Halo for Windows Goes Gold

In a recent press release, Microsoft and Bungie announced that they'll finally be releasing Halo for Windows-based PC's. Why is this interesting, or important? Well, before Microsoft released the Xbox, several of us in the gaming community believed that the Xbox and PC versions of Halo would be released around the same time. As the release of the Xbox drew closer, we found out that the PC version of Halo would be delayed for quite some time, making the Xbox version the only version available. This meant that if you wanted to play Halo now, you had to get an Xbox. It seemed somewhat shifty, but it worked, as Halo became one of the new console's best-selling games.

What makes Halo so special? First off, here's some screenshots for you to gawk at:

Next up, here's a piece from the press release to give you an idea:

In the distant future, the fate of mankind hangs in the balance as a fierce alien faction known as the Covenant pursue the fleeing Earth forces to the ancient ring-world Halo.  As the legendary cyborg super-soldier Master Chief, you must battle to unravel the mysteries of Halo and save humanity from the ruthless Covenant threat.

Halo, the critically acclaimed best-selling Xbox game, is coming to Windows gamers for the first time with new exclusive features, including online multiplayer support, new maps, vehicles and weapons. Halo is optimized for the PC with the precision offered by the mouse-and-keyboard and full support for high-end hardware including graphic resolutions up to 1600 by 1200 and beyond. Halo's online multiplayer feature will enable players to battle it out with fellow gamers worldwide in a variety of individual and team-based games.

Bungie, for those of you unaware, created the excellent Marathon first person shooters for the Macintosh, as well as the excellent Myth series of real-time tactical games. This PC port was also created in conjunction with Gearbox Software, who helped create Half Life: Counterstrike: Half Life: Opposing Force, and several Tony Hawk games. It's this creative lineage that gives Halo its excellent game play.

Halo is a first person shooter, like Quake or Doom, but set in both indoor and outdoor environments. The inclusion of manned vehicles also makes Halo more fun than your typical shooter in which you run everywhere. The tense, sometimes hyper game play, excellent graphics, and now multiplayer support round out the package. Overall, I'm sure today many PC gamers are crying out, "It's about (bleep)ing time." This is a game that PC users such as myself have been waiting on for some time. We'll be bringing you a review shortly. For more information on Halo, visit its official website, or a specially created website by the folks at Bungie.

http://www.microsoft.com/games/pc/halo.aspx - Official Site
http://halo.bungie.org/ - Special Bungie Website

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