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Every Halo game in order: Chronological & release date list

Halo Infinite is edging ever-closer, so now feels like the right time to look back and list every Halo title in chronological order.

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The Halo franchise has a long and storied history spanning multiple generations of Xbox consoles. With the release of Halo Infinite right around the corner, now feels like a good time to list every single Halo game in chronological order by release date.

Halo Infinite’s long-awaited release date is not too far away, and die-hard fans are chomping at the bit to see the latest chapter of Master Chief’s story.

While the next installment will push the franchise into the future with new maps and weapons, there are also plenty of favorites from Halo history making a return.

With this in mind, we’ve listed every Halo game so far in chronological order with its release date.

Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

First released on the original Xbox on November 15, 2001, Combat Evolved is the game that launched the Halo series, and its protagonist Master Chief, into the realms of gaming royalty.

Not only did it kick off one of the most successful franchises in video game history – it redefined the FPS genre in the process.

Halo 2 (2004)

After the incredible success of Combat Evolved, Bungie were given the seemingly impossible task of following up on one of the best games of all time when it released the sequel on November 9, 2004 release.

Shockingly, Halo 2 delivered on continuing the epic story of the original, while also helping shift online multiplayer into the matchmaking-based system we see today.

Halo 3 (2007)

The first in the series to release on the Xbox 360, Halo 3 was hotly-anticipated before it dropped on September 25, 2007.

It went on to smash all expectations, releasing to critical acclaim and solidifying itself as one of the best multiplayer experiences on the market thanks to Forge and Custom Games.

Halo Wars (2009)

Releasing on February 26, 2009, Halo Wars was the first to take the series into a completely new genre.

Halo Wars pitted the UNSC against the Covenant in a real-time strategy battle. It would go on to be the best-selling RTS game in the history of console gaming.

Halo 3: ODST (2009)

On September 22, 2009, Bungie treated long-time to fans to Halo 3: ODST, which aimed to flesh out events of the Halo 2 campaign.

While often forgotten about due to it not being a fully-fledged Halo follow-up, it still racked up impressive review scores and remains a valuable part of series lore.

Halo: Reach (2010)

With Master Chief’s story wrapped up (for the time being) after Halo 3, Halo Reach also filled in some of the blanks in the series long canon when it landed on September 14, 2010.

Halo Reach followed an elite supersoldier squad named Noble Six during the events before Combat Evolved.

It struck the perfect balance of new and familiar and is still regarded as one of the Halo series’ best games to date.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

To celebrate 10-years since the original dropped, on November 15, 2011, 343 Industries remade the classic shooter with updated Xbox 360 visuals.

This was a chance for both old and new fans to experience Combat Evolved on new hardware.

It even featured the ingenious option for players to switch between the old and new graphics at will, to see just how far we had come.

Halo 4 (2012)

On November 6, 2012, as series creators Bungie moved away from the series, 343 Industries took the reins and decided to pick up the story of Master Chief from where it left off in 2007.

The new developers released Halo 4 and it was once again hailed as another stellar game in the Halo catalog.

Fans were partially happy with how 343 handled the new plot and expanded the relationship between Chief and Cortana.

Halo: Spartan Assault (2013)

In another move to adapt the Halo franchise into a different genre, Halo: Spartan Assault was released on mobile platforms on July 18, 2013.

This top-down twin-stick shooter filled in some gaps between Halo 3 and Halo 4, and made use of the touch controls on mobile phones.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014)

On November 11, 2014, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 were released in one package on Xbox One.

Fans had been calling for a collection of all of Master Chief’s outings for many years – and this delivered it.

Each game was given revamped visuals for the new generation of consoles and was backed up by its multiplayer modes.

Halo: Spartan Strike (2015)

A follow-up to 2013′ Spartan Assualt, this second twin-stick shooter dropped on April 16, 2015, for mobile devices.

It was widely regarded as an improvement over its predecessor but ultimately failed to make much of a splash among the Halo fandom.

Halo 5: Guardians (2015)

The fifth mainline installment in the Halo franchise, Halo 5: Guardians landed on Xbox One on October 27, 2015.

