Our good friends at IGN.com recently did an article giving their opinions of the best halo campaigns from best to last. As a huge fans of the Halo series,I feel it’s only right that we at VGP give our opinions about which campaigns reign supreme.
5. Halo 3: ODST
What started off as simply a DLC add on, became the black sheep of the series. You step into the shoes of a rookie Orbital Drop Ship Trooper looking for the rest of his squad mates in a barron city. As you find clues to their whereabouts, you get the chance to experience each of their personal adventures since the seperation.
While I enjoyed ODST, I felt the campaign dragged at times. Running through the HUB world and being able to do the missions in any order was unique for Halo, there were many times when I was just running around for 20 minutes at a time trying to get to my next objective……..and I just like playing as Spartans.
4. Halo 2
The fight comes to earth and it’s up to Master Cheif to defend the planet from Covenant takeover. Or is it? The big surprise (*SPOILER*) is that you play half the game as a failed Elite general, The Arbiter. We learn more about the covenant and the internal power struggle between Brutes and Elites. Also, we find out The Flood are more dangerous than ever.
This was a tough one for me. The first two Halo games were defining moments in my gaming history, it’s like choosing between my kids. I was disappointed that more of the campaign didn’t take place on earth. Driving the Scorpion while destroying the Scarab on the second mission was a classic moment. I had no problem playing as The Arbiter, though I preferred when the Elites were just the monsters trying to kill me, not overly religious fanatics.
3. Halo: Combat Evolved
We all know the story. You’re the last super soldier tasked with defending your race from a alien threat, when you discover a floating ring in the middle of space. That ring just happens to be the most powerful weapon in the universe and the battle to control it rages on.
This may be nostalgia, but the pace of the original Halo campaign was just perfect. Each battle felt epic, fighting against insurmountable odds. Half way though the game you realize the covenants aren’t even your most dangerous enemy, as The Flood make their debut (which reminds me of Aliens for some reason)………and The Silent Cartographer is my favorite mission.
2. Halo 3
Time to finish the fight. Chief has teamed up with the Elites to take down the crazed Prophets of the Covenant. The flood are closing in, ready to destroy everything in their path. Cortana has gone missing, and she holds the key to save the universe. Everything was on the line, and it was up to you.
Halo 3 gets a lot of flack (so-so graphics, equipment sucked) but I don’t think anybody can deny the campaign’s epicness. Driving a mongoose while your teammates rockets a Scarab? Check. An army of scorpion tanks versus an army of Scarabs? Check. A great ending to the last game of the series (*cough*). Check.
1. Halo Reach
Experience the fall of Reach. The prequel to Halo, we play as Noble 6. The Covenant have discovered Reach, and it’s destruction is inevitable. 6 and the rest of Noble team do what they can to defend humanity’s last stronghold, but is it for naught?
This was a real tough decision between Reach and 3. Though 3 had more grand scale battles, Reach has more variety thanks to the armor abilities. There’s nothing like armor locking to avoid a blast from a Wraith, while your teammate jet packs in to destroy it. From the original pistol returning to the retro Banshee’s, this game is definitely an ode to old school Halo fans. Heck, the Elites don’t even speak English anymore. The mood of the game is also dark, simply because Noble team is fighting so hard, but we all know before we even fire one bullet, Reach will be destroyed. It’s an eerie feeling, but it adds to the atmosphere. Reach is Bungie’s masterpiece, and it shows.
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