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Halo's protagonist, the Master Chief.
Halo's protagonist, the Master Chief.
Halo 2 Promo Screen
Halo 2 Promo Screen
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Halo 2 screenshot from press kit

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Halo: Combat Evolved

The box art for Halo: Combat Evolved.
The box art for Halo: Combat Evolved.
Main article: Halo: Combat Evolved

When Halo began development, it was a real time strategy game that would have been released on Apple and Windows PCs. However, during its many years of development, it changed into a third person shooter and then to a first person shooter. Bungie was then bought by Microsoft, and Halo was converted to being developed for the Xbox game console. The game was released on November 15, 2001. It was later ported to both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X computers. Halo box art This is the cover art for a video game. ... Halo box art This is the cover art for a video game. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Dune 2 (1992), an early RTS A real-time strategy (RTS) game is a type of computer strategy game which does not have turns like conventional turn-based strategy video or board games. ... Jump to: navigation, search Apple Computer, Inc. ... 1. ... A third-person shooter is a computer game in 3-D where the camera view is outside and usually behind the main player character. ... A first-person shooter (FPS) is a computer or video game where the players on-screen view of the game world simulates that of the character, and there is some element of shooting involved. ... Jump to: navigation, search Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) (HKSE: 4338) is the worlds largest software company, with global annual sales in the tens of billions of US dollars and nearly 60,000 employees in more than 90 countries. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Xbox is a video game console first released on November 15, 2001 in North America. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a current generation video game console. ... Jump to: navigation, search November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Jump to: navigation, search Microsoft Windows is a range of operating environments and operating systems for personal computers and servers. ... Jump to: navigation, search Mac OS X is an operating system designed and developed by Apple Computer for use on their current line of Macintosh computers. ...


The story deals with the adventures of the protagonist, referred to in the game only as "Master Chief", on a ring-shaped world, the titular Halo. Stranded with the rest of the crew of the Pillar of Autumn,including the AI Cortana, he fights for survival against The Covenant while attempting to uncover the ring-worlds secrets, which include the sinister Flood. Jump to: navigation, search Master Chief John-117 This article is about the main character in the Halo video game series. ... UNSC Pillar of Autumn The Pillar of Autumn is a heavily modified United Nations Space Command Halcyon-class cruiser in the Halo: Combat Evolved video game, often abbreviated as POA. Before the war with the Covenant, the Pillar of Autumn was set to be decomissioned. ... Jump to: navigation, search once they start thinking theyre human its time to pull the plug on those motherfuckers~ ... The Covenant is a militarized religious imperial alliance of alien races from the Xbox video game franchise Halo. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Flood is a fictional alien life form in the computer game Halo 2. ...


Halo CE

Main article: Halo CE

Halo Custom Edition is an update to the PC version of Halo: Combat Evolved by Gearbox Software. It features additional multiplayer content and the ability to play on user-created maps. Jump to: navigation, search A Halo CE user-made map, New Mombasa. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gearbox Software is a video game developer founded in January 1999. ...


Halo 2

Box art for Halo 2.
Box art for Halo 2.
Main article: Halo 2

Halo 2 was released exclusively for the Xbox on November 9, 2004, generating a $125 million dollar entertainment record on its premiere day. The sequel features new game mechanics such as dual wielding, new vehicles and weapons, better AI, the ability to hijack vehicles, more balanced gameplay, and Internet-based multiplayer via Xbox Live. It has an advanced graphics engine that utilizes normal mapping and bloom effects, helping to make it one of the best looking games on the Xbox. It also has Bungie.net integration and rankings and tracking of every online match, pushing the envelope of online console gaming further. No ports to other platforms have been announced so far. Image File history File links This is the cover art for a video or computer game. ... Image File history File links This is the cover art for a video or computer game. ... Jump to: navigation, search Halo 2 is the sequel to the blockbuster and critically-acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved, and features a newly built game engine and the Havok physics engine,new weapons and vehicles, new multiplayer maps, and a storyline that continues the story begun in Halo: Combat Evolved. ... Jump to: navigation, search Halo 2 is the sequel to the blockbuster and critically-acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved, and features a newly built game engine and the Havok physics engine,new weapons and vehicles, new multiplayer maps, and a storyline that continues the story begun in Halo: Combat Evolved. ... Jump to: navigation, search November 9 is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 52 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... Jump to: navigation, search Normal Mapping used to re-detail simplified meshes. ...


Halo 2 is much bigger than it's predecessor. It is considered to be more complicated having new weapons, harder levels and secrets such as hidden skulls.