While its campaign was arguably the first in the series to receive mixed feedback, its multiplayer was still a smash-hit.

It soon became the best-selling Xbox exclusive on the console, before it was surpassed by Forza Horizon 4.

Halo Wars 2 (2017)

Following years of calls from fans, 343 finally dropped a Halo Wars sequel on February 21, 2017.

With Halo Wars 2, devs wanted the game to feel more integral to the overall universe, so it was set shortly after the events of Halo 5: Guardians.

Although it didn’t go down as well with players as the original, it’s yet another piece of the story for the most dedicated of fans to dissect.

Halo Recruit (2017)

Halo has been at the cutting edge of gaming, and nowhere was this clearer than on October 17, 2017, with Halo Recruit.

A virtual reality experience released on PC, Recruit let fans take control of a UNSC soldier in a totally new way.

While this is more of a quirky experience than a full game, it’s one of the series ‘ most interesting moves.

Halo Infinite

After a six-year wait, 343 is set to drop the next installment in the Halo saga on Xbox Series X/S and Game Pass on December 8, 2021.

From what we’ve seen so far, the sequel will shake up the formula with a less linear approach to its campaign, while adopting a Battle Pass in its multiplayer.

It remains to be seen how Infinite is received among fans, but it’s safe to say it will be one of the biggest games of 2021.


That was every game in the Halo series listed in chronological order ahead of the release of Halo Infinite.

For more on Halo Infinite, check out the latest news on the game’s anti-cheat, as well as the best PC settings to make the most of it.

Image credits: Microsoft / Bungie / 343 Industries

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Rocket League Birthday Ball: Challenges, rewards, Golden Eggs

Rocket League is celebrating it’s seventh anniversary! Complete challenges and earn rewards with the new Birthday Ball event.

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Rocket League is turning seven! Celebrate soccar with Psyonix with special challenges, birthday ball modes, and the arrival of Golden Eggs as part of the Rocket League Birthday Ball.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been driving rocket-powered cars at massive soccer balls for almost a decade. Easy to pick up but difficult to master, Rocket League has become a firm favorite with gamers around the world.

With the game’s seventh anniversary just around the corner, developer Psyonix has announced the Rocket League Birthday Ball, a special two-week event with the return of fan-favorite modes, new challenges, and more.

When is the Rocket League Birthday Ball event?

Rocket League’s Birthday Ball kicks off on Wednesday, July 6, and is scheduled to run until Wednesday, July 20.

The event starts a day before the game’s birthday as Thursday, July 7, actually marks the seventh anniversary of Rocket League’s release.


Rocket League Birthday Ball challenges & rewards

Psyonix says that the game’s seventh anniversary “isn’t just about [them],” and wants to celebrate “the players and community who helped grow Rocket League.”

With that in mind, the developers are adding a set of Birthday Ball Challenges, where players can earn a Golden Goat Player Banner, a Precious Metal Avatar Border, an Import Item Drop, and 20,000 XP.

On top of those sweet treats, anyone who completes all of the Birthday Ball challenges will also get 300 Credits as a thank you. The challenges haven’t been revealed just yet, so we don’t know how hard they will be. Still, with rewards like these, it’s worth giving them a go.

Fan-favorite modes return & Seventh Anniversary Cosmetics

Psyonix will be bringing back two fan-favorite modes to help fans celebrate the big birthday. For Week One, 2v2 Heatseeker is back, a mode that gives the ball homing abilities that make it gravitate towards your opponent’s goal.

In Week Two, Knockout is back, allowing players to send players flying out of the arena with the unique Attack, Block, and Grab mechanics.

On top of all that, Psyonic will also be adding some special cosmetics to the Item Shop too, with the Titanium White Fennec, Fancy Formal Fennec decal, Spyder: Anniversary Edition Wheels, and Top Hat: Anniversary Edition topper all available to purchase.

Golden Eggs

Throughout the two weeks of Birthday Ball, players will be able to earn Golden Eggs, which can be used to unlock items from Champions Series 1-4.

