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Halo 2
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Developer(s) Bungie Studios (Xbox)
Hired Gun (PC)
Certain Affinity (Blastacular Map Pack)
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Series Halo
Platform(s) Xbox, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, Xbox Live, co-op, and system-link
Rating(s) BBFC: 12
ESRB: M
OFLC: MA15+
OFLC: R16+
PEGI: 16+
Media DVD
Input methods Gamepad, Keyboard and mouse

Halo 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the Xbox video game console on November 9, 2004,[1] the game is the second video game title in the Halo franchise and the sequel to 2001's critically-acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved. A Windows Vista version of the game was released on May 31, 2007,[2] developed by an internal team at Microsoft Game Studios referred to as "Hired Gun". The game features a new game engine, as well as using the Havok physics engine; added weapons and vehicles, and new multiplayer maps. The player alternatively assumes the roles of the human Master Chief and the alien Arbiter in a 26th century conflict between the human UNSC and genocidal Covenant. Players fight enemies on foot, or with a collection of alien and human vehicles.[3]

After its initial release, Halo 2 was the most popular video game on Xbox Live,[4] holding that rank until the release of Gears of War for the Xbox 360 nearly two years later.[5][6] By June 20, 2006, more than 500 million games of Halo 2 had been played and more than 710 million hours have been spent playing it on Xbox Live;[7] by May 9, 2007, this number had risen to more than five million unique players on Xbox Live[8] As of November 2008, Halo 2 is the best-selling first-generation Xbox game[9] with 8.46 million copies sold worldwide,[10] with at least 6.3 million copies sold in the US alone.[11] Critical reception of the game was generally positive, with most publications lauding the strong multiplayer component; at the same time, the campaign was the focus of criticism for its cliffhanger ending.

Contents

Gameplay

In-game screenshot of Halo 2 for Xbox.

Halo 2 is a story-driven action-shooter game with a first-person perspective.[12] The game features an expanded range of vehicles, as well as other gameplay changes compared to its predecessor. The original Halo featured separate health and shield bars. In Halo 2, the health bar is no longer visible; instead, the player's shield regenerates quickly when the player is not taking damage.[3]

Certain weapons can be dual-wielded, allowing the player to trade accuracy, the use of grenades and melee attacks for raw firepower.[3] The player can carry two weapons at a time (or three if dual-wielding; one weapon remains holstered), with each weapon having advantages and disadvantages in different combat situations. For example, most Covenant weapons eschew disposable ammo clips for a contained battery, which cannot be replaced if depleted. However, these weapons can overheat if fired continuously for prolonged periods.[3] Human weapons are less effective at penetrating shields and require reloading, but cannot overheat due to prolonged fire. The player can carry a total of eight grenades to dislodge and disrupt enemies. A new ability found in Halo 2 is the ability to board enemy vehicles that are near the player and traveling at low speeds. The player or AI latches onto the vehicle and forcibly ejects the other driver from the vehicle.

Campaign

The game's "Campaign" mode offers options for both single-player and cooperative multiplayer participation. In campaign mode, the player must complete a series of levels that encompass Halo 2's storyline. These levels alternate between the Master Chief and a Covenant Elite called the Arbiter, who occupy diametrically opposed roles in the story's conflict. Aside from variations in storyline, the Arbiter differs from Master Chief only in that his armor lacks a flashlight; instead, it is equipped with a short duration rechargeable form of active camouflage that disappears when the player attacks or takes damage.

There are four levels of difficulty in campaign mode: Easy, Normal, Heroic, and Legendary. An increase in difficulty will result in an increase in the number, rank, health, damage, and accuracy of enemies; a reduction of duration and an increase in recharge time for the Arbiter's active camouflage; a decrease in the player's health and shields; and occasional changes in dialogue.[13]

There is hidden content within the game, including easter eggs, messages, hidden objects, and weapons. The most well-known of the hidden content are the skulls hidden on every level. The skulls, which can be picked up like a weapon, are located in hard-to-reach places. Many are exclusive to the Legendary mode of difficulty. Once activated, each skull has a specific effect on gameplay. For example, the "Sputnik" skull found on the Quarantine Zone level alters the mass of objects in the game; thus resulting in explosions being able to launch these objects across larger distances. Skull effects can be combined to provide various new levels of difficulty and/or novelty.[14]

Multiplayer

Unlike its predecessor, Halo 2 allows players to compete with each other via Xbox Live, in addition to support for split-screen and system link multiplayer.[3] Halo 2's multiplayer mode offers changes from earlier online first-person shooters. Traditionally, one player sets his or her computer or console up as a game server or host, specifying the game type, map, and configuring other settings. The game software then uses a service such as GameSpy to advertise the game to the world at large; other players choose which game to join based upon criteria such as the map and game options each host is offering, as well as the ping times they are able to receive. In Halo 2, however, Xbox Live players do not choose to host public games, and they do not specify individual maps and options to search for. Instead, players select playlists that are geared to different styles of play.[3] For fairness and balance reasons, certain gameplay aspects from the campaign mode are disabled or missing in multiplayer; for example, the Fuel Rod weapon is missing from vehicles and maps.[12]

Technical lead designer, Chris Butcher, commented on the development of Halo 2's multiplayer in Edge, a British gaming magazine, in January 2007.[15] Responding to a rash of subsequent news articles, Butcher clarified his position on Halo 2 multiplayer. He noted his original intent with the game, but he also reiterated disappointment. "For Halo 2 we had our sights set very high on networking," Butcher said. "We thought about the great LAN parties you can have with Halo 1 and decided to try [to] recreate that awesome experience of having all your buddies over to play, but using Xbox Live instead of having to lug consoles and televisions around. Going from having no Internet multiplayer to developing a completely new online model was a big challenge to tackle all at once, and as a result we had to leave a lot of things undone in order to meet the ship date commitment that we made to our fans."[16]

Synopsis

Halo series chronology

Halo Wars
Reach
Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo 2
ODST
Halo 3

Setting

Halo 2 takes place in a futuristic science fiction setting, where humans, under the auspices of the United Nations Space Command or UNSC, have developed faster-than-light slipspace travel and colonized numerous worlds.[3] According to the game's backstory, the outer colony world of Harvest was decimated by a collective of alien races known as the Covenant in 2525. Declaring humanity an affront to their gods, the Forerunners, the Covenant begin to systemically obliterate the humans with their superior technology. After the human bastion at the planet Reach is destroyed, a single ship, The Pillar of Autumn, follows protocol and initiates a random slipspace jump to lead the Covenant away from Earth. The crew discovers a Forerunner ringworld called Halo. Leading a guerilla insurgency on the ring's surface, the humans discover that the rings are weapons of last resort built to contain a terrifying parasite called the Flood. The human super-soldier Master Chief and his AI companion Cortana learn from Halo's AI, 343 Guilty Spark, that activation of the Halos will prevent the spread of the Flood by destroying all sentient life the parasite subsists on in the galaxy. Instead, the Master Chief evades Spark and his robots and detonates the Pillar of Autumn's engines, destroying the ring and preventing the escape of the Flood. The Master Chief, Cortana, and a handful of survivors race back to Earth to warn of an impending invasion by Covenant forces.[17]

Plot

Taking place shortly after the events of the novel Halo: First Strike, Halo 2 opens with the trial of an Elite commander aboard the Covenant's mobile city of High Charity. The Elite is stripped of his rank and branded a heretic for failing to stop the humans from destroying Halo. It is revealed that the Covenant's interest in Halo lies in the religious belief that the activation of the rings would bring about a "Great Journey", sweeping loyal Covenant to salvation.[18] At the same time as the Elite Commander is tortured by Tartarus, the Chieftain of the Brutes, the Master Chief and Sergeant Avery Johnson are commended for their actions at Halo during a recognition ceremony aboard a coilgun platform orbiting Earth. Lord Hood awards the soldiers alongside Commander Miranda Keyes, who accepts a medal on behalf of her deceased father, Captain Jacob Keyes.[19]

Shortly after the commencement of the ceremony, a Covenant fleet appears outside Earth's defensive perimeter. While the UNSC manages to repel most of the surprisingly small fleet, a single Covenant cruiser carrying an important member of the Covenant hierarchy, the High Prophet of Regret, flies through the orbital platforms to the city of New Mombasa, Kenya. The Master Chief clears the city of Covenant; with his fleet destroyed, Regret makes a hasty slipspace jump, and Keyes, Johnson, Cortana and the Master Chief follow aboard the ship In Amber Clad just as the slipspace rupture destroys much of the city. The crew exits slipspace to discover another Halo installation; realizing the danger the ring presents, the Master Chief is sent to kill Regret while Keyes and Johnson find Halo's key to activation, the Index.

