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  • Platform:   Xbox
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Halo: Combat Evolved [Xbox] Unknown For the unknown

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This action shooter takes place on a mysterious alien world. It offers a combination of team-based first-person-shooter gameplay (reminiscent of Tribes) and third-person vehicle combat elements. Gameplay kicks off with the player heading down to the planet's surface in a troop carrier, à la Aliens. As the player and fellow marines exit, the remaining troopers form a flank in reaction to an oncoming onslaught of human and alien enemies.

It's this smart AI system that makes for a noticeably unique gameplay feel. Another very nice feature is the seamless transition into vehicular elements. As you venture through mission objectives, a variety of enemy flyers and on-ground buggies are yours for the taking. Come across a vehicle and the camera will pull back to a third-person view as you strap in and motor through crossfire. A co-op mode allows a friend to join you in the single-player missions. For chaotic fighting action, up to four players can duel in split-screen deathmatch mode or link systems for LAN play. However you choose to hero your way through Halo: Combat Evolved, the action should break in your new Xbox in explosive style.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for Everyone! Dec 5 2003
By J9592
I should start by saying while I have enjoyed first-person shooters since the days of the original Doom, I enjoy them only in what some might consider the most cowardly sense. As a rule, I will not play any FPS game without, at the very least, a God cheat code enabled - I like the games for the story, though I am generally not very good at them, hence the cheating. In that way, I can play the game without dying and get enjoyment from it that way.
So this game Halo comes along, and I don't have an XBox, so although I'd heard of it I'd never tried it. I decide to give it a shot and download the demo, which is pretty good. So I go out and buy the game - only to find out later, there are no cheat codes!! Too late now, it's already opened. So I try it out... and only 5 minutes into it, I'm completely hooked.
First of all, the graphics are amazing. I'm running the game on a Pentium 4 1.3 GHz, 256 MB RDRAM, and a GeForce 2 MX 400. I also have not changed a single game display setting, I've turned nothing on and nothing off. This game runs for me with no lagging; that's right, in over 20 hours of gameplay, I experienced not a single lag. Granted, the graphics aren't as breath-takingly beautiful as on a better graphics card, but my computer runs the game well, and to me that's all that matters. The sound is also amazing. It comes through clear, no fuzz or static, and it never fails to amuse; For instance, when shooting towards a group of enemies, some of the little grunts will start screaming in terror.
Gameplay is very fluid using the keyboard and mouse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Of They Year July 1 2004
Format:Video Game
Halo brings the vibe and thrill that has been lacking in FPS (First Person Shooting) Games for a long time. Golden Eye was the FPS game I found great. Mainly what brings this game to live is the great multiplayer mode, and the high replay value. The story line itself was somewhat lacking, and somewhat intriguing. Especially when you beat the game on Legendary, it shows an confusing clip that makes you question the storyline. (I don't want to give away the story for those who have not played the game.)Still it gives a great sense of suspense you would want to keep playing, but after beating the game the story line would seem a little lacking.
The detail of the multiplayer maps are amazing, in Sidewinder, the amazing cracks on the ice, in Sidecreek, the amazing graphic for the water. Whenever a grenade is thrown, a bulletmark is made, there is always a realistic mark made. Graphically, this game is the best FOR ITS TIME. The effects are also 0utstanding, the explosions and wwhen the ships lauch off, when you are on vehicle and you are kicking up dust. AI is also very intelligent, when a grenade is thrown near the enemy, they know to GET AWAY from it. A minor glitch is that when a grenade is thrown ON the enemy, they will run toward their crew and kill the whole crew which is what you want but kind of stupid.
The sound was also outstanding. You hear yourself and the enemy and your allies. Explosions sounds surreal, if you have a home theater, it would sound like you are actually in a explosion. The gun shot are realistic. No flaws here!
Gameplay in really worth mentioning. I would never thought that wacking can kill so many people and the motion looks great. Reloading the pistol gives you a Western cowboy feel because you wack relaod and he spins it on his hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2 player Game!! Dec 3 2003
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The story revolves around the conflict between humans and an alien race known as the Covenant. The aliens have discovered a powerful artifact--on the ring-shaped planet called Halo--that will shift the balance of power, and it's up to the player to stop them. In addition to several first-person-shooter levels, the game offers numerous opportunities to engage in vehicular combat. Both the enemy and allied artificial intelligence are extremely impressive. Enemies will use the terrain and layout to put you in tight spots. Allies will know when to cover and aid you. For instance, if you hop into a jeep, an ally will know to jump in and man the turret on the back of it.
The graphics are exquisitely detailed, but only move at 30 frames per second rather than 60. The sound effects and voice acting are superb. The level design is among the best ever; most of the game is engaging and challenging without being frustrating. There's also high replay value thanks to the built-in single-player, cooperative, and deathmatch modes.
All I can tell you is that whenI play this game with my husband, the graphics are amazing! I really feel like we are hunting out the other players. Thsi game is worth EVERY PENNY!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good game Aug. 10 2004
By A Customer
This game is by far at the top of my list of "kick ass PC games". Graphics are awesome, great story line (I've read all 3 books), game play is great, and the AI is actually smart though not brilliant. My only beef with this game is; WHY XBOX FIRST? IT WAS MENT FOR PC FIRST!
Actually, though multiplayer is pretty good, its nothing much to chat about. CTF, elimination, KotH, T/FFA, get to drive or fly around. Sometimes its slow as each map is so huge that you need the vehicles. Kicking options would be nice as there are a lot of a$$e$ out there TKing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
Loved this game, and the updated graphics on pc make it better than on the original xbox.
Published 13 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by Mat Jordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it as a backup to my collection
Come on, what do I even need to say about this masterpiece.
Published 23 days ago by LD
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh!
I'm baffled by the cult around this series. This is a totally average first-person shooter. The enemies are quite repetitive and boring, as are the stages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steveriffic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! Great game! And shipping was right on time... Great game!
Published 1 month ago by Perrigo Pracaza
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Game.
Best game ever made.
Published 2 months ago by Gordon B. Kern
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game. Excellent condition for a 13 year old game
Published 2 months ago by Elijah MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love that game
Published 3 months ago by Nikola Leblanc
5.0 out of 5 stars halo? what could be bad............nothing
i got this because my copy went to a friend
and never came back
and it wont
so this is my copy back home where it belongs
i loved this game way back
i... Read more
Published 6 months ago by TONY O
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo game and seller
The game is awesome and for the shipping there was no problem and I would recommend buying from this seller because they give you updates on where your package is, they are polite,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jarrod
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