Halo Anniversary showcases the kind of development decisions 343 Industries might make going into Halo 4, and that could be a cause for concern.
"They prettied Halo up, but didn’t actually improve it." Well, wasn't 343i's intent, in creating halo anniversary, to keep everything the same except visual upgrades and adding terminals? If they "improved" or changed the gameplay or level design in the campaign, it wouldn't really be the original CE we all knew and enjoyed years ago.
If they changed anything then it wouldn't be halo CE. Some people will pck at straws its sad really
It's obvious that the idiots nitpicking the game didn't pay attention during it's many video dairies. The intention was never to change anything. It was to play the same as it did 10 years ago. That was the choice. It would just be given a fresh coat of paint. IT'S THE SAME CAMPAIGN FROM 10 YEARS AGO! Same quirks, same level design, AI, difficulty, same every damn thing! That was made absolutely clear from the start.
Bubbles to all on this thread for having an intelligence level high enough to realize the obvious. How did this writer miss this most obvious point that 343 repeatedly told everyone?
@Dan "Shoe" Shu, I hope you feel ashamed to be associated with the clown that wrote this article. I love it how people that obviously hate Halo to tell 343 "did you fix the Library"? Well, I love the Library as it is the definition of FPS Skill on Legendary! The one thing I fault 343 is, making Normal Difficulty to easy. My 9yr old daughter beats the game on Normal. Heroic is where the players play! This clown plays on Normal & now is a critic. Writings such as this, is the very reason I dont trust reviewers at all! I mention Dan Shu because he's one of the few reviewers I trust in the entire video game industry! PS. I hope 343 doesnt listen to 1 word from this idiot at TheBitMob.
Yes, the Library was not that bad. If someone wants to play an exercise in bad game design, one only needs to play Duke Nukem Forever. The Library was nothing more than a blemish on a truly astounding game. Also, nice attention grabbing title. Just because 343 didn't want to make any changes to a classic game means nothing about what will happen with Halo 4. As far as the difficulty goes, of course Normal will be easy; you've been playing Halo for ten years! Even Bungie recommended their sequels be played on Heroic for returning fans.
Agreed , i would not have bought it other wise as i missed out on the first halo back in the day so its nice to play an anniversary version true to the original , having a blast :D
Holyy fuck, is it really that hard for some people to understand that it's a remake? I have yet to play any remake or HD port of any game that changes anything other than graphics. If anything, 343 deserves praise for adding terminals, engine switching mid-game, current gen graphics, and total remodelling of characters in a friggin "HD remake". I can't think of anyone that has done something like this, considering remakes like god of war, beyond good and evil, etc were all just better looking versions of the exact same games.
sigh.. and people are paid to write things like this??
To provide their opinions? Yeah, sometimes.
Sometimes they should do some research on a topic before just speaking their opinion. I talked with the devs at E3 and they publicly said they were doing what the Fans, like myself were asking for. A HD remake. Dont change the best Halo game made to date. and they did that.
@Halochampian Agree x 10,000... people are always spouting off "well, it's my opinion"... well, most of them don't know what the ____ they're talking about. A little research goes a long way. Hell I could be running around saying the earth is flat... and that's my opinion. But research would suggest that I'm a moron for believing so. Anyway, I got the game yesterday and I'm having a blast... the ability to switch between new/old visuals is highly addictive.
LMAO guitarded77! Don't let the Halo haters bothers you one bit. They've never understood it and will always be lost when it comes to the topic. I have faith in 343 and hope they can bring the magic of Halo CE to the new trilogy.
Wasn't this developed by Sabre Interactive anyway?
they provided the updated game engine
I just hope Halo 4 delivers at whatever there goal is I just hope it works. One can only imagine what Halo 4 will be like (please innovate).
Yes, innovation is key. Halo has stayed the same for years. They need to make the game stay halo but with a big change.
343 developed this which is the next best thing to Bungie considering that some 343 employees came directly from Bungie. I really think that 343 is going to impress with Halo 4 now after playing this. Any Halo fan should support this game as it is WELL worth the trip down memory lane and IMO is just amazing. Plus- the guns are powerful as all hell. Pistol, anyone? I am loving the multiplayer maps as well. Being able to hit the select button and see what that portion of the game looked like 10 years ago...Awesome.
I actually agree with the author. If this is supposed to give us the idea that Halo 4 will be in good hands, I'm not sure if it does a very good job of that. Like it says in this piece, Halo: CE had problems (LIBRARY) and if 343 didn't fix them, why would that make me think Halo 4 will actually be any sort of evolution for the series? BUT BUT BUT, of course, that wasn't really their intention. They were just there to put fancier graphics on top of Halo: CE and it sounds like they did a fine job of that. So...oh well, I guess. I won't fault 343 for it, but like the author here, it doesn't make me any more excited for their next game.
Have you ever played a remake before? Like the ICO one? EDIT @below Why does that make a difference. Many of the people at 343 are previous employees that worked at Bungie. Including the Franchise Developer, Frankie
Not that one specifically, but this situation is different. The ICO HD remake wasn't made by a different studio that is taking the reigns of the ICO "series".
