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* ''Halo: The Master Chief Collection'' (2014): An Xbox One CompilationRerelease of the first four main series ''Halo'' games (plus the "Anniversary" remakes of ''Combat Evolved'' and ''2'') that has all their multiplayer modes with online play added (including a new multiplayer mode for ''Halo 2''[='s=] anniversary update), plus several more bonus features. A later update also adds the campaign from ''Halo 3: ODST''. In 2019, Microsoft announced that the collection would be released on PC that year, with a staggered release for each game in the collection, starting with the newly remastered version of ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.

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* ''Halo: The Master Chief Collection'' (2014): An Xbox One CompilationRerelease of the first four main series ''Halo'' games (plus the "Anniversary" remakes of ''Combat Evolved'' and ''2'') that has all their multiplayer modes with online play added (including a new multiplayer mode for ''Halo 2''[='s=] anniversary update), plus several more bonus features. A later update also adds the campaign from ''Halo 3: ODST''. In 2019, Microsoft announced that the collection would be released on PC that year, with a staggered release for each game in the collection, collection (in internal chronological order), starting with the newly remastered version of ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.


''Halo'' is a SpaceOpera and MilitaryScienceFiction franchise that began life as an UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} exclusive FirstPersonShooter created by Creator/{{Bungie}} Studios. It has since blossomed into multiple sequels, {{Gaiden Game}}s, and an immense ExpandedUniverse including books, comics, animation, and live-action.

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''Halo'' is a SpaceOpera and MilitaryScienceFiction franchise that began life as an UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} exclusive FirstPersonShooter created by Creator/{{Bungie}} Studios. It has since blossomed into multiple sequels, {{Gaiden Game}}s, and an immense ExpandedUniverse including books, comics, animation, and live-action.
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Not to be confused with a HolyHalo, although [[RuleOfSymbolism the parallels are intentional]].

''Halo'' is a massive SpaceOpera franchise. Originally a FirstPersonShooter created by Creator/{{Bungie}} Studios as an UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} exclusive, it has since blossomed into multiple sequels, {{Gaiden Game}}s, and even an immense ExpandedUniverse.

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Not to be confused with a HolyHalo, although [[RuleOfSymbolism the parallels are intentional]].

''Halo'' is a massive SpaceOpera franchise. Originally a and MilitaryScienceFiction franchise that began life as an UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} exclusive FirstPersonShooter created by Creator/{{Bungie}} Studios as an UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} exclusive, it Studios. It has since blossomed into multiple sequels, {{Gaiden Game}}s, and even an immense ExpandedUniverse.
ExpandedUniverse including books, comics, animation, and live-action.


** The [[TheFederation UNSC]] generally tries its best to be benevolent, but in practice is somewhat heavy-handed with its colonies, and willing to resort to questionable methods for survival. Its semi-shadow government, the Office of Naval Intelligence, veers much closer to the black side of things, with its willingness to do things even the rest of the UNSC doesn't approve of.
** The [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Insurrectionists]] have legitimate grievances with the UNSC's aforementioned heavy-handedness, but extremist elements pushed them towards full-out terrorism.
** The [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant's]] ruling caste is highly corrupt (and in some cases, possibly borderline insane), but the rest are either [[CorruptChurch misguided by religious fervor]], [[CannonFodder expendable slaves for all intents and purposes]], [[ActualPacifist just tagging along to fix stuff]], otherwise coerced into serving the Covenant, or simply [[PunchClockVillain mercenaries with no real grudge against anyone]]. Even the [[KillerSpaceMonkey Brutes]], who are [[BloodKnight aggressive and violent by nature]], have admirable traits and are capable of existing with other species in good faith under the right circumstances.\\

