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