Halo 4

There was that brief moment a couple of years ago when it seemed like maybe, just maybe, with original developer Bungie parting ways, the Halo series could be coming to an end. Then reality (and its accompanying scads of cash bags) sank in. Microsoft is surely happy to have kept the saga of Master Chief and Co. going, as Halo 4 ($60, Xbox 360) raked in a whopping $220 million worldwide in its first 24 hours. Even if the campaign mode has its cheesy moments, you can always count on a superbly crafted multiplayer experience. And Microsoft can count on a blockbuster.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Since you first played and mastered the game, Halo, you’ve probably gotten a few more grays, a couple of crow’s feet, and what once was a six pack is now a bowl full of jelly. A lot has changed since the good ole’ days, but much of the Halo game remains the same. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the game, Microsoft releases Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary for the Xbox. For the most part, the game (priced at $39.99) is almost identical. The storyline, the voices, the game physics, and the Covenant are all still there. But now, you can play it on the Xbox 360 for the first time with, of course, majorly updated graphics. You can even switch between the old and new versions for kicks with the simple press of a button. Thankfully, the controls are the same, so playing the new and improved Halo will be just like riding your old bike (but without the questionable ribbons, the cheesy bell, and the ET basket).