles! This is
the first FPS to use vehicles. The game gets better and more time consuming as you go along and there are many times in the
game where you feel like pressing pause and say, "AWWWWEEESOOOOMEEE."
When you first pick up this game
you'll be babbled with the controls. It can take from 15 minutes to an hour to fully understand the control layout. The game
makes use of every button on the Xbox controller. It may seem over-whelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it
works great. The vehicle control too can be akward at first since it uses the left analong to actually accelerate and the
right to turn. Again it takes a wile to get used to, but it's flawless after the learning curve. Once you get all the controls
down pact you'll be entharled from start to finish. The game's fire-fights are intense and amazing. The game can also be quite
challenging at times so you'll be having fun for a long time. There are 9 weapons and 4 vehicles to make the game unique and
Since the Xbox is equipped with a hard-drive, it's much more capable in the graphics department,
and Halo uses every part of it. Sun glares, reflective surfaces, and glistening water is in here. The weapons, enemies and
vehicles all have a crisp, furnished look about them and it's absolutely beautiful. There is the slight hiccup in the frame-rate
though, but it only happens a handful of times in the game. The first level is very bland and seems too plain, but after that
level everything is a joy to look at. Everything has a very sci-fi look about it, and it's very fitting for a sci-fi storyline.
Definetley some of the best for not only the Xbox but gaming period.
Ever wondered what a covenant tank sounded
like getting shot by a rocket launcher, while flying hover-craft zoomed above you while grunts in the background were getting
popped in the head by a pistol? Of course you did, and that's in this game. There is just so much going on in the fire-fights
and the sound of it is nothing short of unbelievable. All the enemies have differnt sounds. Grunts....grunt, Elites have a
deep voiced howl, the jackals call to other jackals, and the the lumbering Hunters huff and puff when lunging at you. The
music score is out of this world also, there are great drum beats, some cool techno beats, and a guitar riff that doesn't
sound cheesy and actually fits with the situation. Great sound, you'll think you're in the game.
the great multi-player in Goldeneye for the N64? Well this game has the best multi-player for a FPS since that game. Not only
are there over 8 maps, 10 modes and vehicles for you and up to 3 friends to use in battles, but you can grab a buddy and play
with each other! That's right you can go threw the entire campaign with a friend. One of you can hop into the warthog and
drive while the other mans the attached macine gun in the back. Very unique and addictive. If you haven't done it yet you
need to because it's probaly the best part of the game.
The campaign is lengthly with over 10 huge
levels, but the game is extremely addictive so you'll finish the game in 10-12 hours. There are four difficulty settings
though, and the multi-player will keep you occupied long after the campaign is done with. You can
also go through the campaign with a friend in Cooperative play.
This game boasts some of the best graphics, storyline,
and sound ever. Great multiplayer that only Goldeneye could beat and 4 diffuculty settings. Argueabley the best Xbox game
ever, one of the best games ever actually. There is no reason you shouldn't have this game if an Xbox graces your home.
-Blake Becker (GoinCommando)
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