Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
To celebrate the ten year anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved, Microsoft announced Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary at E3 this year. The updated version of the first-person shooter classic features improved graphics and maps. Susan Arendt got a look at the update and found that it keeps the original gameplay completely intact.
Read Susan's full preview of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary here. The game is due for release November 15, 2011 on Xbox 360.
The two-engine system also allows for a bit of nostalgia on the fly. You can hit a button at any time to turn off the new graphics engine and return to the old Halo look. It's a fun little time machine that really shows off just how far graphics have come in the past ten years, but you know, Halo still looks pretty good, even a decade later.
343 was hands off when it came to gameplay elements, but that doesn't mean Anniversary doesn't benefit from a bit of tweaking here and there. In areas like The Library, where everyone got lost, new textures and lighting have been added to help point the way towards the exit. Other areas have received similar modifications, and new terminals have been added that will help explain Halo's story.