One of the best multi-player video game franchises to have ever been released has to be the Halo franchise. Regardless of what has happened regarding the recent Halo games, the first 3 Halo games in particular left a lasting impression, and for good reason. With its melee system in conjunction with automatic shield regeneration, its setup regarding online console multiplayer helping to establish the Xbox Live feature of Microsoft’s Xbox console, and its own take on the controller layout regarding FPS games, Halo will forever be remembered as one of the defining influences as to what the modern FPS games are like today. Not to mention the awesome story that makes up the single player campaign with iconic characters such as the Master Chief, Cortana, 343 Guilty Spark, the Arbiter, Gravemind, Sgt. Johnson, and so on.
It should be expected as a result of the massive success the Halo franchise had that other video games would be created borrowing from what made Halo so popular. You have a variety of different games in the same genre as Halo that have either achieved success due to building off of what the Halo franchise established or were already similar enough to Halo that they became popular by association. While the list could go on and on about what games resemble Halo the most, here are 6 videogames that without a doubt resemble Halo.
Similar Videogames to Halo
1. Tribes: Ascend
- System/Platform: Microsoft Windows
- Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
- Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
- Release Date: June 27, 2012
If the main reason you enjoyed the Halo series was solely for the multiplayer online experience of fighting in an arena FPS, then Tribes: Ascend would be your best bet if you want to have that same kind of experience. With the initial Tribes game being inspired by the multi-player maps seen in Halo 2, it’s no wonder that many fans turned to this franchise and stuck with it for quite some time. With a large community, games such as Capture the Flag, and similar combat mechanics that also involving jetpacks, vehicles, and much more, Tribes: Ascend is at the very least worth checking out.
Tribes: Ascend Trailer
- System/Platform: PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Developer: Guerrilla Games (PS2), Supermassive Games (PS3)
- Release Date: November 2, 2004 (PlayStation 2)
If Halo was the defining sci-fi FPS game for the Xbox, then Killzone was the PlayStation’s defining sci-fi FPS game. Killzone is similar to Halo not only in terms of multi-player gameplay, such as holding multiple weapons and the various competitions held over a variety of different maps, but the story as well, with many comparisons between the Helghast and the Flood as well as the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance (ISA) and the UNSCDF. The Killzone franchise also has a long timeline, with the first game coming out in 2004 and the most recent iteration, Killzone Shadow Fall, being released in 2013 for the PS4. Overall, if you enjoyed both the campaign as well as the multi-player mode for Halo but prefer a game for the PlayStation console as opposed to the Xbox, Killzone is that game.
3. Resistance: Fall of Man
- System/Platform: PlayStation 3
- Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Developer: Insomniac Games
- Release Date: November 17, 2006(NA)
Another great PlayStation FPS, Resistance’s campaign mode focuses on Sergeant Nathan Hale as he, along with other resistance forces, try to defeat a mysterious alien species known as the Chimera, who has already taken over the rest of Europe and is now infiltrating the U.K. Like Killzone (and therefore Halo), Resistance has similar fighting mechanics, similar multi-player games such as Capture the Flag, Assault, and Free for All, and similar maps despite being off of certain locations in England. Resistance also can be compared to Halo in terms of both conventional weapons as well as futuristic weapons being used, resulting in some interesting matchups. While there aren’t that many games in the Resistance franchise, the feel of the game in addition to its fighting mechanics definitely bring about a comparison to Halo in both the campaign fights in addition to the multi-player fights.
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4. Bioshock Infinite
- System/Platform: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
- Publisher: 2K Games
- Developer: Irrational Games
- Release Date: March 26, 2013
Bioshock Infinite’s biggest comparison to Halo is more so in regards to the story as opposed to gameplay. In contrast to Halo’s futuristic outer space sci-fi setting, Bioshock’s setting is more tied to the survival horror genre combined with a biopunk feel. In addition, while it is also a FPS, Bioshock Infinite incorporates superpowers in addition to some RPG elements as opposed to Halo’s more objective-based approach through the campaign. There is also no online multi-player dynamic to Bioshock: Infinite as well, as the main focus is on the campaign. Therefore, if the Halo story in terms of exploring a whole new environment in order to perform a rescue operation as well as uncover a mystery appealed to you, then Bioshock: Infinite will definitely satisfy that and leave you wanting more.
- System/Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Developer: id Software
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A reboot of the iconic franchise and the first installment since Doom 3 was released in 2004, Doom was one of the few successful multi-player FPS games out before Halo, and this latest iteration brings a return to that kind of game while improving upon it at the same time. Although there is a lot more graphic violence in Doom as well as a difference in terms of the type of enemies being fought, Doom does share with Halo an impressive arsenal of weapons to use in addition to a new take on the combat system to utilize these weapons to their best potential. Doom also has similarities with both its multi-player games (team death match and king of the hill with a moving hill for example) as well as a “level-creation tool” for players to construct their own maps as they see fit. Not to mention the unique soundtrack that adds to the unsettling atmosphere. If you particularly enjoyed the violence of the Halo series, particularly in the earlier Halo games, then Doom should have no problem entertaining you.
Doom - Launch Trailer
- System/Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Developer: Crytek
- Release Date: November 13, 2007
One of the things that the later Halo games were able to capitalize on very well were the graphics; Halo 5 in particular showcased some characters so well that they almost appeared real. This is also a standout point for Crysis, a standard sci-fi FPS shooter game where the protagonists use nanosuits to give them enhanced strength, speed, and even durability to combat other soldiers and aliens. While the story is not as sophisticated as the story in Halo, the later installments were able to improve upon this aspect, which is why both Crysis 2 and 3 are considered to be more popular than the original. If you enjoyed Halo for the graphics that it provided for its unique sci-fi setting, then Crysis would be the game to start with to experience that type of visual.
Halo is one of those few videogames where there seems to be something for everyone. Some really enjoy the cast of characters and the overall story. Some love listening to the soundtrack that was scored for the games. Some love the Red vs Blue machinima series that was created, which helped establish the custom options that would be seen starting in Halo 3. Many enjoyed the online multi-player experience, and many more loved how it redefined the FPS genre. As a result, there will be few games that can truly encapsulate the Halo experience, but there will be a fair amount that can come pretty close. But what do you guys think? Should videogames like Quake and Singularity have made the cut? Is there a game missing entirely from this list? Let us know in the comments!