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  1. Positive: 94 out of 98
  2. Negative: 0 out of 98
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  1. 100
    In the end, it’s hard not to love Halo Infinite, which is easily the most complete game in a franchise that’s long set the bar for gaming. There’s just nothing like playing through an adventure as the Master Chief.
  2. Dec 16, 2021
    100
    Overall, this is the best day one first-person shooter of the year and will only evolve and improve more as the developers tweak it. You’ve an awesome open world to explore for the first time in the franchise and a top-level multiplayer suite to battle endlessly through during the cold winter months. Well done Xbox.
  3. Dec 6, 2021
    100
    Halo Infinite is a phenomenal game that completely exceeded my expectations. By seamlessly blending exciting new elements with Halo's traditional formula, 343 Industries has crafted its magnun opus.
  4. Dec 6, 2021
    100
    Halo Infinite isn’t perfect. It has foibles and struggles here and there. But it’s also a slam dunk of a release; it’s exactly what Halo needs to be now. As Halo’s relevance has felt to wane over recent years, this is a bold statement that, no, Halo isn’t ‘over’. It was never close. It matters, and it’s still brilliant. I don’t mind waiting to see where updates take it, because what’s here at launch is already largely brilliant. I’m excited for the future of Halo again.
  5. Dec 5, 2021
    100
    Consider me a Halo fan now. I was never really looking forward to Infinite. But now that it's here, it's so much more than what I was expecting.
  6. Dec 5, 2021
    100
    If Doom Eternal is a cheeseburger and fries at In-n-Out, then Halo Infinite is a steak dinner in the big city with an overpriced bottle of luscious red wine. It is buff grandpa showing the young hotshot how it’s done because he invented the game.
  7. Dec 6, 2021
    99
    Halo Infinite is a much needed reinvention of the franchise. Its campaign mode makes it the most ambitious, fun and complete Halo of them all. This edition is a love letter to fans and a true gift for the newcomers. Undoubtedly, one of the best games of the generation, and a true gem not to be missed.
  8. Dec 6, 2021
    98
    Halo Infinite is the best game from 343 Industries, and probably the best game of the Master Chief: an epic journey, full of emotion, joy, and, of course, a marvelous soundtrack that make us connect with our beloved Master Chief and his new companions. Everyone who loves Halo, must play Halo Infinite.
  9. Dec 6, 2021
    96
    Halo Infinite on the Xbox Series X is classic Halo fun that has received a true next-gen makeover that really upgrades our favourite Spartan, the Master Chief himself!
  10. Dec 20, 2021
    95
    343i had failed to live up to the high bar set by Bungie — until now. It was worth the wait to see Master Chief return in such an impressive manner and I am once again excited for the future of this franchise. The multiplayer and campaign combine to make a stellar experience.
  11. Dec 12, 2021
    95
    Master Chief’s latest adventure is by far the best game by 343 Industries yet, and gives the series the much needed boost to get back on top of the shooter genre. With a sandbox gameplay, advanced enemy AI and a great narration, Halo Infinite is a worthy sequel to Bungie’s trilogy and promises a bright future for the Halo franchise.
  12. Dec 10, 2021
    95
    Halo: Infinite delivers an amazing entry into the franchise. While it doesn’t manage to take the top spot on my personal list of favorite Halo games(Remember Reach!) it is easily in my top three. And with Xbox looking to keep players engaged with Xbox Game Pass I can only imagine that we will be getting more stories with the Chief as he continues his fight against the Banished. If 343 Industries can keep what comes next to the same level of fun and polish they have established here, I will gladly pick up my trusty Battle Rifle anytime they have a new mission for me.
  13. Dec 6, 2021
    95
    Playable on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Cloud Streaming and even via Game Pass, there’s virtually no borders to prevent you from playing Halo Infinite and experiencing this evolution of the series. I absolutely enjoyed my time stepping back into Chief’s shoes, and I wasn’t sure how connected or how much I would care about new characters, The Pilot and The Weapon, but by the time the credits rolled, I really quite enjoyed The Weapon, making for a fine replacement for Cortana in her own right. As a Halo campaign, this is easily my favorite since Reach and right up there with the best of the series. Get your favorite weapon and finish the fight, Chief.
  14. The game lets you live and relive the best moments of the Halo series whenever you want, whether it’s playing getaway driver for a botched base attack, a pilot abandoning ship after an impromptu dogfight, falling from the air to strike at enemies below with a hammer like Thor, or being the platoon leader of a ragtag group of soldiers cautiously navigating Zeta Halo’s vast, Pacific Northwest-inspired forests. ... Finally, a Halo experience once again remembers that the player is not meant to look into Master Chief’s eyes, purposely anonymous, hidden behind his visor helmet; we are meant to look through them.
