Halo: Combat Evolved - PC

Release Date:

September 30, 2003

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Also on UK.


Halo: Combat Evolved Video Game includes a ten-level campaign playable on four difficulty settings and three multiplayer options: two-player cooperative, four-player competitive via split-screen display, and four-player competitive via System Link. Notable features include rechargeable energy shields, allowing soldiers to quickly recover from enemy damage, and the ability to drive or pilot four types of vehicles. Master Chief will also be able to use ten types of weapons on the battlefield, from assault rifles and rocket launchers to plasma grenades and shotguns.

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Halo Combat Evolved has made it way to the PC. Now I know what you are thinking, there have been a ton of games over the years that didn't live up to their hype. Can you name a few? They may have had a ton of success on consoles, but when they made there way over to PC they simply bit the bullet. This is not the case with Halo Combat Evolved.

So with this game you will get over 15 hours of single player gaming and a deep multiplayer mode (you are allowed to play with up to sixteen players at once). What I really liked was the multiplayer mode because of its re-playability. I mean seriously, it just never seems to get old in my opinion. Most importantly it seems to play with no lag whatsoever, you can play a variety of different ways online, such as death match, team death match, capture the flag, king of the hill, and a handful of others. However, king of the hill seems to be my favorite mode to play in, unless you get stuck on a shitty team, then it is not too fun at all.

So what I really do like about the multiplayer game mode is you can drive vehicles. Now a lot of other first person shooter games have tried to integrate vehicles into their games, but none of them do it quite like Halo Combat Evolved. In this PC version you will even get weapons that were never released on the Xbox 360. These weapons are the flamethrower, and the fuel rod gun (the fuel rod gun is kind of like a plasma grenade launcher. I should also mention that you will only have access to these guns in multiplayer mode. To make the multiplayer mode even better they also integrated six more maps into the mix too!

Now it should be noted that when you get a Halo game, you are not just getting the game for its multiplayer modes, you also get them for their epic storyline. Halo packs a bad ass storyline that goes like this. You start in Pillar of Autumn (Warship) and you are under attack by the Covenant, which is an alien race, as a desperate attempt the captain orders a experiment solider to be awaken from his sleep. He is there to protect the ship and eventually escapes to a planetoid called Halo. You will uncover a ton of secrets in order to escape Halo. Ha I summed that up in a couple sentences.

So you can only carry two different guns and a handful of grenades, not to mention that you have a shield which will aiding a ton of damage from various enemies. Now this shield will absorb the blow, but it will go lose its effectiveness over time. You must then duck down or get out of harms way for a couple seconds in order for it to regenerate. Not to mention the foes you will be fighting have the same kinds of shields as well.

It is a wonder that so many games are copying off the shield system that Halo uses, because it simply works brilliantly. There are 4-5 vehicles you drive and make stunning attacks on your enemy. These vehicles will steer in the way you are looking so it seems very natural, I noticed that the controls work brilliantly on PC, as well. That was one of my main concerns when purchasing this game. The graphics are truly epic and I would highly recommend this game to any FPS fan. You will certainly get your money's worth out of this game.

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