Halo CE: Anniversary Kinect features detailed

Microsoft and 343 Industries have released more details about the motion-sensing functionality available in the upcoming HD remake of the Xbox original.

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When Microsoft announced the anniversary remake of Halo: Combat Evolved at its 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing, the publisher confirmed that the game would support the Xbox 360's motion-sensing add-on Kinect but gave no more details on how the game would integrate the technology.

Halo: CE will utilize the Kinect.

Now, Microsoft has chosen to detail Halo: CE Anniversary's Kinect functionality at the Halo/343 Industries panel during New York Comic-Con. According to Game Rant, 343 Industries confirmed that the game will include two features that make use of the Kinect.

The first feature is a voice command option, which will allow players to control certain actions, such as throwing grenades, reloading weapons, and switching between the remastered and classic versions of the game by speaking certain words.

The second feature is an Analyze mode that allows players to scan environments, persons of interest, and items in the game by selecting them and speaking the word "scan." The scanned items will then appear in an in-game library that can be viewed anytime for background information on the Halo universe.

Halo: CE Anniversary is due for release on November 15, and will include a remastered campaign, Xbox Live co-op support, and seven bundled multiplayer maps. In August, Microsoft confirmed that the game will feature stereoscopic 3D support.

For more on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

74 comments
Riprock
Riprock

It's really simple. The gameplay doesn't depend on Kinect. You can play the game and ignore anything Kinect-related. But if you have a Kinect sensor, you might want to try these two features - they actually make sense for this game. In any case, Kinect doesn't change anything in the standard gameplay, so stop complaining. As for a full motion sensor scheme for a hardcore shooter - it will never work. The only other feature that makes sense is leaning or peaking around corners (if the game has a cover system). For anything more, Kinect will only work for arcade-type shooters (like GunStringer)... that is unless they get rid of the half second delay... even so, I don't want to hold my hand up for hours to shoot. As for FORGE, it would be way too frustrating with how Kinect currently works.

monco59
monco59

Looks like MS is really struggling to incorporate Kinect into this game.

deffbyjeff
deffbyjeff

This isn't Metroid, I don't need to "scan" anything. Besides, the large majority of people who will buy this game already know Halo: Combat Evolved. Unnecessary, and quite honestly very unsettling. I knew 343 was gonna pull some bullsh*t move like this, I had just hoped they wouldn't mess THIS one up. Halo: Combat Evolved is my favorite of the series. It isn't broke, don't fix it.

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

@ahpuck They should just let you say nade instead it would be quicker. Also I must agree with the comments on the under use of Kinect. Here I was hoping they would genuinely put it to use as an additional motion control scheme option so that if you wanted you could use it instead of a controller.This makes me all the more or so curious about what they are doing with Ryse

EliteNamedSteve
EliteNamedSteve

And why cant you just do this with the headset that comes with every console? Its just voice recognition, PC has had this for over a decade.

Bogmire
Bogmire

Honestly Microsoft, these are not even features, they are cheap tag-on. You better be able to scan thing without a Kinect, or its like withholding a part of the game until you buy a product that you dont want.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

@armydominican69 I agree, this seems to be much more than a remake, I mean, scan mode, 2 visual modes, 3D, Xbox Live support, voice control, etc. It's really amazing to see how much love they are giving to this game.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

the scan thing would have never worked with metroid prime lol

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Seems like a useless way to use the kinect. If they did something with Forge it might have been great.

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

I'm sure my friends will love that I am randomly yelling out commands while playing XBL co-op with them.

bus23054
bus23054

....For now though, I'll just use the controller on the Xbox and play shooters on the PS3 with the use of the Sharp-Shooter.

bus23054
bus23054

Bit disappointed that there not using the motion control for throwing grenades, and possibly the addition of a "sharp-shooter" peripheral for the player. It would have made it more involving and worthwhile then......dodging, crouching, jumping, throwing grenades, melee attacks.....and then add the voice function of "analyze" for scanning targets. It would definitely give people a work-out while playing games. Get Microsoft to add their achievement system into it too and I reckon people would have a more positive perception of this.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Kinda cool, much better than waving my hands and jumping in front of my tv. Still won't make me buy a Kinect.

ADDADAC
ADDADAC

all of those features are stuff i never going to use, pressing a button is much easier than yelling a command

the_requiem
the_requiem

Where did rest of my comment go? "I think some folks are just sour that they wasted money on Kinect."

