Ranking All Halo Mainline Campaigns

Hhello is one of the few shooter franchises that can say that their campaigns and multiplayer components are just as important. people are playing Halo online games for years and years, and for very good reason, but the importance of the series’ campaigns cannot be overstated – to the point that a Halo The game’s campaign, as we’ve seen many times over the years, can make or break the whole experience. We recently ranked all Halo games as overall packages, but here we’ll limit our criteria to a single factor and rank each game in the series based on their campaigns.

Also remember that for the purposes of this feature, we’ll only be covering major Halo FPS titles, so you won’t find Halo Wars games in this ranking.


Well, this one was sort of obvious. Halo 5: Guardians is, as many fans of the series will say, an incredibly well-played game, and there was plenty of fun to be had in its multiplayer offerings, but when it comes to its campaign, there’s no doubt in the mind of anyone that 343 Industries is completely screwed the dog on this one. Halo 5 generated some cautious pre-launch excitement with its marketing, but the game itself turned out to be a big disappointment. The story was a complete mess, the characters were really hard to root for, and worst of all, Master Chief was oddly sidelined for much of the campaign. All is said and done, Halo 5 ended up delivering the series’ most disappointing campaign to date.

#6. HALO 4

Both Halo campaigns 343 Industries has set up, Halo 4 is the far best of the pair. Granted, that’s not saying much, but there’s still a lot to like here. Overall though, it’s just sort of…okay? Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship has developed very well, and Cortana’s descent into effervescence is a fascinating plot point, but there’s so much other baggage here. The Didact is a generic and disappointing villain, the missions were a bit too repetitive, the story was just a total mess that relied way too much on players having read a whole trilogy of books, and there just wasn’t enough of strengths the as you would normally expect from a Halo country.

Here again, Halo 4 finally let you pilot a Pelican, so here goes…


halo combat evolved

Return when Halo: Advanced Combat came out for the first time, it was a total revelation for then for many reasons, from its incredible AI to the way it limited players to small weapons and encouraged experimentation to the fact that it was a well-played shooter on a console. Today, much of that seems…well, ordinary. Admittedly, it seems ordinary because of Halo, but now that these things are basically staples, Combat evolved the campaign doesn’t hit as hard (and the fact that the level design in interior missions is terrible doesn’t really help). Even so, classic missions like The Silent Cartographer and Assault on the Control Room are just as great today as they were all those years ago. On the other hand, the library is just as awful as it was all those years ago, even with the upgrades to The Master Chief Collection.

#4. HALO 2

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If not for that abrupt ending that seemed to come out of nowhere, Halo 2 The campaign would probably rank among the best shooter campaigns of all time, but even with its very noticeable issues, it’s still one hell of a good ride. Halo 2 kicked things up a notch in almost every way possible. It introduced new dual-wield enemy types, put more emphasis on vehicular action, had much more focused storytelling and character development, and best of all, explored the fascinating inner workings of the Covenant and their own complicated history and structure. The decision to introduce the Arbiter as a secondary playable protagonist proved a bit controversial at the time, but in retrospect, it was a great decision. Halo 2 The campaign hasn’t been the most consistent – its first half is significantly better than its second half – but it has some of the highest highs in the entire series.

#3. HALO 3: ODST

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On paper, Halo 3: ODST might be some sort of spin-off chord from a side story – it doesn’t even have the Master Chief, to shout aloud – but don’t let any of that fool you. This is one of the best single-player campaigns in the series. Playing as a vulnerable marine instead of a human tank completely changed the dynamics of combat, leading to some of the best and most intense combat encounters this series has ever produced. The story, while not nearly as big or ambitious as Halo stories tend to have an incredible impact due to their zoom. Best of all was the whole dark, melancholy atmosphere of the game, which just gives it a kind of vibe that no other Halo game never really had.

#3. HALO 3

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The hype surrounding Halo 3 was ridiculously high, in that, in retrospect, it seems impossible that the game managed to live up to all that anticipation. But he did it, thanks in large part to an excellent campaign. Halo 3 closed the series arc very satisfyingly with a narrative that perhaps wasn’t as ambitious as, say, Halo 2 was, but was more than a solid finale to the original trilogy. Where it really excelled, however, was in its mission structure and gameplay. Bungie had polished the series’ combat, weapon balancing, and AI to absolute brilliance thus far, and it all came together with some of the best and most varied mission designs we’ve ever had. seen in a Halo game to date. Finish the fight in Halo 3 was really a pleasure.


halo range

Halo: scope was Bungie’s last Halo game ever, and they knew they were hiding to sign on a high. And while some of the gameplay features they introduced proved to be a bit divisive within the Halo fanbase, there’s absolutely no doubt that when it comes to the campaign, they hit the ball out of the park. Reach was a great setting, and watching the planet before, during, and after its fall throughout the story was an incredibly moving experience, especially because that fall meant having to watch Noble Team’s perfectly portrayed characters die one after the other. others. Halo: Reach The campaign has the best storytelling, character development, and some of the best missions in the entire series. It just delivers one climax after another, and never really lets up until its unforgettable conclusion.

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