Golden Eggs are just like other Golden rewards, which can be earned by completing challenges five times.


Completing the Birthday Ball challenges will require plenty of car-ball action, so give yourself an advantage over your opponents with the best Rocket League camera settings.

Image Credits: Psyonix

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When did Apex Legends come out?

Apex Legends has become one of the most popular battle royale games in the world, but when did it first release?

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Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royales in the world, but when did it come out? Here’s everything you need to know about the game’s original release date.

From PUBG to Fortnite, Apex Legends to Warzone, the battle royale genre has truly dominated the gaming scene for the last five years. In fact, the mode has become so important to shooters that games that launch without one are viewed as missing a vital component.

Each battle royale brings its own spin to the genre, capturing the imagination of players looking for new experiences. For Fortnite, building set it apart from its opponents, while Warzone’s use of class loadouts made it different from anything else on the market.

For Apex Legends, the use of characters with special and unique abilities meant that nothing else on the market could match its high-octane action, and unsurprisingly, thousands still jump on and play years after its launch. But when did Apex Legends actually release?

When did Apex Legends release?

Apex Legends released on February 4, 2019, and was available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Since then, the developers have released next-gen versions of the game for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, offering upgraded graphics and performance thanks to the power of the new consoles.

Developers Respawn Entertainment also targeted the portable gaming market too, releasing Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch on March 9, 2021.

When did Apex Legends Mobile come out?

Apex Legends Mobile was released on May 17, 2022, and is available on both iOS and Android devices.

After finding huge success on consoles and PC, Respawn decided it was time to let Apex players fight victories wherever they are. The game was first released in a limited number of regions but is available worldwide now.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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How to spectate in Fortnite Chapter 3

Watching over players can be educational or down-right hilarious, but how do you spectate in Fortnite Chapter 3?

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Spectating other players in Fortnite can be a great way to learn more about the game by watching how better opponents play, or simply good fun to see what others get up to. If you’d like to watch somebody else’s gameplay, here’s everything you need to know about how to spectate in Fortnite.

For many, the sole reason to jump onto Fortnite is to leap out of the Battle Bus, hurtle towards the map below, and eliminate enemies for a Victory Royale. For some though, it’s just as fun to watch other people play, whether to learn or just for some laughs.

While Epic Games keep adding new content to the game with every seasonal patch, one thing that disappeared was the ability to watch anyone’s game at any time.

While there are now some restrictions on who you can spectate, and when, there are still ways to settle back and observe matches. Here’s everything you need to know about spectating in Fortnite Chapter 3.

How to spectate friends in Fortnite Chapter 3

To spectate your friends in Fortnite, you’ll need to join their lobby, as the ‘Watch Game’ feature is no longer available.

Once you’ve joined your friend’s lobby, you’ll have to wait for 30 seconds after their match has started before you can see what they’re up to. This delay means you won’t see them jump out of the Battle Bus or land on the ground, but you should arrive just in time to see them engage opponents.


Can I spectate strangers in Fortnite Chapter 3?

Unfortunately, the only way to spectate strangers in Fortnite Chapter 3 is to watch players who eliminate you from a match.

When an enemy takes you down, you’ll immediately be shown your final placement, along with a list of options to start a new match or head back to the pre-game lobby. The game will also show you what your opponent is up to after they killed you, and you can watch the match all the way to the end via this method.

You’ll not be able to watch strangers from the pre-game lobby though, as the ‘Watch Game’ feature has been removed from the game entirely.

Why was Fortnite’s spectate feature removed?

While Epic Games didn’t give any details on the reason why they removed it, popular opinion suggests that stream sniping was the main reason it got axed.

Players would enlist friends to watch ongoing matches and call out enemy locations, making it easy for teams to essentially cheat their way to a victory.

Of course, it’s still possible to stream snipe opponents who are broadcasting their gameplay on streaming sites like Twitch or YouTube, but the delay means it isn’t quite as effective as this method.


If watching other players has you wondering how good you are, make sure to check out the average Fortnite kill/death ratio to see how you stack up.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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