Many families bond through nice dinners, singing together by the piano and gathering around the fire pit to roast marshmallows. Others spend hours blowing each other up. To each their own, but for those who like to shoot Dad and bomb their brother, the Halo series is right up your alley.
Created by Bungie and first introduced for the Apple Macintosh, Halo was bought by Microsoft in 2001. Then introduced as an Xbox and PC game, the Halo series became known for its first person shooting experience. Halo has since expanded to include some games in Mac, best-selling novels and other Halo products.
The game idea centers around a war between humans and aliens. The story unfolds with a race in the distant past — the Forerunners — who were infested by an alien parasite, the Flood. To salvage what remained of their race, the Forerunners developed a ring system called Halo to destroy all of the Flood. Upon activation of the Halo Array, the Forerunners disappeared. The story then opens upon the human race at civil war, tens of thousands of years after the Halo Array was used. The civil war prompts the government to develop super-soldiers, the Spartans, to suppress the war. In 2525, aliens attack and overtake the human colony. A battle in 2552 leads the last of the Spartans to destroy the Halo Array, which destroys the aliens’ chance of victory and causes the aliens to follow the humans back to Earth, where a battle ensues, ending in humanity’s favor. A war soon breaks out as the aliens seek a Forerunner artifact that can lead to building a new Halo. The humans discover the new Halo, but unable to find all the pieces, they activate the unfinished Halo to destroy the Flood yet spare the galaxy.
The series’ story is fascinating, and game play proves to be as fascinating, if not more. It is a game the whole family can enjoy together.