The Visual Evolution of the Halo Series This Generation

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We're nearing the end of this console generation—which makes it easy to reminisce about where this generation has taken us. In the graphical department, it's hard to deny how far we've come. Look no further than the Halo franchise, which has had multiple iterations this generation, to see evidence of a visual leap in the last 8 years.

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Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Here are a few of the Halo games this gen—missing are Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. That, and we'll be relying on community screenshots to properly showcase what these games look like. No bullshots or company-created shots here! They are all from theater mode though.

Halo 3

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"KilltacularShot" by olanmills

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"( ^~^ )" by GUAPO BONI

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"Standoff..." by CL00K

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"King of th 004 by Pinkilicious

Halo: Reach

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Join the LSF by SiC Prophet

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Spitfire by MRCxR3C0N

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UNMAF by Stay Italian

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Death Watch by CrappyCriminal

Halo 4

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Nightcrawler by Apollo Creed 01

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its over 9000!!!!! by WHITEGLEN

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Flood by TOM86

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I can jump that far by THOMASR1201

Top image: Halo 4, Frolicking by RECEPTOR 17

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DISCUSSION

From a purely gameplay perspective, I rank the games thus:

1. Halo: Combat Evolved
2. Halo 3: ODST
3. Halo 4
4. Halo 3
5. Halo: Reach
6. Halo 2

As for the stories, I don't consider anything after Halo 2 to be legitimate and even Halo 2 is on the fence. I absolutely loathe Halo 4's lore, and I don't like the extra-greebly and incoherent set of aesthetics they've adopted.