Halo Anniversary lets you replay Halo: Combat Evolved with all new improvements.
Over a decade ago, we was stepping into the shoes of Master Chief for the first time. Back then, no one could have imagined how popular the Halo franchise has become. Halo Combat Evolved was, and still is one of the best shooters in history. With Halo 2, Halo 3 and Reach continuing the franchise, it's nice to return to where it all began.
Halo Anniversary is simply a polished up version of Combat Evolved. It offers the exact same experience from the original, but also features a new updated look. There's two ways you can play Halo Anniversary, the old classic way, which doesn't change any of the visuals. Or you can play it with an entire visual overhaul. This is one of the best features I like about Halo: Anniversary. Whilst in game time, simply pressing the back button will change the games visual style. It's a neat feature and it changes almost instantly, without any loading time. The updated visuals are not just the old textures turned up a notch. Much has been added, with many new objects that didn't appear in the original.
Apart from the great single-player experience, Halo is also known for it's large multiplayer battles. Halo: Anniversary has a great multiplayer package. It features several recreated maps along with a new firefight mission, which is based on a campaign level. It all fits in with the Reach experience. Booting up the multiplayer actually loads up the Reach menu. The six maps available are taken from the PC version. There's Hang 'em High, Prisoner, Beaver Creek, Damnation, Headlong and Timberland. What's cool is that Halo: Anniversary also comes with a code, so you can load up Reach and play the maps without Anniversary.
Overall, Halo Anniversary is great fun. I found it just as enjoyable from when it first released way back in 2001. With an impressive polished single-player, Co-op and fun multiplayer, Halo: Anniversary is worth the price.
Review by Gareth Smith