In Halo 2, Master Chief battles the Covenant on Earth and later continues the fight on a second Halo: Delta Halo. Meanwhile, the Covenant slides into civil war and a disgraced Elite commander known as the Arbiter is introduced to the series as a second playable character. The Halo universe expands as well, with new worlds and characters being introduced, as well a deeper look at the culture and society of Covenant. A cliffhanger ending suggests that another sequel is in the works. Jump to: navigation, search A civil war is a war in which the competing parties are segments of the same country or empire. ... Elite (Halo) Also known as Sangheili to the Covenant, the Elites are the iron heart of the Covenant military, and until recently the guardians of the Prophets. ... The Arbiter The Arbiter is a special rank in the fictional Halo universe. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Covenant is a galaxy-wide, militaristic, theocratic imperial alliance of alien races from the Xbox video game franchise Halo. ...


Future Video Game Releases

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Halo 3

The cliffhanger ending of Halo 2, as well as the success of the Halo franchise, makes a sequel extremely likely. It is speculated that Halo will become a trilogy, after which Bungie will be done with the series. Sources from inside both Microsoft and Bungie have made contradictory claims regarding whether Halo 3 is currently in development. A cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a plot device in which a movie or novel contains an abrupt ending, often leaving the main characters in a precarious or difficult situation (for instance, hanging from the edge of a cliff). ... Jump to: navigation, search A trilogy is a set of three works of art, usually literature or film, that develop a single theme over three works. ...


Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, was quoted as saying that Halo 3 was in development alongside Halo 2; however, this quote was recognized as a slip of the tongue and debunked before the release of Halo 2. Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman, stated in a May 2005 Time Magazine interview that Halo 3 would be released in the "second wave" of Xbox 360 titles in 2006, as close to the PlayStation 3's launch as possible, to divert sales. "It's perfect," Gates said, "The day Sony launches [the new PlayStation], and they walk right into Halo 3."(Time.com article, registration required; relevant quotes on Gamespot.com). When asked shortly afterwards however, Microsoft senior vice president Robbie Bach was less definite, saying: "We haven't announced anything on what Bungie is doing or where we're going with the future of the 'Halo' franchise... With all respect to Bill, I don't run Bungie's studio, and neither does he. We'll work with the Bungie guys and let people know [when they have something to announce]." Jump to: navigation, search Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Steven Anthony Ballmer (born March 24, 1956) is the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft since January 2000. ... Jump to: navigation, search This topic is considered to be an essential subject on Wikipedia. ... This article is about the month of May. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Xbox 360 is Microsofts successor to their Xbox video game console, referred to during development as Project Xenon, Xbox 2, or Xbox Next. ... Jump to: navigation, search The PlayStation 3 (PS3) (Japanese: プレイステーション3) is Sonys next generation video game console in the market-leading PlayStation series. ... Robbie Bach is the Chief Xbox Officer at Microsoft Corporation. ...


Bungie have denied that another Halo game is in progress. However, the studio is known for being highly secretive and even occasionally misleading regarding development of their games. Bungie has recently made regular references to "our next game" in their website's weekly news updates. Though no official statements have been made regarding what that next game is, most believe it is indeed Halo 3, and that Bungie is just being coy about the project in typical Bungie fashion. Bungie has also recently stated that Sapien and Gorilla, custom-made programming tools used to build Halo and Halo 2, are being worked on.


An article in Game Informer in November 2005 reports that: "Halo developer Bungie is so paranoid about the storyline for Halo 3 leaking out that two different storylines are being worked on so that even the company's employees are in the dark as to the plot of the game." Game Informer (often abbreviated to GI) is a United States-based monthly magazine featuring articles, news, strategy and reviews of popular video games and associated consoles. ...


An alternative possibility is that, following the precedent of Myth III, and to a lesser extent Marathon Infinity, either an outside agency or a contractor to Bungie is developing the content of Halo 3 and using the existing engine, or possibly porting the engine to the Xbox 360. This view would reconcile Bungie's statement that the studio is not developing it and Microsoft's statements that the game will be released. Wideload Games has been suggested by fans as a potential such outside developer, reasoning that the third Marathon game was developed by a company which was, like Wideload, founded by former Bungie employees. An in-game screenshot of Myth: The Fallen Lords taken from the Myth II engine. ... Marathon is a series of science fiction first-person shooter computer games from Bungie Software released for the Apple Macintosh. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Xbox 360 is Microsofts successor to their Xbox video game console, referred to during development as Project Xenon, Xbox 2, or Xbox Next. ... Wideload Games is an US-American game developer located in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Possible Events for Halo 3:

