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            Halo's Roots   

                                       
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     There is no saying enough about Bungie's Halo: Combat Evolved.  It first released with the X Box on November 15, 2001, and almost everyone who bought an X Box, bought Halo (including myself).  Not much was known about this First Person Shooter (FPS), save for a couple screenshots and vague story line found at xbox.com and bunie.net.  Needless to say, X Box owners were in for a treat.

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THE Single Player Experience

    Most people when they popped in Halo had no idea what they were about to experience.  A perfect combination of stealthy sniping and run-and-gun close combat, Halo was fun right from the start.  Halo gently brings players into the Halo world in a "tutorial" mission where you learn to maneuver and shoot as your ship is being invaded by an evil alien race known as the Covenant.  Any newbie FPS could grasp the large and intimidating X Box controller (X Box now sells the box with a Controller-S.  It used to sell with the GOOD controller) and learn with relative ease. 
    The graphics are beyond awesome, the game play was better than the best, and it had new, revolutionary ideas.  Not to mention the best story line for ANY game I've seen in a while.  When you first play Halo, it takes more than once through the games 10 massive levels to get over the shock of how awesome the graphics are.  After that, you realize that there is more to see than just the graphics.  In depth game play is something Bungie does very well.  Smart AI, helpful marines, vehicles, alien weapons...it's all here.  Sound cool?  Halo 2 is supposed to make Halo look like pacman...

 

 

 

 

    Weapons

 

             Human

Weapon Description
Assault Rifle Standard issued AR with armor-piercing rounds.
Pistol Shoots armor-piercing rounds and has a 2x scope
Sniper Rifle Powerful 2x and 10x scope for long range kills.
Rocket Launcher Double-barreled jackhammer rocket launcher with 2x scope.
Shotgun Powerful close range weapon, especially at point-blank range ; )
Frag Grenade Standard explosive grenade, timed after first contact with the ground. (~3 seconds)
 

            Covenant

Weapon Description

Plasma Rifle

Automatic fire of concentrated plasma blasts.  "Freezes" the enemy.

Plasma Pistol

Single shot plasma and charged blast--->Good for taking down shields. 

Needler

Explosive Homing needles, which are just plain fun. 

Plasma Grenade

"Sticky" grenade.  Timed (~ 4 seconds).

Plasma Sword

One-handed Elite melee weapon. (unusable)

Note: Hunters and Grunts in the game carry a Fuel Rod Cannon, which is available in Halo PC multiplayer only. 

 

 

 

Vehicles

 

             Human

Vehicle Description
Warthog Marine war vehicle with room for 1 driver, 1 passenger (can shoot and throw grenades), and one gunner on the rear mounted M41 LAAG turret. 
Scorpion Tank Heavily armor of the Marines.  Has seats for 4 passengers and one driver who controls the main cannon and the secondary mounted machine gun. 
Pelican Drop Ship Troop and supply drop ship with room for marines and a warthog. 
 

            Covenant

Vehicle Description

Ghost

Quick, light scout vehicle that splashes targets with automatic plasma fire that with "freeze" enemies. 

Banshee

Alien aircraft that has automatic plasma fire like the ghost, but also an alternate fuel rod blast for heavy armor.   

Wraith Tank

Covenant Mortar tank which shoots large balls of plasma. (unusable)

Covenant Drop Ship

Fork-shaped drop ship in which enemies exit each of the flip down exits on either side.  Also has a belly-mounted plasma cannon.  (unusable)

Plasma Turret

  Stationary plasma turret.  Also a grenade magnet.