While it may have been dethroned long ago by the Call of Duty series as the most popular first person shooter franchise, the Halo series is still one of the most influential shooters in gaming and maintains a large, devoted fanbase to this day. First released in 2001 as a launch title for Microsoft’s fledgling Xbox console, Halo is synonymous with the Xbox brand and is pretty much single-handedly responsible for establishing the shooter genre on consoles. Of course, any good shooter lives and dies on the strength of its weapons and fortunately, Halo has one of the greatest and most diverse arsenals in the business. With Halo 5: Guardians releasing this week for the Xbox One, we thought it would be a good time to count down the best weapons in the Halo series.
10. Spartan Laser
First introduced in 2007’s Halo 3, the Spartan Laser is one of the most powerful weapons in the series, but takes a considerable amount of skill and patience to use properly. Essentially a big powerful death ray, the Spartan Laser’s overwhelming power is kept in check by a considerable charge time and limited shot count. Despite the weapon’s notable drawbacks, any seasoned Halo player knows to fear and respect the Laser’s power. When you have the misfortune of seeing that red tracking beam aimed in your direction, it’s best to run for cover because nothing is surviving a direct shot from this thing.