Halo: A Metacritic History

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.

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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
Halo 1 2003 PC 83 40
Halo 2 2007 PC 72 32
Spartan Assault 2015 iOS 73.33 3

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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 2001 Xbox 97 68 97
Halo 2 2004 Xbox 95 91 95
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%

High and low.pngThe 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.

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Sources and info:

Featured Image: “Halo 3: Master Chief” by commorancy is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(series)

http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

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