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E3 2011: If ever a trailer could convince you that Halo 1 needs remastering, it's this

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Bungie's breakthrough moment was undoubtedly Halo. For a while, it was virtually the only reason anybody owned an Xbox. But despite its brilliance, it lacked one vital element - online multiplayer. Its sequel rectified this, of course, but there's still something to be said for the original over its predecessor. The purer multiplayer and simpler story make it perhaps the most cohesive entry in the entire series. But do we really need a new version? One look at the trailer is enough to convince me that the answer is a definitive 'yes'.

Mr Deep Voiceover Man isn't wrong when he says that the multiplayer maps are some of the finest ever created. And they look sensational with their 360 facelift. The prospect of online play is welcome too - if only to finally appease all the fans who literally lugged Xboxes and TVs round to each others' houses to play LAN multiplayer. That's dedication - but the experience was good enough to make it worth the effort.

So, HD graphics, remastered levels, special effects and online multiplayer - everything a remake should have. With the core gameplay still arguably unchanged since the original's release, updating these aspects and leaving the core intact should make it feel like a genuinely modern game. It was ahead of the curve at the time - there's no reason this can't feel relevant and new all over again.

This is coming from a man who doesn't even like Halo 3. But once more through this trailer? Don't mind if I do...

07 Jun, 2011

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24 comments

  • Mk3nzy - June 11, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    we can all pretty much know for sure they are going to do the same for Halo 2, they cant leave that one un-remastered...
  • Mk3nzy - June 11, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Halo deserves this, cannot wait for NOVEMBER! cant wait to see the opening cinematic for the first time xD and to see how much more detail they have put in
  • ThatGuyFromTV - June 8, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    I like the Rockstar-style voiceover, and this looks good overall, but I want this to be as faithful to the original as possible, and in that respect there's one part in this trailer that scares the shit out of me. Check 1:08
  • SirManguydude - June 7, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    CE:A and the New Halo Trilogy. Though I am worried for Halo 4 because it is pulling a Mass Effect. Based on the trailer alone, John-117 will be fighting the Precursors(or maybe Forerunners, as the Precursors were wiped out, even though they could easily travel to a different Galaxy as they had the technology). I mean fighting the highest Technological tier, who created the flood, would be pretty intense.
  • Spybreak8 - June 7, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Yeah it's pretty cool. O'Connor said that they'll use the same physics code, so it'll feel like Halo CE, but have a new graphical layer over that so it looks beautiful. Tack on online co-op and multiplayer through a ODST kind of package and you've got a bargin. Color me intrigued and a second owner of Halo CE.
  • Jesse1066 - June 7, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    I'm really excited, but I still don't like the assault rifle from Reach. They should have kept the Halo 3 model for Anniversary.
  • UberNoob - June 7, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    Can't...hold...in...temptation...must...FAP!
  • SumthingStupid - June 7, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    November 15 but that is the day saints row 3 is out
  • lemur - June 7, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    did anyone elst orgasm? I did.
  • FoxdenRacing - June 7, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    I'm in. "Mr. Deep Voiceover Guy" is the multiplayer announcer [Blue Team: Scores] from the series...nice touch, 343. One thing that bugs me is seeing the assasination clip; H:CE:A [there's an acronym and a half] is built on the Reach engine, so hopefully it's configurable enough to strip it down to the core of H1; playing the original Halo with jetpacks and junk...let alone the multiplayer...could be d*mnation in blessing's clothing. The original maps were beautifully designed around what was in the game, not what'd be coming later. On the other hand, imagine what we could do with Reach's Forge and the old H1 maps. Granted, I'll be happy if I can one-shot Hunters again. Come get some, meet Mr. Magnum you big blue-armored *sshole!
  • whydoesmypastatastelikeblood - June 7, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    don't know about everyone else but i'm ready to replay the libary level on legendary recaptcha: terlyi the
  • Kage_No_Shi - June 7, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Feh. I'm only interested in the Halo series if I can get it on PC...The whole series. It's a pretty big market they're ignoring, and the first Halo WAS on the PC so you know they can do it (porting 360 to PC is much easier for devs than say PS3 to PC).
  • Desann - June 7, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    I've heard that the multiplayer in Anniversary is actually Halo Reach's multiplayer with those remade Halo 1 maps. Sort of like what they did with ODST, where the multiplayer was lifted from their last game. Can anyone confirm this? You could see a melee assassination in the trailer, so I'm sure it's true, but it's disappointing to hear that we don't get to take Halo 1's gameplay online after all if that's really the case.
  • Gavo - June 7, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    Aw, no Infinity? THAT map was ridiculously fun, if a bit massive. Made for great teamwork.
  • Bloodstorm - June 7, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    @DCDerekUSA, Sure, Halo CE had quite a few maps, but most weren't very popular. I'm thinking the we are going to definitely get Sidewinder, Blood Gulch, Battle Creek, and Hang'em High. Those were the most played Halo CE maps anyways. I can't wait for this. Wonder if there will be any special editions. I'm a sucker for the collectors editions of any Halo game. As for Halo 4. If they do it like Reach, bringing it back to the Halo CE format with a good story than I'm all for it. I really would have liked a Halo Wars 2 though, with upscaled battles and an upscaled story.
  • Bladex206 - June 7, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    @Acerlux Makes more sense honestly. Why would you want to have a whole new multiplayer game? When you could just take those classic Halo maps and play them on reach, earning exp and goodies on the most current multiplayer-active-Halo game. I'm super excited. I would not even give this game a second look, but after upgrading my Xbox 360 hard drive I have been unable to play old Xbox games. So it will be nice to have a working version of this classic again.
  • Acerlux - June 7, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    The wrench comes in where there's not actually any online halo 1 multiplayer. There's 7 new maps for Reach. This is an ODST-like shin-dig with a shiny campaign but not Reach multiplayer. Confirmed with a $40 price point. I'm still excited as hell though. http://halo.xbox.com/en-us/news/headline/the-halo-bulletin-inaugural-frankie-edition/59856
  • DannyMB - June 7, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    I bloody loved my LAN parties with Halo. Honestly a big highlight of my youth. As long as the pistol has been left intact in all its overpowered glory, i'll be buying.
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - June 7, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    I'm not sure if I trust 343 Industries with making an entirely new game featuring my beloved Master Chief. This, on the other hand, looks ridiculously awesome.
  • DCDerekUSA - June 7, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Can't wait for this, releasing the week after Skyrim is smart as well. The only thing I wanted to see from this though was the Sidewinder map.And only 7 maps leaves it questionable because between the XBOX,PC and Mac there are 19 different multiplayer maps.....so what happened to the other 12?

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