If there’s one thing Halo fans like more than playing Halo games, it’s ranking Halo games. Now that Halo Infinite, the latest in a long lineage of stellar first-person shooters, has been out for a bit, two of Kotaku’s big series fans—staff writer Ari Notis and weekend editor Zack Zweizen—figured it as good a time as any to hammer out a ranking.
What follows is the result of where we landed, with explanations for how we determined what goes where. Also, gotta note that basically every mainline Halo game is genuinely excellent, which makes coming up with a definitive rundown feel a bit like organizing your favorite ice cream flavors: They’re all pretty sweet! Anyway, shall we?