Best Halo Games

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1Halo 3

The Campaign seems to be building to an epic conclusion only to fizzle out into a couple of Flood levels. The Multiplayer and feature set of this game, however, are unsurpassed. Bungie built the greatest online experience of all time with this monumental achievement to interactive entertainment.

I like this one because it has a lot more action in it while Halo Reach all you do is go around and battle. On Halo 3 there is the awesome warthog run and the scarab battles. This one is the best in my opinion. - haloman4321

This was my first Xbox live game I played. I played it for 4 years and that time was truly amazing, it was the only matchmaking I loved in Halo (never played Halo 2 online), However, all custom games in all games were amazing. The maps were truly special, I know this won't happen, but I want Guardian to be remade in Halo 5, but add on to the map and make it Forge World style. I loved the look and feel of that dark, swampish, jungle-like, forest.

Halo 3 will always be kept in a special place

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2Halo Reach

Yes halo reach is the best halo game ever out rank 343 halo 4 I mean throwing out the best parts of halo I mean me and my friends and brothers love campaign scoring but it just not their I mean it the best looking halo game for sure and customize your own Spartan and new armor abilities and the pistol scope absent in halo 3 and firefight is back better than ever and the new weapons and machine to drive plus the amazing great multiplayer that always custom layouts voting on maps and throwing in New game modes which are awesome one of which I happy about is infection previous absent well kind off it was in the custom games option in halo 3 but it just not the same as reach not the mention the groundbreaking amazing campaign it definite the best and easiest to follow how halo 3 is rank higher I will never know plus forge is just so much more awesome two it and I'm glad to see halo 4 put in its place and also glad after 5 years tons and tons and tons of people play halo reach proving that ...more

This is, overall, the best Halo game out there. Everyone may say Halo: CE and Halo 2 are better because they're the ones that made Halo what it is, but I'll say this: Halo: Reach has the best multiplayer in the whole franchise. I remember when I was little, I played this game just about every day, and I eventually stopped at Field Marshall. That was only because Halo 4 came out. When Halo 4 came out, there was nobody on Reach... For a few months. Eventually, people started migrating back to Reach because it's the superior game. You can still find thousands of people playing Reach, even though it's around 6 years old! Halo: Reach is definitely the high point of the Halo franchise. Bungie really went out with a bang! - SunfireCobra

Jumping onto the Halo bandwagon recently, I have finished all but ODST's, as that got me bored. Reach is undoubtedly the best Halo game ever created, as it has such diversity and is so in depth, with no plot holes. You are gripped until the end, and the game plays with your mind with so many parts of the game. It has the best campaign, and the second best multiplayer, second only to Halo 5. Halo Reach has something the other Halos never gave you, and that is the emotional immersion into the game.

Still my favorite game

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3Halo 2

It sickens me to see Halo: Reach further up on this list than Halo 2. It's not because Halo: Reach is a bad game, it isn't as deserving of its current placement on this list as Halo 2. Halo 2 was incredible. Halo 2 was a game that was so incredible that reverberation of its momentous innovations echo still not just in the Halo franchise, but also the FPS genre. The ranking system in Halo 2 was marvelous and the map designs were remarkable. Who can forget about that 1-50 ranking system that you can feel invested in because it was strongly and firmly reflective of your skill? Who can forget about those classic maps such as Lockout, Midship, Ivory Tower, Beaver Creek, Ascension, Zanzibar, and Coagulation? Not to mention all the good map packs that came later! However, no game is perfect and Halo 2 had its faults like horribly ugly graphical textures, terribly inconsistent gameplay glitches, and awfully bad design quality. Over all though, Halo 2 was an unbelievably incredible game and ...more

As someone who didn't start with the first Halo, I have to say that going back to play it makes it feel fairly... Empty. Don't get me wrong, it is still very fun, but it feels very clunky and dated.

Halo 2 changed the game mechanics drastically, and they were so good, that to this day Halo 4 still feels similar to 2. Everything from beam rifles to brutes to scarabs that has shown up throughout the halo series first appeared in halo 2.

Halo 2 also expanded the story greatly; showing us the inner workings of the covenant, creating the story of the arbiter, etc.

It's hard to choose one game from this fantastic series, but I'd say Halo 2 is mine.

