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Halo Encyclopedia [Hardcover]

Dorling Kindersley
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Oct. 20 2009
This is a must-have guide to the Halo universe. Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction, as hostile forces and ancient mysteries threaten to snuff out our first fiery foray into the universe. Take a trip into the world of Halo and discover everything you ever wanted to know about the characters, weapons, vehicles, equipment and locations from Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo WARS and Halo 3 ODST. From the Colonial Administration Authority to the UNSC, you'll find an overview of Halo's human history and structure and gain insight into key organizations. Discover all about the Covenant - its history and religion - as well as the Forerunners, Flood and much more. It's what Halo fans have been waiting for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, very little of the new Nov. 14 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Before I start I feel it's worthwhile to mention I'm a Halo fanatic. I own Halo CE, and the collectors editions of all the later games. I own all the novels, both art books, and graphic novels. But I'm not a fanboy, I won't simply drop praise when it isn't due.

The cover says "The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe", what it should really say is "A Collection of all the Information We've Already Published Somewhere Else and a Bit More". There is very little new information in this book, so if you were expecting to have all your questions answered this isn't the book for you. Take the Spartan II section of the book for example, of the 75 Spartans we are only given the names of 26, this simply isn't satisfactory for an encyclopedia. At the very least the names of all 75 Spartans should be included, those that haven't been given names should have for this book. The same sort of issue comes up in the AI section, the visual personality (appearance) of the AI Melissa is listed as "Unknown. There is no possible reason that the appearance of an AI enlisted to a UNSC starship would be unknown. The problem seems to be an unwillingness to create new "canon" material, if something wasn't mentioned in a previous literary project it's simply listed as unknown in this encyclopedia. There are also alleged outright mistakes, one I can confirm is the claim that a Brute Honour Guard killed Miranda Keyes, whereas we all saw the Prophet of Truth holding a Brute Spiker after her death during a Halo 3 cutscene.

That covers the bad, so lets move on to the good. The pages are nice and thick in full colour with tons of pictures that cover every square centimeter of page space, DK didn't skimp in any way when it came to the visuals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-have for the true Halo geek Nov. 6 2009
I had actually completely forgotten I'd ordered this when the box came, and after wondering, "what's making this box so big?"I had a little geek-stroke when I opened it to discover this compendium of all things Halo. I haven't given it a solid perusing, just a quick flip-through, but it is definitely going to be a fulfilling journey. It has a paper jacket over the hard cover, and if you've had any experience with other encyclopedias (Marvel and DC's spring to mind) you'll be wise to take that jacket off right away and store it safely, because otherwise the general handling will tatter it absurdly fast.
But yes, beautifully rendered game assets for art, and more minutia-detail on everything you never knew and most casual gamers would never care to know about Halo. I absolutely love material like this, the fleshing out of history in a fictional universe. If you're like me, you admired the game for the scope, the majesty, and the intrigue of the Halo realm, and the game-play mechanics were a paltry second. This book was made for geeks like us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insert some chanting monks here... March 11 2010
By K. Roy
great Halo "encyclopedia". Odds are if you've played all the games you've heard it all/read it all before but never has it all been in 1 compact location (well i say compact loosely as the book is actually quite huge in size).

either way I have this book propped up on my table using a book holder in my "game room" and its a great centerpiece with all my other gaming related stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to my Halo collection Feb. 1 2010
Very good information for the Halo series. It includes information from the novels as well as the game series. In my opinion, it's a good addition to any Halo fan's collection. It covers a variety of topics including weapons, ships, important people and alien species.

Very heavy book though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thanks Jan. 10 2011
By zack
thank you for sending me this awesome book! i cant believe it only took 3 buisiness days to get here! (now thats service!) i love it! i was reading it all day and im still reading it. i hope that they make an updated one that has some things from halo reach in it. once again thank you for sending me this!

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