  15. Dec 5, 2021
    95
    Halo Infinite is a shining example of what a Halo game is at its core while simultaneously feeling fresh, invigorated and very modern.
  16. Dec 6, 2021
    93
    343i are trading heavily on Halo nostalgia with Infinite, and for the first time since taking over the series they have delivered a game that can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with the Bungie originals. The combat is excellent, it looks stunning, the hits of nostalgia at points are perfectly placed, and outside of the lack of co-op for now, this is exactly what I’d expect from a new Halo game.
  17. Dec 6, 2021
    93
    Like many, I’m sad that Halo Infinite doesn’t offer cooperative multiplayer at launch, if only because it’s been a bulwark of the series’ identity. It’s a disappointing omission, but I have to judge the game before me, not the features I wish might be there. And by that measure, Halo Infinite is a rousing success. Whether you want a big, mysterious sci-fi adventure or a chance to engage with some intense PvP, Halo Infinite nails the shots where it counts and heralds a new era for one of gaming’s most recognizable mainstays.
  18. Dec 6, 2021
    92
    Halo Infinite is not a revolution in video games, but neither does it seek to. Its mission is to be a game of the highest level and update the Master Chief to bring it back to the forefront of relevance, and that is achieved with a cocktail of excellent gameplay, sensitivity to new trends in the industry and a huge affection for everything built by the saga to this day.
  19. Dec 6, 2021
    92
    Halo Infinite's compendium is a remarkable one, a game that excels in all areas and that properly shows the hard work that 343 Industries has put in the game. The campaign is cool and the multiplayer is lots of fun, so all in all John 117's first appearance in the next-gen is a fantastic one.
  20. Dec 5, 2021
    91
    With Halo Infinite, 343 has finally surpassed the high-points from Bungie’s reign over the Halo Franchise. It was worth the wait to see the Master Chief return in such a spectacular fashion.
  21. Apr 18, 2022
    90
    Halo is back to its best with Halo Infinite, tight controls, and seriously thirst-quenching gunplay that feels so intuitively satisfying. Traversal has been improved hugely by the addition of the grappleshot, allowing Master Chief to zip around at speed, as well as adding a unique element for multiplayer matches. A particular dampener has to be directed at the online multiplayer, which is riddled with cheaters, but, if they were to be removed then the multiplayer offers a solid free-to-play experience that is fast and frantic. Halo Infinite, alongside a number of other Xbox first-party titles is a great addition to Xbox Game Pass, and it is certainly a marquee game that warrants a subscription to the service.
  22. Jan 2, 2022
    90
    Halo Infinte is a fresh new start for the series, one that promises good things to come. The open world means new ways of playing and with the new hookshot it sure is a pleasure to explore the huge surfaces. Unfortunately, there are still many empty areas, something that probably will change in the future. Gameplay is top notch though. Now only the last pieces of the puzzle are missing, parts that could make Halo Infinite the very best of its kind.
  23. Dec 21, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite marks a clear moment in 343 Studios’ handling of the series. They finally have a grasp on what makes Master Chief tick, and they bring all of that knowledge to bear in often-spectacular fashion. While some issues nag, it’s clear that Halo Infinite is a brilliant new entry in the series, and one that makes this particular sci-fi FPS relevant once again.
  24. Dec 19, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite is science-fiction storytelling at its best. The best thing about this entry is that it knows what it is. This is a story of a hero, and whether you self-identify with him or not, you’re going to immerse yourself in his resolve. While upgrades and the lack of a co-op campaign limit some enjoyment, this is the game Halo fans have been waiting for. It’s a proud day for Master Chief, but mostly developer 343 Industries, for putting together such a memorable experience.
  25. Dec 14, 2021
    90
    Taken as a whole, Halo Infinite is an amazing package.
  26. Dec 13, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite isn’t a perfect game. It has some rough edges, and you can absolutely feel at times where compromises had to be made to get it out this holiday season. Normally I’d want a game to take its time and release when it’s ready, but this is a case where I’m glad the developers didn’t do so. A year from now, Halo Infinite may be even better than it is today, but right now, it’s still one of the best games of 2021. After many years of trying to find its footing, Halo is back on solid ground. While in the long term, a series of this age will need to try innovating again, after years of struggling to find the right feel, letting players come home to a game that simply feels like a modern version of what they love was the right choice.
  27. Dec 7, 2021
    90
    As a restart of the series, Halo: Infinite delivered a stellar performance with a newly designed single player campaign and a steady multiplayer mode. It retains the core fun of the series, and also takes a solid and steady step forward on the road of gameplay exploration. In the 20th year of the Halo series, Halo: Infinite breathes new life into the series with solid content, careful innovation and time-tested design.
