Halo Infinite

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Exhilarating sci-fi shooter has some fun new toys.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 19 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Sometimes you have to risk everything to save everything, and that includes trading your life for the lives of everyone in the universe.

Positive Role Models

Hero of the story mode puts his life on the line, constantly, to save not just humanity but other living things as well. Unfortunately, this requires him to kill a lot of aliens that have no problem obliterating humans every chance they get.

Diverse Representations

Your enemies hate humans, including on religious grounds, and often make offhand disparaging remarks that are prejudiced. Players frequently rescue male and female soldiers of different races to help fight against alien hordes.

Ease of Play

Controls will mostly be familiar to fans of this series and similar games, with differences explained adequately. Game has four difficulty options: Easy, Normal, Heroic, and Legendary.

Violence

Players use guns, explosives, gadgets, clubs, swords, vehicles, fists to kill enemies, including (in online modes) other people, resulting in some bloodshed and cries of pain. In one part, someone is tortured and screams in pain.

Sex

The character Weapon, while virtual and not a real person, does appear to be in a curve-hugging outfit, especially where her rear is concerned.

Language

Multiplayer is unmoderated, potentially exposing players to inappropriate comments. Profanity includes "ass" and "pissed" in dialogue.

Consumerism

Game is the latest in a long-running series. While online modes are free, a paid option (one-time cost of $10) gives you exclusive aesthetic enhancements. Players can also buy in-game credits to purchase other cosmetic add-ons and experience boosts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Halo Infinite is a first-person shooter for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. Using guns, explosives, devices, blunt and sharp instruments, vehicles, and their fists, players kill numerous enemies -- including aliens and humans -- often resulting in a small amount of bloodshed and cries of pain. There's also a part in which a human is being tortured and cries out in pain. The dialogue includes curse words "ass" and "pissed." A character called Weapon, though virtual, appears to be wearing a somewhat tight bodysuit, one that highlights her buttocks (which is also enhanced by certain camera angles). While the game's multiplayer modes are available separately, and free, there's a paid option that gives you some cosmetic enhancements, as well as an in-game currency (available for real-world money) that can be used to purchase aesthetic items and experience point boosts. Communication in the game's online modes isn't monitored.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnna1234567890 December 11, 2021

Great for 10 and up

This game is outstanding it is perfect for 10+ this game is rated 16 in Europe it and rates 13+ is America which isn’t fair since this game only features minor... Continue reading
Adult Written byLoving mother 55 December 22, 2021

Great game

Fun for the whole family!
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamingGamerMovi... December 15, 2021

The Return of Halo

Halo Infinite is the first entry in the Halo series since 2015. Because of this, there was a lot of hype surrounding this game, and I'm happy to say that i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThatzeldaguy December 17, 2021

Halo infinite provides the best campaign and multiplayer in a halo game in over a decade

The violence in halo infinite is about as bad as in halo 5, with aliens bleeding colored non realistic blood when hit, occasionally leaving a small stain on the... Continue reading

What's it about?

In the story-driven mode of HALO INFINITE, the Master Chief finds himself on the Zeta Halo, a massive but badly damaged alien space station that's also an apocalyptic weapon. That's one reason why it's currently overrun with aliens hoping to turn it on so that they can wipe humanity from the universe. It's a good thing you've got the armor of a superhero, and the weapons of a supersoldier, as well as help from a somewhat familiar face. Set on a largely open world, this sci-fi first-person shooter not only has you shooting tons of these aliens, but also rescuing fellow human soldiers, invading enemy installations, and generally undermining the alien occupation in hopes of -- what else -- saving the galaxy.

Is it any good?

By adding some fun new tools and reconfiguring how the story setting is structured, this offering not only revitalizes the long-running sci-fi shooter series but also makes for one of the year's best games. In Halo Infinite's story mode, the Master Chief finds himself on another Halo ring, one infested with aliens hoping to use it to wipe humans out of existence. That's why he's spending his time killing aliens, clearing out enemy bases, and generally undermining the alien occupation. But while you have your usual complement of futuristic guns (and some cool new ones), you also get new and helpful tools such as the Grappleshot, a grappling hook that helps you get to higher ground, and the Threat Sensor, which highlights enemies who would otherwise be invisible. It also takes place in an open world not unlike those in the Far Cry games, but with more hills and tall structures, which, combined with the new tools, make for the most unique and effortlessly fun campaign this series has had since Halo 3.

And that's only half the game. There's also the online competitive multiplayer modes, which, for the first time, are available separately and for free. While they largely feel like what this series has always offered -- fast action coupled with usable vehicles, massive maps, and a shield that saves you the frustration of getting killed right away -- they're made even better with the aforementioned new toys from the story mode. Of these, the Grappleshot is the most helpful, since the new arenas are rather large and multilayered. The game even brings back Stockpile, a fun mode from 2010's Halo: Reach, in which two teams of 12 compete to find and collect power seeds. Individually, both parts of Halo Infinite are standouts, but together they make this one of the series' finest installments and one of 2021's best games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence. Is the impact of the violence in Halo Infinite affected by the fact that you have to kill a lot of opponents to accomplish your tasks? Do you feel differently when you kill a human in a game as opposed to an alien? Is the impact lessened because this doesn't seem realistic?

  • In Halo Infinite, the enemy aliens want to destroy all humans, largely for religious reasons, and often make racist remarks about Earthlings. How does it feel to be the target of this kind of bigotry? Does it make the aliens better enemies?

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