The History of Halo on the Xbox

Halo is the first ever military science fiction based first-person shooter game. For those of you who don’t know about it, Halo is one of the most popular first-person The History of Halo on the XBox shooter games of all times. The Halo Series offers action from the protagonist’s perspective. Halo is complete with a dense graphic setting and subplot. Halo submerges players in an interstellar war between humankind and the Covenant. The Covenant is an alliance of technologically advanced aliens. Led by religious leaders called Prophets; the Covenant is out to eradicate mankind… 

Halo: Combat Evolved – Released November 15, 2001

 By April 8, 2002, less than five months after its release, 1 million units were sold of Halo: Combat Evolved. By July 14, 2003, the sales were up to 3 million copies sold worldwide. By July 2006, the Xbox version alone had sold 4.2 million copies. This calculated to $170 million in sales in the United States alone. Halo: Combat Evolved got very positive reviews on Metacritic, and currently holds a score of 97 out of 100. Pretty amazing. The game received numerous game of the year awards, and a best original soundtrack toward. According to, Halo’s debut resulted in 48 different awards in total. 

Halo 2 – November 9, 2004

The sequel to Halo: Combat Evolved was released on the Xbox on November 9, 2004. Microsoft released two versions of Halo 2: 

The Standard Edition 

The standard version came with just the game disc and traditional Xbox packaging. 

Collector’s Edition 

The Collector’s Edition came with a special aluminum case, an extra booklet, and an extra bonus DVD. The Collector’s Edition also came with a slightly modified user manual. 


 Halo 2 came out with new gameplay elements, like the ability to hold and shoot 2 weapons at the same time. Halo 2 was first to allow fully supported online multiplayer functionality via Xbox live. Because of this change, Halo 2 held the spotlight for over two years on the Xbox Live service. To this day, Halo 2 still holds the title for that! 

Halo 3 – September 25, 2007

Halo 3 was officially announced at E3 in 2006. However, an earlier, multiplayer version select players who bought the Xbox 360 game Crackdown. Halo 3 sold 4.2 million copies to retail outlets before its release. The game made an amazing $300 million in sales in their first week. As a result of its popularity, Halo 3 was the best-selling video game in 2007 in the United States. Halo 3 to this date has grossed over 14.5 million copies. This makes it the fifth best-selling Xbox 360 game of all time. People argue that Halo 3 is the best overall first-person shooter game on the console, outside of the Call of Duty games. 

Halo Wars – (U.S) March 3, 2009

Halo Wars is a real-time strategy (RTS) game. It was released in North America on March 3, 2009, and unveiled at the X06 Xbox show in 2006. Wars was developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft game Studios. Designed for the Xbox 360, Halo Wars sold 1 million units worldwide through March 2009. Halo Wars is the best-selling real-time strategy game of its kind sold to date. Period. 

Halo 3: ODST – September 22, 2009

Halo 3: ODST stands for Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. Microsoft used tie-in-comics, print and web advertisements, and live-action trailers to advertise ODST. As a result, as soon as it was released, ODST became the top-selling Xbox 360 game in the world. At first, reviewers were debating over whether Microsoft was charging too much for it with a $60 price tag. Despite the fuss, ODST ended up being bestseller in the United States in September 2009. It ended up selling more than 3 million copies worldwide total. 

Halo: Reach – September 2010

Halo: Reach was first announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2009. Microsoft gave Reach the biggest marketing budget of all the Halo games. This included live-action commercials, action figures, and interactive media. Halo: Reach grossed 200 million in the US on his first launch day. According to GamePro, IGN, and Official Xbox Magazine, Halo: Reach is the best Halo title yet. 

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary – November 15, 2011

The Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition announcement came at the same time as Halo 4 in 2011. It was included in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Its release was on November 15, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the original title, and the Anniversary Edition offered new and remastered sound effects and music. With extras like achievements, hidden in-game collectibles, and Kinect support, it was an instant hit. The updated graphics and sounds got much praise from players of the game, and the ability to toggle between remastered and original visuals was worth mentioning too. These new features resulted in the Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition being 3rd best-selling Xbox 360 game in North America within its first week. 

Halo 4 – November 2012

Development of Halo 4 started in 2009, and lasted all the way until September 2012. Microsoft stated that this was the most expensive video game title they had ever created. Halo: 4 grossed 220 million in the US alone on its launch day, and 300 million in its opening week. The game received tones of positive reviews, and multiple nominations and awards from the press. Halo 4 was also a part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection released on November 11, 2014. 

Halo: Spartan Assault – January 31, 2014 (Xbox version)

Halo: Spartan Assault was originally released to Windows 8 and Windows 8 phone platforms. The 2013 top-down twin stick shooter video game was subsequently developed later for Xbox, Steam and iOS. The Xbox version was released on January 31, 2014. Halo: Spartan assault was released as part of the Games with Gold program in June 2014 as well as Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – November 11, 2014

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 all together. Who could complain? The game also includes access to the live-action serious Halo: Nightfall. AND the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta that was only available for a limited time. Critics praised the collection for its updated audio, updated visuals, and overall quality of content. The collection was however criticized for several bugs and poor matchmaking experiences. Something Microsoft partially made up for when Halo 3: ODST was made available in May of 2015. 

Halo 5: Guardians – October 27, 2015

Microsoft announced Halo 5 for the Xbox One at the electronic entertainment Expo in 2013. Halo 5 made a shocking US $400 million in the first 24 hours, and US $500 million in its first week. These figures beat the sales from Halo 4, and topped the cake as a best-selling record for Microsoft. 

Halo Wars 2 – February 21, 2017


 Halo Wars was scheduled for release in 2016, but it wasn’t released until February 21, 2017. There is also an ultimate edition version that includes downloadable content season pass. The Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the original game made for Windows and Xbox one. With the debut of Halo wars two, it took second place on the UK’s weekly retail sales charts. 



Final Thoughts


Since Halo’s first game in the series Halo: Combat Evolved, the Halo series games have been a huge success. Halo has fans worldwide, and has broken records across the world for it’s excellent plot and ever evolving features, graphics, and soundtracks. There have been a plethora of games and books written in honor of what critics are calling one of the best first-person shooter games of all time. Its sequels… have, with help of Microsoft’s immense marketing campaigns, sold a record-breaking 65 million copies worldwide, and grossed about 3.4 billion in sales. It goes without saying that the gaming industry would have never evolved into what it is today without the Halo Series. Likewise, millions of people arcoss the world will be eagerly awaiting the next release…. 


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