"Have you ever played a remake before? Like the ICO one?" He probably hasn't even played Halo, this is N4G after all. He most likely never owned an Xbox.
I never saw this as a game that was supposed to get me excited for Halo 4. Just like MGS HD remake hasn't got me excited for Metal Gear Rising. Its just an HD remake. They have done some cool things in the way they handled the graphical upgrade...but this is the original game at its core. I will get excited for Halo 4 at E3 2012 when they show off the game more than likely for its first time. This game just is a celebration of Halo... nothing more, nothing less.
Halo: CE was always intended to be a graphically remastered remake. There was never any intention to fix the flaws of the original. It was a game meant for the fans of the original game. If you're not a fan of the original, then you have no business being here. I recognized many of the flaws of Halo CE, but I didn't expect the new studio to fix those flaws because from the outset they made it clear that this was a graphical remastering. They said repeatedly that they weren't going to change a single thing in the single player campaign. They said this because they were touting the realtime switching feature that allowed the player to switch between the original game and the remaster. If you and the author of the article are so thickheaded that you expected the studio to fix the issues of the original after they repeatedly said that they weren't going to, then it's your fault. Your disappointment is due to your own ignorance.
I thought this game was a he remake?? And idea was to make it prettier It wouldnt be a hs remake if they started redisigning the levels and changing the story. Some articles that are approved are ridiculous
I can guarantee you that Bungie would have been very, very careful with who they handed the IP to; they would be more invested than anyone else in ensuring that Halos future is as bright as ever.
StanLee "quote" IT'S THE SAME CAMPAIGN FROM 10 YEARS AGO! Same quirks, same level design, AI, difficulty, same every damn thing! That was made absolutely clear from the start. Rus Mclaughlin = noob lol...
I feel a bit trolled after reading this article. The whole idea behind this was to give a new coat of paint to an old house. The game is supposed to play just like Halo CE originally did, and it does just that. It's beautiful to look at, but you can tell it's based off an old engine that was made 12-14 years ago, before they started doing motion capture for video games. Also, in actuality 343 oversaw Halo CEA, probably means they had a person or two checking in on it while Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity did the work. If anything this gets me all the more excited for Halo 4. If you think about it, this current generation has only seen 1 new game featuring Master Chief and that will be 5 years ago by the time Halo 4 comes out. I definitely want to see what 343 has up their sleeves.
Okay. Here's my question: Why aren't you people DEMANDING something BETTER? 343i cares enough to nerf the campaign but not enough to fix the Warthog? Seriously, WTF? I can't say if Halo CEA is cool or not, but I'm not gonna give it a blind pass because it's got the Master Chief in it OR because 343i always said they were gonna blow off any real improvements. If I say I'm gonna make a crappy movie and then I make a crappy move, did I make an awesome movie because I did what I said I'd do? No! Its a crappy movie! Maybe you fanboys can explain why a game is any different.
Ummmm... I didnt know HD Remakes were suppose to change the game. They incorporated a new engine ONTO a 10 year old engine. That's harder than it sounds. Only a handful of people were working on this as a celebration of the 10 years of Halo. "nerf the campaign" what???
So when you buy a remastered DVD or bluray, do you expect changes in the script? Remastered means they usually clean it up by improving the video/audio quality. The actually movie is not touched.
Unless you're talking about Star Wars!
Uhm, isn't this supposed to be the same exact thing as Halo:CE? People really need to know how to do research before they make a stupid a** article. I cant wait to play this game with the updated graphics and same gameplay from the best Halo to date! :) Edit: Lol, there must be a Sony fanboy in here disagreeing with everyone's comments...
Countless remastered games have just been lazy HD ports, whereas this one has been developed with a brand new game engine built from scratch. I honestly don't see why a game with much more effort put into it has received more criticism than the usual remasters.
"I honestly don't see why a game with much more effort put into it has received more criticism than the usual remasters." Because it's a MS game on N4G and sites like N4G where Xbox fans are rare. Other remasters will slip buy without adding anything and those same fans will praise it. When MS does it and sets a new bar those same hypocrites do nothing but whine.
This article is pathetic. Especially the part about them making the campaign easy on normal. It was always easy on normal. They didn't do one thing to change the difficulty. They left it the same as the original. It's funny how he adds the solution to his problem, by playing legendary, which renders even talking about the difficulty a moot point.
I'm on the 3rd level and couldn't be happier. Halo: CE is a kickass remaster! This dude needs to get laid or have a few beers to relieve some stress.
Lmao, the writer is an idiot. The game is supposed to play the same as it did 10 years ago.
and that it does! now i lean more towards the playstation side of things but when i found out they were remaking/remastering halo ce i just about giggled like a school girl and pranced around! the only complaint i have against halo cea is that they decided to leave off the original multiplayer in favor of a mere map pack for reach!? thats just gay.. now halo ce has a special place in my memories not because of its (at the time) awesome campaign but for the lan parties i participated weekly in at my high school... i remember every thursday i would pack up my xbox to bring to school. we all went to the cafe where we had a net switch and had permission to use several of the schools tvs there, i really hoped that we would be able to play halo ce's multiplayer over live..... oh well the campaign is still a blast to go though again at least. oh and wtf is up with normal being nerfed and super easy now?
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