Halo: Combat Evolved

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Halo: Combat Evolved

Developer:Microsoft Genre:Action Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

As a member of an elite military force, you must fight to defend the Earth from alien aggressors on the ancient alien artifact known as Halo. You must fight your way through Halo's mountainous terrain and underground labyrinth to discover the secrets of the mysterious world, and protect the human race. Escaping Halo with your life requires a cunning wit and a major arsenal of weapons.

Switch between foot-based fighting and vehicle-based attacks, where you can pilot flyers, tanks, buggies, or dropships, or man the guns while another squad member drives. Multiplayer action in Halo: Combat Evolved gives players the option of co-op missions or free-for-all shootouts.

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Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved Review

By Jimmy Vails |

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last two years, you've already heard about Halo: Combat Evolved. Easily one of the best launch titles for any console and still one of the best games available for the Xbox, it's a game that transcended the market. Though it hasn't quite enjoyed the same visibility in the public consciousness as titles like Grand Theft Auto or The Sims, Halo is, nevertheless, one of the industry's premiere titles. As we said in our Xbox review, it's the excuse to buy an Xbox and vice versa.

So there are a few ways to approach the review of Halo: Combat Evolved. One is as a fan of the Xbox version; another is as a player completely unaware that the game even existed. I'll try to straddle the fence as best I can in the review but, just so my bias is out in the open right away, I'll tell you that I'm a definite fan of the Xbox version of the game. To further bare my soul, I suppose I should also tell you that I've been excited about this game since it was first demoed to us four years ago (as a PC-only Tribes-killer, no less).

Gearbox's conversion (which is a nicer word than "port") preserves much of what I loved about the original game. The pacing, the weapons, the enemies and, in fact, the entire content of the game, is exactly as it was when we played it a couple of years ago. That, as you'll see later in the review, is both a blessing and a curse for the PC version of Halo: Combat Evolved.

Most video game science-fiction is of fairly low quality and, thankfully, Halo is the exception to the rule. Boasting a story that draws the player in to an alien world, Halo presents us with enough information and background to keep things interesting while still allowing for real surprises. The player steps into the shoes of an elite soldier just as his ship is attacked by an alien force known as the Covenant. The player is forced to crash land on an alien ring world and uncover the secret of its purpose. Suffice it to say that the whole style and presentation of the story is good enough to stand on its own -- a quality few game plots possess.

Along the way you'll meet a range of enemies who all exhibit very distinct behaviors. The basic grunt units of the Covenant are small, chicken-like aliens who rely on numbers to overwhelm the player. You can even intimidate these tiny guys by taking out the large enemies first. Left alone on the battlefield, these grunts will scurry off to gather their courage before attacking you again. The shield-carrying Jackals are next on the list and their forward-facing protection and tendency to roll from side-to-side while dodging your fire forces you to adopt entirely different tactics when facing them. The big Elite troopers (in a variety of colors, no less) begin to offer more of a challenge as they're protected by armor and capable of beating the crap out of you if you get too close. There are a few more enemies beyond these guys that have their own tactics and weaknesses.

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Halo: Combat Evolved Cheats

To access all of the levels in the game, you have to mess with your game directory, which could cause problems with your game or cause other problems. Therefore, attempt this at your own risk.

  • 1. Create a new profile
  • 2. From Windows, locate the 'checkpoints' directory for the newly created profile. You will find this in the My Documents folder (such as D:Documents and Settings...My DocumentsMy GamesHalosavegamesAll_Levelscheckpoints)
  • 3. In this directory create a text file called checkpoint0.sav with the following text included: 0,0,0 0,0,0 0,0,0
  • 4. Repeat the previous step until you have ten files named checkpoint0.sav ... checkpoint9.sav and for each file change the first number on the first line to indicate the level (such as 0 The Pillar of Autumn)

  • 1 - Halo
  • 2 - The Truth and Reconciliation
  • 3 - The Silent Cartographer
  • 4 - Assault on the Control Room
  • 5 - 343 Guilty Spark
  • 6 - The Library
  • 7 - Two Betrayals
  • 8 - Keyes
  • 9 - The Maw

So, for instance, for 'The Maw' level, you will have a file called checkpoint9.sav with the following text:

  • 9,0,0
  • 0,0,0
  • 0,0,0

  • 5. Now, select Campaign and Load Game. You should now have access to all the main game levels.