Meanwhile, the disgraced Covenant commander is presented before the Prophet Hierarchs, who acknowledge that though the destruction of Halo was his fault, he is no heretic. The Prophets offer him the honored position of Arbiter so that he can continue to fight. On his first mission to kill a heretic, the Arbiter discovers 343 Guilty Spark, who the Covenant view as "oracles". Responding to Regret's distress call, High Charity and the Covenant fleet arrive at the new Halo, Installation 05, but not before Master Chief kills the Prophet. Bombarded from space, the Chief falls into a lake and is rescued by a mysterious tentacled creature.

The death of Regret sows seeds of discord among the races of the Covenant, as the Brutes are given the Elite's traditional job of protecting the Hierarchs. The Arbiter is sent to find Halo's Index and captures Johnson and Keyes before being confronted by Tartarus. The Brute reveals that the Prophets have ordered the annihilation of the Elites, and sends the Arbiter falling down a deep chasm. The Arbiter is saved by the tentacled creature and meets the Master Chief in the bowels of the installation. The creature, Gravemind, is the leader of the Flood on Installation 05. Gravemind reveals to the Arbiter that the Great Journey would destroy Flood, humans, and Covenant together. Gravemind sends the Arbiter and Master Chief to different places to stop Halo's activation. The Master Chief is teleported to High Charity, where a civil war has broken out among the Covenant; In Amber Clad crashes into the city, and Cortana realizes that Gravemind used them as a distraction to infest In Amber Clad and spread the Flood. As the parasite overruns the city, the Master Chief follows the Prophet of Truth aboard a Forerunner ship leaving the city; Cortana remains behind to destroy High Charity and Halo if Tartarus succeeds in activating the ring.[20]

The Arbiter is sent to the surface of Halo, where he rallies his allies to assault the Brute's position. With the help of Johnson, he confronts Tartarus in Halo's control room. When the Arbiter tries to convince Tartarus that the Prophets have betrayed them both, Tartarus angrily activates the ring, and a battle ensues. The Arbiter and Johnson manage to kill Tartarus while Keyes removes the Index. Instead of shutting down the ring entirely, the unexpected shutdown of the ring triggers a system-wide failsafe, putting Installation 05 and all the other rings on standby for activation from a remote location, which Guilty Spark refers to as "the Ark".[21] As Truth's ship arrives amidst a raging battle on Earth, Hood asks the Master Chief what he is doing aboard the ship. The Chief replies he is "finishing this fight". In a post-credits scene, Gravemind is seen arriving on High Charity, where Cortana agrees to answer the Flood intelligence's questions.

Development

The story for Halo 2 grew out of all the elements that were not seen in Halo: Combat Evolved. Jason Jones organized his core ideas for the sequel's story and then approached Bungie's director of cinematics, Joseph Staten for input. According to Staten, one scene that did not make it to the finished game was a horrible scene of betrayal where Miranda Keyes straps a bomb to the Master Chief's back and throws him into a hole; "Jason was going through a rather difficult breakup at the time and I think that had something to do with it," he said.[22]

Halo 2 was officially announced in September 2002 with a cinematic trailer. The trailer was subsequently packaged with later Halo: Combat Evolved DVDs. A real-time gameplay video was shown at E3 2003, which was the first actual gameplay seen by the public; it showcased new features such as dual-wielding and improved graphics. Bungie informed the public on development with weekly Halo 2 development updates which started on January 16, 2004 and ended June 25, 2004; the weekly updates became standard on the Bungie website even after the release of Halo 2.[23] With only a year to go until release, Bungie went into the "mother of all crunches" in order to finish the game. The cliffhanger ending of the game was not originally intended, and resulted from the frenzy to ship on time.[24]

Audio

Halo 2's soundtrack was composed primarily by Martin O'Donnell and his musical partner Michael Salvatori, the team that had previously composed the critically-acclaimed music of Halo. O'Donnell noted in composing the music for Halo 2 that "Making a sequel is never a simple proposition. You want to make everything that was cool even better, and leave out all the stuff that was weak."[25] O'Donnell made sure that no part of the game would be completely silent, noting "Ambient sound is one of the main ways to immerse people psychologically. A dark room is spooky, but add a creaking floorboard and rats skittering in the walls and it becomes really creepy. "[25] Halo 2, unlike its predecessor, was mixed to take full advantage of Dolby 5.1 Digital surround sound.[26]

In the summer of 2004, Producer Nile Rodgers and O’Donnell decided to release the music from Halo 2 on two separate CDs; the first (Volume One) would contain all the themes present in the game as well as music “inspired" by the game; the second would contain the rest of the music from the game, much of which was incomplete, as the first CD was shipped before the game was released.[27] The first CD was released on November 9, 2004, and featured guitar backing by Steve Vai. Additional tracks included various outside musicians, including Joe Satriani, Incubus, Breaking Benjamin, and Hoobastank. The Halo 2 Original Soundtrack: Volume Two CD, containing the game music organized in suite form, was released on April 25, 2006.

Release

Contents of the Limited Collector's Edition.

The release of Halo 2 was preceded with numerous promotions, product tie-ins, and movie trailer-like commercials. There was a Halo 2 Celebrity Pre-Release Party at E3 2004, in which a private home was transformed to replicate the world of Halo, complete with camouflaged marines and roaming Cortanas.[28]

In addition to more traditional forms of promotion, Halo 2 was also part of an elaborate Alternate Reality Game project titled "I Love Bees" which cost an estimated one million dollars. This 'game' centered around a hacked website, supposedly a site about beekeeping, where an AI from the future was residing. The project garnered significant attention from sites including Slashdot and Wired News;[29] Wired noted that the game was drawing attention away from the 2004 Presidential Election.[30] The game won an award for creativity at the 5th annual Game Developers Choice Awards[31] and was nominated for a Webby award.[32] On the morning of October 14, 2004, a leak of the French version of the game was posted on the Internet, and circulated widely.[33]

Halo 2 was sold in both a standard and "Limited Collector's Edition". The Collector's Edition features the regular edition and includes several promotional offers, a special cover and a special DVD of the making of Halo 2. The instructional booklet is also written from the Covenant point of view rather than from the UNSC point of view used in the regular edition. Also enclosed is the "Conversations from the Universe" booklet that contains additional information from both the human and the Covenant side of the Halo storyline; transcripts are available online. The game is enclosed in an aluminum case with the Halo 2 logo.

The first official release of Halo 2 was in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States on November 9, 2004. Anticipation for the game was high; three weeks before this release, a record 1.5 million copies had already been pre-ordered.[34] Massive lines formed at midnight releases of the game; the event garnered significant media attention.[35] This was followed by releases on November 10, 2004 in France and other European countries, and November 11 in the UK. The game sold 2.4 million copies and earned up to US$125 million in its first 24 hours on store shelves, thus out-grossing the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest as the highest grossing release in entertainment history.[36] The game sold 260,000 units in the United Kingdom in its first week, making it the third fastest-selling title of all time in the UK. On June 20, 2006, Xbox.com reported that more than a half-billion games of Halo 2 have been played on Xbox Live since its debut. Halo 2 is the best-selling first-generation Xbox game[9] with 8.46 million copies sold by November 2008. As of September 25, 2007, Halo 2 was the fifth best-selling video game in the United States with 6.3 million copies sold, according to the NPD Group.[11] From the day of its initial release and up until mid-November 2006, Halo 2 was the most popular video game on Xbox Live, even after the release of the Xbox 360; its position was eventually surpassed in 2006 by the 360-exclusive Gears of War. Halo and Halo 2 are still some of the most played games for the Xbox console.[4]

Windows version

The PC version with fixed widescreen ratio.

