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Halo: Combat Evolved (PC CD)

by Microsoft
Windows 2000 / NT / 98 / Me / XP
 Ages 16 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • The award-winning and critically acclaimed science fiction epic adventure comes to the PC
  • You and a handful of survivors attempt to lure an alien fleet away from Earth, only to discover an ancient artificial planet
  • Experience the ultimate Halo challenge with all new online multiplayer for up to 16 players
  • 15 multiplayer maps including 6 brand new, never before seen maps
  • Unleash multiplayer destruction with new vehicles and aircraft, and new weapons such as the fuel-rod cannon and flamethrower
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / NT / 98 / Me / XP
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00006IQVI
  • Item Weight: 141 g
  • Release Date: 10 Oct 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,018 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Halo is an SF shooter that takes place on a mysterious alien ring-world. Packed with single-player and multiplayer combat, Halo will have you battling on foot and in vehicles, inside and outdoors with Alien and Human weaponry. Your objective: to uncover Halo's horrible secrets and destroy mankind's sworn enemy, the Covenant.

Amazon.co.uk Review

More often than not, when a game is in development for over three years it does not live up to the hype. Bungie's Halo is the exception. Not only does the game live up to the hype--it greatly exceeds it. This sci-fi first-person shooter--the Xbox's launch title, now ported to PC--is a near-perfect blend of gameplay, graphics and sound.

The story revolves around the conflict between humans and an alien race known as the Covenant. The aliens have discovered a powerful artefact--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 there are numerous opportunities to engage in vehicular combat.

Both the enemy and ally 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.

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 death-match modes. --Raymond M Padilla

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This game should be wearing one! 24 Feb 2005
I don't get it... I really don't understand... I mean, there are so many people complaining that Halo doesn't work properly and that you need an amazing video card for it to just load the game in the first place.
For a start, I have never seen a video card in my life and after completing MOH: Allied Assault and wanting more, I decided to order Jedi outkast, Halo and Beyond Good and Evil for the PC from amazon.co.uk. Jedi Outkast is just painful and I won't talk about it anymore... B G + E is alright... Bit of a Zelda copy but hey...
But then I put Halo in... I feared the worst... The computer warned me straigt away that I had no video memory and said the game wouldn't work. But, as it's Windows XP, I figured it was wrong so I carried on. I'd just like to thank everyone at Bungie for giving me so much fun over the last couple of months! I had played the XBOX version a bit and had never really got into it... But this just amazed me. It look beautiful, maybe better than the XBOX version and the gameplay was just pure bliss.
Then I got broadband.
I can safely say Halo online is one of the best gameplay experiences ever. Honestly, play 16 people, SideWinder, Team Capture the flag and you'll see what I mean!
Gameplay 9.5
Graphics 9
Controls 8
The way you can burn five hours and not notice 10
Just... Wow... Just buy it...!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must Have! 26 Dec 2004
A pretty good storyline: Bad-ass alien are trying to conquer all the worlds they can, and you have to stop them. However these alien have also discovered another alien race and are keeping them in check very wise, but the humans inadvertently let them out, big mistake...
The two races of alien within this game are the Covenant,
the obligatory technically-advanced race, which then have a hierarchy of [Beavis and Buthead] sounding grunts, Egyptian-like jackals, and very hard and large porcupine style hunters.

And then there's the Flood, who are parasitical aliens that turn their hosts into zombies. These are much more fun as you shoot them apart and they still keep moving, do very reckless things such as fire rocket launcher within confined spaces, but the best and most funny are the walking bombs, who simply swell up until they burst - Don't be near one when they do so.
Unlike games such as Far Cry where stealth was the key to survival, the combat in this game is definitely a question of up and at 'em, but with that it never gets boring. This is one of the most entertaining games I have played.
It's a hardware eater this game, no question about it, but with my Athlon 3.2GHz and [pretty mediocre] ATI Radeon 9500, I was able to conjure up a very acceptable frame rate.
Bottom line, BUY IT!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Halo - Combat Evolved 16 Nov 2003
Having never played Halo before, I was coming to it with no idea how good, or not, it would be. While installing one of the first impressions I had was that it looked well put together, being fairly bug free and stable does tend to be a benefit of console conversions. After some time install completed with no problems.
Straight into the game, and a fairly length cut scene began. The story was set and some minutes later, you are given full control of your character. Pretty much all the story telling after this point is done as you go, with full control of your character remaining. This gave a better feeling of involvement then having to sit through helplessly as the CD churns the next scene out.
The story wasn't anything amazing, but the acting and pacing was pretty good, though the main character seemed a little lifeless at times, maybe to be expected of a 'semi-cyborg'.
The weapons look and sound reasonable, but the console conversion shows here, the aiming reticule is huge and it doesn't take a lot of effort to make contact with your target. The melee ability on weapons is a lot of fun, though not very useful unless your reloading.
The vehicles are wierd to drive/fly at first, with the steering being controlled with the mouse and not the cursor keys. After you get the hang of it they are easy to use and one of the best parts of the game, especially in multiplayer.
Music & sound is faultless throughout, with the music being exceptional, getting you in the mood for the chapter and providing a nice break from the silence, sometimes lengthy in the game.
Overall, Halo is a pretty mindless shooter, there are no puzzle elements and the AI while showing impressive intelligence is still basic fodder.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Broadband first!!!!!!! 28 Nov 2003
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I bought this with my new PC. 2400amd 512mb ram and geforce 5600. So I was sure this game would run fine. How wrong was I. This is a terrible conversion of an absolute classic x-box game. The game basically dosent run to any enjoyable speed. I had to whack all the settings to low and run it in 800x600 and it STILL jerked now and then.
Just as I was about to quit I thought i'd give the online game a try. The game loaded up fine with my broadband connection and the menu screens showing current online games were simple and easy to use. I was very suprised when I got into the game that it ran perfectly!! I whacked up all the specs and put it in 1280x1024 res and still, as smooth as silk!!
This is where the game gets its 4 stars. Online action is sooooooooooooo much fun. U get to use all kinda futuristic alien weaps, as well as rockets, guns and u can drive tanks, jeeps and fly alien craft. The best bits when three guys on your team get a jeep, 1 drives, 1 shoots in the passenger seat and one uses the chain gun on the back!! I played for about 12 hours the first night and every day for the next month. seriously reccomend it.
The downside is that u can only play on certain levels before it jerks up again. Outdoor levels r best. Level blood gulch (the best level) runs the best.
All in all only good if u have broadband or a t1 or somthing and only on outdoor levels. If u can find a level select cheat so u can skip 1 player indoor levels, all the better. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hail Halo
Recent purchase however for a fairly old game it still delivers plenty of addictive playing hours.

The main reason for this is the A.I. Read more
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