These cheats are ONLY for the Custom Edition of Halo: Combat Evolved.

Open the properties window of the Halo shortcut and add “ -console –devmode” after the target. Start the game with the -console -devmode command line parameter. Press ~ during game play to display the console window, then enter one of the following codes to activate the corresponding cheat function. Codes do not work in online games.

  • Instant deaths for enemies that see player: cheat_medusa
  • Set game speed game: speed
  • Clear console window: cls
  • Unlimited ammo and no overheating for weapons: cheat_bottomless_clip
  • Unlimited ammunition: cheat_infinite_ammo
  • Super jumps: cheat_super_jump
  • Possess touched character: cheat_bump_possession
  • Invincibility: cheat_deathless_player
  • Spawn Warthog: cheat_spawn_warthog
  • Spawn all power-ups: cheat_all_powerups
  • Spawn all vehicles: cheat_all_vehicles
  • Spawn all weapons: cheat_all_weapons
  • Teleport player to current camera position: cheat_teleport_to_camera
  • Quit game: quit

NOTE: It is always a good idea to back up your files, if you make mistakes you can reinstall.

You will need HaloMapTools V3

Once that is extracted and installed forget about it (close it out or something) and go to 'My Computer' the locate where you installed halo somewhere in the C drive (most likely 'Prog Files' then 'Microsoft Games' then 'Halo'). Once you open up the file 'Halo' (not CE) you will see some other files such as "shaders" and "maps" and some stuff, but the one you want is the one named 'maps'. Copy that entire folder (all the maps) and paste them in a new file titled 'backups' and then minimize that so you can see your desktop. (this will be your backup map folder). OK now that that’s done we can move on to modding...

Now open up HMT3 and open the folder 'HMT.v3.ReleaseCandidate' (if u cant find that it the 2nd one down) and then click on HMT3's icon (it might be books or a window and dont worry if a notice pops up) and HMT3 will open. Now click file and open then again locate your maps folder (not your backups! the originals)(it may be easier just to insert halo and click on the cd drive to locate the maps) and open a map you would like to mod (cant mod bitmaps.map). Once selected a lot of word closed folders will come up on the left. If you want to make things happen such as a pistol shooting rockets go to the one named Projectiles (don’t worry about big words just click on +/-) and click on the + to its left. Now a lot of things should have opened and things such as:

  • vehiclesbansheebanshee bolt
  • weaponsassault riflebullet

...should have come up. Those are the projectiles for each weapon. So lets say you want a needler to shoot pistol... well all you basically need to do is switch the projectiles huh... exactly but there are 2 ways to do this. I find the easiest way is to copy and paste the META (numbers) in the top left. So to make the needler shoot pistol you would copy the pistols META and paste it into the needlers META then click save and your done. And before you try out your mod on halo you need to make sure that you press close map file at the bottom otherwise halo will freeze. But wait there is a second way: you can click on swap next to the projectiles META and then choose the projectile you want it to shoot then again press save and close the map file.

Also in the TAG EDITOR on the left when you select a projectile you are able to change the speed, arch, and alot of things as well as the projectiles life span. So you can make plasma shoot as fast a bullet or faster or slower.

In the chapter where you must find Capt. Keyes in the swamp, there is a secret area you can access right from the beginning.

When Foe Hammer says “The Last transmission from the captain's drop ship was from this area. That was over twelve hours ago.” immediately start pressing your grenade throw button. Whatever you do, DON'T MOVE! After a few seconds, the drop ship will take back off, and you'll still be in it. It flies for about 20 seconds then crashes. Press X to exit the drop ship.