  28. Dec 7, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite brings together the best gameplay elements from the Bungie Halo era, doubles down on Halo CE’s sandbox environments to encompass its entire open world structure and brings new gameplay mechanics that will no doubt become a permanent part of its design document going forward, making it an experience no shooter fan can afford to miss.
  29. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite is a true return to form for the series with simple aesthetics, a stoic character and a lonely quiet story reminiscence of the original Halo game. With the exceptional addition of the grappleshot refreshing the classic Halo formula, this is a very bold new step for the Halo universe.
  30. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite is a sequence of Greatest Halo Hits, stitched together with an open Ring world. The game offers a level of action that only the early parts can compete with in sheer fun. Ignore the 'call to duty' and ignore the 'battlefields': in the 26th century, Halo Infinite is where the shooter action of the year is.
  31. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    It has taken over six years for Halo Infinite to release, but after such a long wait, 343 has given fans the game that they've been holding out for. Although it might not win many points for originality, the latest entry in Xbox's flagship franchise has again verified why Halo is one of the most popular gaming properties on the planet. Even though this series is now two decades old, Halo Infinite proves that there is still plenty of creative juice left in the tank to make Halo feel fresh and relevant in the modern landscape. In simplest terms, Halo is back.
  32. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite is the game that the series needed. 343 Industries returns to the roots with a new chapter of Master Chief that fans will love both in campaign and multiplayer.
  33. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite is 100% classic Halo, even with innovations like the grappling hook and the open-world structure that, in fact, leverage the very elements that made the series a great video game classic. 343 Industries has nailed game structure, gameplay, gunplay, AI, graphics and music, but stumbled with inexcusable flaws - especially after such a long wait - in variety and replayability. The game will still keep you glued to the controller though, so there's little doubt: Master Chief is back and he's in great shape.
  34. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    It expands Halo's gameplay frontiers while making us feel "just like home" with similar sensations to those of the franchise beginnings.
  35. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite brings the series back to where it started twenty years ago. Back to the lone super soldier, a chatty AI companion and shootings that are bound to lead to a delicious chaos of colorful explosions and screaming aliens. Back to a surprisingly smooth-playing multiplayer, where thanks to the same chaos no two games are the same. Back to a game we want to keep playing indefinitely.
  36. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    I am very happy to tell you that Halo: Infinite is the Halo that we have been waiting for and that shows that indeed, 343 Industries is the indicated study to continue with the Master Chief legacy and that most likely, this new formula that integrates an open world in campaign, be the way to go for future installments. While the way his story is told is unfriendly to newcomers, I would tell you that you will still find a great FPS in case you never gave John 117 a chance, and if you are one of the old veterans Well, fasten your seatbelt well, an authentic journey full of emotions awaits you that will surely return you to the most memorable moments of this super iconic franchise. Xbox is Halo and Halo is Xbox.
  37. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite recovers all the epic feel of the first installments in a title that seems to want to act as a connection with the future of the saga.
  38. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    If the campaign will continue to be built upon with similarly intimate stories revolving around Master Chief and The Weapon then I cannot wait to see them, since the potential here for expansion is limitless. Multiplayer is spectacular, even as it struggles with teething issues associated with becoming a live-service model. At its core the punchy gunplay, reactive movement, and reliance on teamwork remains, and that’s all Halo Infinite needs to become a winner. As someone who grew up as a blubbering fangirl, it feels so good to see Master Chief deliver an adventure that is once again worthy of his iconic status.
  39. 90
    While Halo Infinite's campaign structure is new territory for the series, and will likely divide opinion, it tells a good story, and creates moments that rank it in the top half when it comes to good Halo campaigns. Throw in a phenomenal multiplayer arena and some stellar shooter mechanics, and it's safe to say that 343 has finally put its stamp on the wonderful world of Halo.
  40. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    343 Industries made an amazing job in making Halo: Infinite feel new and captivating, yet familiar for long time fans that patiently waited for Master Chief to come back.
  41. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite strives to transform what it means to be a Halo game, making Chief into a reluctant father figure for a young and naive AI and putting him into an open-world setting. It turns out that was a risk worth taking for the franchise, as Infinite is an incredible game. Certain story elements are on the weaker side and the amazing Grappleshot makes the rest of Chief's equipment feel a bit lacking in comparison, but these are small shortcomings in what otherwise feels like the best Halo campaign in years and an excellent evolution of what Halo can be.
  42. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite's single-player campaign is exactly what this series needed. It brings out the best in Master Chief's unique and satisfying combat style while leveraging old ideas to create memorable new moments. Its story falls short for both new and veteran players, but it was worth the six-year wait.