On February 9, 2006, Nick Baron announced that a version of Halo 2 would be released on PC, but exclusively for the Windows Vista operating system (though this limitation can be removed from offline play by an unauthorized third party patch).[37] The game was ported by a small team at Microsoft Game Studios (codenamed Hired Gun) who worked closely with Bungie. In addition to current generation Live features not available in the Xbox version, such as guide support and achievements, the Windows version adds two exclusive new multiplayer maps, a map editor, improved graphics, and more.[38]

Halo 2 for Windows[39] was originally scheduled for release on May 8, 2007, but the release was pushed back to May 31. This delay was due to the appearance of nudity in the game.[40] Microsoft will be offering patches to remove the nude content and is revising the boxes to reflect this. The nudity was a photograph of a man mooning the camera (presumably a Microsoft or Bungie employee) which appeared as a ".ass" error when using the map editor in Halo 2 for Windows Vista.[41]

Cheating and updates

A common complaint regarding Halo 2's online play was widespread cheating, which began occurring almost immediately after the game's release. Users exploited bugs in the game and vulnerabilities of the network to win ranked games and thus increase their matchmaking rank.[42]

Some players used "standbying" to cheat, in which the player hosting the game intentionally presses the standby button on his or her modem; this results in all players except the cheaters freezing in place. This way, the cheater would be given time to accomplish an objective in the game. "Dummying" involves using an Elite character and a vehicle, exploiting a glitch which would cause a doppelganger of the player to appear. Cheating also includes softmodding, in which a player uses devices such as Action Replay and computer programs to gain unfair advantages, and bridging, which uses computer programs to give a player 'host' status, and therefore the ability to disconnect other players from the game session. A game exploitation called "superbouncing" or "superjumping" is labeled cheating by many in the Xbox Live community, and Bungie employees have described it as cheating when used in Matchmaking.[43] Another exploit called "BXR" allowed players to melee, cancel the animation, and quickly attack for an instant kill; this exploit and many others were removed from the game's sequel.[44]

Bungie released several map packs for Halo 2, both over Xbox Live and on game discs. The Multiplayer Map Pack is an expansion pack intended to make Xbox Live content and updates available to offline players, and was released on July 5, 2005. The disk contains the game's automatic update, all nine new multiplayer maps, a documentary about the making of the maps, and a bonus cinematic called "Another Day on the Beach", amongst other features.[45]

On March 30, 2007, Bungie announced that two new maps would be available on April 17, 2007 for US$4. Bungie's own Frank O'Connor confirmed that both Xbox and Xbox 360 users would have access to the content.[46] The two new maps were remakes of maps from the original Halo: Combat Evolved, "Hang em' High" and "Derelict".[47] Due to issues with distribution of the maps, the updates which made the maps mandatory was released on May 9, 2007, later than planned. Bungie also reset all ranks for Halo 2 at the same time.[48] On July 7, also known as "Bungie Day", Bungie released the map pack called the "Blastacular Map Pack" for free.[49]

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 95% (112 reviews)[50]
Metacritic 95% (91 reviews)[51]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 10/10/10
Platinum Award
Game Informer 10/10[52]
GameSpot 9.4/10[53]
Editor's Choice
GameSpy 5/5[54]
IGN 9.8/10[55]
Best Xbox game of all time
#2 Top 25 Xbox Games of All Time
Awards
2004 Game Critics Awards: Best Console Game
2005 Game Developers Choice Awards: Excellence in Audio
2005 Interactive Achievement Awards: Console Game of the Year, Sound Design

Halo 2 was well-received by critics. The game has a 95% average critic score on review aggregate sites Metacritic and Game Rankings.

Many reviewers praised the audio for being especially vivid.[52][50] Multiplayer especially was noted in being the best on Xbox Live at the time. Game Informer, along with numerous other publications, rated it higher than Halo: Combat Evolved, citing enhanced multiplayer and less repetitive gameplay, however on one occasion Halo 2 was beaten by its predecessor in IGN's Top 25 Xbox Games of All Time where Halo: Combat Evolved secured #1 with Halo 2 following in #2. Halo 2 received multiple awards, including Best Console game and Best Sound Design from the Interactive Achievement Awards. Most critics noted that Halo 2 stuck with the formula that made its predecessor successful, and was alternatively praised and faulted for this decision. Edge noted in its review, “It's fitting that we're able to steal a line from the script to sum everything up. No spoilers here, just an epitaph, from the moment Cortana turns to Master Chief and says this: 'It's not a new plan. But we know it'll work.'"[50] According to Xbox.com, the game has received more than 38 individual awards.[56] The game's campaign mode has received some criticism for being too short,[57] in addition to some dissatisfaction with the abrupt, cliffhanger ending that sets up the sequel, Halo 3.[53] GameSpot noted that the story switching between the Covenant and Human factions made the plot more intricate, but distracted the player from Earth's survival and the main point of the game.[53] There is also some criticism of the game's on-the-fly streaming and level of detail adjustment, which can sometimes result in textures loading erroneously and "popping in" when the camera changes in cutscenes. Bungie has stated that this issue has been fixed for Halo 3 and the Windows Vista port.

In an interview with Edge magazine in January 2007, Jamie Griesemer, one of Halo's design leads, said that the main reason for Halo 2's shortcomings was a lack of "polish" period near the end of the development cycle. Staff member Frank O’Connor admitted the cliffhanger ending was abrupt, noting “we drove off 'Thelma & Louise' style". Nonetheless, in the interview Griesemer promised that they would make Halo 3 a more than worthy successor.[15]

Legacy

Television channel G4 listed the release of Halo 2 as one of the game industry's biggest turning points during the 2000s, and helping to define how gamers played for years to come. "Bungie’s sequel was a shot in the arm for Xbox Live subscriptions and previewed many of the features that would set the standard for Microsoft’s online service on the next machine," author Sterling McGarvey wrote.[58 ] The editors of Popular Mechanics also listed Halo 2 as one of the top fifteen events of the decade, crediting the game's multiplayer with bringing online multiplayer to the console masses.[59] The Province's Paul Chapman also listed the game as one of the most important of the decade, writing that games like Modern Warfare 2 would not be as enjoyable to play if not for the ground Halo 2 broke.[60]


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Halo is a series of FPS video games available for the PC and Xbox. The first, Halo: Combat Evolved, was released November 14, 2001 in the United States and the sequel, Halo 2, was released in November 9, 2004. The series also includes four novels released in 2001, 2003 and 2006. Halo 3, the final in the series, was released on September 25th, 2007, and quickly became one of the fastest selling video games ever.

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About Halo

"A hero need not speak. When he is gone, the world will speak for him"
"You are the last of your kind: bred for combat, built for war. You're the master of any weapon, pilot of any vehicle, and fear no enemy"

Halo: Combat Evolved

Cortana: A single Halcyon-class cruiser against a fleet of Covenant warships. With those odds, I'm content with three... make that four kills.

Cortana: Keep your head down! There's two of us in here now, remember?

Grunt [After being stuck with a plasma grenade]:"Can't! Run! With! Thing! On! Back!"

Sergeant Johnson: ... am I right, Marines!?
Marines: SIR, YES SIR!
Sergeant Johnson: Mmmhmm. Damn right I am. Now move it out! Double time!

Generic Marine: "My God, those things are even uglier when they're dead!"

Cortana: Sleep well?
Master Chief: No thanks to your driving, yes.
Cortana: So you did miss me.

Cortana: Now would be a VERY good time to leave!

[The Chief and Cortana are on an escape pod hurtling toward Halo's surface]
Cortana: Are you sure you wouldn't rather take a seat?
Master Chief: We'll be fine.

