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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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Halo: The Master Chief Collection 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Series). Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 16-player online game. 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-Platform: You can play Halo Wars with people on either Xbox One or PC.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence and Strong Violence. The game features strong violence towards human and animal characters, by melee contact, explosives, vehicles and various firearms. The majority of the campaign is concerned with dispatching enemy alien characters, but – though not the aim – human and animal NPCs can be attacked. Shooting is often accompanied by blood effects, which either spray from characters or pool around their bodies, which fall lifelessly to the floor after several blows and remain in situ. In one scene in Halo 4, a huge beam vaporises a group of scientists, who burn up, layer by layer. A close up of a woman screaming is shown, as her skin, then muscle and then skeleton are burned to nothing. Some mild language included in the series, including 'hell', 'dammit', '*!@?*', 'prick', 'friggin', ‘ass’ and '*!@?*'.
 
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.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Mild Themes, Scary Scenes.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. 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.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.

CostsCosts

Halo: The Master Chief Collection usually costs £29.99 to £33.99.
 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

XBox Store PC £29.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S £29.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £29.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam Store PC £33.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
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 and Xbox Series X|S and PC

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. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (16 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting (Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Halo (@Halo)


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