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:
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:
And others are strewn with ancient structures, erected by a long-dead species known as the 'Forerunner.'
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).
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:
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.'
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:
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:
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:
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.
And you haven't even seen the crazy multiplayer worlds yet! They range from gorgeous re-creations of past multiplayer arenas:
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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