  • The Master Chief and Truth face off in "The Ark". In early storyboards, Master Chief and a character called "Dervish" (an early name for the Arbiter) were to both be present at the Ark.
  • Johnson, Miranda, and the Arbiter escape from Delta Halo.
  • Dr. Halsey's plan with Spartan-087 revealed.
  • Cortana has talks with the Gravemind. This will show either Gravemind's side in the war, or another hint at Cortana's rampancy.
  • The other SPARTAN-IIs are shown, and their roles in the battle on Earth are revealed.

Movie

Main article: Halo_(film)

According to an early February 2005 report by The New York Times Company, Microsoft had sent Alex Garland, author of The Beach and the screenplay for horror movie 28 Days Later to Hollywood and tasked him with bringing the Halo story to the silver screen. [1] Jump to: navigation, search The script for the movie Halo, based on the video game series under the same name, was recently written by Alex Garland. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Ongoing events • Iraqi legislative election • Bill C-38 (Canada gay marriage) • Tsunami relief Upcoming events • March 11: Red Nose Day 2005 in the UK. Deaths in February • 26 – Jef Raskin • 25 – Hugh Nibley • 25 – Peter Benenson • 21... The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is an American media company best known as the publisher of its namesake, The New York Times. ... Alex Garland (born 1970) is a British novelist, the son of the well-known and respected political cartoonist, Nick Garland. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Beach (1996) is a novel by Alex Garland about backpackers in Thailand. ... 28 Days Later is a 2002 post-apocalyptic science fiction movie directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland. ...


On August 23, 2005, Bungie announced that development of the Halo movie is officially underway. In the past Bungie had been against a movie and had the final say in such matters. Microsoft has since confirmed that Alex Garland has written a script for a Halo movie, and had courted various studios with regards to producing the movie, until reaching a deal with Universal Studios and Twentieth Century Fox, for the ten million dollar script. The total development costs will be halved between the two studios. Microsoft had described various requirements for any studio to meet, for example a minimum budget and Bungie's level of creative control over the project. [2] On October 4 2005, it was announced that acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson, and his partner Fran Walsh, would act as executive producers for the Halo movie. This announcement, along with the accompanying attachment of Jackson's production companies Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, has greatly increased the profile and anticipation for the movie both within the videogame community and among the general public. Jump to: navigation, search August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search Universal Studios Theme Parks. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... Jump to: navigation, search Peter Jackson in Wellington (New Zealand), at the premiere of Return of the King, December 2003. ... Frances Walsh is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and film producer and also a musician. ... Jump to: navigation, search Executive producer is a role in the entertainment industry that is sometimes difficult to clearly define. ... Jump to: navigation, search Weta Digital is a digital visual effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand, an offshoot of the Weta Workshop physical effects company. ... Jump to: navigation, search Weta Workshop is a physical effects company based in Miramar, New Zealand, producing effects for television and film. ...


Possible influences

Some fans believe Halo and Halo 2 were influenced by a number of other games and pop culture references. These include StarCraft, the Alien and Predator movies, the Marathon series Larry Niven's Known Space universe, and Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. No comment has been made about these possible influences by the developer. Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... Jump to: navigation, search For the champion New Zealand bred race horse, see Starcraft StarCraft (SC) is a real-time strategy computer game introduced by Blizzard Entertainment in 1998. ... Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is an extremely popular and influential science fiction/horror film that spawned several sequels and imitators. ... Predator is a 1987 science fiction movie that was directed by John McTiernan and released on Friday, June 12. ... Jump to: navigation, search Marathon is a series of science fiction first-person shooter computer games from Bungie Software released for the Apple Macintosh. ... Jump to: navigation, search Larry Niven Laurence van Cott Niven (born April 30, 1938) is a US science fiction author. ... Known Space is the fictional setting of many of Larry Nivens science fiction stories. ... Robert A. Heinlein Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential authors in the science fiction genre. ... Jump to: navigation, search Starship Troopers cover Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein first published in 1959. ...


