The new 'Halo' game is incredibly gorgeous

The first “Halo” game built from the ground up for Microsoft’s newest game console, the Xbox One, is finally here.

Well, almost here: It launches on Tuesday.

The game’s called “Halo 5: Guardians,” and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Just look at this madness:

And that’s just a shot of the amount of detail in a random multiplayer match! Allow us to take you on a tour of the lavish vistas, verdant battlefields, and quiet space locales created by¬†Microsoft’s dedicated “Halo” team at 343 Industries.

In 'Halo 5: Guardians,' there is a main story ('campaign') and several multiplayer modes. The story mode is full of incredible locations, like this one:

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That's the home planet of one of the series' longtime enemy factions, known as 'Elites.' They're the guys carved into the walls in sculpted reliefs:

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While their planet is full of dusty old caverns....

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Other planets are covered in snow:

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And others are strewn with ancient structures, erected by a long-dead species known as the 'Forerunner.'

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Some are especially lush with alien life -- notably, we're talking about alien life that doesn't want to shoot you with a plasma rifle (for once).

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The story of 'Halo 5: Guardians' follows two supersoldiers, known as 'Spartans.' One is Master Chief, the other is Spartan Locke. This is Master Chief:

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Note the cracked visor and green armour.

And this is Spartan Locke:

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But don't worry -- aside from having different voice actors, both Locke and Chief play identically. They both have squads of soldiers at their side, which is a major addition in 'Halo 5.'

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This is the full Master Chief crew.
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This is the Spartan Locke crew.

Traditionally in the 'Halo' series, you were fighting a collection of alien species called 'The Covenant.' In 'Halo 5: Guardians,' you'll fight The Covenant once more! Here's an 'Elite' soldier with a terrifying plasma sword:

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This is an 'Elite,' one of the harder to defeat Covenant aliens.

There's also a 'Jackal' in the background -- one of The Covenant's less ferocious enemies:

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You'll also fight enemies called 'Forerunner.' They come in a variety of flavours. There are the little dog-like guys that scamper across the ground and walls:

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And the bigger soldiers, which basically act like the Forerunner version of The Covenant's Elites:

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And then there are bigger bad guys that pack a ton of firepower and wear fancy armour. They're called knights, and they look like this:

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Here's a closer look -- they're super creepy!

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In one hand, the knight holds a shotgun. In the other, a rocket launcher. This would be a good time to run fast and far.

And finally, there's this guy called 'Warden Eternal.' He's essentially the boss of 'Halo 5: Guardians,' and you'll fight him many, many times. Too many times, really.

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And you haven't even seen the crazy multiplayer worlds yet! They range from gorgeous re-creations of past multiplayer arenas:

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To massive new maps meant for use with the new 'Warzone' multiplayer:

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To levels that look straight up out of 'Tron':

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They all share one important characteristic: detail! There's an incredible focus on detail in every nook and cranny of the 'Halo 5: Guardians' world.

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'Halo 5: Guardians' launches on October 27 exclusively for the Xbox One.

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