Halo 2 was the absolute pinnacle of the Halo series, it took the first game and expanded upon it while keeping things simple. maybe on a technical level Halo 3 and Reach are better games, but Halo 2 just has a certain air about it that makes it a true classic and standout in the series

This sequel brought online, turning Halo into a whole new game. - marmalade_skies

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4Halo: Combat Evolved

This is lower than HALO 4?! Seriously?! This is the game that started it all! This had more action than any other game! Yeah it had stuff that we didn't like but it was still AWESOME! I remember the first time playing 343 guilty spark when I encountered the flood. but nowadays when I play it I still get a chill up my spine hearing that eerie background music and the noise of the infection forms crawling around! Then at those intense moments when there is a zealot in the room invisible with a sword, THAT moment taught me. "if you see ANYTHING moving that isn't human, shoot it"

But honestly I thought this was the most MAJOR jump in the FPS series and was the best game I have ever played! - Zombieman99

Best fps ever, and one of the greatest games ever. Had the most open campaign, with levels that are still a blast to play today. Multiplayer is also great, with outstanding maps such as Hang em' High, Sidewinder, and of course Blood Gulch. LAN parties with this game are to date one of the greatest experiences you can have in all of video games. Truly a masterpiece which deserves to be higher on this list.

The game that started it all. The nostalgia, the music the grunts running away like cowards while you attempt to stick them. No better feeling when you first step out of that pod and see a huge ring whilst that eerie music plays in the background. Who could forget the waves of covenant falling out of the gravity lift. I could go on and on. What a game

To be honest, this game hasn't aged well. The campaign levels are just so easy to get lost in to the point of frustration, and I generally don't get lost in games. - marmalade_skies

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5Halo 4

I love the campaign, it is the most emotional story out of all the games. I love the graphics and the audio, also the best in the series. The multiplayer and forge took a step back but it was still satisfying and fun. Oh, there's also Forward Unto Dawn.

Halo 4 is seriously a fantastic and epic game. The graphics, soundtrack, sound design combat, story, controls, environments, enemies and just about everything in this game is amazing. I'm in love with the campaign and I will play through it many more times, it's that great. Halo 4 is among the best of the best!

Halo 4 campaign was very good, and Master Chief/Cortana moment at the end was one of the top 2 moments in Halo history. The enemies were crap to fight, and the multiplayer wasn't as good, but the campaign story specifically, was filled with some of the best dialogue and content to date. I would suggest people look past the enemies and give this game props for the story elements and the ending.

Well, Halo 5 has the best campaign, but I think Halo 4 is the best local multiplayer.

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6Halo 3: ODST

I love how this game speaks it's own language - it's brilliant how Bungie came up with a different style for Halo... But improving it? Darn, this is by far the best Halo game yet. - UlfricStormcloak

While I liked it, I would say it was the weakest game in the franchise. Open world was a good idea, but I wish they did something with it, besides of course running around. They could've had bonus missions that you could find by exploring, like rescuing a few surviving civilians from being executed, or something like that

Game takes Halo into another perspective. Its more of a stealthy shooter, which isn't for some, but is truly a majorly underrated game. Ranks right under Halo 3 and Reach.

How is 4 better then this? It may not be a Halo Reach, but it certainly has a better game okay quality then 4.

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7Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Here is what it is: a game recreating the original best selling combat evolved. The game that introduced us to the one and only master chief. And what the anniversary here does is recreate the best campaign ever created into the same gameplay, just with WAY better graphics. Not to mention adding a great multiplayer the original game never had. Plus achievements and terminals, and if you have a Kinect, then I reccomend you to try out the inspect feature that will let you check out things in detail! Great game!

Best story, best physics, best level design, best A.I., and the updated graphics make it one of the better looking Halo games yet. The simplicity of this Halo makes it the best even 7 games in this series.

Best game, better graphics... Pretty sweet

What it's the same damn thing but better

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8Halo Wars

Strategy games are what I play. Shooter Strategy = Epic masterpiece. Completely clever and high end strategy game. And it's not as violent! So mommy plays too! - UlfricStormcloak

Completely underrated. I could spend hours playing private game with my friend in this.

My first Halo game! How I loved the skirmish and Campaign!

Best game by far!