Now walk directly away from the ship until you reach a clearing. Head towards the center and out of the fog you'll see a lone marine standing there! He won't move or say anything, unless you shoot him in the foot w/ your pistol.

In "The Silent Cartographer" there is a sizeable shortcut. It involves a large jump which can easliy kill you, but, with an Overshield, saves you some time.

First off, when you battle at the entrance to the main building on the island (the one where the door becomes locked shut), make sure to leave the nearby Overshield. After you have unlocked the door, return, and still do not use the Overshield. Kill the Jackals and hunters, then finally grab the Overshield. From there, enter the base, and hang a right to the structure jutting out from the wall. Here you can see each of the levels of the compound. Take good aim, and jump to the second lowest level. If done right, you will lose all of your Overshield, but you will land on the level above the Silent Cartographer. From here, peer over the ledge where the edge of the platform changes direction. below you is another Overhield. Simply drop down onto the Overshield, and not only will you still be alive, but your shields will be at 300% once again. Turn around you'll be at the Silent Cartographer!

On the Silent Cartographer level, go anywhere where there is an overshield, and bring a warthog with you. It's best to do this in co-op because it's easier to collect the grenades and "initiate launch-off". Get as many grenades as you can, and have your partner kill you, and vice-versa to get the grenades into one big pile. (Make sure this is *near* an overshield.) Drive the warthog onto the grenades and try to position it to where it would fly up on top of the level. Before you do anything else, make sure you get a checkpoint. Have your buddy pick up a grenade and toss it under the warthog, and RIGHT as he throws it, pick up the overshield and get into the warthog quick. If you get into the warthog while the overshield is charging, you should get blasted upward unharmed. You should reach the top of the level. If not, reposition the warthog, or get more grenades. When you're up there, kill your friend with the plasma pistol from long range, and he should appear up there with you. Have fun!

'The Megg' is one of the hardest easter eggs in Halo. After all once you see the Megg, its game over. Start a game on the Pillar of Autumn while on legendary difficulty. Jump on the cryo tube Master Chief comes out of. Jump on the shield recharger thing. Then, jump on the walkway. You'll see some barrels. Jump on the top one. Wait for that guy that woke you up to die, then jump down. Get to the captain and shoot him. As soon as Cortana says, 'rampant', find the door the invincible marines came out of. If you can get past them, another door will open. The Marines can't get you while you're in here. Look up at the 'M' made out of bullets. After you see it you're trapped and the marines now can kill you. Like I said once you see the Megg, you die.

Halo: Combat Evolved Game Walkthrough

Andrew Kennedy (Coasterzzz AOL) 
December 6, 2005 

Halo: Combat Evolved
Xbox

No Enemies on The Pyramid Structure Tip

In the final part of "Assault on The Control Room," you can ascend that 
Pyramid Structure without any Covenant defenses. Make sure you are at full 
health before you try this as it involves a "leap of faith."  

When you get to the final chasm and clear out all the Covenant forces on the 
bridge, carefully stand close to the back edge (away from the Pyramid 
Structure) and with your Rocket Launcher, take out the Covenant Tank and the 
Elite on the chasm floor.  Next, go toward the middle of the bridge.  Then, 
line yourself up with the huge concrete beam supporting the Pyramid Structure 
while facing it.  Next, you will want to take a few steps straight back.  
Finally, take a running start and then jump when you get to the edge.  If you 
did this correctly, you should survive the fall, landing on the spine of the 
support beam, but your sheilds will be depleted and your health knocked down a 
little bit.

Once you land, carefully turn yourself around and walk down the beam to the 
chasm floor.  Once you reach the chasm floor, go ahead and make your ascent up 
the Pyramid Structure like you normally would as if you had taken the long way.
Since you didn't take the long way around, the Covenant troops were never 
deployed as a final defense.  Pulling this off will save you time, headaches, 
and ammunition.  

NOTE: You will still have to contend with the Covenant troops on the other 
side of the blast doors once you reach the top of the Pyramid Structure.  At 
least you trip to the top was a breeze.

 
                    

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