An appreciation post
Now, aside from the Fallout and Dishonored series and my general adoration for Bethesda, I have another undying love, the reason I had an Xbox in the beginning and the reason I got myself an Xbox one… Halo. I haven’t done a post on Halo yet, and with the upcoming release of Halo Wars: 2 I thought it would be fitting to do an appreciation post.
Halo: Combat Evolved
The Halo trilogy was made up of Halo: Combat evolved, Halo 2 and Halo: 3, all developed by Bungie. In 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was released. Before it’s release the game was intended for Mac OS and PC but in 2000, Microsoft bought Bungie therefore making an Xbox title causing the games release to PC to be delayed by a further 2 years. Finally, Windows and Mac OS port was later developed by Gearbox Software and released on September 30 and November 11, 2003 an expansion, titled Halo: Custom Edition was released as a Windows exclusive which gave the player the ability to build their own custom game.
Sequel to Halo: Combat evolved, was of course Halo: 2 which was released in 2004 for the Xbox and later released for Windows Vista in 2007. Halo 2 held the top spot for game played most on Xbox live for 2 years running. Halo 2 now gave you/Chief the ability to hold two weapons at once, whereas in Halo CE, you had limited choice of weapons and could only hold and fire one. Matchmaking in games was also introduced instead of a traditional sever list. I often remember back in the days, in an neighborhood I lived in, we would all connect our xbox’s up and have LAN parties which was so much fun, some of the most fun I had in my gaming years.
Then we have Halo: 3 which is (obviously) the last in the trilogy. Halo 3 is a much loved favorite of many if not most Halo fans out there, tied closely with 4. Halo 3 ends the story started in Combat Evolved, released in 2007 and now included a new class for equipment, new weapons and new vehicles. Halo was later re-released for Xbox one in the Master Chief collection released in 2014, giving all who purchased it the DLC for Halo 3: ODST later in the year.
The Halo Saga/ Re-claimer Trilogy
Things would slightly change for the Halo franchise by this time, as Bungie made it’s split from Microsoft and 343 industries took over. 343 had already had a part in the making of Halo’s very own animated series (I’m currently watching the Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn movie also produced by 343) It’s quite fun watching TV adaptations of my favorite games. I’d love for it to happen more often, for some other of my favorite games. Halo 4 was announced at E3 in 2011 and was called the ‘Reclaimer Trilogy’ It still however included redesigned of older weapons used in the Halo Trilogy and improved map making. Halo 4 was released on November 6th, 2012 worldwide and hit record sales. Spartan Ops, a campaign add on was released not too long after Halo 4’s initial release which explained what happened at the end of the main game.
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5 fast became one of my new Halo favorites and although this was and seems to be an unpopular opinion, I enjoyed the campaign a great deal. It felt so nostalgic to still have Cortana and Chief part of the main story. I enjoyed switching between the two protagonists, Locke and Chief and it all felt so similar to all of the other games in the series, they didn’t try to switch it up and make it something it isn’t with too many changes and new abilities, they kept what we love about Halo. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a new game in a series and finding out they’ve tried a tonne of new strategies to make the game fresh, but instead turned it sour… so that’s one of the main things about 343 industries and their involvement with Halo 5 that I am incredibly happy about. Some others may be different to me and prefer it when a game is completely shaken up and changed, but I’m a home girl, I like the nostalgia.
There are also a handful of Spin-offs in the Halo series, which are games set in between the trilogies. Halo: Reach was one of the favorite spin-offs in the series, where your on a Spartan Squad, Team Noble, your job is to defend Reach against the Covenant. Other spins-offs included: Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Spartan Assault, Halo: Spartan Strike and soon to be Halo Wars 2.
That’s all for my Halo Appreciation post, I guess you can also say this was a Flashback Friday seeing as some of these games are early 2000’s. The Halo series are a bunch of games I could go back again and again and still enjoy the story like I’d never played it before. I’ll never forget the LAN parties and the laughs I used to have online and even now It’s fun to get online with my Squad from our group chat and kick one another butt’s! Halo is one of those games that has brought so many people together over the years and I believe it will continue to do so for a few years to come.
Here’s to Halo *raises controller*
Thanks for reading!