343 Guilty Spark: Hmmmmhmm... I am a genius.

Cortana: This ring isn't a cudgel, you barbarian! It's something else...something much more important...The Covenant were right! This ring, it's Forerunner. Give me a second to access... yes, the Forerunner built this palace, what they called a, "fortress world," in order to... no... no, that can't be. Oh, those Covenant fools! They must've known, there must have been signs!
Master Chief: Slow down, you're losin' me!
Cortana: The Covenant...found something...buried beneath the ring...something horrible...and now, they're afraid.
Master Chief: Something buried? What-?
Cortana: The captain! We've got to stop the captain!
Master Chief: Keyes?? But-?
Cortana: The weapons cache he's looking for, it's not really-we can't let him get inside!
Master Chief: I don't understa-
Cortana: There's no time! Get out of here! Find Keyes, stop him! Before it's too late!

Private Bisenti: Why do we have to listen to this old stuff, Sarge?
Sergeant Johnson: Watch your mouth, son. This "stuff" is your history. It should remind you grunts of what we're fightin' to protect!
Private Bisenti: Hey, if the Covenant want to wipe out this particular part of my history... thats fine by me.
Marine: Yeah, better it than us!
Sergeant Johnson: You ask 'em real nice next time you see 'em Bisenti... I'm sure they'll be happy to oblige.

343 Guilty Spark:Odd. That wasn't supposed to happen.
Cortana:Oh, Really?
Master Chief:Cortana!
Cortana:I spent the last 12 hours cooped up in here, watching you toady-about helping that Thing get set to slit our throats.
Master Chief:Hold on now, he's a friend.
Cortana:Oh, I didn't realize! He's your pal, is he? Your chum? Do you have any idea what that bastard almost made you do!?
Master Chief:Yes, activate Halo's defenses and destroy the Flood, which is why we brought the Index to the control center.
Cortana:You mean this?
343 Guilty Spark:A construct? In the core? That is absolutely unacceptable!
Cortana:Sod off!
343 Guilty Spark:What impertinence- I shall purge you at once!
Cortana:You sure that's a good idea?
343 Guilty Spark:How- How dare you! i'll-
Cortana:Do what!? I have the Index. You can just float and sputter!
Master Chief:Enough! The Flood is spreading, if we activate Halo's defenses, we can wipe them out.
Cortana:You have no idea how this ring works, do you? Why the Forunners built it? Halo doesn't kill Flood, it kills their food. Humans, Covenant, whatever! We are all equally edible. The only way to stop the Flood is to starve them to death, and that's exactly what Halo is designed to do, wipe the galaxy clean of all sentient life! You don't believe me? Ask him!
Master Chief:Is it true?
343 Guilty Spark:More or less. Technically, this installation's pulse has a maximum effective radius of 25,000 light years, but once the others follow suit, this galaxy will be quite devoid of life, or at least any life with sufficient biomass to sustain the Flood. But, you already knew that. I mean, how couldn't you?
Cortana:Left out that little detail, did he?
343 Guilty Spark:We have followed outbreak containment procedure to the letter. You were with me each step of the way as we managed this crisis.
Cortana:Chief, I'm picking up movement.
343 Guilty Spark: Why would you hesitate to do what you have already done?
Cortana:We need to go, right now!
343 Guilty Spark:Last time, you asked me, if it were my choice, would I do it? Having had considerable time to ponder your query, my answer has not changed. There is no choice. We must activate the ring.
Cortana:Get us out of here.
343 Guilty Spark: If you are unwilling to help, I will simply find another. Still, I must have the Index. Give your construct to me, or I will be forced to take it from you.
Master Chief:That's not going to happen!
343 Guilty Spark:So be it. (To the Sentinels) Save his head, dispose of the rest.

Captain Keyes:Chief, don't be a fool, leave me.

Cortana: This thing [banshee] is falling apart!
Master Chief: It'll hold.
Cortana: We're not going to make it!
Master Chief: We'll make it.
Cortana: Pull up! Pull up!
[Banshee crashes into the wreck of Pillar of Autumn and The Master Chief comes out intact]
Cortana: (Cynically) You did that on purpose, didn't you?

Cortana: I leave home for a few days, and look what happens.

Cortana: Scanning...just dust and echoes, we're all thats left. An entire Covenant armada obliterated, and the Flood...we did what we had to do. Halo, it's finished.
Master Chief:No, I think we're just getting started.

Halo 2

Master Chief: You told me there wouldn't be any cameras.
Sergeant Johnson: And you told me you were going to wear something nice!
Sergeant Johnson: Folks need heroes, Chief, to give 'em hope. So smile, would ya, while we still got somethin' to smile about.

Cortana: Bet you can't stick it.
Master Chief: You're on.

Cortana: You look nice.
Master Chief: Thanks.
Sergeant Johnson (simultaneously): Thank you.
(The Chief and Johnson stare at each other.)

Cortana: I know what you're thinking, and it's crazy.
Master Chief: So... stay here.
Cortana: Unfortunately for us both... I like crazy.

Cortana: Just one question: what if you miss?
Master Chief: I won't.

Cortana: The message just repeats. Regret, regret, regret.
Commander Keyes: Catchy. Any idea what it means?
Sergeant Johnson: "Dear humanity, we regret being alien bastards. We regret coming to Earth. And we most definitely regret that the Corps just blew up our raggedy ass fleet!"
Marines: Oorah!
Cortana: Regret is a name, Sergeant. The name of one of the Covenant's religious leaders; a Prophet. He's on that carrier, and he's calling for help.
Marine Scout: Immediate, grid kilo-two three is hot. Recommend mission abort.
Pilot: Roger, recon. It's your call, Sarge.
Sergeant Johnson: We're going in! Get tactical, Marines!
Lord Hood: Master Chief, get aboard that carrier, secure the Prophet of Regret. This is the only place on Earth the Covenant decided to land. That prophet is going to tell us why.
Pilot: Thirty seconds out. Standby to - whoa!
(A Scarab appears, then blows up a Pelican and forces another one to crash.)

Sergeant Johnson: Don't they teach you kids how to swear in basic anymore?

Master Chief: I need a weapon.
Sergeant Johnson: Right this way.

[Said on the Metropolis level of Halo 2 while playing on Legendary setting]
Sergeant Johnson: Usually the good Lord works in mysterious ways, but not today. This here is 66 tons of straight-up, HE-spewing, dee-vine intervention. If God is love, then you can call me Cupid!
Marine: What about that Scarab?
Sergeant Johnson: We've all run the simulations. They're tough but they ain’t invincible. Stick with the Master Chief, he’ll know what to do.
Marine: Yes sir, Sergeant!
Cortana: Thanks for the tank. He [Master Chief] never gets me anything.
[Sergeant Johnson boards the Pelican and pulls charging lever on gun turret]
Sergeant Johnson: Oh, I know what the ladies like!
[Following this cut scene is the next level, called "Metropolis" the first section is entitled Ladies Like Superior Firepower, in reference to Sergeant Johnson's comment. At lesser difficulty settings, the section is called Ladies Like Armor Plating" or "Ladies Like Grinding Treads]

Truth: There are those that said this day would never come...What have they to say now?

Note: A lot of quotes from here are also said through out Halo 3.

Cortana: What... is that?
Gravemind: I? I am a monument to all your sins.
(The Arbiter is pulled in, struggling.)
Master Chief: Relax. I'd rather not piss this thing off.
Arbiter: Demon!
Gravemind: [growls] This one is machine and nerve, and has its mind concluded... This one is but flesh and faith, and is the more deluded.
Arbiter: Kill me or release me, parasite, but do not waste my time with talk!
Gravemind: There is much talk, and I have listened; through rock and metal and time. Now I will talk, and you shall listen.
(Gravemind pulls a monitor in.)
Monitor: Greetings! I am 2401 Penitent Tangent. I am the monitor of Installation 05.
(Regret is pulled in.)
Prophet of Regret: And I... am the Prophet of Regret... counselor most high... hierarch of the Covenant!
2401 Penitent Tangent: [Spots the Chief] A reclaimer? Here? At last! We have much to do! this facility must be activated if we are to control this outbreak!
Prophet of Regret: Stay... where you are! Nothing can be done until my sermon is complete!
2401 Penitent Tangent: Not true. This facility has a successful utilization record of 1.2 trillion simulated and one actual. It is ready to fire on demand.
Prophet of Regret: Of all the objects our Lords left behind, none are so worthless as these Oracles! They know nothing of the Great Journey!
2401 Penitent Tangent: And you know nothing about Containment! You have demonstrated complete disregard for even the most basic protocols!
Gravemind: This one's containment... and this one's Great Journey... are the same.
(Regret screams.)
Gravemind: Your Prophets promised you freedom from a doomed existence... But you will find no salvation on this ring. Those who built this place knew what they wrought. Do not mistake their intent, or all will perish, as they did before.
Master Chief: This thing is right. Halo is a weapon. Your prophets are making a big mistake.
Arbiter: Your ignorance has already destroyed one of the sacred rings, Demon. It shall not harm another.
Gravemind: If you will not hear the truth, then I will show it to you. There is still time to stop the key from turning, but first it must be found. You will search one likely spot, and you will search another. Fate had us meet as foes, but this ring will make us Brothers!

