Halo: Combat Evolved (often simply called Halo) is the first video game in the Halo franchise. It is a military science fiction first-person shooter game that was developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft as a launch title for the Xbox on November 15, 2001.
Master Chief, an enhanced super soldier, must fight off the Covenant and solve the mystery of the artificial ringworld known as "Halo" and stop an even greater threat to the universe, the Flood, a parasitic race that devour and control its prey. Master Chief must also prevent the activation of Halo, which will destroy all life in the galaxy and in the process fight off 343 Guilty Gear who hopes to activate Halo to stop the Flood from spreading over the universe.
Why It Rocks
- Among the first First Person Shooter games to use a second analog stick for precise aiming, which is now the standard for nearly all modern FPS gameplay using controllers.
- Amazing story.
- Among some of the best local multi-player modes in gaming, with a multitude of game types such as Capture the Flag, Slayer (a deathmatch mode), Juggernaut, Oddball, and Race modes, and up to four player split screen and 16 players by system link.
- Three major factions to battle, the Covenent, the Flood, and 343 Guilty Sparks' Sentinels.
- Master Chief uses a shield generator to prevent him from being harmed. Each hit from an enemy lowers the shield but when not in combat or in hiding, the shield regenerates. Should the shield fully deplete, Master Chief will be vulnerable to damage and he must pick up a health pack to restore his health as it doesn't regenerate.
- A multitude of weapons, both human and alien. Human weapons and some alien weapons need to be reloaded but don't overheat, while other alien weapons overheat and use a battery which when depleted becomes useless. The alien weapons are more abundant than the human weapons due to the Covenant having these weapons themselves.
- Two types of grenades, fragment and plasma. Fragment grenades are useful in corners and plasma grenade stick to enemies.
- The game, while it was great, also introduced many tropes that would plague today's shooters, such as a two weapon limit, slow movement speed, and regenerating health.
Halo: Combat Evolved is considered one of the most important video games ever released and sold over a million units in its first week.