Video Game Review: Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved was released by Bungie in late 2001 as their first ever game; it was released onto the original Xbox as its first title.

The logo of the developer.

Bungie was founded in mid-1991; they released several games before Halo, but none really were remarkable. In 2001, when the released it to coincide with the launch of the Xbox, it became a worldwide favorite.

The box art for the game.

Halo: Combat Evolved takes place in the twenty-sixth century; the player assumes the role as the Master Chief, a cybernetically-enhanced super soldier. The xenophobic alien Covenant, the ancient and mysterious Forerunners, and the hostile parasitic Flood stand against you.

To aid you in your endeavors are the Marines of the UNSC, who are supremely qualified in killing allies and even you by accident.

The game also included, for the first time, vehicle-based combat to be in an FPS.

The Master Chief and a squad of Marines
A screenshot from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Halo: CE became the single greatest game to be released on the platform, selling 6.43 million units. It grossed over 192.2 million after five months.  It was rated 97/100 on Metacritic.

On the 10th anniversary of its release (2011), 343 Studios released a remastered version of the game. It received a 82/100 on Metacritic.

I give it a 8 out of 10 stars.