The gaming rumor mill has been buzzing about a Halo: Combat Evolved remake and most gaming blogs have its release pegged for November 2011. The thought of a 10 year anniversary Halo: CE remake brings joy to my heart, but in order for it to succeed, Halo: CE will need to following changes.
Halo: CE did well back in its heyday and most original Halo: Combat Evolved fans had no qualms about having a LAN-only multiplayer options – but things have changed over the last 10 years. Since the original Halo: CE release, Halo fans have grown a taste for online multiplayer options in their favorite Halo games and Halo: CE 2011 will definitely have to offer something in the Xbox Live department.
This is a no-brainer and is pretty much implied in the words “remake”, but I need to drive this point home; the original Halo: Combat Evolved graphics suck. Large polygons, extra dark map locations, and hazy projectiles plague the original Halo: CE and Combat Evolved looks like some sort of Lego Halo game when compared to the modern Halo games.
An Improved HUD
Heads-up displays are an integral part of any first-person shooter and the original Halo debut features a very simple [too simple] HUD display than what is required of modern day Halo games. Halo: Combat Evolved‘s HUD has the basics covered (weapon, ammo, and radar), but it lacks the detail and efficiency of a Halo: Reach or Halo 3 HUD.
The Battle Rifle
One of the biggest complaints concerning Halo: Reach is its lack of the beloved Battle Rifle (BR) – and its unfitting replacement; the DMR – but like Halo: Reach, Halo: CE predates the Battle Rifle and even worse, Halo: Combat Evolved doesn’t feature a DMR or any other long range weapon besides the Sniper and Magnum. Due to the fact that gamers will be more likely to battle it out online than in campaign in the Halo: CE remake, it’s best to add some sort of long ranged assault rifle like the DMR or BR in the CE remake.
That’s right. Theater mode has been a smash hit since its debut in Halo3 – and Halo‘s Theater mode has been so innovative that Halo‘s industry rival, Call of Duty felt the need to add it to its latest installment, Call of Duty: Black Ops. There’s just nothing better than slaughtering foes and watching the footage over and over again, being able to send your awesome clips to friends, and constructive a proper montage – and they’ll be no way of doing this unless the 2011 Halo: Combat Evolved remake implements a Theater mode.
For more, read The Five Most Laughably Overrated Features in Halo: Reach, Four Halo: Reach Features You’ll Quickly Grow Tired of After Your First Day of Playing Reach , and 5 Halo 3 Features Bungie Got Rid of in Halo: Reach
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