Gravemind: This is not your grave...but you are welcome in it.

Truth: We are all greatly concerned. The release of the parasite was unexpected and unfortunate. But there is no need to panic. In truth, this is a time to rejoice, a moment that all the Covenant should savor, for the Sacred Icon has been found, and with it our path is clear, our entry into the Divine Beyond guaranteed. The Great Journey is nigh and nothing, not even The Flood, can stop it.
(The Master Chief teleports in, right next to a Grunt.)
Master Chief: Boo.
(The Grunt yelps and runs away.)

Truth: No enemy has ever withstood our might. The Flood too shall fail.

Truth: The Great Journey waits for no one, Brother...not even you.

Gravemind: Silence fills the empty grave...now that I have gone. But my mind is not at rest...for questions linger on. I will ask...and you will answer.
Cortana: Alright. Shoot.

Chips Dubbo: Woah... it's like a postcard!... "Dear Sarge: Kicking ass in outer space... Wish you were here!"
Sergeant Johnson: I heard that, jackass!

Marine: I need a nurse! No... no! A female nurse.

Marine: Hey, maybe we should hold hands.

Marine: See this look? It's terror!
Staff Sergeant Banks: Marine, did I give you permission to bitch?

Arbiter: The human that killed the Prophet of Regret, who was it?
Tartarus (on radio): Who do you think?
Arbiter: (surprised) The Demon is here?
Tartarus: (affirmative grunt) Why? Looking for a little payback?
Arbiter: Retrieving the Icon is my only concern.
Tartarus: (chuckle) Of course.

Staff Sergeant Banks: (after a Covenant Scarab has smashed through part of the city) This thing's really starting to piss me off.

Marine: Hey, if I get shot, be sure to give me lots of drugs.

Grunt #1: Me got bad feeling about this.
Grunt #2: You always got bad feeling! You got bad feeling about morning food nipple! (reference to Halo easter egg)
Elite: Be silent or I shall bind your jaws shut!

Marine: Yeah, I crapped myself. So what?

Marine: This one time, I threw my lunch instead of a grenade. True story.

Marine: Hey, hey, let's catch one and ride it!

[After a hard drop into Covenant-held territory]
Cortana: [irritated] Can we possibly make any more noise? [The Chief picks up a rocket launcher] I guess so.

Miranda Keyes: Cortana, what exactly am I looking at?
Cortana: That is another Halo.
Sergeant Johnson: [chokes on cigar] Say what?

(Miranda Keyes is reaching over a pit on a Flood tentacle to get the Index, she retrieves it but slips; just in time, Johnson grabs the tentacle.)
Sgt. Johnson: You know, your father never asked me for help, either.
Miranda Keyes: The index is secure.
(Miranda Keyes climbs up the edge.)
Sgt. Johnson: McKenzie, Perez. How's our exit? Ya hear me Marines? We've got trouble.

Halo 3

From the Announcement Trailer at E3 '06

Gravemind/Cortana:
I have defied Gods and Demons.
I am your shield; I am your sword.
I know you: your past, your future.
This is the way the world ends.

Cortana: They let me pick. Did I ever tell you that? Choose whichever Spartan I wanted. You know me. I did my research. Watched as you became the soldier we needed you to be. Like the others, you were strong and swift and brave. A natural leader. But you had something they didn't, something else no one saw but me. Can you guess? Luck. ...Was I wrong?

Cortana: It's been an honor serving with you, John.

Marine: Damn. How far did he fall?
Marine 2: Two kilometers, easy.
Sergeant Johnson: Stay sharp! Corpsman?
Corpsman: His armor's locked up. The gel layer could have taken most of the impact…I don't know, Sergeant Major…
Sergeant Johnson: [sighs, then pulls out a data chip from Master Chief's helmet] Radio for VTOL. Heavy lift gear. We're not leaving him here.
Master Chief: [grabs Johnson's shoulder] Yeah, you're not.
Sergeant Johnson: Crazy fool... Why do you always jump!? One of these days, you're gonna land on something as stubborn as you are! And I don't do bits and pieces.
(The Master Chief stares at the data chip.)
Sergeant Johnson: Where is she, Chief? Where's Cortana?
(The Chief remembers Cortana's words: "Don't make a girl a promise…if you know you can't keep it…")
Master Chief: She stayed behind.
(There is a brief shimmer in the air before the Arbiter decloaks; Master Chief grabs a pistol and shoves it between the Arbiter's lower mandibles.)
Sergeant Johnson: Chief, wait! The Arbiter's with us! Come on, now. We've got enough to worry about without you two trying to kill each other.
(The Master Chief reluctantly lowers the pistol.)
Arbiter: Were it so easy. (He snaps threateningly at Master Chief.) We must go. The Brutes have our scent.
Sergeant Johnson: Then they must love the smell of green. (Heroic difficulty setting: "Then they must love the smell of hero!" Legendary difficulty setting: "Then they must love the smell of bad-ass!")

Brute: (interrogating Reynolds) Tell me its location!
Gunnery Sergeant Reynolds: (chuckles; said weakly) Kiss…my…ass.

Prophet of Truth: You are, all of you, vermin. Cowering in the dirt, thinking…what, I wonder? That you might escape the coming fire? No. Your world will burn until its surface is but glass, and not even your Demon will live to creep, blackened from its hole, to mar the flashing of our passage. The culmination of our Journey, for your destruction is the will of the gods! And I? I am their instrument!
Sergeant Johnson: Cocky bastard…just loves to run his mouth.
Master Chief: Does he usually mention me?
Keyes: Give the order! We're closing shop!

343 Guilty Spark: (grabbing a small computer that is said to be Cortana) If we take this to a safe location, somewhere I can make repairs.
Master Chief: (grabbing the computer back): On Halo, you tried to kill Cortana. You tried to kill me.

Rtas 'Vadum: Did you not hear? Your world is doomed. A Flood army, a Gravemind, has you in its sights. You barely survived a small contamination.
Lord Hood: And you, Ship Master, just glassed half a continent! Maybe the Flood isn't all I should be worried about.
Rtas 'Vadum: One single Flood spore can destroy a species. Were it not for the Arbiter's counsel, I would have glassed your entire planet!
Keyes: Sir, with respect, Cortana has a solution.
Lord Hood: Cortana? Did you see her condition? How damaged she is? Her solution could be a Flood trap.

Lord Hood: Earth…is all we have left. Do you trust Cortana that much?
Master Chief: Sir. Yes, sir.
Lord Hood: This is either the best idea you've ever had, or the worst. Hell of it is Chief? I doubt I'll live long enough to find out which.

Generic Marine: I got shotgun!

UNSC Pilot: Hey, what gives?
Guilty Spark: It seems I've crossed a circuit.
UNSC Pilot: Well let me have a look…Aah! (343 uses his sentinel beam on the Pilot)
Arbiter: Oracle!
UNSC Pilot: Little bastard stung me!
Guilty Spark: I did not want you to come to any harm.
UNSC Pilot: Got a funny way of showin' it.

