Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary's Kinect integration outlined at NYCC

Halo: Combat Anniversary is ready for its Nov 15 launch, reports 343 Industries, which shared details about the title's Kinect integration with NYCC attendees. The game's voice-commands will allow for in-game action-triggers and an exclusive Library feature designed to explore the remake's expanded take on Halo lore.

If you find yourself losing firefights due to your slowness in finding the button for actions like “grenade” or “reload,” then you probably need more than just a Kinect prompt. That being said, if you yell at Master Chief, he will follow your commands, which is as good an excuse as any for yelling at Halo.You'll also be able to switch between the title’s original and updated visuals with the power of your mouth.

Above: Classic map Hang 'em High's also been confirmed for the Anniversary remake. Here it is in the original

The remake also features a Metroid Prime-style Library section, which can only be accessed using the Kinect command “Analyze.” This pauses the action and brings up information and a standalone 3D model for in-game items of note. Assuming your Xbox doesn't have an "Enhance" button, the Library mode is for Kinect users only. The rest of you will have to make do with shooting Covenant in stony, vaguely shameful silence.

Oct 17, 2011


  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - October 18, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    seem pretty unoffensive but pointless, is the library mode still controlled using your gamepad because if so then there really is no kinect integration, just voice commands that could work just as well with a headset...
  • Smash_Bro - October 17, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    Hm, maybe I should actually consider getting a Kinect. ...Meh, I'm done considering. I'd care more if I already had a Kinect.
  • AxiamWolfe - October 17, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    "A Metroid Prime-style Library section" Why did I think of the seventh-level having gameplay like Metroid Prime when I read that line? reCaptcha: Black font in a black box. What.
  • HankVenture - October 17, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    O hey, we know a lot of you hate Kinect but LOVE HAlO to the point of obsession, so we will MAKE it where you need our shi&&y accessory to enjoy everything they made for this game.
  • BigWillis - October 17, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    So why can't these voice commands be done with the headset again?
  • UberNoob - October 17, 2011 12:59 p.m. I'm not sure if it will turn out well :\ Kinect and FPS sound like a combo that won't work.
  • angelusdlion - October 17, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    doesn't seem too bad.. unobtrusive and an extra rather than punishment for not ponying up for a Kinect..
  • Baron164 - October 17, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    I don't care about Kinect functionality but the analyze feature seems cool enough.

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