HALO RELOADED

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

The re­mas­tered graph­ics of Halo, one of the world’s best first-per­son shoot­ing games, al­lows you to re­visit the an­tics of the mas­ter chief. No new lev­els have been added but then that’s the beauty of this game as—the en­tire first edi­tion has been re­worked in such a way that a first time player will never guess this is a 10-year-old game. It was good to be reac­quainted with the re­li­able Mag­num pis­tol, which re­mains the best weapon to over­power the Covenant aliens. The As­sault Ri­fle is an­other ef­fec­tive arm.

The mul­ti­player mode is where things get a bit tricky. Purists will prob­a­bly be crit­i­cal be­cause the orig­i­nal Halo didn’t have this op­tion. The Halo Reach en­gine en­ables six re­worked clas­sic maps. The Ridge­line map is a sur­prise ad­di­tion as it was exclusive to the PC and Mac ver­sions of the orig­i­nal game. The cap­ti­vat­ing game modes, weapons, char­ac­ter cus­tomi­sa­tion kept us en­thralled.

You can tweak the set­tings to play ei­ther the orig­i­nal mu­sic or the re-mas­tered and en­hanced sound­track. The game de­vel­op­ers want to show how far the graph­ics have pro­gressed— press the Se­lect but­ton to switch be­tween the lat­est and the orig­i­nal graph­ics.

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