Sgt. Johnson: All armor, form up on the lower doorway! Chief, head upstairs! Have your robot pick that lock!
343-Guilty Spark: I beg your pardon? I am 343-Guilty Spark, monitor of Installation-04.
Sgt. Johnson: Yeah, well, you're also our ticket through this wall. So if you don't mind?
343-Guilty Spark: I shall gladly aid the Reclaimer's progress.

(The shield falls. All characters watch the Shadow of Intent hover above the Ark's Cidatel.)
Rtas 'Vadum: Now, Prophet... your end has come.

(Miranda Keyes is attempting to rescue Johnson and stop the activation of Halo. She is now surrounded by Brutes.)
Prophet of Truth: You cannot hope to kill them all.
Miranda Keyes: You're right.
(She looks at Johnson and slowly aims her gun at him.)
Johnson: Do it. Me, then you. Now!
(Suddenly, Keyes is hit from behind by Spiker rounds and falls to the ground, dead.)

Prophet of Truth: Your forefathers wisely set aside their compassion, steeled themselves for what needed to be done. I see now why they left you behind. You were weak. And gods must be strong.

Gravemind: Do not shoot, but listen! Let me lead you safely to our foe. Only you can halt what he has set in motion.

Prophet of Truth: How could I have known the Parasite would follow?! Undoubtedly this is the Heretics' doing. A final, bitter curse. Clear evidence of treachery long hidden. So far are we along the path, that I must strain to hear the clumsy patter of their feet. Know this my brothers. They may foul the way with their charred and broken bones, but they will not stop the Journey.

Prophet of Truth: Can you see, Arbiter? The moment of salvation is at hand.
Arbiter: (grabbing Truth by the throat) It will not last.
Prophet of Truth: Your kind... never believed in the promise of the sacred rings.
Gravemind: (speaking through Truth) Lies for the weak. Beacons for the deluded.
Arbiter: I will have my revenge on a Prophet- not a plague.
Prophet of Truth: My feet tread the path, I shall become a god!
Gravemind: You will be food, nothing more.
(The Master Chief walks over to the console and presses a button, stopping the firing sequence.)
Prophet of Truth: No!! I… am… Truth! The voice of the Covenant!
Arbiter: And so, you must be silenced.
(The Arbiter impales the Prophet of Truth, who screams before he dies.)

Gravemind: (mocking laughter) Now the gate has been unlatched, headstones pushed aside, corpses shift and offer room, a fate you must abide!
Arbiter: We trade one villain for another.

Cortana: You found me. But so much of me is wrong, out of place, you might be too late.
Master Chief: You know me. When I make a promise…
Cortana: You keep it. I do know how to pick 'em.
Master Chief: Lucky me.

Cortana: Got an escape plan?
Master Chief: Thought I'd try shooting my way out. Mix things up a little.
(He removes Cortana from the pillar and slides the disk back into his helmet.)
Cortana: Just…keep your head down. There's two of us in here now, remember? (In reference to Halo 1, when your shields go out when you first get Cortana)

Cortana: (Hearing Guilty Spark) Was that the monitor? You didn't tell me he was here. (pause) Well, we are finally doing what he wanted. (Reference to first Halo)

343 Guilty Spark: (Addressing the Master Chief) You are the child of my makers. Inheritor of all they left behind. You are Forerunner. But this ring is mine!

Sergeant Johnson: (mortally wounded after a fight with 343 Guilty Spark) Send me out…with a bang.

Lord Hood: I remember how this war started. What your kind did to mine. I can't forgive you…but you have my thanks. For standing with him to the end. (shakes the Arbiter's hand) Hard to believe he's dead.
Arbiter: (glances skyward) Were it so easy. (reference to his first line in Halo 3, as detailed above)

Rtas 'Vadum: Things look different now, without the Prophets' lies clouding my vision. I would like to see our own world, to know that it is safe.
Arbiter: Fear not, for we have made it so.
Rtas 'Vadum: By your word, Arbiter.
Arbiter: Take us home.

Cortana: I'll drop a beacon, but it'll be a while before anyone finds us. Years even. (The Master Chief climbs into a cryogenic freezing tube) I'll miss you.
Master Chief: (as the cryo tube closes) Wake me. When you need me.

Halo 3: ODST

Buck: Come on, Veronica. What could be more important than that carrier?
Dare: My orders. And Buck? Call me Captain.

Romeo: I take it back. Navy got its butt kicked.
Buck: Hey, Romeo, remember when I told you to shut your mouth?
Romeo: Yeah.
Buck: Consider that a standing order.

(Dutch has commandeered a vehicle to escape the reserve, but has crashed.)
Dutch: Uh, Lord? I didn't train to be a pilot. Tell me I don't have any more flying to do today.
(A drone flies in and crashes nearby. The optical unit breaks off and skids away.)
Dutch: So... was that a yes or a no?
(Behind him, the vehicle explodes.)
Dutch: Amen.

Dutch: You heard from Gunny?
Mickey: No. Romeo neither.
Dutch: Well, guess it's just you and me.
Mickey: My vote? Hole up, wait for backup.
(The building's blast doors open, revealing a policeman.)
Policeman: Thank God! Does one of you know how to use explosives?
Dutch (to Mickey): Your vote? Just got overruled.

(The ODSTs have just overwhelmed a Brute, which has landed on Buck.)
Buck (muffled): Get this thing off of me.

Romeo: We went through hell for that? (he points at the alien and Dare)
Buck: (to the Rookie) Give him some meds, will ya? (to Romeo) It's important. It knows things.
Romeo: Hey Gunny. I wasn't talking about the alien. (He passes out from the meds)
Buck: Mickey, I'm sending you a very special co-pilot.
Mickey: (over intercom) Aw, come on! I don't want one of those things up here!
Buck: It won't bite. And unlike you, it knows what to tell those Covenant ships to keep them off our backs.

Dutch: Dear diary: Today I learned some alien scum to not mess with the ODSTs!

Dutch: Hey, scumbag! You ever seen Full Metal Jacket?

Mickey: Son of a gun!

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Halo 2
Box artwork for Halo 2.
Developer(s) Bungie Studios
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Release date(s)
Xbox
Windows
Genre(s) FPS
System(s) Xbox, Windows
Players 1-16
Rating(s)
ESRB: Mature
PEGI: Ages 16+
CERO: Ages 15 and up
System requirements (help)
CPU clock speed

2GHz

System RAM

1GiB

Disk space

7GiB

Video RAM

128MiB

DVD drive speed

32xDVD

Website Bungie's official Halo 2 site
Official Halo 2 for Vista site
Preceded by Halo: Combat Evolved
Followed by Halo 3
Series Halo

Halo 2 is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed blockbuster Halo: Combat Evolved, and features a newly built game engine, the Havok physics engine middleware, new weapons and vehicles, new multiplayer maps, and a storyline that continues the story begun in Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo 2, released for the Xbox game console on November 9, 2004, and its predecessor are both backwards-compatible for the Xbox 360, including its Xbox Live functionality. A Windows port has recently been released; this version is one of the first games to require the Windows Vista operating system, although an unofficial patch allows it to run on earlier versions.

Table of Contents

Walkthrough
  1. Cairo Station
  2. Outskirts
  3. Metropolis
  4. The Arbiter
  5. Oracle
  6. Delta Halo
  7. Regret
  8. Sacred Icon
  9. Quarantine Zone
  10. Gravemind
  11. Uprising
  12. High Charity
  13. The Great Journey
Multiplayer modes
Multiplayer maps
  • Ascension
  • Beaver Creek
  • Burial Grounds
  • Coagulation
  • Colossus
  • Foundation
  • Headlong
  • Ivory Tower
  • Lockout
  • Midship
  • Waterworks
  • Zanzibar
  • Backwash
  • Containment
  • Elongation
  • Gemini
  • Relic
  • Sanctuary
  • Terminal
  • Turf
  • Warlock
  • Desolation
  • Tombstone

editHalo series

Halo: Combat Evolved · Halo 2 · Halo 3

Halo Wars · Halo 3: ODST · Halo: Reach


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Halo 2

Developer(s) Bungie Studios
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Release date November 9, 2004 (NA)

November 11, 2004 (EU & JP)

PC:

May 22, 2007

Genre FPS
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer, Xbox Live
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
PEGI: 16+
Platform(s) Xbox, PC
Media DVD
Input Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

The sequel to Halo, a First-person shooter on the Xbox. It features a continuation of the story, as well as the addition of the Covenant Elite soldier "Arbiter". It also has online play over Xbox Live as well as a varied array of other weapons and vehicles not found in Halo. Leading up to the release was an alternate reality game.