  43. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite feels like a big step forward for the franchise, a slick shift into the open world arena that manages to strike a fine balance between the traditional narrative-driven Halo of old and all-new levels of freedom and emergent gameplay. It's not all perfect, the story fizzles out a little as it goes on and Zeta Halo isn't the most technically proficient open world we've experienced, but the amazing combat here smooths over most of these minor cracks. Halo's action has truly never felt better, and with an almost endless supply of enemies to engage with in the campaign and a stellar multiplayer package to get stuck into, this is one super-satisfying return for the Master Chief.
  44. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite is a quintessential Halo experience. 343 Industries has managed to create a Halo that harkens back to the classics while still ensuring it feels modern without muddying the iconic feel that long-time Halo fans have come to love. For those that follow the narrative closely, the story that is told in Halo Infinite is heartfelt and emotive, and may just bring you to tears. Not only does Halo Infinite offer a return to greatness, it caps off important stories while introducing new and exciting mysteries. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to experience it in co-op at launch. And even though the multiplayer has some growing pains to work through, it remains an absolute treat to play, especially with a group of friends. Hats off to 343 Industries. The whole team should feel proud because Halo Infinite is an instant classic. Halo’s back, baby!
  45. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite celebrates a 20-year legacy with style and smartly outlines the foundations for future expansion – and it's the best Halo has been in quite some time.
  46. Dec 5, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite is an unexpectedly surprising game capable of mixing the past and the future of the series. There are still some refinements to be made but this is only the beginning of an epic adventure.
  47. Dec 5, 2021
    90
    Halo Infinite is a great example of gameplay being king. Moreish, exciting combat is only let down by a fairly safe open world and lack of essential feeling abilities and upgrades.
  48. 90
    With an adventurous campaign, complete with a sandbox that’ll still be there when your friends can join the fight, and a multiplayer suite that feels like a note-perfect revival of the Halo of old, Halo Infinite feels like the complete blockbuster sci-fi shooter we’ve been waiting for from 343 Industries. It hasn’t happened overnight for the team, but the mantle passed to them, at last, feels earned.
  49. Dec 5, 2021
    90
    If I had one piece of advice for people on the fence with Halo Infinite, it would be to not worry about the open world and embrace how it's handled here.
  50. Dec 5, 2021
    90
    Taking both single and multiplayer as a whole, Halo Infinite marks a return to form for a franchise that is in desperate need of one. Its open-world may feel a tad formulaic, but it also houses plenty of emergent gameplay opportunities while continuing to offer huge set-pieces…Multiplayer battle pass progression aside, playing with friends in Halo Infinite feels closer to the glory days of Halo 3 than ever. If you'd been concerned based on prior showings, you can put those concerns to rest – Halo is back, and it might just be better than ever.
  51. Dec 5, 2021
    90
    Celebrating its 20th anniversary, it feels almost poetic that Halo Infinite is its biggest, boldest, and most creative launch since the series released. Bringing a return to form for both the campaign and multiplayer, the entire experience is a Halo tour de force for the Xbox brand.
  52. Dec 7, 2021
    89
    From the first few minutes, it's noticeable that 343 Industries poured its heart into the Halo Infinite campaign. Everything looks cared for, greatly detailed, and it offers an unbeatable experience in Xbox Series. At times it feels like some additional game mode is missing, but that doesn't mean that the title isn't enjoyable. It's a must-buy and a game that will be worthwhile to play on more than one occasion.
  53. Dec 5, 2021
    88
    The Master Chief is back with 343i’s best Halo so far. Infinite delivers a fantastic campaign with solid gunplay that we have thoroughly enjoyed. Even with some flaws and the lack of co-op modes, Halo Infinite is a game you cannot miss.
  54. Dec 5, 2021
    87
    Halo Infinite's campaign and multiplayer will delight fans especially, but the dreary hub world is hardly motivating.
  55. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Feb 7, 2022
    85
    There’s not much to do in the open world, but thankfully, it doesn’t play a big role either. Infinite mostly sticks to what makes Halo great: first-person action. Smart level design, great mobility mechanics like grappling hook, and good AI make for some really memorable moments. [Issue#258, p.42]
  56. Dec 27, 2021
    85
    While the story is weird and convoluted, the gameplay of both it's single-player and multi-player modes makes Halo Infinite the best shooter of 2021. Quite frankly it might be the best shooter of the past couple of years.
  57. Dec 16, 2021
    85
    Halo Infinite is a great FPS because it delivers what we expected in every way and, while it has some flaws, it keeps an outstanding quality throughout the entire experience.
  58. Despite the fact that Halo Infinite has many negative elements in it, it manages to provide an amazing experience.
  59. We’ve got a classic and reverent Halo experience that embraces modern ideas where it makes sense. Perhaps I’m showing my age, but this is pretty much just what I want in a Halo game — or at least it will be with the eventual addition of a co-operative campaign mode and some multiplayer tweaks. Add in the fact that it’s included with Xbox Game Pass when it launches on December 8 — bringing millions of subscribers into the fold from day one — and Halo Infinite is clearly going to be the game to play on Xbox platforms for the foreseeable future.
  60. Dec 6, 2021
    85
    At the moment the Infinite campaign indicates a direction, a landing point: it is a very solid even if at times imperfect departure, which however will not fail to leave ecstatic the veterans of the saga and the curious who will approach Halo only thanks to this chapter.
  61. Dec 6, 2021
    85
    Halo Infinite delivers stunning firefights and a great shooter-mechanic. Yet, the single-player experience suffers from the lifeless and uninspired open-world.
  62. Dec 5, 2021
    85
    The main campaign of Halo Infinite has a bunch of problems: the AI that manages the friendly marines is underwhelming and the level design of the missions is sometimes repetitive. But as soon as you start firing, the game is simply perfect and this is what counts in a first person shooter.
  63. Dec 5, 2021
    85
    Halo Infinite will be loved by its fans as well as newcomers as it is a breath of fresh air in the campaign and multiplayer modes.
  64. Dec 5, 2021
    85
    After years of absence, Halo is back. And how. With a thrilling campaign, 343 Industries captures that feeling of old-school Halo, whilst adding to the formula. The new open-world structure is a lighter version of what we know from the genre, but the addicting gameplay makes the whole experience feel truly remarkable. And that feeling extends to the multiplayer. There are some technical points that do need some refinement, but overall Halo Infinite is a solid new entry in the iconic franchise.
  65. Dec 7, 2021
    83
    Quotation forthcoming.
  66. Edge Magazine
    Dec 30, 2021
    80
    Often we're reminded of one of the oldest, simplest examples of Halo's sandbox: what happens when one grenade is applied to an unexploded stack of its peers. A cascade of possibilities, all these tiny moments of pleasure bouncing off of one another in a way that could never be fully scripted in advance. [Issue#367, p.98]
  67. Dec 20, 2021
    80
    Despite falling into some of the same traps as its predecessor, Halo Infinite is a huge step in the right direction and something of a correction course. Overall 343 Industries have delivered on their promise to return Halo to its roots, whilst breaking new ground, and it’s much better off for it.
  68. Dec 14, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite's campaign closes a few doors and opens some others, and even if the open-world stylings could be better integrated into the overarching gameplay design, it's a title that pays homage to the past while looking to the future. The refined and addictive multiplayer is a certifiable breath of fresh air, even if the menacing wind of microtransactions blows simultaneously.
  69. Dec 13, 2021
    80
    Even after dozens of hours, the dance of movement and gunplay still feels wonderful to perform. It’s not a revolutionary redo of Halo’s principles, but rather, a refreshing revival that’s come at the perfect time.
  70. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    This is the evolution the series needed and provides a promising foundation for the future of the series.
  71. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    You could argue that Master Chief is the necessary foil to Halo’s inherent silliness, the gravelly undertone that ties all the pratfalls together. All the same, he and his inability to get over Cortana have long since lost their charm. The series has tried to move away from him before – in that regard, Halo 3: ODST remains its finest hour. It needs to carry on trying.
  72. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    A must for fans and recommended for newcomers, Halo Infinite may not be the epic experience everyone's been waiting for, but there's no doubt about it - it's an incredibly solid foundation for the future of Master Chief. 343 Industries assembled the canvas and painted the outlines. Now all that's left is to fill in the painting.
  73. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    Still, there is something to be said for focusing on what you are good at. And in both Halo Infinite’s campaign and its superb multiplayer...343 are proving masters of the art of battle.
  74. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite is a successful Microsoft experiment. You will not experience a gram of revolution here - it's just a safe evolution with respect to the source material, but all in all: why change something that works? The open world is rather an addition for those who are interested - it does not spoil what has always been the best in Halo, i.e. the epic story and dynamic action. Even the graphics that would not knock you down and on PS4, not to mention the new generation, screams straight: Infinite is an old school game. And in fact, it is such a gate that takes us back into the ancient times - which can be seen as both an advantage and a disadvantage.
  75. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    Overall, Halo Infinite is great but something of a mixed bag. Fans of the genre will certainly enjoy the additional mobility granted by the grappling hook while the rest of the gameplay delivers that well-polished Halo experience that shooter-heads have come to know and love over the decades. It's a bit of a shame that the story doesn't quite stick the landing, but add in the fantastic (and free) multiplayer and you've got a really solid foundation for whatever comes next, be that a story expansion or an eventual full-on sequel.
  76. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    Moment-to-moment gameplay in Halo Infinite feels fantastic, so it's just a bit of a shame that there isn't more to do with those tight mechanics right now. Multiplayer is superb but you likely already know that, and with that element being free-to-play anyway, there's a massive question mark hanging over whether that should even be considered part of the core experience. The open world setting both giveth and taketh away, but I think it works for the most part, and fair play to the team for trying something new. Right now, it's a damn good game... but when it eventually catches up to its ambitions, it could wind up being something much more impressive.
  77. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    It’s very much the spiritual successor it purports to be -- with forward thinking design and elements that flow in a way that reminds you of the timeless nature of the fluid, stylish combat of old. The lack of co-op is something you feel, but in terms of cinematic spectacle this is the Master Chief carrying the flag once more for Xbox. Albeit in that new-school form of being able to jump in and, well, play anywhere.
  78. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite isn't going to reinvent the shooter genre, but it's a fun solo and multiplayer experience that can only get better with time.
  79. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    At launch, Halo Infinite is a somewhat uneven bundle. The multiplayer is outstanding, and free to all players, even those without a Game Pass subscription. It recaptures that classic Halo magic from the early 2000’s, and has managed to inch out its competitors with its cleverly re-imagined gameplay. The campaign is less consistent, and harder to recommend unless you are really itching for yet another Chief/Cortana story. It’s a step up from Halo 5, absolutely, but its experiment with a larger map doesn’t quite land as well as it should. There are few memorable moments throughout, but its excellent gunplay makes it worth a try, even if you just mainline your way through the story missions.
  80. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite is at its best when sticking to the basics. The shooting feels fantastic, especially when paired with the new Grappleshot, and its story is well written and engaging, even if it lacks an epic conclusion to sign off the 343 Industries trilogy in style. But while I’m happy to see 343 Industries experimenting with new ideas, I’m not a fan of the open-world format, which feels generic and features repetitive objectives. Fortunately, this doesn’t negatively impact the more linear missions, so you’re still getting the classic Halo experience for the most part. It’s the multiplayer that’s the main highlight for Halo Infinite though. It doesn’t really bring anything new to the series, but its superb gunplay and simplicity make it hugely enjoyable.
  81. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    True, in the collective subconscious, Halo has always been a first person shootout set in large environments. But Infinite finally delivers a vision of what Master Chief can give inside a universe that lives up to its reputation. As well as bearing little in the way of his tumultuous development, the game manages to make John-117 so fun to play that it's hard to let go of the pad once the campaign begins. Whether during confrontation or in the exploration phases, the title of 343 Industries is appealing. However, once the campaign is over, we can only regret the absence of different biomes and the scarcity of truly epic sequences. Elements which have nevertheless been the hallmark of the series for twenty years! In short, we gain in freedom of action what we lose in spectacle. With such successful main mechanics, we would have liked an even more ambitious campaign, period.
  82. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    With Halo Infinite, 343 Industries seems to want to break the cycle and start afresh. The irony is that it has done so by drawing closer to the past.
  83. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    Master Chief is back for its fans, with some great new gameplay and a solid multiplayer. They will also enjoy the "good old times" aspects of the story, probably more than newcomers will. They also might be frustrated that the ambitious narration kinda falls short, ending when it should really start.
  84. Dec 6, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite clearly marks a return to form for the Halo Franchise. The feeling is there, the music is there and the setting is there too. And 343 manages to make the game feel familiar all the while adding some new, and welcome, features. Halo Infinite also feels like the most intimate Master Chief story yet. It's just too bad that gamers will now have to wait for months to be able to play the campaign in coop, a staple of the series.
  85. Dec 5, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite handles the burden of the franchise’s long history gracefully. At times, as with the campaign’s story, it can feel like developer 343 Industries is weighed down by Master Chief’s Mjolnir armor. But Infinite’s bolder design choices, like its open-world environment and Grappleshot, make it feel exciting and new. The multiplayer might play it a little safe to appease longtime fans, but if the worst thing you can say about it is that it feels like old-school Halo, then it’s doing something right. It’s Halo made for Halo fans, but there’s enough novelty to keep it feeling fresh.
  86. Dec 5, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite is definitely one of the best releases of this year. And now we will patiently wait to see where the game goes next with future updates.
  87. Dec 5, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite is a Halo game through and through, and probably the closest 343i have been at capturing the same magic that Bungie did all those years ago.
  88. Dec 5, 2021
    80
    After the disappointing Halo 5: Guardians, it really does feel like 343 Industries is getting the series back on track with Halo Infinite. The setting is familiar, and so is the gameplay, but like returning to your hometown to meet up with long-lost friends, it’s a wholesome experience and, once you scratch the surface, things are different enough to allay any fears that you’re just re-treading the same old ground. Perhaps the biggest shame is that co-op won’t be available until after launch, because those open areas could really do with multiple Spartans causing havoc in them. But until then, even playing solo is bound to be captivating thanks to firefights that put most other first-person shooters to shame.