Marathon

A number of weapons and plot devices seem to borrow from ideas seen in the Marathon series (see List of weapons in the Halo universe). These include the concept of MJOLNIR "cyborgs," the supersoldier main character, the weapons, and even some of the alien creatures. The Elites from Halo are somewhat similar (in their role, not their appearance) to Marathon's Pfhor. Hunters appear in both games filling the same roles. The Hunters from Halo, though much larger, also clearly share design elements with the Hunters from Marathon. A type of alien that was modeled for Halo 2 but later cut is nearly identical to the Drinniol from Marathon. Also, both games use uniform color to differentiate between different ranks of aliens (and crew members), with higher ranks being stronger and harder to kill. These large similarities led to early speculation that Halo took place in the same universe as Marathon - however, this was later disproved. Jump to: navigation, search Marathon is a series of science fiction first-person shooter computer games from Bungie Software released for the Apple Macintosh. ... This article can be categorized into two groups: List of weapons in Halo: Combat Evolved List of weapons in Halo 2 This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


StarCraft

Similarities have been noted between the species of Halo and StarCraft. Specifically, the Forerunners with the Xel'Naga (ancient, possibly extinct races with advanced techology that perished in a conflict with the Flood and the Zerg, respectively), the Flood with the Zerg (parasitic; can bond with other species; a threat to all other life), the Covenant with the Protoss (extremely religious societies, splintered by conflicts over alleged heretics), and the humans with the Terrans (same species). Master Chief and Cortana are compared to Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan, and the Covenant Arbiter to Tassadar (both are generals brought into disgrace and labeled heretic who then act to save their own people by making common cause with humans). Jump to: navigation, search For the champion New Zealand bred race horse, see Starcraft StarCraft (SC) is a real-time strategy computer game introduced by Blizzard Entertainment in 1998. ... The XelNaga are an ancient, cosmic race from the StarCraft universe — a fictional universe in which a series of computer games and books are set. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Zerg are an alien race in the StarCraft universe. ... The Protoss The Protoss are a race in Blizzard Entertainments real-time strategy computer game, StarCraft. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Marines of the Terran Confederacy The Terrans are the name given to the human colonists in the StarCraft universe used to distinguish them from the humans of Earth. ... Good conduct variation Master Chief Petty Officer insignia Master Chief Petty Officer is the ninth, and highest, enlisted rank in the U.S. Navy, just above Senior Chief Petty Officer, and is a non-commissioned officer. ... James Jim Raynor is a fictional character in the StarCraft universe. ... Sarah Kerrigan—who calls herself the Queen of Blades—is a character in the fictional StarCraft universe. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tassadar is a fictional character in the StarCraft universe. ...


Movies

Some movie parallels in the games have been pointed out by various people. For instance, the Active Camouflage power-up is very similar to the type of camouflage used by the alien Predator in the Predator movie series. The shape of the Elites' heads is similar in shape to the creatures in the Alien movie series and have mouth parts similar to the Predators'. The Flood Spores share a similar purpose with the Face Huggers in the Alien movie series (impregnating its host with a parasitic organism). Also, there are numerous similarities between the marines of Halo and those of Aliens. The appearance of the armor is comparable (even to the mutual presence of helmet cameras for all the soldiers), and the colonial marines' dropship resembles a Pelican. Also Halo's Sergeant Johnson is very strongly based on Aliens's Sergeant Apone - both are very enthusiastic, black, cigar-smoking squad leaders. Both characters even use the line "They're not paying us by the hour, marines!" Jump to: navigation, search This snapping turtle is trying to make a meal of a Canada goose, but the goose is too wary. ... Jump to: navigation, search Predator is a 1987 science fiction movie that was directed by John McTiernan and released on Friday, June 12. ... Jump to: navigation, search Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is an extremely popular and influential science fiction/horror film that spawned several sequels and imitators. ... This snapping turtle is trying to make a meal of a Canada goose, but the goose is too wary. ... Jump to: navigation, search Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ...


Known space

Ringworld is a megastructure 95 million miles in radius that resembles the Halo installations, albeit on an enormously large scale. This idea has been copied numerous times in science fiction, although normally on a larger scale than in Halo. In both Halo and Known Space, humans develop space travel on their own and later encounter a hostile and technologically superior alien civilization. Larry Nivens Ringworld, seen from space. ... Known Space is the fictional setting of many of Larry Nivens science fiction stories. ...


