Best Halo Games

The Top Ten

1 Halo 3

Something in this game fizzles with the epic sci fi moments and memories and make this game the best. Not much of a replay friendly one, but I keep thinking and trying to revisit the nostalgia I first had while playing through this game. The intro of this game told me that fight was going to be finished and when the chief crash lands, I get invited by the covenant Ina satisfactory manner. It was a cool feel playing through Sierra 117, beginning the end. Crows nest introduced to the plot and I knew Earth was under danger but an even bigger threat reveals, the fate of not only the human race, but the universe. I felt that Tsavo Highway had the same cool feel as the Sierra 117, it made my sci fi experience so memorable. The storm was like a Call of Duty (yep, Call of Duty). It added another flavor to this game, that Call of Duty feel, the fast paced duty. This mission I also felt was the big build up to the epicest of epic sci fi moments. Floodgate brings back the flood and reminds us of ...more

I love fighting the flood

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 really think halo 3 is the best because of the game play and overall campaign.

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2 Halo Reach

Should be number 1 - SilverArcticWolf

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

"Sir you don't have the firepower! "
"I've got the mass,"
That line made me cry, and also:
"Tell them to make it count" and

Halo Reach had those Six sense roundhouse kicking elites,
had the most toughest enemies except the brutes,
brutes were easy. Grunts, Jackels (Skirmishers not the regulars ones, the regular ones were fine), elites, hunters, were just killing me left and right. The hard part about halo reach is when you don't have a plasma pistol and a headshot capable weapon, you would pretty much get harassed. Elites also dodge your plasma shots even when they are turned around. Elites also are more frequently found in higher ranks, rarely you will find an elite minor.

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3 Halo 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

WHAT!? Halo 2 should be number 1! Oh, and isn't Halo Reach the one without Master Chief?

Somehow, this managed to tell 2 different stories about different things at the same time. Yet it feels natural and you care about all the characters. It has great settings and the multiplayers a blast. This is truly a masterpiece.

Better than reach - The8Bit

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4 Halo: 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

Halo combat evolved is the best it is very simple and the sound of the assault rifle is better than other halo games. This game is the first halo game I have played I still want to play it.

Halo CE has set a benchmark for the FPS genre never met for 17 years. Its campaign had an excellent storyline that outlined satisfying themes such as heroism, trust and much more. Its atmosphere and tone was always perfectly set from the wondrous and magical feeling of Halo itself arching over you to the terrifying flood. The level design was as grandiose as its plot. Along with intricately balanced gunplay, AI and mechanics, it made for a combat experience unmatched by no other FPS. Each battle in CE's notorious Legendary difficulty felt like a puzzle in which I considered my availability of weapons and ammo and my allies and hostiles to produce decisions in how I would like to approach the battle. The amount of different weapons is not nearly matched by other Halos, but they served varying roles and they were enough to stop external weapons from damaging the delicate gameplay balance CE has so well achieved. Multiplayer had innovative maps such as Blood Gulch and Sidewinder which ...more

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.

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5 Halo 4

Wow, great game. It's graphics are something never seen before, the assassinations are cool and gets rid of the annoying flood! I think it's actually better than Halo 5

Halo 4 comes in 3rd on my list behind Reach and 3. Halo 4 is by far the most underrated and unappreciated of the Halo series. The campaign is BY FAR the most underrated, my personal 2nd favorite behind Reach, with the most emotional story of the series, and the death of Cortana. Chris Schlerf seriously outdid himself. (Halo 5 ruined everything that Halo 4 did emotionally). The multiplayer was more fun than its given credit, with modes like flood and big team battle that I played most of the time. - JohnnyBoy1246

Fine till you play flood mode. Then you begin the enigma that is life

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.

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6 Halo 3: ODST

Probably the most unique Halo game. Though it can't truly compete with larger titles like 3 and Reach, they are not meant to be compared. The different atmosphere and perspective of ODST are a refreshing departure. The soundtrack eccentuates the story. The visuals are well-styled. Overall a great adventure in the city of New Mombasa.

