Halo: Combat Evolved enters World Video Game Hall of Fame

According to a report from the Associated Press, Halo: Combat Evolved is now a part of the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The first-person shooter enthralled legions of fans after its 2001 launch with the original Xbox and it joins games like Donkey Kong, a few Pokemon titles, and Street Fighter II for the honor. All of them will be on permanent display at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, where the World Video Game Hall of Fame was established in 2015 to recognize astounding achievements in the industry.

An international committee of video game scholars and journalists chose the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s 2017 winners from 12 finalists. Some of the finalists were Final Fantasy VII, Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Portal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Wii Sports.

More than half of the original Xbox consoles initially sold included the launch game and players gave it high praise for its compelling storyline, characters like Master Chief and Cortana, and multiplayer component. The game sold millions of copies and is regarded as a classic nowadays.