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Halo Anniversary video demonstrates how classic campaign stage Silent Cartographer was updated

One of E3’s less surprising, but certainly interesting announcements was that Halo: Combat Evolved, the game that made Xbox a household name, was getting a full-on remake for 360. This rerelease is the first real test for Halo’s current flagship developer (343 Industries), as the team is taking over for franchise’s creator Bungie. Perhaps remaking what many see as the best game of all time isn’t most helpful way to examine 343’s abilities at designing new Halo content, but it certainly shows the devs devotion to the Halo franchise. That love is in full force during this lengthy trailer for the classic campaign level The Silent Cartographer.


The gameplay looks pitch perfect to us, and the narrator certainly sounds convincing, but to be honest we haven’t played this in a decade, so we could be way off. How’s this look to the Halo fans out there?

Jul 22, 2011

26 comments

  • Berretxz4t4 - July 26, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    SpartanCL89 and Gotxxrock have quite valid points, and if D0CCON is right ... WIN!! ... But @ Axcleblade and NotBraze: people have been calling Halo CE the "best game of all time" for at least 8 years
  • Berretxz4t4 - July 26, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    @Plan10FromOuterSpace: I agree on both accounts, and with Doctalen. It's kinda suckish that they didn't bring back the original multiplayer (although a few Reach maps wouldn't go amiss), but I'm damn sure I'll get it when it comes out... Is that a contradiction? :-&
  • D0CCON - July 23, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    @SecretGingerWizard I think I remember reading somewhere that the vehicles in sp would be indestructible again.
  • NotBraze - July 23, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    @Plan10FromOuterSpace, the acclaim was not "best FPS of all time" or "best game of the sixth generation of consoles" and even then there'd be a lot of other games that many people would consider more worthy of those titles. The acclaim was "best game of all time," and that description includes every game ever made, so Ocarina of Time, Portal, Mass Effect 2, BioShock, Shadow of the Colossus, GTA IV, etc. are all fair comparisons. I really like Halo, I think it's a great game, but I would never call it the best game ever made, and to be honest I've never heard anyone else call it that until now, which is why I was surprised at the line in the article saying "remaking what many see as the best game of all time." Because I'm not sure how many people really see it that way.
  • SpartanCL89 - July 23, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    I wish they had put sprint in. See how slow Master Chief plods around!
  • Axcleblade - July 23, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    Im with NotBraze on this one to be honest. Halo CE was simply fantastic at its time, and I'm the biggest Halo fan I know, but it simply cant compare to Mass Effect 2 to me. Day 1 purchase for me, as its one of my favorites, but there are simply other games that exceed it in every way. It was revolutionary but not the best. Anyway, the graphics in CE are better than in Halo 2, so I'm hoping for a remake of that. Especially since my disk has some glitch tat causes shadows to stay in the foreground after cutscenes, rendering it unplayable (there are shadows covering half or more of the screen). And its a shame because I think Halo 2 had the best story of the series.
  • Gotxxrock - July 23, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    The sentiment of not touching the gameplay just for the sake of retaining the quality of the original experiene seems pretty damn lazy to me. I was hoping for better friendly AI and the ability to sprint, but I guess not. I mean, how cool would that be if the Marines in this level actually followed you and didn't just wait at the end of the beachhead as inevitable gunner replacements? A real fullscale battle! Shit man, 343 has no balls.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 23, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    @NotBraze, Ocarina isnt an FPS so thats a pretty irrelevant comparison, and the other games you listed came out a whole generation later so the very fact you thought to compare Halo to them should demonstrate how mind-blowing halo was when it first came out.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 23, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    Looks great, but for some reason its only the old footage that gives me that rush of nostalgia. I love how good the re-done visuals look but I might well end up playing through this at least once or twice on the original settings
  • Doctalen - July 23, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    I have always wanted someone to remake a game with updated graphics, no new features, no new characters, no new weapons, etc.. This is exactly what I was looking for. However I still own my copy of Halo: Combat Evolved, so is it possible to make xbox live compatible with the original?
  • MeanwhileGuy - July 23, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    I'm in two minds about this. While I love that 343 are obviously devoted to the Halo franchise, and I reckon they'll do a great job with 4, I just don't see the need to keep everything except the graphics exactly the same. This was the perfect opportunity to retcon the original Halo to fit in with the universe more, for example introduce brutes, have updated physics, armor powers and customisation, even do a bit of level re-design (coughLIBRARYcough). C'mon 343, this is your one and only chance to show us fans what you can do with the licence before 4 comes out, and you're simply doing a cut and paste of the original Halo with shiny graphics, and not making an already great game even better with the benefit of hindsight. I'll still get it, but I'll never be able to get past thinking "Oh, this bit could've been awesome with a jetpack." or "Man, the Library could suck so much less with armour powers."
  • SecretGingerWizard - July 23, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    Most people proclaim it as "The Best" because it was one of the first good console shooters. Not saying I agree with that statement, but people have their opinions.
  • Manguy17 - July 23, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    under the assumption that there will be split screen then im very much excited, been too long since ive done a good co-op playthrough with my brother
  • NotBraze - July 23, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    Wait, am I missing something? How many people would actually call the original Halo "the best game of all time?" It's a very good game, and certainly one I've played numerous times, but stacked up against Mass Effect 2, Portal, BioShock, or even Ocarina of Time, I don't think "best game of all time" is very realistic praise.
  • SecretGingerWizard - July 23, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    The one thing that still hasn't been talked about, and that I really want to know, is how the vehicles behave. I remember in Halo CE getting shot while in a vehicle reduced your helth/shields, but did no harm to the vehicle, making the vehicles themselves indestructible. Me and my friends always had a great time doing things like taking a warthog all the way to the bottom of Silent Cartographer, and then back out to the surface, which is impossible without unbreakable vehicles. Tldr: Are the vehicles still indestructible?
  • ObliqueZombie - July 23, 2011 4:04 a.m.

    I'm actually really excited for this! I wouldn't exactly call it a Day One buy, but this'll be on my radar for quite some time.
  • Soupyspazimus - July 23, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    Well if plays exactly like the original and has basically the same code and the feeling is "exactly the same", why not just play the original? If it really was a gift to the fans, they'd release it at a decreased price since basically they are selling us the same game over again.
  • Spybreak8 - July 23, 2011 2:40 a.m.

    Sweet!
  • TURbo - July 23, 2011 2:38 a.m.

    Ugh. It's exactly the same, just better graphics. The Flood library section will look the same, and the level design will still be the same copy and paste only better looking.
  • FOZ - July 23, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    Why is it so important that the game play exactly the same? The original still looks fine. It's not like it's in dire need of updated graphics, it's not the original Quake or anything. I don't see why it can't at least have ragdoll. Or what about modifiers to add in newer weapons and mechanics, or leave them out if you want to? I don't see the point of giving the original Halo what's essentially a texture pack then slapping on the Reach multiplayer.

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