I’ve been a Halo fan since sometime around 2002 when a friend introduced me to Halo: Combat Evolved. I was immediately immersed in the story and gameplay. I was intrigued by the religious references scattered throughout the game. Later on that year, I bought an Xbox solely to play Halo. In 2004, Halo 2 was either the first or one of the first games I ever pre-ordered. I didn’t own many other Xbox titles, which was fine by me because I didn’t have much time for them anyway.
When Halo 3 came out in 2007, I was recovering from a snowboarding injury that resulted in a broken arm. While a majority of my medical expenses were covered through work, the remaining portion kept me away from video games. I had just gotten back into Magic: the Gathering at the time as well. By then I had already read The Fall of Reach, The Flood, and First Strike. I picked up Ghosts of Onyx to stay updated on the world of Halo.
Life would go on to keep me further and further away from gaming in general, but in 2009 I bought an Xbox 360 as part of a Christmas bundle that included Halo 3: ODST. I LOVED this game! So much so that I was surprised to learn that it received mixed reviews. As much as I enjoy being a Covvie-stompin’ Spartan, ODSTs are badass in their own right and I liked that Bungie dipped into that part of the canon. ODST would be the first Halo game I completed solo on Legendary (still holds that record currently).
Several months later, Halo: Reach was on the horizon. I was excited to play in the public beta, but since multiplayer was never my strongest suit I didn’t dabble in it for long. I met a couple of guys at the midnight launch and we went on to complete the campaign on Legendary (another first for me) within the first six to eight hours of the game’s release. Again, I enjoyed the game so much that I was unaware of the numerous complaints thrown about regarding the canon and the multiplayer. I was just happy to finally experience an integral part of the Human-Covenant war.
If you noticed that I haven’t mentioned Halo Wars, it’s because I still haven’t played it. I’ll get to it…one day (Apparently I’m not missing much, but the cutscenes look cool).
When I finally got Halo 3, I couldn’t finish it. I was disappointed by what I had seen and read online prior so playing it felt like a chore. I didn’t like the idea of Master Chief’s story ending on such a clichéd note as him galloping victoriously (in cryogenic dreamland) off into the sunset upon his trusty (albeit half-lame) steed.
Needless to say, Halo 4 was my hope and prayer long before 343i announced Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. One can only imagine how ecstatic I was when I found out that my hope would soon be a reality. Reading Cryptum, Primordium, Glasslands, and The Thursday War gave me a wealth of knowledge going into Halo 4’s campaign and I look forward to their respective third installments.
Long live Halo!