So, I’ve played Halo Infinite’s campaign… (SPOILER-FREE impressions)

After being involved in the development of Halo Infinite since 2019 as part of the Forerunner community council, 343 Industries gave me the opportunity to play Halo Infinite’s campaign to share my (spoiler-free) impressions.

Herein lies a small part of my journey exploring Zeta Halo — my account of how 343 has managed to turn Halo’s signature ‘30 seconds of fun’ into 30 minutes of fun.

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HALO: DIVINE WIND – Review (NON-SPOILER)

“Never doubt the devotion of a friend who asks the questions you fear to answer.”

Troy Denning returns to Veta Lopis and her Spartan-III ‘Ferret’ team as they face their greatest challenge yet: preventing the Halos from being fired by the fanatical Castor.

343 Industries provided me an early copy of Halo: Divine Wind, which I did not put down until I turned the last page at 2am.

Here is my (non-spoiler) review of what I think is Denning’s best Halo outing yet.

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Halo: Point of Light – Review (NON-SPOILER)

“Find what’s missing. Fix the path. Right what my kind has turned wrong.”

Halo: Point of Light by Kelly Gay releases March 2nd 2021, continuing the story of Rion Forge, 343 Guilty Spark (now just ‘Spark’), and the Ace of Spades crew.

343 Industries kindly provided me an early copy of the book and I’m very excited to share my (non-spoilery) review and impressions of the biggest, most universe-shattering Halo story told since Silentium.

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SHADOWS OF REACH – a review of one of Halo’s best books yet (NON-SPOILER)

Halo: Shadows of Reach releases October 20th 2020, author Troy Denning’s fifth novel for the series – and quite undoubtedly his best!

Bridging the gap between Halo 5 and Halo Infinite, the Master Chief and Blue Team return to Reach to extract some vital assets from Doctor Halsey’s lab at CASTLE Base that will help turn the tide against the Created. But an army of Banished stand in their way.

343 was kind enough to provide me with an early copy of Shadows of Reach, so here’s my non-spoiler review of what’s easily become one of my top ten Halo books…

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Recapping EVERY Halo book in a sentence or two (feat. Hot Takes)

With Halo Infinite delayed to 2021, now seemed like the perfect time to help catch people up on the last two decades of Halo literature – in the quickest way possible!

You may have recently seen Brian David Gilbert’s delightful descent into madness in his Unravelled series, where he read all of the Halo books over the course of a year as a relative newcomer to the franchise.

I, with all the biases and hot takes of a twenty-year veteran, have similarly assumed the mantle of summing up all of the thirty Halo books in a sentence or two.

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Halo: Lone Wolf #3 – Review

“With Covenant forces closing in on their location, Spartan sharpshooter Linda-058 must rally the human settlers under a single essential cause: protect an AI that contains the bulk of human history. As new threats rise, the legendary supersoldier sees her mission parameters shift and finds that she will need help from the very man she was sent to kill.”

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Halo: Lone Wolf #2 – Review

“With Dr. Chen, a dangerous ex-ONI scientist, in her sights, Spartan Linda-058 and her AI companion must find a way to end the threat posed by Chen and evacuate the endangered humans in the settlement. But as the Covenant prepare to stage an assault, Linda discovers that Chen holds the key to a secret that could endanger all of humanity if it fell into the wrong hands.”

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Halo: Lone Wolf #1 – Review

“Sent on a covert mission without the rest of her team, Spartan Linda-058’s skills in infiltration and marksmanship are called upon to end the threat posed by a wanted scientist on a distant planet. With only an ONI AI at her side, Linda must fight through both the dregs of the Covenant and the hostility of a lost human settlement to stop the rogue scientist in his tracks.”

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