By Alexander Bonilla
It was the early 2000s and Microsoft was trying to enter a market dominated by Japanese companies, Nintendo, Sony, and Sega. At the time, Nintendo and Sony were doing fine with their consoles since they had already built up a following for few years. If Microsoft wanted to compete with those giants, they would need a killer app. We know it today as Halo. Halo was the game that put Xbox on the map and made it a household name today.
After years of not playing the game that became a phenomenon, I popped it in to see what the fuss is about. The story takes place several hundred years in the future where mankind is at war with an alien army known as the Covenant, who is trying to eradicate all humans. The humans discover that the Covenant is searching for a giant ancient alien weapon known as Halo. The main character, Master Chief, is sent to investigate and prevent them from getting their hands on the weapon.
As far as the campaign goes, I was having a blast. I’m normally not great at first person shooters, but this one did an amazing job in not only giving me new things to work with each time, but having me plan out my next move instead of going in guns blazing. The entire game was great, up until the second to last level. The entire time, all I had to do was shoot, drive, and not get hit by enemies, but now I have to jump onto narrow bridges where enemies would just lightly tap me and cause me to fall off and start again. The game was designed to be an FPS, not a platformer, so for something like that to be thrown this late into the game really got me annoyed. By the time I reached the final level in the Warthog, I was already too upset at the game. After cooling off, though, I came to realize that the whole game (minus that platforming level) was great!
After beating the campaign, I tried my hand at what everyone loved the game for the multiplayer. I played a few rounds with some friends and played some online. Through that I came to this conclusion: I am not good at Halo. Despite that, I was really having fun. It felt great being able to take out another player, and whenever I lost I didn’t feel bad at all; I just wanted to go another round.
The graphics of the original don’t really hold up too well, but if you can ignore that the game is still awesome! You could probably find it on the original Xbox for around $5 to $15. If you don’t have your original Xbox, but you have a 360, then you’re in luck! You can get the Anniversary version for 360 for about $5 to $20 with updated graphics. If you don’t have either of those, you can get it on Xbox ONE on the Master Chief Collection for around $15 to $50. On both the Anniversary and Master Chief Collection versions, you can toggle between newer graphics and original graphics so you can have it look however you want! If you don’t have any consoles but have a PC, you can get it there for about $20.
I never grew up with this game, but I could see why it is held in such high regard. If you haven’t already, play this game. Except for the platforming grenade level. Skip that if you can.