New Animations?

Does Anniversary have new animations for stuff like reloading and walking, or is it all the same as the original?

It is the exact same as the original with remastered graphics.

Exactly what Moa said; the only thing that has changed is the graphics (well, the audio has been remastered as well). The animations are exactly the same.

> Does Anniversary have new animations for stuff like reloading and walking, or is it all the same as the original?

The in-gameplay animations are the same as the originals, and that includes the HUD models for reloading and stuff; this overall process probably saved on development time while also ensuring that the hitboxes of enemies lined up at least reasonably well, since the underlying bullet collision is all the same.

In cutscenes, the animations and camera work are new, the reasoning probably being that the simple original animations would have looked really weird up close in the new visual style.

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Since people mentioned sound…

As far as sound goes, there’s a completely new sound engine with new sounds and sound environments. The dialogue is kept from the original game, but just about everything else is replaced. The dialogue does sound a bit different in places, but this is mostly due to the aforementioned differences in sound environments, not the sounds themselves.

With music, both the originals and some new versions are available.

No. As they said in their ViDocs, the game plays EXACTLY the same as the original that released in 2001. Then they added the new graphics engine and sound board to the gameplay an voila. You have Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. The cool thing, however, is that some of the stuff like body motions and facial features in the cutscenes are different from the original. There’s more variety in the cutscenes movement wise. And to top it all off, you can always switch back from the new graphics to the old graphics with a push of the select button (not during cutscenes). You can, however, change the cutscenes graphics if you switch before the cutscene starts. And you can start off with the graphics of your choice by pressing select in the main menu.

> No. As they said in their ViDocs, the game plays EXACTLY the same as the original that released in 2001. Then they added the new graphics engine and sound board to the gameplay an voila. You have Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. The cool thing, however, is that some of the stuff like body motions and facial features in the cutscenes are different from the original. There’s more variety in the cutscenes movement wise. And to top it all off, you can always switch back from the new graphics to the old graphics with a push of the select button (not during cutscenes). You can, however, change the cutscenes graphics if you switch before the cutscene starts. And you can start off with the graphics of your choice by pressing select in the main menu.

So are the cutscenes redone?

> So are the cutscenes redone?

Yes.