Halo - Combat Evolved is a game created for XBOX 10 years ago. It was supposed to be an RTS but upon more testing and playing with it was also tested as a 3rd person shooter and after even more testing and experimenting it became a first person shooter.
It's a story of a war between humans and The Covenant (a group of alien species united to destroy the humans). We play as a character known to us only by his rank "master chief". Master chief is a bit of a mystery but we soon learn that he belongs to Spartans - an elite group of human soldiers.
Halo Combat Evolved was a great game and it was fun in multiplayer mode. Sadly I never finished the campaign mode.
That was 10 years ago.
If you decide you want to play this game, I suggest you wait until November when a modernized version will come out.
Since then the game has had 3 sequels: Halo 2 in which we again take a roll of Master Chief and fight bad aliens in efforts to save the Earth. New feature in this game also included, in campaign mode, The Covenant side of story where you took roll of Arbiter (which is also a rank) and you had to fight ugly humans and sometimes bad aliens. The game also included, in multiplayer mode, an option to play as an Elite (one of the races of The Covenant).
Halo 3 takes the story even further when you as Master Chief are joined by Arbiter, in campaign mode and you two have to save the Earth against a mutual enemy. Addition to the game were achievements for certain things done within the game and types of armor you could choose for your character.
Halo 3: ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers) puts the story of the game between Halo 2 and Halo 3 where you take a roll of a Rookie in a small squad in one night and you have to save one of the Earth's cities.
It also had 2 prequels: Halo Wars which came out after or before Halo 3: ODST, I wouldn't know for sure couse I never played it, but it is interesting to know that halo Wars is an RTS (real time strategy) made by same people who made Age of Empires and it was done with XBOX in mind. It is the only RTS I know of that was made to be played on a console platform and not on PC. In Halo Wars the story is set 20 years before Halo Combat Evolved and it was also set after 5 years of heavy war.
Halo Reach is second prequel and is the newest Halo game that came to market in September of 2010. It follows a group of Spartans on a planet called Reach where The Covenant hasn't come yet and if they ever came and overtook it next planet in line is the planet Earth. But The Covenant's forces do come and now it's a battle of survival.
Each of these games has a story. You take a character and you take him through the game of non stop action with cut scenes between the missions. And you can always ask a friend to join you :)
If you never played a video game or were looking for a game to try I would suggest any Halo game to start with. If you are a person who likes to spend time with friends and are not a lone wolf type of person but are looking for a different thing to do on a Friday or Saturday night this is also a game for you. 4 people can play in multiplayer mode at the same time either in teams or free for all. Or if you like to play with more people at the same time you can always hook up internet cable to your XBOX and play with other people (with a certain fee in dollars or some other currency).
Good little bits. Some things to also consider is that the Halo Universe has been expanded significantly beyond the base games.
Halo Legends is an animated collection of short films that explore more of the Halo universe. Some are pretty good, some are not. Still good to check out if you want to explore the lore of Halo anymore.
There are several books that were published on the Halo series, Almost all of these are good, with the exception of "Halo The flood." Avoid that book, however the majority are written by Eric Nylund and quite good. There is also an anthology of short stories published that's a good read to.
As for Halo Wars itself it's quite a good game. I'm a pretty big RTS guy (Well use to be) and played all the command and conquer games that managed to come out for 360. Halo wars controls better then all of them, and doesn't put you in the role of the "Super Soldier" at all. While you can train spartans they normally play a pretty minor role in the game.
Maybe I'll write some reviews on the Halo books sometimes, if anyone would be interested. Though I doubt it.
@exatreides - The basic idea for me was to do a post on Halo. I know about the books and I've seen Halo Legends but I really didn't wanna go into all the tiny details couse I knew there were other people, such as yourself who would fill in with their comments :D I love Halo Legends and I also heard that the work on the movie can begin too; in fact, someone right now is doing a movie called "Project Chastity" - they have facebook page.
@Vintage70s - My boyfriend is obsessed with those games. A few months ago he got the newest one that has the Masters. Personally I'd rather watch golf on TV or in person over playing it via a controller. Besides, if I'm gonna play I'm gonna go out and hit some real balls. Of course, I'm pretty damn sucky when it comes to that.
@Axis_of_Doom - Haha, yeah. A long time ago I was watching an interview with some of the minds behind Halo (this was back during Halo 2's heydey, I believe) and they said that the reason why Halo works is because they create three seconds of amazingly fun gameplay, and then loop it over and over again. If Halo wasn't released I wouldn't own an xbox or a 360 today.