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9Halo 5: Guardians

Got the game day 1. I hopped straight in to Arena and immediately could tell that there were no issues in matchmaking. I got a match in under 2 minutes, but that would be pointless is the so-called "match" was boring. Let me tell you, it was anything but. Team Arena was amazing, with all of my favorite game-modes, except strongholds (eew...). Of course the classic Slayer did not disappoint. Halo 5's premiere mode, Breakout, was almost so intense to the point where you thought it was the championship game of a pro tournament, with $1,000,000 on the line. The classic F.F.A. was amazing, as expected. Making a return was SWAT, the classic no-shield game-mode where you aim for the head. It was fun as ever. Warzone, the big new addition to Halo 5, was intense and fun the whole round. The REQ system, while involving microtransactions, was balanced. You may as well throw $80 down the drain, but at the time you feel like the coolest spartan in town. Warzone Assault was not very ...more

At first when I got it I was super excited to play it. It took my Xbox one over 4 hours to download it. And all of my favorite halo games were the ones where Master Chief had to stop the rings from firing or something that involved the rings. Halo 4 and halo 5 disappointed me in that 343 moved away from the massive empire of the halo games bungie created involving the halo rings. I was also disappointed because when I saw the trailers for it, I was expecting some Spartan on Spartan combat. I thought Locke would kill the chief or the chief would kill Locke, but the campaign focused nothing on that. Which I was very disappointed in. 343 made an all around good game because of the matchmaking and multiplayer but the campaign is what made this game one of the worst.

Ugh 343 you find more ways to kill my beloved Halo with Cortana as suddenly the antagonist. First off I thought you killed her off in the last game. All of a sudden she's somehow alive and wants john (117 master chief) all to herself. spoiler alert Halo 6 will have something to do with Halo rings. - htoutlaws2012

Warzone is amazing revolutionizing how multiplayer is played also the new weapon diversity adds up to create the best halo multiplayer.

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10Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Why the hate this game is all of them except wars and reach ( oust Is confirmed for it in the future) the multiplayer may be a bit dodgy but a future update is sure to fix this. The campaigns are worth the price alone.

I think although there are some glitches with the game the graphics on halo 2 is so amazing me and my friend were shocked. you can also tell they changed halo 4 and 3 with some sounds and picture

It might have bad multiplayer but the campaign is smooth and an update will hopefully fix everything soon

Worst game ever it was released as a beta in my eyes it was released as a beta now that it finally works like months after it released everyone moved on back to reach

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11Halo: Combat Evolved Custom Edition

You can play Halo 1, 2, 3,4 and 5 in it! You can play the game however you please, and the community is always making custom maps and mods for it!

This is amazing. The Master Chief collection may have 1-4, but Halo Custom Edition has ALL of them! Custom campaigns, custom firefights, custom multiplayer maps, custom user interface, custom models, CUSTOM EVERYTHING! Halo feels so much more engaging when you know you can play with others on what you created!

Why is it that this outstanding game is beaten by halo wars, I mean halo wars is not even first person and its not halo. Halo custom edition is awesome it is a new way of playing halo its still first person also you don't need to mod the game to get cool vehicles like the pelican, the phantom even a fuel rod ghost and a dropship


Best halo ever, as you could find some way to edit the tags of other games is, there is a couple of halo 4 maps out, bigass is amazing, and CUSTOM CAMPAIGNS. The accuracy with a mouse and keyboard is unparalleled, those damn snipers. This is an awesome game, and it needs more votes.

Any halo feature can be ported into it. So its awesome.

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12Halo Online

Pretty good action, armor and weapons choice.

Does not exist and it would suck because halo needs a good campaign and a good multiplayer and if you were thinking a mmo I think that would suck

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13Halo: Spartan Assault

I know Spartan Assault is bad but how is it worse than 2 games that haven't even come out yet

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14Halo Wars 2

Like Halo Wars with better graphics and troops that have eyes and can walk from point A to B without making a loop around the whole map. Sounds great

15Halo 6

Listen I think I will get hate for this but I think chief should die while he destroys the guardians and then the next games will be on different characters. because really the guy is like 50-60 years old

Hello, I'm from the year 2018 and I'm here to tell you that Halo 6 is not the best game that mankind has created! Too bad, after 343 Industries sold it to Treyarch, it became Black Ops 4 :(

Master chief should show his face in this game

It better be good - lukeweber

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16Halo: Spartan Strike

Improved on its predecessor and if you forget it is a sim it is a pretty good story that makes a true halo game

I think it is a amazing mobile game and improved on its predecessor

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