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The Best Halo Games, Ranked

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Halo 5

Critics and fans remarked that the entry lacked the heart of previous titles in the series. Despite this, Halo 5 isn’t a terrible game. It sports gorgeous cutscenes and fun—if broken—multiplayer mode.

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Halo Wars

Halo Wars isn’t a revolutionary RTS. It lacks the depth of its PC-exclusive cousins, like Command and Conquer. However, the game is noteworthy because it’s both enjoyable and functional.

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Halo Wars 2

Fans of Halo Wars 1 loved the sequel’s return to RTS gameplay. Critics applauded its narrative leap to a time period concurrent with the numbered entries in the franchise.

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Halo 2

Halo 2 is a landmark game for Microsoft. Fans delighted in seeing Chief defend Earth from the alien collective. Halo 2 also introduced a surprise second playable character, an Elite called the Arbiter.

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Halo 4

New developer 343 Industries took over from Bungie in the intervening years. The fourth main entry in the series sported a slew of new gameplay features. Halo 4 proved that 343 Industries has what it takes to carry the Halo series into the future.

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Halo 3: ODST

Players take control of the Rookie, a silent protagonist who joins an elite squad of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. The game’s moody atmosphere and jazz soundtrack make it a unique experience in the Halo canon.

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Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved changed the way gamers thought about first-person shooters. Before this series, hardcore players viewer FPS as exclusive to PCs.Even though it’s over 20 years old, Combat Evolved still feels modern.

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Halo Infinite

Everything old is new again in Halo Infinite. The latest entry in the series is also one of the franchise’s best outings. Infinite boasts a slew of new weapons and power-ups, too. Among these power-ups is the grappling hook, which injects a new layer of chaos into the Halo formula.

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Halo 3

Halo 3 does almost everything right. The fate of the galaxy rests on Master Chief’s shoulders during the game’s marathon storyline. Halo 3 proved that Xbox Live was the best online multiplayer interface on home consoles.

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Halo: Reach

Bungie’s swan song remains the best Halo game ever made. Halo: Reach is a prequel to Combat Evolved and follows the final adventure of the doomed Noble Team. It’s easily the Halo franchise’s high water mark and one of the best video games ever made.

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