Welcome to Game Rant Minute — a series of short videos covering one hot topic in games. Each video lasts just about one minute, so you can get in, get out and get back to reading more in-depth coverage here on the site or back to playing your games. Of course each Game Rant Minute video is accompanied by some beautiful text where you can get more details on the topic covered in the Minute.

This Minute dives headfirst into Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. It is no secret that Halo remains big business for Microsoft. Nor is it a secret that gamers have been wanting to play Halo: Combat Evolved’s multiplayer online on consoles pretty much since Xbox Live first launched.

Halo Anniversary looks to scratch those itches. Microsoft is certainly hoping it will prove to be a sales success in a crowded holiday launch window and gamers will finally be able to play Halo: Combat Evolved multiplayer online on consoles…well, sort of.

And that is the topic of this first Minute. While 343‘s¬†Halo Anniversary will let gamers play through¬†Halo’s single player campaign with gorgeous new HD graphics it will also let them dive back into its multiplayer, just not all of it. Halo Anniversary will launch this November with six of Halo: Combat Evolved’s multiplayer maps and one exclusive Firefight map. When Halo: Combat Evolved launched on the original Xbox almost 10 years ago it came with 13 multiplayer maps. What gives? Why does the anniversary edition only get six?


While the option to switch between HD and original graphics in Halo Anniversary’s single player campaign is cool, it is safe to say most gamers would gladly trade that feature for the inclusion of every multiplayer map from Halo: Combat Evolved. If there is some good reason or logic behind the decision to only include six of the 13 maps, that is one thing. If, on the other hand, the remaining Combat Evolved maps are released as DLC a short time after Anniversary is released, that is something else entirely.

What is your take? Does the inclusion of only 6 multiplayer maps and one Firefight map impact your decision to purchase Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary when it comes out this November? Are you more interested in the single player than the multiplayer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary releases on November 15, 2011 for Xbox 360.