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    Oct. 17, 2003
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    Free to try (One single-player mission, one multiplayer map); $19.99 to buy (Buy it now)
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Two years after the phenomenal success of Halo for the Xbox, Microsoft has finally ported this first-person alien shooter to Windows--just in time to promote the release of Halo 2 for Xbox. In Halo, you control the Master Chief, an enhanced soldier awakened from cryogenic sleep to save humankind from a nasty group of aliens called the Covenant. Although the PC version only adds a few maps and loses the cooperative mode, the impressive graphics, exciting gameplay, and variety of weapons and vehicles make Halo worth a try for any fans of first-person shooters.

The demo features two vehicles, a substantive single-player mission, and one multiplayer map that supports up to 16 players on the GameSpy network. Both enemy and friendly intelligence are realistic, and a unique (for two years ago) defense system with rechargeable shields allows for intense firefights that don't permanently cripple the Master Chief. Once learned, the mouse-steering system allows for some fancy driving. The environments look awesome, and a subtle soundtrack enhances the experience. Be warned that the listed system requirements are a bare minimum. Adjusting video settings may be necessary to improve performance on some systems.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
Publisher web site
Release Date October 17, 2003
Date Added October 17, 2003
Category Games
Subcategory First-Person Shooters
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Additional Requirements DirectX 9 drivers
Download Information
File Size 131.03MB
File Name halotrialsetup.exe
Total Downloads 6,453,288
Downloads Last Week 1,027
License Model Free to try
Limitations One single-player mission, one multiplayer map
Price $19.99
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