Halo (Series) Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in the series on Xbox One.

Weapons must be used to deplete opponents’ energy shields before being able to damage them, so multiplayer combat encounters are a game of cat and mouse. Add to this the melee of attacks, varied terrain and advanced artificial intelligence of the enemies, and you can see why it takes a long time to master.

The game’s futuristic setting, dramatic music, fantastical weapons and diverse enemies makes Halo 5: Guardians competitive, exuberant and fun, without taking itself too seriously. Whether in its single-player campaign or online multiplayer modes, players revel in the lore, story and heroic characters as much as the necessary quick reactions and headshots.

The original trilogy:
  • Halo Combat Evolved is on original Xbox
  • Halo 2 is on original Xbox
  • Halo 3 is on Xbox 360

Interstitial games:
  • Halo 3: ODST is set after Halo 2 and on Xbox 360
  • Halo: Reach is a prequel to the original trilogy on Xbox 360

A new Reclaimer Saga trilogy:
  • Halo 4 is on Xbox 360
  • Halo 5: Guardians in on Xbox One
  • Halo Infinite is on Xbox One

Spin-off games
  • Halo Wars is a strategy game on Xbox 360
  • Halo Wars 2 is a strategy game on Xbox One
  • Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike are a mobile shooting game on iOS, Android

Rereleased and updated games:
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is updated for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection is remastered Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo 4, Halo: Reach on Xbox One and PC.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10-18 year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @Halo


Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete. In addition to this time to complete the story mode in these games, the online multiplayer modes can keep players entertained for many years.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online. Along with the online and split-screen battles in arenas, you can play through the main story co-operatively in Halo games:
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary with 2 players, split-screen or online
  • Halo 2: Anniversary with 2 players, split-screen or online
  • Halo 3 with 4 players online or 2 players split-screen
  • Halo 3: ODST with 4 players online or 2 players split-screen
  • Halo: Reach with 4 players online or 2 player split-screen
  • Halo 4 with 4 players online or 2 players split-screen
  • Halo 5: Guardians with 4 players online, no split-screen mode.

Cross-Play: You can play Halo Wars with people on either Xbox One or PC.


Halo usually costs £3.99 to £49.74. 

Halo 3

Xbox One £14.99

Halo 3: Odst Campaign Edition

Xbox One £11.99

Halo 5: Guardians

Xbox One £14.99

Halo 5: Guardians: Digital Deluxe Edition

Xbox One £34.99

Halo Reach

Xbox One £6.99

Halo Wars

Xbox One £11.99
Xbox One £14.99

Halo Wars 2 Demo

Xbox One Free

Halo Wars 2: Complete Edition

Xbox One £49.74

Halo Wars 2: Standard Edition

Xbox One £29.99

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition

Xbox One £15.99

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Xbox One £14.99

Halo: Reach

Xbox One £14.99

Halo: Spartan Assault

Xbox One £3.99

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Xbox One £29.99

Halo 1-5

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. In the online part of Halo 5: Guardians, you can purchase REQ packs to unlock cosmetic items. 
The following in-game purchases are available:

Halo Wars 2: Icons Of War

Xbox One £7.99

Halo Wars 2: Serina & Spearbreaker Bundle

Xbox One £7.99

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Halo 5: Guardians was rated PEGI 16 with violence. The examiner's report expands this rating with the following: The majority of the campaign is concerned with dispatching enemy alien characters, however human characters can also be attacked with melee weapons, explosives and various firearms. Enemies which are shot or stabbed usually fall to the ground and there may be a small amount of blood.

During multiplayer gameplay, players can assassinate heavily armoured human characters by jumping on their back and twisting their neck, with a breaking sound. Some more non-realistic guns can blow your enemies up into glowing parts which disintegrate.

The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.

As reflected in its age ratings and descriptors, Halo 5: Guardians marks the first time the series was given a ESRB TEEN rating in the US rather than its usual MATURE 17+ classification. This not only makes it an alternative over other, more violent, first-person shooters, but also takes its gameplay in a more layered, strategic direction.

Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 10-18 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The campaign can be a good place for novice players to start. The online battles require considerably more skill and experience so are better for older teenagers.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


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