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Thursday, July 13, 2000

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Halo Preview, New Images
11:55 AM | Toby Allen | Comment on this story

CD mag has posted the first part of their preview of Bungie Software's/Microsoft's upcoming shooter Halo. This preview is a little different from past offerings; they do a decent job of getting past the hype and hyperbole surrounding this title and examining what might actually make it into the shipping product. They also include a detailed examination of the story line, as it has been revealed up to this point:

Bungie has generally avoided that path in the past, and the premise of the story in Halo is a cut above what you might expect to find in a computer game. The game is set roughly 100 years in our future, where the human race has expanded into a fledgling interstellar empire consisting of eight colonized worlds. Unfortunately, humanity has found more than brave new worlds in their journeys among the stars they have also discovered the Covenant, a consortium of alien races that have initiated a ruthless war against the colonies. Even worse, Covenant technology is far more advanced than our own, and the human race is losing the war. Entire planets lie in smoking ruin, and billions have perished before the Covenant onslaught. The aliens have yet to discover the location of Earth but it is only a matter of time before they do.
This preview was obviously written before the Microsoft acquisition of Bungie Software; however it does contain several new screen shots that make it well worth the visit. Part two is due later this week.

On a related note - as many of our readers have noted, Bungie recently updated the Halo web site, which used to have "Coming soon for Windows & MacOS" under the title image; this has been changed to "Coming Soon to a platform near you," which further clouds the issue. Check out the preview for more gorgeous images of this game, which by all accounts is still at least a year away - if it does indeed come to platforms besides Microsoft's X-box.

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