22 Nov 2011 update: The new edition has been updated to include materials from Halo: Reach
At 368 pages, this is really the most comprehensive book on the Halo universe. It covers Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo Wars and Halo: Reach
Some of the materials have been covered in the Halo novels so there are some overlaps. For fans who haven't read the novels, this is the all-in-one guide.
This book is filled with art and 3D game models of characters, weapons, vehicles, equipments and locations. Everything is properly annotated. There are fact files for all the creatures and enemies with all sorts of information, sometimes right down to how their reproduce. There's also a whole arsenal of weapons and war vehicles with their specifications.
The writeup on the war and conflict is very detailed. There's the complete history behind the wars, the warring factions, space colonization and technology. To casual fans (like me), this book might even be a bit overwhelming.
For all Halo fans, this is a great reference book, one where you can spend hours reading.
The chapters are:
- 1. Timeline
- 2. Humans
- 3. Spartans
- 4. The Covenant
- 5. The Flood
- 6. The Forerunners
- 7. The Human-Covenant War
- 8. Science and Technology
- 9. Transport
- 10. Locations
- 11. Weapons
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