ODST is truly a masterpiece and shows that good games do not really require massive online multiplayer. The gameplay actually requires you to think like an ODST in the Legendary difficulty, whether it's about planning stealthy routes to the next clue behind the mystery of your squad, or strategizing before running head first into battle (something no other Halo game has truly accomplished).

The soundtrack is fantastic, and is undoubtedly the best in the series. Check out Skyline and The Rookie.

The storyline is also much different, and is truly gripping and makes us feel like real humans, not genetically modified cyborgs (Chief is still epic, but ODST just has a better feel). The no-win scenario situation is also a good idea. The characters are quite interesting and relatable, and the Rookie is a badass.

Fire fight was also pretty great.

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

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7 Halo 5: Guardians

Great game, but it didn't feel like Halo in certain parts. - Cyri

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.

Well you have to admit that the story was okay. Just compare it to all sorts of other games on the market eg. Call of Duty, boyfriend, borderlands... It's just that this story couldn't compare with the other halo games. So with the worst story out of all halos, this actually deserves a lot more credit and should be higher, a lot higher, possibly the top. This is my reason why. Fortunately, this game was saved by the amazing gameplay, cool new Spartan moves, squad commands and... Aiming down sights! I know that sounds like Call of Duty, but, it's a good mechanic that other shooters like. I have to admit that this game is not a classic halo title which is the main reason you guys are disappointed, but with the amazing gameplay, this is possibly the best shooter around.

Ps. Just because I don't complain that this game is not the original halo we loved for years and love the new mechanics just like a Call of Duty fanboy would do, doesn't mean I'm not a fan of halo. It's the best ...more

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8 Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Best combatting options and a you feel so great when you parry an elite using melees since they do so little damage which is awesome. Grenade commonness made you love them and not get frustrated when you miss the elite you were trying to stick with your plasma grenade. It also felt like an staple part of combat since you can care so less about how many grenades you have. An awesome fast paced campaign was what this had and the sixth mission was the only time I enjoyed fighting the flood. That was awesome. This game made plasma pistols so fun to use while you repeatedly pop an elite's shield and finishing it off with a pistol headshot or sticking it with a plasma grenade following a satisfying explosion. Of course I would choose the anniversary version over the original because of bettered graphics

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

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9 Halo Wars

Very cinematic unlike Wars 2. Underrated soundtrack.

Possibly the best halo game. Very fun and addictive

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.

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10 Halo: 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.

It's FREE, and you can make custom campaigns, and play Multiplayer.

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The Contenders

11 Halo: The Master Chief Collection

This game is for real cause you can play 1-5 halo games and you can change the looks halfway through halo 1 and 2 to look old and back again!

Its got halo 1 2 3 4 and another so beat that

I love it I've been playing it every day I am in LOVE with these 4 halo games but too bad halo reach wasn't in it.

It got all of them in the game, so obviously it is the best

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12 Halo Wars 2

This game is the best combination of the halo master chief universe and the original halo wars. It has a brute which is smarter and stronger than three of the best Spartans we have seen to date and goes back to everyone's favorite place in halo lore, The ARC which if you remember has been assaulted many times by the covenant and this one ship is doing what a fleet could not claiming the creator of the halo rings.

This one game has been waited for by fans for seven years and only if 343 industries made it sooner they could have saved the halo franchise from falling into a pit created when master chief woke started chasing Cortanna.

Halo wars 2 is the pinnacle of creation its only rival has to be halo 3 its self, we all love what Bungie did with halo but I look forward to playing this game and I also look forward to 343 industries next release afterwards!

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

I will be getting this game February 2017 and then I will have all the console based halo games until halo 6 is released - mneilan

Lol this games hasnt even been released... But I have played a preview on the xbox one and I think it till be just as good as halo wars 1 ( which I have played also)

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13 Halo 2 Anniversary

Why is this even an option, ah whatever

If Halo 2 is the 3rd best, then why is the Halo 2 anniversary 15th? It has better graphics and the same story.

14 Halo: Rebirth

It is coming in 2018 and has every halo weapon made, including three new weapons.

15 Halo 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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16 Halo Infinite
17 Halo: Spartan Assault

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

Because we saw the trailer

18 Halo 2600
19 Halo: 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

Gives iOS players a chance to get in the action of halo unique halo title

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

I think it should have a online multiplayer

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