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** The [[TheFederation [[TheEmpire UNSC]] generally tries its best is a totalitarian military dictatorship that runs [[ChildSoldier Child]] SuperSoldier programs [[WouldHurtAChild that kill the bulk of their recruits]], gives cloned kids cancer in order to be benevolent, but cover it up, backstabs their own allies in practice is somewhat heavy-handed with its colonies, and willing order to resort maintain the BalanceOfPower, [[https://www.halopedia.org/Far_Isle nukes civilian populations off the face of the planet in response to questionable methods for survival. rebellion]], etc. Its semi-shadow government, the Office of Naval Intelligence, veers much closer to the black side of things, with its willingness to do things even the rest of the UNSC doesn't approve of.
of. It borders on StupidEvil when they nearly start a war between the Elites and humanity after ''4'' by supporting the Servants of Abiding Truth against the Swords of Sanghelios, the latter of which is led by the Arbiter, who saved humanity from extinction. The UNSC would be the BigBad in most other works, but [[EvilVersusOblivion against the Covenant and Flood, they come off as the lesser of the evils.]]
*** ''Forward Unto Dawn'' fully reveals the level of the UNSC's indoctrination of its own citizens, as well. They named their top military academy after a Roman general who committed suicide because his emperor ordered him to, purely because said emperor saw him as a threat to Imperial power. The UNSC glorifies said general as an example of what all UNSC officers should be, and even makes the FamousLastWords that he used to ''justify his suicide'' the official motto of the academy. Additionally, ''Forward Unto Dawn'' confirms that the UNSC's population on Earth was largely not even aware of how the war was going in space, even as they were losing horribly and about to be invaded, indicating an absurd level of state censorship and information control.
** The [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Insurrectionists]] have legitimate grievances with the UNSC's aforementioned heavy-handedness, but extremist elements pushed them towards full-out terrorism.
terrorism. It should be noted, though, that they only resorted to weapons of mass destruction ''after'' the UNSC had already done so, and their decentralized structure ("Insurrectionists" is just a convenient name given to a bunch of separate movements) means they can't really be lumped together.
** The [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant's]] ruling caste is highly corrupt (and in some cases, possibly borderline insane), but the rest are either [[CorruptChurch misguided by religious fervor]], [[CannonFodder expendable slaves for all intents and purposes]], [[ActualPacifist just tagging along to fix stuff]], otherwise coerced into serving the Covenant, or simply [[PunchClockVillain mercenaries with no real grudge against anyone]]. Even the [[KillerSpaceMonkey Brutes]], who are [[BloodKnight aggressive and violent by nature]], have admirable traits and are capable of existing with other species in good faith under the right circumstances. They are, however, actively and (for the Brutes and Elites at least) willingly engaging in a mass genocide of tens of billions, marking them as a clear black.\\


** DeflectorShields that can only absorb so much damage but will regenerate to max if you avoid fire for a few seconds. Games vary on how they treat your health bar; the first game used RegeneratingShieldsStaticHealth, while others have featured regenerate-to-the-nearest-segment lifebars (as seen in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'') or even turning you into a OneHitPointWonder. [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily, Your Shield Will Protect You]]; they provide what is essentially RegeneratingHealth, giving you tactically infinite HitPoints if you know when to retreat for a moment. This overcomes a common issue about players [[ResourcesManagementGameplay worrying how to survive a level with no way to recover lost health]].

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** DeflectorShields that can only absorb so much damage but will regenerate to max if you avoid fire for a few seconds. Games vary on how they treat your health bar; the first game used RegeneratingShieldsStaticHealth, while others have featured regenerate-to-the-nearest-segment lifebars (as seen in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'') or even turning you into a OneHitPointWonder. [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Luckily, Your Shield Will Protect You]]; they provide what is essentially RegeneratingHealth, giving you tactically infinite HitPoints if you know when to retreat for a moment. This overcomes a common issue about players [[ResourcesManagementGameplay worrying how to survive a level with no way to recover lost health]]. The corollary of this to keep the game from getting to easy was that, compared to previous FPS heroes such as [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom Guy]], [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]], and VideoGame/SeriousSam, the Master Chief was not only slow and lightly armed, but fairly weak as well; it only took a dozen assault rifle rounds or a single shotgun blast or sniper rifle shot to knock down his shield, and a similar amount of punishment to his non-regenerating health to kill him outright (much less if the enemy got a headshot).

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** The ''Master Chief Collection'' was originally a collection of all the ''Halo'' games that featured Master Chief as a main character. However, 343 later added ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' to the collection, which don't feature Chief as a player character.


* ''ComicBook/HaloLoneWolf'' (2019): An ongoing four-issue mini-series about Spartan-II [[ColdSniper Linda-058]] being sent on a solo mission to stop a rogue scientist.

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* ''ComicBook/HaloLoneWolf'' (2019): An ongoing A four-issue mini-series about Spartan-II [[ColdSniper Linda-058]] being sent on a solo mission to stop a rogue scientist.

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** The Covenant sucks too. Imagine being a Unggoy (Grunt), the frontline fodder destined to be the first to have their face booted in by the Chief so the Sangheili (Elites) and Jiralhanae (Brutes) might have a slightly easier time with him, all because that's your caste in the religion you were forced into (a religion built on a false pretense, no less).


In the 26th century, humanity is at war with a powerful collective of alien races known as the Covenant, whose religious beliefs have decreed that they should wipe out the human race. While the United Nations Space Command is vastly outmatched by the Covenant's superior numbers and [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]]-based technology, mankind has one advantage in the form of the [=SPARTAN-II=] SuperSoldier program. The Spartans, clad in PoweredArmor and led by MainCharacter Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, are unmatched as warriors. Nonetheless, the UNSC is still steadily losing the war: right before the first game starts, the Covenant found Reach, the colony that serves as both humanity's main military base and the doorstep to Earth, and completely overwhelmed it. Close to a billion soldiers and civilians were killed... as well as the entirety of the SPARTAN corps, save [[LastOfHisKind the Chief himself]]. He and Cortana, his [[GuyInBack Girl In Back]] ArtificialIntelligence, flee the scene aboard a UNSC cruiser which then stumbles across a Forerunner artifact: a giant ringworld, called "Halo", which the Covenant want, because it might have the power to change the course of the war... not to mention that of the entire galaxy.

