Everything Halo

Show notes from The Inevitable Halo Special podcast

Yesterday we released The Inevitable Halo Special podcast. This was a very special podcast where Joe interviewed Jono, our resident Halo expert, in everything Halo. We went through every Halo game released, ranked the FPS Halo games, discussed other games in the Halo universe beyond the console games, chatted about the Halo books, comics, movies, TV shows, toys and collectables and ended with an awesome Halo musical treat.

You can listen to the podcast here.

For a peek behind the VERSUS PLAYER podcast curtain, we thought we’d pop up our show notes. This information was mainly taken from Halopedia and the many Halo Wikipedia pages. Thanks to all the experts around the world for the information.

Everything Halo
Believe

The Halo Games

  •  Announcement
    • The first ever announcement and trailer for Halo at the Macworld Conference & Expo on July 21, 1999. Announced by Steve Jobs and planned to be released for both the Mac and Windows operating systems as a real-time strategy game the following year.
  •  Halo Combat Evolved
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release date: November 15, 2001
    • Platforms: Xbox (Windows, Mac OS X, 360 and One)
    • Metacritic: 97 (1st)
  • Halo 2
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release date: November 9 2004 (we got it first!)
    • Platforms: Xbox (Windows, One)
    • Metacritic: 95 (2nd)
    • Most popular game on Live for 2 years – until the release of GOW for the 360
    • At the time it was the highest grossing release in entertainment history ($125 million in its first 24 hours)
  • Halo 3
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release date: Nth A: September 25, 2007
    • Platforms: 360 (One)
    • Metacritic: 94 (3rd)
    • Best selling 360 exclusive title
  • Halo Wars
    • Developer: Ensemble
    • Release date: February 26, 2009
    • Platforms: 360 (Definitive One
    • Metacritic: 82 (equal 10th)
  • Halo 3: ODST
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release date: September 22, 2009
    • Platforms: 360
    • Metacritic: 83 (8th)
  • Halo: Reach
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release date: September 14, 2010
    • Platforms: 360
    • Metacritic: 91 (4th)
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
    • Developer: 343 Industries + Saber Interactive
    • Release date: November 15, 2011
    • Platforms: 360
    • Metacritic: 82 ( equal 10th)
  • Halo 4
    • Developer: 343
    • Release date: November 6, 2012
    • Platforms: 360
    • Metacritic: 87 (5th)
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
    • Developer: 343 Industries + Vanguard Games
    • Release date: July 18, 2013
    • Platforms: Windows Phone + Windows 8 (then One, 360, Steam + iOS)
    • Metacritic – PC 70 – One 53 – 360 51 (13th and last)
    • Game Rankings – 76 iOS
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
    • Developer: 343
    • Release date: November 11, 2014
    • Platforms: One
    • Metacritic: 85 (7th)
  • Halo: Spartan Strike
    • Developer: 343 + Vanguard Games
    • Release date: April 16, 2015
    • Platforms: Windows Phone, iOS + Windows
    • Metacritic: 86 (6th – iOS, although only a few reviews)
  • Halo 5: Guardians
    • Developer: 343
    • Release date: October 27, 2015
    • Platforms: One
    • Metacritic: 84 (9th)
  • Halo Wars 2
    • The latest Halo we’ve received
    • Developer: 343 + Creative Assembly
    • Release date: February 21, 2017
    • Platforms: One + Windows (Play Anywhere)
    • Metacritic: 73 (12th)
Everything Halo
What does this have to do with Halo you ask?

