Halo: Combat Evolved came out back in 2001 and helped to propel Microsoft’s new Xbox console front and center into the video game world. Since then the series has seen new developers going from Bungie to 343 Industries, as well as having spin-offs and remasters.
Overall, there have been 13 Halo games since 2001 and the franchise has stayed as Microsoft’s premiere exclusive for its Xbox console through three generations. Now, let’s see how the series that helped revolutionize console shooters have been judged by critics through Metacritic.
Halo’s Metacritic history
4 out of 13 (30.76%) games in the Halo franchise have an average Metacritic score over 90. Meanwhile, 10 of their 13 games (76.92%) have gotten an average score of at least an 80.
I did not factor in the PC versions of Halo and Halo 2 into these scores, as well as the iOS version of Halo: Spartan Strike. This is due to the fact that they Spartan Assault and Halo came out for these systems two years after they originally released, while it was a three-year difference for Halo 2.
|Game||Release||Systems||Critic Score||# of Critics|
To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Halo Wars 2 I took the 79 Xbox One reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 79. I then did the same for the PC score. I then took both those numbers, added them together and divided it by the total number of critic scores to get the average score.
|Game||Release||Systems||Critic Score||# of Critics||Avg Critic Score|
|Halo 3||2007||Xbox 360||94||86||94|
|Halo Wars||2009||Xbox 360||82||92||82|
|Halo: OSDT||2009||Xbox 360||83||94||83|
|Halo: Reach||2010||Xbox 360||91||99||91|
|Halo Anniversary||2011||Xbox 360||82||73||82|
|Halo 4||2012||Xbox 360||87||87||87|
|Halo: Spartan Assault||2013||PC,360,One||70, 53, 51||17+28+5=50||58.58|
|Master Chief Collection||2014||Xbox One||85||69||85|
|Halo: Spartan Strike||2015||PC, iPhone/iPad||66, 86||9+4=13||72.15|
|Halo 5||2015||Xbox One||84||101||84|
|Halo Wars 2||2017||Xbox One, PC||79, 70||79+21=100||77.11|
Finally let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Halo game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100.
|Game||Highest Score||Lowest Score||% of 100s|
|Halo||100 (29)||80 (3)||42.64%|
|Halo 2||100 (29)||67 (1)||31.86%|
|Halo 3||100 (20)||70 (1)||23.25%|
|Halo Wars||100 (2)||54 (1)||2.17%|
|Halo: OSDT||96 (1)||42 (1)||0%|
|Halo: Reach||100 (24)||50 (1)||24.24%|
|Halo Anniversary||100 (1)||50 (1)||1.36%|
|Halo 4||100 (9)||20 (1)||10.34%|
|Halo: Spartan Assault||83 (1)||20 (1)||0%|
|Master Chief Collection||100 (3)||45 (1)||4.34%|
|Halo: Spartan Strike||90 (2)||46 (1)||0%|
|Halo 5||100 (6)||55 (1)||5.94%|
|Halo Wars 2||100 (1)||40 (1)||1%|
The next game in the Halo franchise will most likely be Halo 6, which will be finally to 343 Industries Master Cheif trilogy. There has been rampant speculation about if the next Halo game will be announced at this years E3 event by Microsoft as fans wait for the next entry in the franchise.
Sources and info:
http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)
All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets