“Halo” series (2001-)
“Halo” series From its not so humble origins, this first-person shooter franchise has made its mark in competitive gaming. Countless tournaments have arisen in the years following 2001's “Halo: Combat Evolved”, taking advantage of the wide variety of weapons and unique maps on tap.
Series developer 343 Industries has even organized their own official eSports league, the Halo Championship Series, whose flagship game is “Halo 2: Anniversary”. With intense first-person action and a mix of competitive and cooperative modes, the “Halo” games have earned their place as a staple of eSports.
“Halo” series is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game franchise created by Bungie and now managed and developed by 343 Industries, a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios. The series centers on an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. The Covenant, led by their religious leaders called the Prophets, worship an ancient civilization known as the Forerunners, who perished in combat with the parasitic Flood. The central focus of the franchise builds off the experiences of Master Chief John-117, one of a group of supersoldiers codenamed Spartans, and his artificial intelligence (AI) companion, Cortana. Other characters, such as Noble Six from Halo: Reach, are also introduced in the series. The term "Halo" refers to the Halo Array: a group of immense, habitable, ring-shaped superweapons that were created by the Forerunners to destroy the Flood. They are similar to the Orbitals in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, and to a lesser degree to author Larry Niven's Ringworld concept
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