Other Halo Games

  • Cortana Letters
    • Six cryptic emails supposedly sent by Cortana, although they are not canon
  • I Love Bees
    • Players were linked to a beekeeping website that appears to have been taken over by an artificial intelligence.
    • Game ended with invites to play Halo 2 before its release.
  • Iris
    • Five web servers containing various media files related to the Halo universe
  • Halo ActionClix
    • A table-top miniatures game featuring figures and vehicles for the video games
  • Halo Interactive Strategy Game
    • Table-top strategy board game based on the gameplay of theHalo
  • Halo Online
    • Not released here.
    • Only in beta in Russia
  • Hololens
    • Path to demo
Everything Halo
Go beyond the games…

Halo novels

  • Halo: The Fall of Reach
    • this book explains what happened before Halo: Combat Evolved
    • by Eric Nylund.
  • Halo: The Flood
    • the novelization of Halo: Combat Evolved
    • by William C. Dietz.
    • The Flood also features several side stories.
  • Halo: First Strike
    • this book fills in the gap between Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2
    • by Eric Nylund.
  • Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
    • the book follows Kurt-051 and the training of the Spartan-IIIs on Onyx
    • by Eric Nylund.
  • Halo: Contact Harvest
    • features the events leading up to the Human-Covenant War
    • by Joseph Staten.
  • Halo: The Cole Protocol
    • the book introduces Gray Teamand shows Jacob Keyes’ backstory
    • by Tobias S. Buckell
  • Halo: Evolutions
    • the novel is made up of a collection of short stories relating to the Halo Universe
    • by several critically acclaimed authors
  • Halo: Broken Circle
    • a novel released on the 14th of November 2014
    • by John Shirley
  • Halo: New Blood
    • a short novella
    • released on the 3rd of March, 2015
    • by Matt Forbeck
  • Halo: Hunters in the Dark
    • released on the 16th of June, 2015
    • by Peter David
  • Halo: Saint’s Testimony
    • A digital novella
    • released on the 17th of July, 2015
    • by Frank O’Connor
  • Halo: Last Light
    • released on the 7th of September, 2015
    • by Troy Denning
  • Halo: Shadow of Intent
    • A novella
    • released on the 7th of December, 2015
    • by Joseph Staten
  • Forerunner Saga
    • Halo: Cryptum
    • Halo: Primordium
    • Halo: Silentium
  • Kilo-Five trilogy
    • Halo: Glasslands
    • Halo: The Thursday War
    • Halo: Mortal Dictata
  • More?
Everything Halo
…way beyond

Halo comics

  • Marvel Comics
    • Halo Graphic Novel
    • Halo: Uprising
    • Halo: Helljumper
    • Halo: Blood Line
    • Halo: Fall of Reach Collection
      • Halo: Fall of Reach – Boot Camp
      • Halo: Fall of Reach – Covenant
      • Halo: Fall of Reach – Invasion
  • Dark Horse Comics
    • Halo: Initiation
    • Halo: Escalation
  • Miscellaneous
    • Halo 3: The Cradle of Life
    • Halo Wars: Genesis
Everything Halo
Hopefully more to come

Halo movies and TV series

  • Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
  • Halo: Nightfall
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach
  • Halo Legends
  • Halo: Landfall
  • Motion comic
  • RED VS. BLUE
Everything Halo
Someone doesn’t belong

Artbooks + Strategy Guides

  • The Art of Halo: Creating A Virtual World
  • The Art of Halo 3
  • Halo: The Great Journey: The Art of Building Worlds
  • Awakening: The Art of Halo 4
  • Halo Encyclopedia
  • Halo: The Essential Visual Guide
  • Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide
  • Conversations from the Universe
  • Bestiarum
  • Halsey’s Personal Journal
  • Halo Mythos: A Guide to the Story of Halo
  • Halo Warfleet
Everything Halo
Burst the bubble

 Halo collectables, merchandise and toys (some of our favourites)

  • Bubble shield Chief
  • Laser tag
  • Special editions – cat helmet, Reach crew and Chief with Loche
  • Megablox
  • McFarline
  • Each Halo toyline
Everything Halo
We ♥ Halo

The podcast

We went though all of this above and heaps more in our epic two and a half hour podcast special. You can check it out here.

Expect plenty more Halo in the future from your mates at VERSUS PLAYER.

Happy gaming!

Joe

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When not playing with the kids or pottering in the garden, Joe is jumping between console and PC gaming, watching anime or sci-fi, reading comics or seeking out a new addition for his R2 collection.

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