Halo Anniversary’s Kinect Features Detailed

Scare your neighbors by shouting “Grenade!” in your living room.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is getting Microsoft Kinect support. But that should come as no surprise at this point. We’ve known that fact since the title was announced at E3 this past June. However, Microsoft has been silent about what kind of features Kinect will add to the title since revealing the game. But that silence ended during the New York Comic Con.

First and foremost, by having a Kinect hooked up to your Xbox 360 with Halo Anniversary, you’ll be able to use voice commands to reload your weapon, throw a grenade and switch between Halo Anniversary’s new and classic graphic styles. Secondly, you’ll be able to say the word “scan” to scan items and enemies in the environment and bring up a database (The Library) that catalogues it all for your perusing and reading pleasure.

So, what do we think about Halo Anniversary’s Kinect fuctionality? Eh, it’s neat, but very safe. Voice commands and item scanning aren’t really our cup of tea, but for Kinect owners, these additions make for a nice distraction to get some use out of the controller-less motion controller. Thankfully, the Kinect features of Halo Anniversary are not vital to the experience, allowing those without a Kinect to still enjoy Halo Anniversary to maximum capacity.