Many years have passed since I saw HALO for first time. I remember how big of a fan I was of First Person Shooters. I’d played a lot of games by that time, but never something like HALO CE.
I remember phone calls I would make to a friend of mine asking the question “What are you doing?”, and many times I got the answer “Playing HALO, you need to try it out!”.
I had seen some ads in various games magazines and had begun to wonder, “What’s with the THE MAN IN THE GREEN SUIT”.
So I played HALO for the first time.
HALO was the game that changed everything; the gathering of many of the coolest ideas I’d ever seen. I loved the the ships, the guns and the alien enemies but my jaws just fell down when I saw the ring world, it just blew my mind.
There are many moments I remember that still remain fresh, but a special one is when you land on HALO for first time, when you get out of the broken pod and look over the landscape, seeing how the ring goes up in the distance and you still can see other seas and lands all around the structure… it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen on a video game, and it still shines as an original idea.
Funny enough, my English was even worse than it is now, and I was playing one of the levels within the Halo structure when I heard some advise, something that included the word “Released” or something like that. I didn’t realize what was that all about but suddenly I started to see some green and yellow aliens jumping around and coming after me by the hundreds, and I knew it had just gotten really bad. I have to honestly say that they scared the crap out of me, no joke.
Ten years of Halo, Thanks a lot, It´s been a lot of fun, and still more ahead.
-Juan Richard Feliz (ONE).
(Juan Richard Feliz, or “ONE”, is an outstanding artist, and is the creator of many of the absolutely beautiful Halo Motion Comics produced by Halo Waypoint. So far, the comics he has made have all come from various stories in the Halo: Evolutions anthology, and include Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian, The Return, and the most recent, and epic 11-part adaptation of The Mona Lisa. – The above article include minor edits to account for language translation at the author’s request)