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Humans, under the auspices of the United Nations Space Command or UNSC, have developed faster-than-light slipspace travel and colonized numerous worlds. Declaring humanity an affront to their gods, the Forerunnersthe Covenant begin to systemically obliterate the humans with their superior numbers and 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 Halowhich the Covenant wants to activate because of their religious belief that the activation of the ring will bring about a "Great Journey," sweeping loyal Covenant to salvation. The human supersoldier Master Chief Petty Officer John and his AI companion Cortana learn from Halo's AI monitor, Guilty Sparkthat activation of the Halos will prevent the spread of the Flood by destroying all sentient life the parasite can subsist on in the galaxy.
Instead of activating the ring, however, the Master Chief evades Guilty Spark and his robots and detonates the Pillar of Autumn's engines, destroying the installation and preventing the escape of the Flood.
First StrikeHalo 2 opens with the trial of Thel 'Vadam, a Covenant Elite commander in charge of a fleet from the first gameaboard the Covenant's mobile capital city of High Charity. The Elite is stripped of his rank, branded a heretic for failing to stop the humans from destroying Halo, and is tortured by Tartarusthe Chieftain of the Covenant Brutes.
The crew discover another Halo installation; realizing the danger the ring presents, Keyes sends the Master Chief to kill Regret while she 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. They offer him the honored position of Arbiter so that he can continue to fight for the Covenant.
On his first mission to kill a heretic, the Arbiter discovers Guilty Spark, who the Covenant calls an "oracle," and brings him back to High Charity. Bombarded from space, the Chief falls into a lake and is rescued by a mysterious tentacled creature.
He reveals to the Arbiter that the Prophets have ordered the annihilation of the Elites, and sends the Arbiter falling down a deep chasm.
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The creature, Gravemindis the leader of the Flood on Installation The Gravemind reveals to the Arbiter that the Great Journey would destroy Flood, humans, and Covenant altogether, and sends both the Arbiter and Master Chief to different places to stop Halo's activation.
As the parasite overruns the city, consuming the Prophet of Mercy in the process, the Prophet of Truth orders Tartarus to take Keyes, Johnson, and Guilty Spark to Halo's control room and activate the ring. The Master Chief follows Truth aboard a Forerunner ship leaving the city; Cortana remains behind to destroy High Charity and Halo if Tartarus succeeds in activating the ring. 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.
Instead of shutting down the ring entirely, a system wide fail-safe protocol is triggered, putting Installation 05 and all the other Halo rings on standby for activation from a remote location, which Guilty Spark refers to as " the Ark ".
The Chief replies, "Sir, finishing this fight. Bungie writer and cinematic director Joseph Staten recalled that during Combat Evolved's development, Bungie "certainly had strong ideas for extending the story and gameplay experience that we knew we couldn't fit into one game".
The added publisher support for a sequel allowed greater leeway and the ability to return to more ambitious ideas lost during Combat Evolved's development. Multiplayer in Combat Evolved was accomplished via System Linkand only came together weeks before the game was released. Most players never played large maps, while a subset greatly enjoyed player action via four networked consoles.
That would be something really special, really unique. Jason Jones organized his core ideas for the sequel's story and approached Staten for input. According to Staten, among the elements 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.
A real-time gameplay video was shown at E3which was the first actual gameplay seen by the public; it showcased new features such as dual-wielding and improved graphics. Many elements of the trailer, however, were not game-ready; the entire graphics engine used in the footage had to be discarded, and the trailer's environment never appeared in the final game due to limitations on how big the game environments could be. The restructuring of the engine meant that there was no playable build of Halo 2 for nearly a year, and assets and environments produced by art and design teams could not be prototyped.
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. While this was a deliberate decision by Microsoft to push sales of Vista, the game could be enabled to play on Windows XP through an unauthorized third-party patch. As one of the launch titles of Games for Windows — Live, the game offered Live features not available in the Xbox version, such as guide support and achievements.
The Windows port also added two exclusive multiplayer maps and a map editor. Users exploited bugs in the game and vulnerabilities of the network to win ranked games and thus increase their matchmaking rank.
This way, the cheater would be given time to accomplish an objective in the game. Cheating also includes softmoddingin 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. 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, The disk contains the game's software update, all nine new multiplayer maps, a documentary about the making of the maps, and a bonus cinematic called "Another Day on the Beach", among other features.
Bungie's own Frank O'Connor confirmed that both Xbox and Xbox users would have access to the content. Combat Evolved, "Hang em' High" and "Derelict".
Bungie also reset all ranks for Halo 2 at the same time. Players were thanking me.Halo 2: Multiplayer Evolved
It gave me an even stronger appreciation of the game and the community. How difficult was it to keep your consoles on and connected for all that time? It was really difficult to stay online.
I had to survive two storms. I have no idea how the electricity didn't go out. Since I hadn't planned onthis at all, I had shutdown enabled, so every night I'd have to rubber band my controller to keep it from going idle while I slept.
Weather was really cool in my area so I'd have the windows open and my ceiling fan going, keeping my room at a constant 70 degrees. What did you guys do in Halo 2 for all of those extra weeks?
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For the first week, we mainly played Big Team Battle, but when the numbers got too small to play that, we did customs mainly. If we had morewe always wanted to play Big Team Battles.
An interesting thing to note: How were you finally kicked off? I was kicked due to a power failure. Ethernet turned off due to home remodeling.
I was carrying my gamertag on a USB stick, took it to a friend's house to show him the Reach Beta and instinctively logged into my account.
I clicked the guide button to abort, but it had already booted me off Halo 2. On April 23, at 2: I had knew it was coming since I could smell the metal smoldering earlier that day. People in my stream cried when they saw it happen live, which really touched me, that a game could bring us to a point where we became so emotionally invested in it. What did this experience mean to you?
It was special to be able to give Halo 2 a proper send-off and show Bungie and Microsoft how much we love it. I'm honestly surprised at all the media attention it got. There was a point where I felt like I was done, ready to log off, but then all of the messages started to pour in from all over Xbox Live encouraging me to keep going.
What does Halo 2 mean to you? My deaf friends and I started with CE and about of us got the midnight release of H2. From a game play perspective, it's my least favorite of the franchise albeit, that's kinda like saying vanilla ice cream is your least favorite in Neapolitan; it's still delicious ice cream.
It was the online play, and the smooth online interface the game incorporated that really sucked me in.