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Halo: Combat Evolved
Box artwork for Halo: Combat Evolved.
Genre(s)FPS
Players1-16
ModesSingle player, multiplayer
Followed byHalo 2
SeriesHalo
Halo: Combat Evolved
Developer(s)Bungie Studios
Publisher(s)Microsoft Game Studios
Year released2001
System(s)Xbox
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB T.png Teen
Halo: Combat Evolved
Developer(s)Gearbox Software, Westlake Interactive
Publisher(s)Microsoft Game Studios, Gearbox Software, MacSoft
Year released2003
System(s)Windows, Mac OS
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB M.png Mature
Halo: Combat Evolved
Developer(s)343 Industries
Publisher(s)Microsoft Game Studios
Year released2007
System(s)Xbox 360
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB M.png Mature
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Developer(s)343 Industries
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Year released2011
System(s)Xbox 360
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB M.png Mature
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This is the first game in the Halo series. For other games in the series see the Halo category.

Halo is an immersive war first-person shooter by Bungie Studios. Originally planned as a real-time strategy game for Windows and Mac OS, the game eventually evolved into a first-person shooter exclusive to the Xbox. It has been awarded Game of the Year, Shooter of the Year and similar titles by various magazines.

An in-game screenshot.

While the single player mode offers some unique and interesting storyline to players, it is the game's multiplayer mode is what really powers the steam-engine behind the hype of Halo. The Windows and Mac versions of the game features six new multiplayer maps, and new weapons and vehicles to the multiplayer mode, some of which were previously available only in certain parts of the single player missions.

Halo has been released in several iterations on the Xbox, and later came full circle when it was brought back to Windows and Mac by Gearbox Software. Gearbox later released Halo Custom Edition, a multiplayer-only and modding-friendly build of the game; while free to download it requires a Halo CD key to install, unlike similar re-implementations such as Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Most of the more complex mods such as Halo 2 PC are made using Halo Custom Edition rather than the original port. On December 4, 2007 the Xbox version was released for the Xbox 360 via the Xbox Originals download service.

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