The Culture

The Orbital megastructures in Iain M Banks' series of novels strongly ressemble Halo, and are run by AIs called Minds. The plot of the first Culture novel Consider Phlebas is set againt the Idiran-Culture War, the Idirans being a religous grouping of various tripedal species similar to the Covenant. The Culture initially did poorly early in the conflict. Also, the character and appearance of 343 Guilty Spark is very similar to some of the sentient Drones described in the Culture, even extending to possessing an aura to display emotions. Iain Menzies Banks (born on February 16, 1954 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) writes mainstream novels as Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. ... In Iain M. Banks Culture novels, starships, planets and orbitals have their own Minds: self-conscious, hyperintelligent machines originally built by humanoid species but which have outsmarted their creators by several orders of magnitude since then. ... Consider Phlebas (ISBN 1857231384) is a novel by Iain M. Banks first published in 1987. ... The Idiran-Culture War is a fictional conflict in the midst of which Iain M. Banks science fiction novel Consider Phlebas is set. ... Covenant, in its most general sense, is a word for a solemn contract or similar undertaking. ... 343 Guilty Spark 343 Guilty Spark (alternatively known to the UNSC as the Monitor; and to the Covenant as the Oracle) is a fictional character featured in the video games Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. ... Drone can refer to: Male honeybees - see drone (bee) In music, a continuous note or chord - see drone (music) Shortened form of the music genre known as dronology An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), often used for target practice In the fictional Star Trek universe, a humanoid enslaved by the Borg...


Other Science Fiction

Halo seems to be inspired by a number of other science fiction books, particularly Ender's Game. The Drones that appear in Halo 2 resemble the "Buggers" from Ender's Game. There are numerous other references and links, such as the Spartan program, which closely mirrors the super soldier program from the novel. From reading Ender's Game, one would notice a plethora of other small similarities, from the fleets, down to the alien species. Jump to: navigation, search The cover art of Enders Game Enders Game (1985) is the best-known novel by Orson Scott Card and is set in a future where mankind is facing annihilation by an aggressive alien society, the insectoid Buggers (more formally known as Formics). Faced with...


There is also some reference to the Gaea Trilogy in which a group of humans find a ringworld around Saturn. The creature Whistlepop inhabiting this place bears some similarity to the Engineers featured in the three Halo-novels. Jump to: navigation, search The Gaea Trilogy consists of three science fiction novels by John Varley. ...


Common culture

Halo uses a number of common plot devices, although often they are not immediately apparent.

  • The main character has few lines and is accompanied by a technically adept sidekick.
  • People searching for valuable objects instead release something evil.
  • The main character is saved by someone who later betrays him.
  • The only way to defeat an enemy is to blow up the world (or Halo, in this case). This plot device also drives the plot involving the Flood and the true purpose of the ring-worlds.

Other

Master Chief

Main article: Master Chief (Halo)

Master Chief's true name is John, and his surname has never been revealed. His birth name probably remains classified, and so he is known by his rank of Master Chief. This rank roughly corresponds to the modern rank Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. In the Halo universe, Master Chief and the entire SPARTAN project are under the command of the UNSC Navy. Master Chief is also known as John-117, and as a "Demon" to the Covenant. Jump to: navigation, search Master Chief John-117 This article is about the main character in the Halo video game series. ...


He was taken from his home world Eridanus II as a child and brought up in the military's Spartan II program on the planet Reach (resulting in his other designation, Spartan-117) to be a super soldier. The SPARTANs were originally created to bolster the UNSC's own defenses against piracy and other issues, and the program was redirected when the Human-Covenant war began. The Spartan II project was headed by Dr.Catherine Halsey.


Master Chief's status as a cyborg has been hotly debated by fans- mostly through confusion on what exactly a cyborg is. The Spartan II program augmented its soldiers through genetic enginering, thyroid implants, bone strengthening through impregnation, and eventually neural jacks as part of the upgrades necessary to don the MJOLNIR armor, in addition to other measures. Bungie's own statements identify Master Chief as being a cyborg (down to dialogue from the Covenant Grunts), in addition to comparisons between Master Chief and the military cyborgs from Bungie's earlier game series Marathon. Master Chief is entirely Human (although he would certainly not be average by any Human measure) in appearance, as his armor is in no way permanently attached. His genetic, chemical, and othwerwise unnatural enhancements do, however, qualify him for "cyborg" status- at least loosely.


Novels

Three licensed novels based on the Halo series have been published: The Fall of Reach, The Flood, and First Strike. The Fall of Reach leads up to Halo: Combat Evolved, and describes how the Spartans came into being. The Flood is a novelization of Halo: Combat Evolved, while First Strike describes events that take place between Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2.


There are a number of differences between the novels and the games, most notably that there are no Spartans besides the Master Chief in the games, whereas by the end of the novel series at least 4 additional Spartans are shown to survive. Many fans had hoped more Spartans would appear in Halo 2, but this did not eventuate in the final release of the game.


