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Halo 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 rings: large, habitable megastructures that were created by the Forerunners to destroy all sentient life. They are similar to the Orbitals in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, and to author Larry Niven's Ringworld concept.

The games in the series have been praised as being among the best first-person shooters on a video game console, and are considered the Xbox's "killer app". This led to the term "Halo killer" being used to describe console games that aspire, or are considered, to be better than Halo. Fueled by the success of Halo: Combat Evolved, and by immense marketing campaigns from publisher Microsoft, its sequels went on to break various sales records. Halo 3 sold more than US$170 million worth of copies in the first twenty-four hours of its release, breaking the record set by Halo 2 three years prior. Halo: Reach, in turn, broke the record set by Halo 3, selling $200 million worth of copies on its first day of release. Continuing the trend, Halo 4 broke Halo: Reach 's record on its opening day by grossing $220 million. The games have sold over 60 million copies worldwide, with the games alone grossing almost $3.4 billion.

Strong sales of the games led to the franchise's expansion to other media; there are multiple best-selling novels, graphic novels, and other licensed products. Halo Wars took the franchise into new video game genre territory, as it is a real-time strategy game, while the rest of the games in the series are first-person shooters. Beyond the original trilogy, Bungie developed the expansion Halo 3: ODST, and a prequel, Halo: Reach, their last project for the franchise. A high-definition remake of the first game, entitled Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, was released on November 15th, 2011, exactly ten years after the release of the original. A new installment in a second series of games, Halo 4, was released on November 6th, 2012. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a remastered compilation of the four primary Halo titles, was released for the Xbox One on November 11th, 2014.

The cultural impact of the Halo series has been compared by writer Brian Bendis to that of Star Wars. The collective group of fans of the series is referred to as the "Halo Nation".

-- Updated July 10th, 2015 --
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HALO 3 Series 2 Red CQB Spartan Soldier Action Figure HALO 3 Series 2 Red CQB Spartan Soldier Action Figure (1:12 Scale)

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HALO 3 Series 2 Tan Spartan Soldier Scout Figure HALO 3 Series 2 Tan Spartan Soldier Scout Action Figure (1:12 Scale)

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The Brute Chieftain, also known as the Alpha Jiralhanae, is a Covenant rank for the Jiralhanae (Brute) race, the highest in the Jiralhanae hierarchy.

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HALO 3 Series 3 Flood Combat Human Action Figure HALO 3 Series 3 Flood Combat Human Action Figure (1:12 Scale)

The Flood are fictional parasitic alien life forms in Bungie's Halo video game series. They are introduced in Halo: Combat Evolved as a second enemy faction alongside the Covenant, and return in Halo 2 and Halo 3 to fill the same role.

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Halo UNSC Pelican Dropship Halo UNSC Pelican Dropship

"Pelican" is the name applied to a series of dropships operated by the UNSC Marine Corps, the UNSC Navy, and the New Mombasa Police Department.

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Halo Covenant Truth and Reconciliation Cruiser Halo Covenant Truth and Reconciliation Cruiser

The Truth and Reconciliation was a Covenant cruiser that was disabled by Cortana before they landed on Halo. It was destroyed by Lt. Melissa McKay.

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Halo UNSC Infinity-Class Warship - Infinity (INF-101) Halo UNSC Infinity-Class Warship - Infinity (INF-101)

UNSC Infinity (INF-101) is the experimental flagship of the UNSC Navy commissioned following the end of the Human-Covenant War. Built in secret using technology recovered from Forerunner and Covenant sources during the war, Infinity is the UNSC's largest and most advanced warship to date.

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