Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Guide
Unofficial Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary by CM Boots-Faubert for SuperCheats.com
The original game, Halo: Combat Evolved (AKA Halo:CE) was the game that established the series but it had more going for it than that. When it was released on November 15, 2001 it also happened to be one of the launch titles for the original Xbox, and at the time was justifiably considered to be the "Killer Game" for the platform. It was so successful in fact that Microsoft released a version for its Windows OS, as well as Mac OSX, and it crossed over into other forms of media including novels and comics.
After the launch of the Xbox 360, Halo:CE was released as a downloadable Xbox Original title, but in its original form with nothing added. When Halo:CE was created the LIVE community did not exist as it does today, and there were no Achievements in the game. The release of Halo: Combat Evolved (AKA Halo:CEA) is more than simply a re-release, and more than a revamp -- in addition to a full set of Achievements the game has had the Skull System from Halo 3, as well as a Terminal Collection that tells the background story for the Ring Worlds and why they exist as well as providing some foreshadowing for the upcoming sequel for the series, Halo 4.
The events in Halo:CEA take place shortly after the attack on Reach, taking place in the twenty-sixth century, with the player assuming the role of the Master Chief for the first time (officially). As a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier, the Master Chief has an edge that few UNSC Marines enjoy, and because of that and his value to the Corps he is largely kept in cryogenic suspension while the ship he is on travels, a practice that extends his service life. This of course suggests that the UNSC views him more as an object than a free-willed person -- and you have to wonder what he thinks about that?
Another treat in this first title is our meeting and getting to know Cortana, the artificial intelligence that was part of the computer in the UNSC Carrier Pillar of Autumn and who now occupies the Master Chief's neural interface. The assistance that Cortana provides the Master Chief is complicated by her own sense of identity, but our experiences with her in this game -- especially if you have only played the Xbox 360 games starting with Halo 3 -- fills in a lot of the blanks.
Released on November 15, 2011 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the original release, Halo:CEA is an exceptional game -- and one of its most impressive features is the fact that the original game was left in place, with a second modern and graphically updated one co-existing with it, so that players can switch between them at will -- though also at the cost of some features, which is outlined in detail later in the guide.
Initially we thought that a simply update to the original guide would be all that was necessary, but with the inclusion of the Skulls and Terminals, and certain other refinements like the Achievements that really round-out game play, it soon became obvious that a new guide was required. This is that guide.