E3: Halo Anniversary

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I was hoping they'd tweak the physics just a little bit. Don't get me wrong I love CE but Jesus does that Warthog handle like a fucking boat.

Everyone seems a little confused about this. Random facts about this release:

There will be NO online Halo 1 multiplayer. The multiplayer included is for Reach. It is very similar to Halo 3: ODST. "New" campaign, old multiplayer with new maps. The difference is, ODST included every single Halo 3 map in its multiplayer disc. If you don't have Reach, but you buy Halo Anniversary, you will only get the seven Reach maps that come with it. That's really effing lame, and I don't understand why they don't go the ODST route, but whatever.

Co-op can be played online. Two players only.

It's being released for 39.99 US dollars.

And they will be announcing new features before it's released in November. Probably things like Theater, scoring, and skulls.

I was really excited about this until I watched the trailer. The Chief's redesigned look is like a poor fan-made mod, and the other assets seem to all be ported straight from Reach. Now the multiplayer seems to be turning out to be lower than fans expected. It all just seems so half-hearted, which is a terrible shame after people have been waiting for this for so long.
The only positive thing that the trailer showed was that the Assault Rifle has a 60 round magazine again, at long last.

Is it just me, or does this seem like the most incredibly pointless remake ever? The only reason this could possibly be relevant is if it mixed things up a little, gave you extra locations to play in, fleshed out the story a bit more, added more gameplay really. As it stands, apparently it's exactly the same. And as Susan pointed out, the graphics for the first game aren't even that bad right now anyway, so damned if I'm even going to consider buying this just for HD. And is it worth buying for multiplayer? Pfft. Hardly. You can't seriously claim that people have already gotten sick of playing Reach multiplyer. Besides, they've got even more multiplayer coming out once Halo 4 is released. All that, and I bet it's going be priced exactly the same as a AAA title.

Chrissake, why is everybody so escited about this game? I honestly don't get it. Ten years is worth celebtrating, I guess. But can this really be called celebrating? This is just rubbish.

I am somewhat disappointed this is just a re-skin. I was hoping for a full on re-imagining a-la Tomb Raider Anniversary with gameplay that is refined and updated beyond the original. Oh well, maybe in another 10 years.

7 multiplayer maps? Are we going backwards now? Halo 1 has way more than 7 >:O

Ugh...I don't think I like that it's just a new coat of paint over the old thing. I mean, by now Halo is pretty darn easy. And the level design is, well, from 10 years ago. Don't get me wrong, it was amazing back then, but on this day and age that's just kind of a waste. Especially when you can do so much more. Think about it, if the AI is the exact same thing, the Hunters will look now fearsome but they'll still go down if you sidestep around them and shoot at their backs with a pistol once, and pretty much everything else, except for the flood, will still go down fast when using the noob combo (covvie plasma pistol-human pistol).

Also, 1 firefight map? What's the deal with that? It's not like I'm asking for more, it's that I just don't get it. Is it large and configurable, or what? I'd like to know more about this.

I'd have taken a reworked AI and the game still looking just like it did 10 years ago.

That is the coolest thing ever!

Halo original with online multilayer. I have been weighting 9 years for this.

November 15th? like this year's november 15th?! Awesome! can't wait....

HankMan:
Even if it only has better graphics than it's Forerunner the Microsoft will still be Flooded with orders.

Wow, my wallet is going to be Brutealized this November.

Just as question I assume this will mean no dual wielding or no new weapons. I thought when I heard about dual engines we would have the option to use the new stuff.

It's Xbox-exclusive? But... but...

That makes me so sad...

You know, I'm excited for this and all, but I have to say, I may prefer the original look anyway. Sure, the graphics are objectively crap, but they have this certain . . . quality about them that makes them timeless.

Andronicus:
Is it just me, or does this seem like the most incredibly pointless remake ever? The only reason this could possibly be relevant is if it mixed things up a little, gave you extra locations to play in, fleshed out the story a bit more, added more gameplay really. As it stands, apparently it's exactly the same. And as Susan pointed out, the graphics for the first game aren't even that bad right now anyway, so damned if I'm even going to consider buying this just for HD. And is it worth buying for multiplayer? Pfft. Hardly. You can't seriously claim that people have already gotten sick of playing Reach multiplyer. Besides, they've got even more multiplayer coming out once Halo 4 is released. All that, and I bet it's going be priced exactly the same as a AAA title.

Chrissake, why is everybody so escited about this game? I honestly don't get it. Ten years is worth celebtrating, I guess. But can this really be called celebrating? This is just rubbish.

All this and it's not even Bungie making it.

TimeComando:
That is the coolest thing ever!

Halo original with online multilayer. I have been weighting 9 years for this.

I haven't, I played online on my PC copy of Halo. "Combat Evolved" was more or less replaced by "Lagging Evolved" it was bad.

Why remake the game completely? I mean, keeping all the the same AI, levels and glitches while only changing the graphics seems more like cashing in than celebrating the anniversary. (I'll revoke this if the price is about $20-30 AUD)

Besides, 10 years after, if someone wanted it, they would have it.