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In the 26th century, humanity is at war with a powerful collective of alien races known as the Covenant, whose religious beliefs have decreed that they should wipe out the human race. While the United Nations Space Command is vastly outmatched by the Covenant's superior numbers and [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]]-based technology, mankind has one advantage in the form of the [=SPARTAN-II=] SuperSoldier program. The Spartans, clad in PoweredArmor and led by MainCharacter Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, are unmatched as warriors. Nonetheless, the UNSC is still steadily losing the war: right before the first game starts, the Covenant found Reach, the colony that serves served as both humanity's main military base and the doorstep to Earth, and completely overwhelmed it. Close to a billion soldiers and civilians were killed... as well as the entirety of the SPARTAN corps, save [[LastOfHisKind the Chief himself]]. He and Cortana, his [[GuyInBack Girl In Back]] ArtificialIntelligence, flee the scene aboard a UNSC cruiser which then stumbles across a Forerunner artifact: a giant ringworld, called "Halo", which the Covenant want, because it might have the power to change the course of the war... not to mention that of the entire galaxy.


* ''Halo: The Master Chief Collection'' (2014): An Xbox One CompilationRerelease of the first four main series ''Halo'' games (plus the "Anniversary" remakes of ''Combat Evolved'' and ''2'') that has all their multiplayer modes with online play added (including a new multiplayer mode for ''Halo 2''[='s=] anniversary update), plus several more bonus features. A later update also adds the campaign from ''Halo 3: ODST''.

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* ''Halo: The Master Chief Collection'' (2014): An Xbox One CompilationRerelease of the first four main series ''Halo'' games (plus the "Anniversary" remakes of ''Combat Evolved'' and ''2'') that has all their multiplayer modes with online play added (including a new multiplayer mode for ''Halo 2''[='s=] anniversary update), plus several more bonus features. A later update also adds the campaign from ''Halo 3: ODST''. In 2019, Microsoft announced that the collection would be released on PC that year, with a staggered release for each game in the collection, starting with the newly remastered version of ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.

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* ''Halo: Oblivion'' (Upcoming): A sequel to ''Silent Storm'' centering on a mission to capture a Covenant ship filled with valuable technology, slated for release on September 24, 2019.


* ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'' (2017): A sequel to the original, co-developed with Creator/CreativeAssembly.

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* ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'' (2017): A sequel to the original, original set after the events of ''Halo 5'', co-developed with Creator/CreativeAssembly.


* ''Halo: Lone Wolf'' (2019): An ongoing four-issue mini-series about Spartan-II [[ColdSniper Linda-058]] being sent on a solo mission to stop a rogue scientist.

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* ''Halo: Lone Wolf'' ''ComicBook/HaloLoneWolf'' (2019): An ongoing four-issue mini-series about Spartan-II [[ColdSniper Linda-058]] being sent on a solo mission to stop a rogue scientist.

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* ''Literature/HaloRenegades'' (2019): A sequel to ''Smoke and Shadow'' that also serves as a followup to certain plot threads from ''The Forerunner Saga''.


''Halo'' is one of the best-known {{Killer App}}s. When the original UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} was announced, there was a lot of skepticism from those who had already experienced the UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars and had no reason to believe the Xbox would go anywhere. Their reasoning wasn't inaccurate: [[FourIsDeath Three Is Death]] in the console market, which (until then) had had trouble supporting even ''two'' consoles; Microsoft's collaboration with Sega from the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast didn't turn out so well (though the Xbox essentially was a Dreamcast 2); and, as released, the Xbox did not (seem to) have anything worth playing. (The fact the original Xbox was an ''American-made console'' didn't help, after the disaster the UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar was.) But once gamers got their grubby little hands on it, ''Halo'' singlehandedly kept Microsoft in the race; CausticCritic Magazine/{{Edge}} Magazine went so far as to call it "the most important launch game for any console, ever." All of its sequels have set "biggest-opening-day" records. The franchise in October 2012 was [[http://www.strategyinformer.com/news/20536/halo-4-most-expensive-microsoft-title valued]] at a cool $3 billion.

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''Halo'' is one of the best-known {{Killer App}}s. When the original UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} was announced, there was a lot of skepticism from those who had already experienced the UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars and had no reason to believe the Xbox would go anywhere. Their reasoning wasn't inaccurate: [[FourIsDeath Three Is Death]] in the console market, which (until then) had had trouble supporting even ''two'' consoles; Microsoft's collaboration with Sega from the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast didn't turn out so well (though the Xbox essentially was a Dreamcast 2); and, as released, the Xbox did not (seem to) have anything worth playing. (The fact the original Xbox was an ''American-made console'' didn't help, after the then-recent disaster the UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar was.was and the struggles of American-made consoles in general following UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983.) But once gamers got their grubby little hands on it, ''Halo'' singlehandedly kept Microsoft in the race; CausticCritic Magazine/{{Edge}} Magazine went so far as to call it "the most important launch game for any console, ever." All of its sequels have set "biggest-opening-day" records. The franchise in October 2012 was [[http://www.strategyinformer.com/news/20536/halo-4-most-expensive-microsoft-title valued]] at a cool $3 billion.

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