Contents

Story

As the Master Chief returns from Installation 04, he is welcomed with the new MJOLNIR Mark VI armor, as well as a ceremony in honor of him, the surprisingly alive Sergeant Johnson, and the dead Captain Keyes. Accepting the medal of honor for Captain Keyes is none other than his daughter—Commander Miranda Keyes.

Enemies

Covenant

  • Grunt
  • Jackal
  • Drone
  • Elite
  • Brute
  • Hunter
  • Prophet

The Flood

  • Infection Form
  • Human Combat Form
  • Elite Combat Form
  • Carrier Form

Weapons

Human

  • M9 HE-DP Fragmentation Grenade
  • M6C Magnum Pistol
  • M7 Sub-Machine Gun (SMG)
  • BR55 Battle Rifle
  • M90 Shotgun
  • S2 AM Sniper Rifle
  • M19 SSM Rocket Launcher
  • Machine Gun Turret

Covenant

  • Plasma Grenade
  • Plasma Pistol
  • Plasma Rifle
  • Needler
  • Brute Plasma Rifle
  • Carbine
  • Beam Rifle
  • Energy Sword
  • Brute Shot
  • Fuel Rod Gun
  • Plasma Turret

Vehicles

Human

  • M12 Warthog LRV w/M41 LAAG minigun
  • M12G1 Warthog LAAV w/M68 gauss cannon
  • M808B Scorpion Tank
  • Pelican Dropship

Covenant

  • Ghost
  • Spectre
  • Banshee
  • Wraith
  • Shadow
  • Phantom

Campaign

  • Insert levels and brief descriptions here

Cooperative

Halo 2's entire campaign can be played co-operatively on one Xbox.

Split Screen

The game can be played splitscreen with up to 4 players on one Xbox. These four players can also join games being played over System Link and Xbox Live.

System Link

-16 Person Multi player
-YOU CAN NOT SYSTEM LINK CAMPAIGN

Xbox Live

  • Interface
  • Matchmaking
  • Customs
  • Friends List
  • Games
  • Playlists

Maps

First Maps

  • Lockout
  • Ascension
  • Midship
  • Ivory Tower
  • Beaver Creek
  • Burial Mounds
  • Colossus
  • Zanzibar
  • Coagulation
  • Headlong
  • Waterworks
  • Foundation

Bonus Map Pack

  • Warlock
  • Containment

Killtacular Pack

  • Sanctuary
  • Turf

Maptacular Pack

  • Elongation
  • Terminal
  • Relic
  • Backwash
  • Gemini

Blastacular Pack

  • Tombstone
  • Desolation

Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack

On July 5, 2005 Bungie Studios released the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack which is downloadable content collection (not an expansion pack) to Halo 2 on Xbox Live. It was also on sale 20 USD so non-Xbox Lives individuals can get new maps and updates. It contained nine additional maps, three Auto-Updates and a few other features.

Features In-game content:

  • Xbox live Auto-Update 1, Auto-Update 2 and Auto-Update 3
  • New multiplayer maps: Containment, Warlock, Sanctuary, Turf, Backwash, Elongation, Gemini, Relic, and Terminal

Other content:

  • Another Day at the Beach - A three minute Halo 2 side-story cutscene. It shows what happened to the second Pelican after being shot down by the Scarab in the cinematic before the level Outskirts.
  • Halo 2: Killtacular - A documentary on how Bungie Studios made the nine maps included on this disc.
  • Halo: Combat Evolved E3 2000 trailer
  • Halo 2 August 2002 announcement trailer
  • An audio test video used for testing your surround sound set-up (This video was also in Halo 2 Limited Collector's Edition.)

Praise

Some of the nice features provided in Halo 2 were the excellent gameplay and sound. Most of the gameplay features from the original Halo made a return, such having faster recharging shields and no health meter to worry about, hold an offhand weapon, and go into 3rd person riding vehicles. There were also some new features added to improve gameplay. The ability of dual-wielding some weapons was brought into Halo 2, creating a more broad range of available strategies to use. The two Covenant vehicles, the Banshee and Ghost, received afterburners that allowed them to travel at higher speeds, but not shoot. The banshee could also do rolls in the air. One more interesting feature was the ability to hijack vehicles. It gave a major twist to the gameplay as a driver could be pulled out of a vehicle, human or AI. Seeing Master Chief bash through the hull of a tank and grenading the crew was also a nice sight. The audio still retained some good music as it did in the original. Some music still plays at proper times to add a kick in the game. Also, it kept the sounds for low/regenerating shields. The sound quality is good enough that the player almost never needs to look at the HUD for a second and can instead concentrate on the game. The graphics are not too bad and load time in between stages have been eliminated. The AI is praised since they do not always do the same thing over and over. Replaying a level can almost always guarantee different results and reactions from the AI.

Criticism

Concerning the single player campaign, fans of the Halo series have voiced their disappointment at the introduction of a second playable character, the Arbiter. Many feel that too much focus was given to this new character and not enough to Master Chief, the series protagonist since many wanted to hear more about the humans and not the Covenant. Gamers also criticize the technique imployed by Bungie to render textures and models in game causing ugly and distracting pop in during cutscenes and (rarely) during gameplay. Bungie has said that this rendering technique was used so that, unlike the original Halo there would be no load times betweens stages. Enemies are also very similar to the originals, and there are only a few new additions, leaving the game very repetitive and boring at times. Criticism has also been lobbed at the game for having such an abrupt ending and a somewhat brief campaign. Also, co-operative play could not be done over Xbox live. The AI is a bit boring when they are in vehicles. They tend to hit objects a lot and stay relatively predictable while inside one.


The Halo Series
Games
Halo: Combat Evolved | Halo 2 |Halo 3
Halo Wars | Halo 3: ODST | Halo: Chronicles
Factions
Covenant | Forerunner | The Flood | United Nations Space Command
Characters
Cortana | Gravemind | Master Chief | Prophet of Truth | Tartarus | The Arbiter | The Prophets
Equipment
MJOLNIR battle armor | Plasma Pistol | Vehicles | Weapons
Misc
Red vs. Blue
Books: Contact Harvest | First Strike | Ghosts of Onyx | The Fall of Reach | The Flood



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Halo 2 is an award winning first-person shooter video game made by Bungie Studios and published by Microsoft for its own Xbox console. It was released all over the world on November 9, 2004.[1] It is the second game in the Halo series the first being Halo: Combat Evolved and the third being Halo 3. A Windows Vista version of the game was released in 2007.

The game's story is based around a future war between a fictional alien race known as the covenant and the human race. The player takes the role of Master Chief, a genetically enhanced super soldier who fights for mankind. The player is helped in their fight against the Covenant by human marines. The game had many features that weren't in the original Halo such as extra vehicles, weapons and a greatly improved multiplayer mode, including the ability to play over Xbox Live.

Halo 2 was the most popular Xbox Live game on its release.[2] It held that title until the release of Gears of War nearly two years later.[3][4] By June 20 2006 over 500 million games of Halo 2 had been played over Xbox Live.[5] It was, and still is, the best selling Xbox game of all time with over 8 million copies sold worldwide.[6] It broke sales records in the US, many of which were only broken by its sequel Halo 3 in 2007.[7] The Windows Vista version in 2007 was less successful as the fact it was released 3 years after the Xbox version gained many negative reviews.[8]

Contents

Gameplay

Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter based mostly on foot but with vehicle combat sections. Halo 2 has many features that were not in the original Halo. In Halo 2 players have the option to use two weapons at once, called dual wielding.[9] This allowes the player much more firepower but does not allow the throwing of grenades. The player can hold up to two weapons at once or three when dual wielding. Weapons range from normal human weapons such as pistols and shotguns up to heavy weapons like rocket launchers and sniper rifles. The player can also carry alien weapons like plasma rifles and needlers.[9]

Story Mode

The story mode continues the story started in Halo: Combat Evolved. There are nine levels in the story, split between controlling Master Chief and the alien Arbiter. There are four difficulties to the campaign easy, standard, heroic and legendary[9] Completing them unlocks extras such as different dialogue in certain sections of the game, and extra weapons in split-screen multiplayer. There are various 'skulls' at hidden parts of the levels, as in Halo 3. These skulls unlock helpful and or strange differences in the levels such as confetti and balloons appearing when the player scores a headshot.[10] The story can be played two player on the same console but not over Xbox Live.

