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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Halo Anniversary Gamescom Impressions
by Andrew Reiner on Aug 16, 2011 at 09:06 AM
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: 343 Industries, Saber Interactive, Certain Affinity
Release:
Rating: Mature
Platform: Xbox 360

At this year's Gamescom, Microsoft showed off two Halo Anniversary multiplayer maps, Damnation and the awesomely renamed Beaver Creek (formerly known as Battle Creek).

Game Informer's seasoned reporter Jeff Cork saw both of them in action and had this to say: "The game will ship with updated versions of the original maps, running on the Halo: Reach engine. Reach players can download these maps, and there will be full compatibility between multiplayer on those two games. That also means that players will be able to use enhancements like jetpacks in those original maps, which really adds an extra dimension to the gameplay that fans are familiar with. For instance, that little sniper spot on Beaver Creek isn't quite as desirable now that players can simply rocket up to it. The game's classic mode isn't supported in multiplayer, but we'll have a chance to check it out this week."

It will be interesting to hear back, we're especially curious to see how the feature that allows you to seamlessly switch back and forth between the old-school graphics and the redone version works in real time. We're also eager to see how poorly Jeff fairs in the multiplayer. We predict he'll burst into tears about five minutes into his first match. What a big babypants.