  89. Dec 5, 2021
    80
    I grew up with Halo, so despite the bad presentation of 2020, I still had hopes that Halo Infinite would be a big comeback for the series, but in all fairness I can't say that it is. Let's be clear: it is a solid and fun game in its fundamental mechanics, also capable of inserting novelties that work (from the open world to the grappleshot) and that I would like to see carried out. At the same time it pays the price of a troubled development, probably a result of the uncertainty with which 343 Industries is handling the series from Halo 4 onwards. A well-defined gameplay, and embellished with some changes that refine the formula a little, is used to carry on a story with a few memorable moments and that still has everything to prove.
  90. Dec 5, 2021
    80
    Does Halo Infinite give us a graphic slap worthy of a new generation title? Outside of the cutscenes, not really. Does Halo Infinite offer us an innovative open world? No, the recipe could not be more classic. But Halo Infinite remains one of the best episodes of the saga, which it significantly enriches while offering more tactical combat than ever, the latter requiring the player to constantly adapt to the current situation.
  91. 80
    The bizarrely structured and frequently uninteresting story campaign threatens to undermine the multiplayer, but this is still easily the best Halo has been for over a decade.
  92. Dec 5, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite's move to a more open-world structure feels like a new beginning for the series, with nostalgic nods and fresh introductions combining to great effect. Both the campaign and multiplayer have room for improvement, but the core experience is strong.
  93. Dec 5, 2021
    80
    Halo Infinite is a very good game with effective gameplay and a very immersive universe. We appreciate the freedom offered in the world that we take pleasure in discovering thanks to the use of the grapple. The progress of Spartan is satisfactory and the fights are nerve-wracking. However, the sets are not varied enough to travel completely and the activities are repetitive which makes the whole a bit redundant. But what is missing the most are great epic moments that could have made it an unforgettable Halo.
  94. Dec 6, 2021
    75
    Halo Infinite might be the best campaign 343 has done, but considering I didn’t love the last two, I’m not sure how much weight that carries. Halo Reach remains the gold standard for me in that department, and while I had a lot of fun here zipping around the open world, and I can see the potential of the concept, something about Infinite feels small and unfinished to me compared to both other Halo campaigns, and other open world titles. I don’t need (or want) a sprawling Assassin’s Creed map that takes 200 hours to clear, but I think I need more diversity than what’s here, and a better story with better characters told within it.
  95. Dec 5, 2021
    74
    Halo Infinite offers a brief campaign with uneven writing, and a functional but safe implementation of the new open-world levels. It's still a great shooter with strong core mechanics that help carry the experience, but as multiplayer is now standalone and free, the value proposition of this full priced solo adventure is rather diluted.
  96. Dec 6, 2021
    70
    Halo Infinite is definitely the game that will make 343 Industries. After a few rocky attempts, this is a fun and much needed return to form for the franchise. While the campaign feels a little empty, there’s huge potential for things to come in DLC and despite some of the issues with multiplayer, the core gameplay itself is extremely enjoyable. I look forward to seeing where 343 takes the series from here.
  97. Dec 5, 2021
    70
    Master Chief has returned, but our adventures on Zeta Halo left us with mixed feelings. The gameplay is truly phenomenal and the grapple hook, in particular, steals the show. But the game is, after an extra year of development, still not finished. The single-player is not memorable, the surroundings are repetitive and the game is on a technical level very unpolished. While we have a tremendous amount of fun with the multiplayer, 343 Industries just doesn’t meet the mark with this Halo installment.
  98. Dec 5, 2021
    70
    It's plausible Halo Infinite will eventually become an era-defining game, one that reestablishes it as a dominant shooter franchise, but it's not there yet and there's no telling when it will be.
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  1. Dec 6, 2021
    Halo Infinite is an absolute delight of a first person shooter, and king in the sandbox field. The shaping of human, believable characters is something you can take for granted with 343 Industries in charge too. The one thing that's missing here is the courage to do something beyond replicating what best defines this IP —that being imaginative, immersive levels [Recommended].
  2. Dec 6, 2021
    Halo Infinite's campaign sets the stage for an incredible sequel someday. Today is not that day. Consider this a fine rental or excuse to burn through a single month of Xbox Game Pass, either now or whenever the co-op mode finally goes live in 2022.
  3. Dec 6, 2021
    The important core essentials have been nailed, though. After six years, 343 Industries could not afford another miss and with Infinite it has built some incredibly strong foundations for whatever comes next. The team clearly now understands what this series is – the shooting, the flow of combat and movement, the character of Master Chief and his closest companions, and a totally new structure to catalyse some monumental silliness. It recaptures the old, adds the new, and we now can’t wait for the future.
