10 Most Breathtaking Moments In Video Game History

10. Landing On Halo - Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary

On November 15, 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved took the Xbox by storm and changed the landscape of console shooters going forward. It's action packed introductory level aboard the UNSC Pillar of Autumn is certainly no slouch, but it isn't until you land on the titular Halo ring itself that the game becomes truly epic.

Something about seeing that iconic structure stretching and arching out into the sky never ceases to amaze. Yes, the graphics are dated now, but it was a sight to behold at the time. Suddenly the game opens up, and Halo isn't just a corridor shooter anymore, becoming the killer app for Microsoft's then new console.

Many Halo games have come and gone since, each one home to bigger and more visually impressive moments that, in comparison, make the original Halo lose its original punch. But those who were there to see the birth of one of the most popular video game franchises will never forget the first time they set foot on Installation 04.

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