|Halo: Combat Evolved|
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Halo: Combat Evolved is a first-person shooter created by Bungie that premiered as a launch title for the Xbox in 2001. It was later ported to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS by Gearbox Software. It features the super-soldier "Master Chief" fighting against the Covenant, an inter-species alliance of aliens, on a ring world. Continuing the success of the franchise were its sequels, Halo 2 and Halo 3 which formed the Halo Trilogy (until the release of Halo 4, and later on Halo 5: Guardians).
500 years in the future, the UNSC is attacked by the Covenant, a genocidal extraterrestrial empire who worship the Forerunner, an ancient race. When the Pillar of Autumn is attacked, it flees to a random point in space, where Halo is discovered. The ship crashes, and its cargo, the Master Chief, is sent to find out Halo's purpose. He discovers that it was made to destroy all sentient life in the galaxy, wiping out the Flood's, another alien race, food supply. He overloads the crashed ships engines, destroys Halo, and escapes the burning ring to return home.
Many claim that the Xbox's success is largely due to Halo carrying the burden of the console entirely on its back. While this is not completely true, it was the most respected game in the library for quite some time, and the number of people poised to buy Halo 2 on or shortly after its launch was extremely impressive.
Red vs Blue, a Machinima film series, was created with the Halo game by former writers of Drunkgaming.com, and has garnered much acclaim for its witty dialogue and snappy editing. The series has inspired many other game players to make their own films with a variety of titles.