Is Halo really that sacred that they won't change anything? Let the fans whine their little rotor-blades off, if something was broken in the first one then they might as well fix it, if only to justify a HD re-make of a game that had good enough graphics to begin with.

All the screenshots I see make me think: "The chiefs armor really needs work."

Online Co-Op only adds more awesome to this game. A definite buy for me, to the glee of my friend.

I was considering buying this until you reminded me of the library.

but the colours are all wrong.

I can't stand Halo 2 and all sequels beyond but this...

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so...it really is nothing but a graphical overhaul.

i have shit in my fridge older than halo:CE. in fact, i have halo:CE (not in my fridge though).

if i want to play to play the exact same game i already have....just, why?! are graphics so important to you people that you need to revamp a game every 10 years to be able to play it again? i will NEVER get over how they can release a remake of a game barely 1-generation old; this is just utter insanity, its the same exact game but with gratuitous bloom and people are going to buy it....

someone explain this to me :(

From what I understand, from the trailer, the multiplayer section will be part of Halo Reach's multiplayer suite as I saw both armour abilities and assassinations on the multiplayer shots. Hence, these seven maps are basically seven re-made maps for Halo Reach. They'll most likely put the re-made Halo CE campaign on one disc and bundle it with a separate multiplayer disc that contains both these re-made maps and all the previous Halo Reach multiplayer content, just like they did for Halo ODST.

They haven't made this explicit thus far but this is how I imagine things will turn out. And frankly, I'm quite happy to play these re-made maps in Halo Reach's multiplayer when it is a superior multiplayer experience to the original. This also means Microsoft isn't shooting themselves in the foot by putting out another completely separate online competitive halo multiplayer mode that would be vying with Reach's.

$40 dollars for a dolled-up version of a game I own the superior port of with 7 maps remade for Reach (a some new ones) plus achievements? No thanks. I'll just buy an HD collection for my PS3.

StarStruckStrumpets:
If armour abilities are in this, I'm going to be uber-pissed. Online shouldn't have them either.
In fact, that will probably stop me from buying the game...

I entirely agree, I'm only going to get this if the multiplayer gets its shit together and if armour abilities get left out. Reach's multiplayer is a pile of vomit and the maps have no soul to them.

Besides if I wanted the single player experience, I modded the PC campaign a year or so ago: upped the textures and some of the models to make it feel like Halo 3, even threw in some Halo 3 weapons. Not sure if the 'compatible with Reach's online' buisness is rumor or not but if thats the way it is, im gonna bet the multiplayer will be an Armour Ability extravaganza.

HankMan:
Even if it only has better graphics than it's Forerunner the Microsoft will still be Flooded with orders.

I both hate and love you.

...one firefight map? Does this mean there's going to be a dedicated firefight mode, or is it just gonna be some cheesy post-campaign level?

I actually think I'll stick to Reach..It's still my favourite instalment because I have no nostalgic attachment to the series Because my first console was A PS1, then PS2, then the 360.

A remake of Halo? So if Bungie, or 343 Studios or whoever, can remake the greatest FPS of all time then Square Enix can surely remake FF7...... right?

Hmmm, somewhat tempting actually.

Only 1 Firefight map?!?!

Everything else makes me happy.

WOOHOOO

This news made me so happy, cannot wait, they need to include the following maps:

Sidewinder
Hang em high
Headlong
Zanzibar
Sidewinder
Warlock
Turf
Sidewinder.

Eh for the 40$ price that comes with it I'm down. My old Halo disc is all scratched up from love and abuse so I'll definitely enjoy seeing this come back.

LGC Pominator:
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I don't know if that was intentional, but you wrote Sidewinder twice. Either that was a mistake or you really want Sidewinder back, heh. I agree as well, the 7 multiplayer maps does seem a bit underwhelming.

I will probably pick this up. I've lost my Halo: CE disc a long time ago, and would love to play through the original campaign once again, even with the graphic overhaul. How cool is it going to be to play through The Maw in HD?

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Damn, I'm excited for this.

Can't say I'm particularly excited.

The new aesthetics are horribly busy and cluttered and very likely won't have the cohesive feel of the old game, which still looks gorgeous today. And while CEA comes with a graphics swap button, some sources have said that the audio can't swap, and I am most definitely not liking the bland remade audio so far compared to the old. I also keep a CRT with old-style bottom-mounted speakers laying around for old games with audio balanced for that sort of thing, and Halo 1 sounds insanely awesome on that thing. Much more awesome than the "remastered" audio has sounded from what I've seen so far, anyway.

And the game doesn't have any online multiplayer. "Online multiplayer" meaning "the thing I've waited for 10 years for, console Halo 1 MP with netcode that doesn't suck." Yeah, a Reach map pack is cool and all, but simply putting in the same maps isn't remotely similar to the same thing; to put it bluntly, Hemorrhage is nothing at all like Blood Gulch. Halo 1 has easily my favorite MP out of the Halo series, which is saying a lot, and to this day it's the only one that I've never been able to play on console in its natural form with noncrappy netcode.
Actually, as far as we know, it quite possibly may lack local Halo 1 MP as well.

The only thing this remake offers me, Halo 1-wise, is online coop. Which I guess is cool, though I don't make much use of it in Halo's 3 and Reach, so I dunno.

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