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Halo: Combat Evolved (PC CD)

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP
3.9 out of 5 stars 156 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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  • 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 (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,081 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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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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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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By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2004
When Halo finally arrived on the PC, it had its work cut out. Firstly it had to soothe the hurt feelings of PC gamers slighted by its ‘treachery’. Secondly, first person shooter standards are far higher in PC gaming than they are in console land. Thirdly, a little spit and polish aside, the game was already three years old before it came to the PC – making it practically middle-aged by gaming standards. How would it cope?
This game – as the title suggests – is a genuine evolution of its genre.
Though this is not immediately obvious from the first few scenes. We start off on board the space ship Pillar of Autumn (such a nice name) which is attacked and boarded by an enemy known as the Covenant, who are intent on destroying it and everyone on board. Once the opening scenes explaining the plot and a thinly disguised tutorial level are out of the way, you will find yourself wandering through corridors (a first person shooter staple) encountering several local skirmishes between Covenant and human forces as you go. It’s solid enough but, as I have said, fairly straight forward.
The game really begins in earnest when you go down to the Halo itself. It is here, in Halo’s open spaces where the AI is free to do its stuff, that you realise you are not playing just another shooter.
One of the main features of Halo’s combat is its use of vehicles. Its selection of small and large, land and air, alien and human vehicles are a key factor in the dynamic, occasionally epic nature of the battles you must fight.
The Warthog is probably the most well known of the vehicles. This is the light reconnaissance vehicle used by your troops.
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This is highly recommended, fighting the Covenant is good fun, 4 levels of difficulty make it more interesting, and half-way through you meet the real bad-guys, turn up your gamma if you're afraid of the dark. What I wanted to point out is that in the other reviews I find no mention of Halo online - this is what gives it its long-life, I've been online-ing for two or three years now, making friends and killing them all over the world. So highly recommended.
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Halo stands out as somthing above the ordinary. It operates a perfect mix of fast reflex action and of more controlled tactical situations. Each stage of the game offers different challenges as the player can go suddenly from being the hunted to being the hunter. From an apparently safe vantage point you play havoc with the sniper rifle before the ingenious AI finds you and you're fighting for your life. The occasional addition of tanks add to the fun (I think the Scorpion may be too powerfull!) and again changes the slant of the game.

Another point that seriously stands in its favour is one not much considered. Halo will operate on anything from a mediocre PC (low end graphics I agree) all the way to the highest spec machine where the scenery is stunning.

This Game is a perfect example of what a FPS can be.
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I dont know what that other guy was on about, but after updating my graphics drivers on the internet halo ran fine on my pc (2400 athlon, 128mb geforce 4600).
Gearbox have done a reasonable job in porting it over to the pc. The game plays well in single player, and multplayer is great fun. There are only really 2 snags in my opinion, first up there is no co-operative mode as in the xbox version which was half the fun of the original. second, large multiplayer games can get quite laggy, but this is perhaps more due to the hardware of those hosting the games, than the game itself.
Aside from these points Halo for the pc is well worth getting. If u've never played the xbox version u will immensely enjoy single player. But even veterens of the xbox version will get a great deal out of the multiplayer mode (provided u have broadband).
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