Fan Fiction

A large body of fan fiction based on the Halo series has been written, covering both the past and future of the setting. The sites bungie.net and halo.bungie.org both host collections of Halo fan fiction. There are several works of fan fiction that run to the length of a novel or more, and are well-known among the Halo community. These include those written by Sir_Brilliant, Soulguard, and Mr. Clark. Each of these three works runs at least 20 chapters in length, although the latter two are still works in progress. Fan fiction (also spelled fanfiction and commonly abbreviated to fanfic) is fiction written by people who enjoy a film, novel, television show or other media work, using the characters and situations developed in it and developing new plots in which to use these characters. ... Bungie. ...


The Haunted Apiary

The Haunted Apiary (aka I Love Bees) was an alternate reality game used to promote the release of Halo 2. The game was centred on a website at ilovebees.com, and was created by 4orty2wo Entertainment, commissioned by Microsoft and endorsed by Bungie. The URL was discovered when it was briefly flashed on an official Halo 2 trailer. The Haunted Apiary (also known as I Love Bees) is an alternate reality game (ARG), related in some way to the first person shooter Halo 2. ... An alternate reality game is a cross media game that deliberately blurs the line between the in-game and out-of-game experiences. ... Jump to: navigation, search Halo 2 is the sequel to the blockbuster and critically-acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved, and features a newly built game engine and the Havok physics engine,new weapons and vehicles, new multiplayer maps, and a storyline that continues the story begun in Halo: Combat Evolved. ...


Halo Machinima

A screenshot of Red versus Blue, a popular machinima series based on the Halo series.
A screenshot of Red versus Blue, a popular machinima series based on the Halo series.

Red vs Blue, a production of Rooster Teeth, is a machinima series based on the Halo universe. Virtually all of the footage of the series is taken from Halo and Halo 2 gameplay. Red vs Blue chronicles the Civil War that supposedly ensues between differing human factions in the time between the two Bungie games, specifically the story of the men and a woman (Tex) posted at both armies' outposts at Blood Gulch, a dried creek bed in the middle of nowhere. Not Halo canon, the series is largely comical in nature and can be found at RedvsBlue.com. Other machinima have been created, ranging from the like minded Fire Team Charlie to the sharply contrasting The Codex, a more serious series. Jump to: navigation, search Machinima (a portmanteau word for machine cinema and/or machine animation) is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre (film created by such production techniques). ... Image File history File links This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Image File history File links This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Jump to: navigation, search Machinima (a portmanteau word for machine cinema and/or machine animation) is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre (film created by such production techniques). ... Jump to: navigation, search Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Red vs Blue This article is about the video webcomic. ... Jump to: navigation, search Machinima (a portmanteau word for machine cinema and/or machine animation) is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre (film created by such production techniques). ... Jump to: navigation, search A civil war is a war in which the competing parties are segments of the same country or empire. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... A vast, barren expanse would be considered the middle of nowhere The middle of nowhere usually refers to somewhere so remote and uninteresting that its features are unrecognizable. ... Jump to: navigation, search Comedy is the use of humor in the performing arts. ... Fire Team Charlie, a Machinima Production Company, hosted at www. ... The Codex is a 20 episode online machinima series, set in the Halo video game universe following the story of a Covenant invasion of a Human world in order to recover a Forerunner artifact, and the story of the Humans resisting that invasion. ...


Time Magazine

Recently, the creators of Halo were listed in Time's 100 most influential figures of the past year. This is due to the reason that Halo manages to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, and broke sales records, making gaming more mainstream entertainment.


Dead or Alive

A female Spartan character, Spartan-458, has been announced to appear in the fighting game Dead or Alive 4 as an unlockable character, along with a Halo-themed environment as an unlockable stage. This is the result of a collaborative effort between Bungie and Tecmo's Team Ninja. Jump to: navigation, search Screenshot of Kung Fu Master. ... Dead or Alive (DOA) is a video game series produced by Tecmo that is comprised primarily of fighting games. ... A secret character (not to be confused with an unseen character) is a playable character in a video game that can only be played by completing some task in the game. ... Tecmo, Ltd. ...


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It is the sequel to the game Halo: Combat Evolved, and was released for the Xbox game console on November 9, 2004.
Halo 2 is the sequel to the game Halo: Combat Evolved, and features a newly built game engine and the Havok physics engine, new weapons and vehicles, new multiplayer maps, and a storyline that continues the story begun in Halo: Combat Evolved.
The game software then uses a service like Xbox Live or 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.
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