Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Review No. 32 Halo Combat Evolved - PC (16+)

Strong Points:
Amazing graphics
Exciting story line

Weak Points:
Can become very laggy on certain computers

Well I guess most of you know this one. Halo Combat Evolved. The first ever Halo game. I started playing this at quite a young age, I have 2 older brothers who were 16, and 14 at the time who would play this constantly, and one day I asked them both 'can I play with you?' Well this is where my love of the games began. My brothers would bring their Xbox when they came to visit me (as they lived with their mum and I lived with my dad (who divorced her) and my mum) but I was hitting the time when I became very mischievous for my working parents, so my dad bought it for me on the family computer. I would play it for ages and ages without thinking about what the time was. Anyway, let's get back to the game.

In-depth Review:
Release Date:
North America: September 30, 2003
Europe: October 10, 2003

All game:
W Key: move forward
S Key: move backward
A Key: move left
D Key: move right
Move the Mouse: look/steer
G Key: switch grenade
Tab Key: switch weapon
R Key: reload
F Key: melee attack
X Key: exchange weapon
Left Mouse Button: fire weapon
Right Mouse Button: throw grenade
Space Bar: jump
C Key: crouch
Q Key: flashlight
Z Key: scope zoom
E Key: action
                                                       ****SPOILER ALERT****
The game storyline is pretty amazing, everything is clear as to what is happening. The basic setting is: A secret Military project codenamed the SPARTAN Project was established on reach to create an army of cyborg super soldiers. 27 years before the game the covenant attack human settlements saying they are affront to their gods. The United Nations Space Command experienced a series of crushing defeats, and, although the supersoldiers of the SPARTAN-II Project fought effectively against the Covenant, they were too few in numbers to turn the tides of war. They are mostly wiped out after getting killed whilst getting armour upgrades. But one flagship "The Pillar of Autumn" escaped with an important cargo on board. Chief Petty Officer John-117. AKA the Master Chief. Keyes survives the Pillar of Autumn's crash landing, but is captured by the Covenant. In the second and third levels of the game, the Master Chief and Cortana gather human survivors and rescue Captain Keyes, who is imprisoned aboard the Covenant ship, Truth and Reconciliation. Once rescued, Keyes orders the Master Chief to beat the Covenant to Halo's control center and to discover its purpose. The Master Chief and Cortana travel to a map room called the Silent Cartographer, which leads them to the control room. There, Cortana enters the systems and, discovering something urgent, suddenly sends the Master Chief to find Captain Keyes while she stays behind. While searching for his commander, the Master Chief learns that the Covenant have accidentally released the flood, a parasitic alien race capable of spreading itself by overwhelming and infesting other sentient life-forms. Keyes falls victim to them while looking for a cache of weapons. The release of the Flood prompts Halo's AI monitor, 343 Guilty Spark., to recruit the Master Chief in retrieving the Index, a device that will activate Halo and prevent the Flood from spreading beyond the facility. They decide to destroy the halo by self-destructing the pillar of autumn in the halo, but they need captain Keyes authorisation, they return to the now flood infested "Truth and Reconciliation" but Keyes has been infected to the point of no return, so the chief gets his neural implants retreats to the Autumn, where Cortana activates the ship's self-destruct sequence. However, 343 Guilty Spark reappears and deactivates the countdown, discovering the record of human history in the process. The Master Chief manually destabilises the Pillar of Autumn's fusion reactors, and he and Cortana narrowly escape the destruction of the ring via a fighter jet.

The graphics on this game are just simply brilliant for the time it was designed, even playing this now on a high-end PC the graphics are amazing, this game is still truly as epic as when it came out.
I really can't wait for Halo 3 to be on PC.

Rating: 98%

Ben :)

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