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Old-school 'Halo' gets new-school Kinect controls

Thanks to Kinect, gamers will be able to control some of the Master Chief's actions with voice commands in the upcoming anniversary edition of
Thanks to Kinect, gamers will be able to control some of the Master Chief's actions with voice commands in the upcoming anniversary edition of343 Industries

One might have thought that the first "Halo" game to make use of the new Kinect controller would be a new "Halo" game. The forthcoming "Halo 4" for example.

But it seems the past and present will collide when the 10-year-old original "Halo" arrives this Nov. 15 in a spiffy new anniversary edition with all-new Kinect integration.

During the "Halo" panel at this weekend's New York Comic-Con, representatives from 343 Industries — the folks who are remastering the decade-old game — revealed for the first time how Kinect will be used in "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary."

So far it sounds like the Kinect controller — which detects both body movements and sound — will be put to use largely in the voice command department.

Players will be able to use "a number of voice commands," according to 343 Industries. Among them, you'll be able to say "grenade" to have the famed Master Chief launch a grenade. Say "reload" and he'll reload his weapons. There's also an analyze mode in which you can say the word "analyze" to capture items in the game environment and then, once these items are in your library, you can use hand gestures to explore 3-D models of and information about them.

"When we sat down and started thinking about how to incorporate Kinect into the game, we thought that voice recognition could be a cool way to add some sort of additional functionality without really changing the game," producer Dennis Ries told the "Halo" fans gathered at the panel. "Gameplay was the core pillar — keeping it the same and just adding to it was the important thing."

Ries said that players will also be able to use voice commands to switch between the two looks of the game: "classic" and  "remastered."

343 Industries released the following seven-minute video discussing the updates they've made to "Halo's" historic campaign. You'll find the Kinect details at about the 6:10 minute mark.

But "Halo" fans, what do you think? Does giving old-school "Halo" a dose of new-school Kinect seem like a good idea? 

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