A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
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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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Multiplayer is unmoderated, potentially exposing players to inappropriate comments. Profanity includes "ass" and "pissed" in dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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