Halo: Combat Evolved is the first entry in the Halo franchise, developed by Bungie. It opens with the Pillar of Autumn under attack by Covenant forces, which the entire UNSC fleet is forced to take refuge on a ring that can sustain life, a ring called "HALO". The game includes 10 missions that average between 15 and 30 minutes completion time plus matchmaking.
XBOX and PC Differences
The Xbox version of Halo had some major differences from the PC version. On Xbox, you could play the Halo campaign with up to 4 players, whereas PC was restricted to only singleplayer. Matchmaking on Xbox lacks options to play online due to the absence of Xbox Live during the time. PC however has online matchmaking that was powered via Gamespy servers (now defunct).
The PC version has weapons in matchmaking that were cut from the Xbox version, such as the Fuel Rod Cannon and the Flamethrower. There were also 6 new maps, such as Ice Fields, Gephyrophobia, Danger Canyon, Death Island, Timberland, and Infinity. Vehicles also present now are Banshees and Rockethogs. These weapons, maps, and vehicles are also present in the Halo: Master Chief Collection's Combat Evolved matchmaking game mode.
Halo Custom Edition is the name of the special version of Halo: Combat Evolved released by Bungie. It was designed to be a fully moddable version of Halo: CE by using the Halo Editing Kit to create maps. This version of Halo does not use the Gamespy servers and online game mode is still possible.
Halo Editing Kit can create 3 types of maps: singleplayer, multiplayer, and ui maps. Multiplayer maps can be accessed via the in-game menus, while singleplayer maps can only be accessed via the console. To open console, launch the game with the following command:
halo.exe -console -devmode
press the tilda key (~) and use the command: map_name <name of the map file>.
There are currently 6 builds for Xbox and 4 builds for PC.
- Halo: Combat Evolved (August 15, 2001)
- Halo: Combat Evolved (September 26, 2001)
- Halo: Combat Evolved (October 12, 2001)
- Halo: Combat Evolved (Stub Build)
- Halo: Combat Evolved (Final Debug)
- Halo: Combat Evolved (Demo)