Reviews: Halo Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved

What is there to be said about Halo that hasn't already been said before? The world renowned game series has attracted casual and hardcore gamer alike. But I will only be focusing on the original, the game that started it all. You are the Master Chief, the last (at the time of the games release) surviving SPARTAN-II, a warrior, trained from childhood, genetically and physically augmented, you are the ultimate weapon. Your enemy? An alien conglomeration that calls itself "The Covenant". The Covenant have devastated hundreds of Human worlds, reducing them to charred cinders via Glassing. Humanty's greatest stronghold, Reach, came under Covenant attach, and you, injured in Reach's defense, were put in cryo while your ship, the Pillar of Autumn, initiated the Cole Protocol and made a random FTL jump away from Reach...

Only to discover an immense ring-shaped structure. Halo. And it is on Halo that your gaming experience begins. So, what was it that made Halo: Combat Evolved so much fun? Was it the immersive gameplay, or the storytelling? The hours of fun that Multi-player brought? Perhaps we will never know, but I personally like to think it was all of these. Halo: Combat Evolved introduced me to the world of the FPS, and it remains, to this day, my all time favorite game franchise. And I hope that it is yours too.