If you're a Halo fan like me, no doubt you are overjoyed with all of the Halo news that broke today. Granted some of it was official, and some of it was speculation...but it's still all very exciting. First, we were treated to news of Halo 5: Guardians. And then later in the day came word of Halo: The Master Chief Collection - a bundle featuring remastered versions of the four numbered Halo games. It would seem this is a rumor, but most major media outlets are running the story so perhaps there is some truth to it. Time will tell, and with E3 right around the corner, we hopefully won't have to wait too long for an official announcement. Some of the reports indicated the games were all being released ahead of the next game in the series to refresh our memories of what has transpired. I'm sure it doesn't hurt it's likely to sell well.

Over the years I've blogged about Halo a dozen or more times from all sorts of angles. I don't know what it is about the series but I really like it. And for a while I told myself the Uncharted games were my favorite when the truth is - Halo: Combat Evolved is my favorite game of all-time.

One of my favorite blogs about Halo was the one where I tell the story why I think I like Halo so much - because it reminds me of an old roleplaying game I used to play - called Star Frontiers. It's humorous rereading it now, especially the comments. It was from March of 2010 and I was kind of new in these parts, so some of the readers left some pointed comments. Maybe they thought I was attacking Halo, which I wasn't. I was merely saying I loved the game and thought this could be the resemblance to past memories. If you'd like to read that blog, you can find it here.

I have so many fond memories of Halo and perhaps one of my all-time favorites actually took place right here. Well, not here in the literal sense - but right here on the Halo battlefield with some fellow Game Informer Online community members. Of course the memory that sticks in my mind the most (pun intended) was the two betrayals I got for accidentally throwing a sticky grenade at a Warthog that Theora Craft and Caudex happened to be occupying. It was a great night of fun and playing multiplayer on Halo is always a treat. Believe it or not, but I actually wrote a blog to capture all of the highlights of the battle and posted it right here.

Some of my greatest moments in gaming originate from the Halo universe. I've talked (and blogged) several times about the ending of Combat Evolved and piloting the Warthog off the ship with the pressure of a countdown looming overhead. Never mind the dozens of non-playing characters trying to destroy me along the way. I thought the ending to Halo: Reach was amazing and the ending to Halo 4 was one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching video games I've endured. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it was still an emotionally charged moment.

"Spartans never die. They're just missing in action..."

Such an amazing story?

What can we expect from Guardians? I wish I knew. The Guardians name is powerful and seems to coincide with some of the other facets of the games in the series. I can't wait to learn more about these Guardians. Personally, I'm expecting greatness. I've never met a Halo game I didn't like.

What are your thoughts about Halo 5 and the news about a potential release of The Master Chief Collection?

Have a great weekend.