  4. Dec 5, 2021
    Given the slow burn recession the series has experienced over the past decade, it's impossible to read Halo Infinite as anything other than a shocking return to form...Single player missions come replete with some of the game's most spectacular set pieces and dramatic boss fights that had my heart exploding out my chest.
  5. Dec 6, 2021
    Somewhere between those map icons is tantalising mystery, and that's what Silent Cartographer was all about, wasn't it? Being on an alien world, not knowing the whys or the hows or the whos. Working things out while finishing the fight. Halo Infinite, underneath it all, is about just that. And, if nothing else, you can always rely on that golden triangle - Master Chief and his gun, grenade and Gravity Hammer - this time on your own terms, the best it's been in a decade.
  6. Dec 6, 2021
    I do know this: As a longtime Halo devotee, it is so, so good to be back to a Halo that genuinely feels like a Halo. I’ve been playing these games for, f.ck, man, two decades now. Time was, somewhere in the era before (and momentarily after) Halo 5, I could picture myself hitting a point where I was take-it-or-leave-it on the series. Now? Absolutely not.
  7. Dec 6, 2021
    In some ways, the grappling hook feels like a perfect microcosm of Halo Infinite as a whole. It’s an addition that somehow shakes things up while also feeling like it belonged the entire time. In Halo Infinite’s design tenets and its iconic characters, 343 Industries has created something that bears the weight of the Halo legacy, and it’s poised to carry that weight into the future. It’s invigorating to be so excited about Halo again. [Polygon Recommends]
  8. Dec 6, 2021
    It’s a very modern interpretation of what Halo can be, pulling from the kinds of games that are as big today as Halo was when it first launched. Rather that feeling like a Greatest Hits of modern video gaming, though, it still feels distinctly like Halo. Meanwhile, its potential to grow and change seems like it will have a much more lasting impact than any amount of bopping aliens in the head. Maybe “combat evolved” just means something new now.
  9. Dec 6, 2021
    343 Industries has laid some really solid groundwork here and deserves a lot of credit for managing to modernize the series while focusing on what people loved most about it. At this point, though, it’s not so much a reinvention as simply a very good Halo campaign.
  10. Dec 6, 2021
    Halo Infinite didn’t really do it for me. The repetition of stakes and open world activities made the final 15 hours of gameplay something I was actively dreading. At the same time, the first 10 hours or so were exciting and engaging, and I imagine that someone not trying to power through the game in a week to make a review embargo deadline of Sunday night might have a better way of spacing things out. The open world sandbox is truly fun, especially once you have access to flying vehicles late in the game, but there’s only so many hijinks to get up to (at least until the co-op campaign releases). For a game about new possibilities, and titled Infinite, the game’s universe ends up feeling pretty constrained.
  11. Dec 6, 2021
    After 20 years of good and loyal service, the Major proves once again that the saga is far from over. While keeping the DNA of the previous episodes in its scenario, Halo Infinite introduces a new dynamic into the series with the addition of the semi-open world. Exploration is enhanced, partly thanks to an intelligent level design that allows you to choose from numerous paths and especially by the grappling hook, allowing for better movement and fight alternatives. Thanks to a brilliant soundtrack and a qualitative French dubbing, we take great pleasure in exploring the Halo Zeta to eliminate the Banished despite some technical shortcomings.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5107 Ratings

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  1. Dec 9, 2021
    10
    Creo que halo es un juego demasiado bueno la campaña no la e completado pero lo que llevo me a gustado mucho el multiplayer lo juego desde laCreo que halo es un juego demasiado bueno la campaña no la e completado pero lo que llevo me a gustado mucho el multiplayer lo juego desde la beta y me a parecido un juego increíble creo que es el mejor halo desde Xbox one por qué no es el mejor por qué el primer halo bueno los primeros fueron una bomba por qué fueron los primeros multiplayer y algo malo de el juego es que los con el joystick derecho metas un puño y quite tanto daño la verdad es un juego muy bueno Full Review »
  2. Dec 9, 2021
    10
    The gunplay feels fantastic and the pace of the fights is timed to perfection. The open world felt really expansive and I got to create a lotThe gunplay feels fantastic and the pace of the fights is timed to perfection. The open world felt really expansive and I got to create a lot of my own moments. The story was an unexpected standout. Caps things off perfectly while setting the stage for the future. Loved it It’s not perfect by any means but it’s certainly for me. Hats off to 343 Full Review »
  3. Dec 9, 2021
    10
    The gameplay is fun and addictive.
    The graphic is excellent.
    The story is interesting. The world is beautiful. Artificial intelligence is
    The gameplay is fun and addictive.
    The graphic is excellent.
    The story is interesting.
    The world is beautiful.
    Artificial intelligence is excellent for enemies.
    The sounds are wonderful.
    Hello Infinite, a legendary game.
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