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Lazerith91: I think complain is not that they're adding optional Kinect support, but they're yet to properly use Kinect. Kinect titles are casual and core games use Kinect as a gimmick. I think some folks are just sour that they

juiceair
juiceair

Kinect should never be more than a secondary way to play a game. As long as developers don't make it the only way to play a game then that's all I would care about.

da_chub
da_chub

but still no use of kinect in actual gameplay situations. wait, i can be talking to a friend and randomly have a word regisiter to reload, thats cool.

Barighm
Barighm

This...actually sounds interesting. This is how the Kinect should be used: as an additional set of "buttons" to be used alongside the controller, not as a replacement.

oskuuu
oskuuu

so i can't use my normal headset for voice command option and i need kinect to use it? that's just totally stupid and also pretty much useless :evil:

i-like-me
i-like-me

to everyone complaining about the casual nature of the kinect think about it from microsoft's point of view. They will have seen that the wii sold really well with useless motion controls so they created a better motion control system and have started tacking on random things into games so they can put kinect on the box therefore the casual audience will see this buy it not knowing what there getting and microsoft gets more money and can then invest in better games and a better console in the next few years that they can charge less for and they have been smart enough to make sure everything they put in can be done by a controller so the "hardcore" (i hate that term by the way) gamers dont miss out so really the only people who lose are the casual gamers who were stupid enough to buy a first person shooter that they have no interest in

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Sum1 needs 2 roll up a newspaper & smack Microsoft on the nose & tell them.....NO!

sk8jim
sk8jim

I think implementing leaning using the Kinetic would be interesting but still using the controller for everything else. So when I lean to the Left or Right my character does the same. For example looking around corners or dodging incoming projectiles. (I know Halo doesn't have a lean option)

DualSMG14
DualSMG14

I really hate that Kinect is associated with one of my favorite games of all time. Leave this crap for kids out of good games. Kinect is just a lame gimmick, and I'm tired of Microsoft trying to shove it down our throats all year.

LordKaizer
LordKaizer

very nice idea to use the kinect but you know what's better, USE MY HEADSET INSTEAD OF KINECT SH!T (which it suppose to use my body to control not my voice)

Atheosis
Atheosis

They're killing me with this nonsense. Instead of designing genuinely good games for Kinect, they just tack on pointless Kinect features to any game they can. So silly.

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

I hope there's a button for the scan function. :/

ahpuck
ahpuck

hmm. I can press a button faster than you can say "throw grenade!" :)

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

I love how everyone is complaining about the kinect when guess what, you don't NEED to use one :O.

Ovirew
Ovirew

The scanning feature sounds like it could be pretty cool. I'm imagining something similar to the scan visor in Metroid Prime.

mrfidget
mrfidget

I still don't regret selling my Kinect for ninety dollars.

dojoschffr
dojoschffr

sounds pretty sweet, giving us some new innovations without making the classic feel less than it was.

hfblade7
hfblade7

voice command grenades............?

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Oh and does anyone know if we're getting the original hale:CE fuelrod gun from the PC? Or are we getting the one we've had since halo2? Because I really miss the old fuelrod gun you used to be able to use it like a mortar which the current halo:reach arsenal has nothing really like it (except maybe the bruteshot but at the range I'm thinking off you'd be lucky to tickle someone with it)

kaiserzero61
kaiserzero61

The ''scan'' feature sounds a lot like the one from Metroid Prime. But this is M$ after all, I don't expect them to come up with anything original.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Wow so instead of using the controller to do these things I could go buy a kinect to do it!!! Yeah no thanks I'll stick to my faithful controller thanks I don't mind motion sensing stuff but these features just feel so tacked on @shoota28 Lol yes! Now that's a feature they should add or some kind of create your own victory pose feature

stomponyahead
stomponyahead

I have a kinect and this is pretty intresting, glad to see that its being used in maintream games.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@ElFlechero Stop defending the move. I have it, it sucks except for Sports Champions.

shoota28
shoota28

dang, i was hoping for some sort of teabag functionality ;)

lullabysuicide
lullabysuicide

"Watch out!! Grenade inbound!!" *kinect throws grenade at wall in front of face* "Oh shi-" *BOOM* -_-

Hisairness2345
Hisairness2345

Analyze Mode? Looks like 343 is well aware of what Retro studios has been up to.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

It's good that the kinect is finally getting round to being involved with decent games - however no-one is going to use these features for Halo... Kind of makes the thing hard work :?

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

What if your Kinect is messed up and thinks your saying something else? "Throw plasma! no not drop gun...pick up gun! no not run forward unarmed! oh forget it...do what you want Kinect...oh sure NOW he throws a plasma..." >.> im bored lol

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

RELOADDDDD! NADE!!!!!!!! imagine the online with the already annoying kids shouting this..