Multiplayer

Halo 2 allows up to four players to play on the same console or up to sixteen over Xbox Live. The game was influential in changing the way games played over the internet. Before in most online multiplayer games, one player was the host who used their own connection for the game and chose the settings, gametype etc. In Halo 2, and most games since, players choose a type of game they want to play and the game matches them with players of their own ability on a randomly chosen map.[9]

Some weapons and vehicles available in the story mode were not available in multiplayer as they would be too powerful and 'unbalance' the game.[11]

Story

The game is set in the same fictional world as the rest of the Halo series. Much of the game takes place in the future year 2553, over 500 years from now.[12] In the storyline humans have developed faster than light travel, and now live on many planets and moons of the Solar System. On humanity's first try to build a settlement on a planet around another star they met the alien Covenant. [12] The Covenant declared religious war on humanity. At the start of Halo 2 humans are losing the war and the Covenant have just discovered Earth.

The Halo of the game's title is the name of a series of planets 'built' by a mysterious race called the Forerunners a long time before the game. The Halo's are the last defence against another alien race known as the Flood. The Flood want to use every living thing in the galaxy for food. The Halo's are actually giant super weapons, that when activated kill all life in the galaxy. This is the only way to stop the Flood, to starve them by killing all their food.[13] The Covenant are not aware of this and are attempting to fire Halos as part of a false religious prophecy. In the first Halo game, Halo: Combat Evolved, the humans and Master Chief manage to stop the Covenant from firing one of the Halos. They also destroy one of them in the process.[12] [14] Just before Halo 2 begins the covenant discover another Halo that can only be got through a portal found near Earth.

Plot

The game opens with the torture of an alien, the leader of the Elites. He is being tortured by the covenant because he failed to stop Master Chief destroying the first Halo in the original game. The Elite commander is branded by the leader of the Brutes, another part of the Covenant. The player then takes control of Master Chief, on board a spacecraft orbiting the Earth when the massive Covenant fleet arrives. The Covenant have come to take the portal that will allow them to get to the new Halo so they can fire it. The Covenant board the ship the player is aboard, and attempt to plant bombs to disable it and the other ships in the human fleet. The player must fight through Covenant forces to disable the bombs. Once this is complete the human ship heads off, following the Covenant flagship that just flew past. Meanwhile in the cutscene we see the former elite commander being made into a religious warrior known as the Arbiter to make up for his failure to stop Master Chief in the original Halo.

In another cutscene a human ship with Master Chief,Johnson and Cortana aboard follows the covenant ship through the portal to the new Halo. The player must now take control of Chief as he battles to stop the Covenant from firing the ring. Eventually the player kills the Prophet of Regret, a Covenant leader, and stops the Halo from being fired. Unfortunately before the player can recover the Index, the control for firing the Halo, they are captured by the leader of the Flood, known as the Gravemind. In a cutscene we see the new Arbiter sent down to the Halo to recover the Index before Chief can destroy it. When he arrives though, he and his followers are betrayed and their former allies begin to attack. Here the player must control Arbiter and his followers as they attempt to escape the betrayal and ambush. The arbiter is eventually also captured by the Gravemind and meets up with Master Chief. The two of them break free of Gravemind, whose Flood followers have now taken over a huge Covenant ship called High Charity. Arbiter and Chief, now controlled by the player again, race to the Halo control to stop the Covenant from firing the ring one last time. They are successful in stopping the Covenant, but the Prophet of Truth, the last of their leaders escapes on a spacecraft unharmed. Chiefs AI companion Cortana stays behind on the Halo, promising to destroy it if any Covenant ever return. Chief and the Arbiter part ways with Chief hiding out on a fleeing Covenant ship and the Arbiter and his followers returning to High Charity in an attempt to save it from the Flood.

Development and release

Halo 2 was officially announced in 2002. A gameplay video was shown at E3 2003. The video showed new features in the game such as dual wielding and the improved graphics.[15] According to Bungie, the cliffhanger ending of the games story was not originally intended but was a result of the rush to get the game out on time.[16]

Reviews and Sales

Sales

Halo 2 was first released in North America and Australia on November 9, 2004. It was launched in Europe a day later on November 10. Demand was high for the game and over 1.5 million copies were sold on pre-orders alone.[17] It was the highest earning entertainment product launch of all time in the US, earning $125 million dollars in its first 24 hours. It held this record until the release of it's sequel Halo 3.[18] Halo 2 has sold over 8 million copies in the US making it the best selling original Xbox game of all time.[19] From the day of it's release until 2006, 2 years later, Halo 2 was the most played game on Xbox Live.[20] It was eventually beaten by the Xbox 360 game Gears of War.

Reviews

The game was reviewed as excellent by most of the media. The sound work such as the dialogue and soundtrack was often praised.[21] The game received an average score of 95% on Metacritic, a website that puts together many reviews from different sources.[22] The games multiplayer was often seen as a good point, making full use of the then new Xbox Live service.[23] Bad aspects pointed out included the short length of the story mode and the cliffhanger ending.[23][24]

References

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  2. "Halo 2 tops most played on Xbox Live". http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=62981. 
  3. "Gears of War takes top spot in Xbox Live chart". http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/gears-of-war-takes-top-spot-in-xbox-live-chart. 
  4. "Halo 3: Does It Live Up To The Hype?". http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Sky-News-Archive/Article/20080641286417. 
  5. "Halo 2 hits 500 million games". http://www.bungie.net/News/content.aspx?type=news&cid=12425. 
  6. "Prepare for all-out war". http://www.smh.com.au/news/biztech/prepare-for-allout-war/2007/08/30/1188067256196.html. 
  7. "Halo 3 launch gains $170 million". http://au.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/halo3/news.html?sid=6179914. 
  8. "Halo 2 for PC review". http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/Games/Pages/Halo2forWindowsVista.aspx. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Bungie, ed (2004) (in English). Halo 2 Instruction Manual. Microsoft Game Studios. pp. 3–6, 8, 12, 14–18. 
  10. "Halo 2 Source - Strategies, Glitches, Videos". http://www.halo2source.com/. 
  11. "Halo 2 FAQ". http://www.bungie.net/projects/halo2/default.aspx. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Halo Story Timeline". http://halostory.bungie.org/halostory.timeline.html. 
  13. Cortana: You have no idea how this ring works, do you? Why the forerunners built it? Halo doesn't kill flood, it kills their food. Humans, covenant, whatever. We're all equally edible. The only way to stop the flood is to starve them to death. And that's exactly what Halo is designed to do; wipe the galaxy clean of all sentient life. - Bungie Studios. Halo: Combat Evolved. Microsoft. Xbox. Level/area: Two Betrayals (in English). (2001)
  14. Mercy: Halo. Its divine wind will rush through the stars, propelling all who are worthy along the path to salvation. - Bungie Studios. Halo 2. Microsoft. Xbox. Level/area: Sacred Icon (in English). (2004)
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  18. "Microsoft estimates Halo 2 sales at $125 million". http://uk.gamespot.com/news/2004/11/10/news_6112915.html. 
  19. "Grand Theft Auto, Halo 3 headed to Xbox 360". http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/09/technology/e3_microsoft/index.htm. 
  20. "Halo 2 tops Live most played lists". http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=62981. 
  21. "Halo 2 review". http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/562116.asp. 
  22. "Halo 2 Reviews". http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/xbx/halo2. 
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  24. "Halo 2 - a review". http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47150-2004Nov13.html. 








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