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(2001 Video Game)

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In a top 50 poll ran by the Guinness World Records, this was listed as the greatest game of all time.
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Some of the dialogue spoken by the marines, comes directly from the film Aliens (1986)
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Bungie had no idea gamers would be willing to bring their TVs over to other people's homes just to play them in multiplayer over System Link. They figured that the only people who would play it were college students who already had Local Area Networks (LANs) installed in their dorm rooms. That's why, even though System Link supports 16 players, you can only network four Xbox consoles together. When System Link became Halo's most popular feature, and Bungie discovered people were willing to bring over equipment to other people's homes to have LAN parties, this was changed in Halo 2.
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Was introduced at Macworld Expo in 1999 by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs set for a release on the Macintosh. Then Bungie was bought out by Microsoft.
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The ending cutscene (every difficulty) shows the Master Chief removing his helmet, however his face is not shown. On the PC version of the game, the cutscene can be viewed in a free roam view with some minor tweaking and modifying. It shows the Master Chief removing his helmet, only there is another exact helmet underneath. This video can be viewed on YouTube.
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The storyboards for the FMVs were drawn by the same artist who did the storyboards for The Fifth Element (1997).
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Much of the dialogue spoken by the Covenant Elites is in fact dialogue by the human Sergeant, reversed, with some pitch alterations.
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Many people believe that Halo takes place during a one-hundred-and-thiry-nine year gap in the Marathon timeline, in which the creators wrote "This century intentionally left blank. Seriously, nothing really happened."
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The serial number on the Scorpion tank (030569) is actually the birthdate of Marcus Lehto, Halo's Art Director, who was born on March 5, 1969.
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Was originally going to be an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game, but the game was then reworked and it became a First Person Shooter.
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There are several references to the Marathon series of games, also by Bungie:
  • The Marathon logo can be on the hull of the Pillar of Autumn, and on the chest of Captain Keyes.
  • The architecture in Halo is very similar to Jjaro architecture - the Jjaro were an equally ancient race in Marathon.
  • Cortana claims the Master Chief has "gone rampant" if he shoots the Captain - Rampancy being a key concept in Marathon. Cortana also shows signs of Rampancy (arrogance and distain of humans) once installed into Halo's control systems. According to Marathon, installing an AI to a large computer system (as Halo's obviously must be) could cause an AI to become Rampant.
  • Marines will occasionally refer to you as a "Mark Five". Marathon's main character was a Mjolnir Mark IV cyborg, and the Master Chief wears Mjolnir Mark V armor.
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If you look closely at the shotgun shells taken out when Master Chief reloads, you'll see there are hippo heads pictured on them.
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Gregorian Monks were used as vocalists for the theme song in Halo. (This has been a staple in the Halo games ever since.)
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On the mission "Assault on the Control Room" there is a secret area high up in the air on the side of a cliff on a narrow platform, reachable by Banshee, where a secret song called "Siege of Madrigal" starts playing. This is from another game by Bungie called Myth: The Fallen Lords (1997). Music composer for both games, Martin O'Donnell, was so proud of this piece that he decided to throw it into secret areas in all three Halo games.
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Launch title for the Xbox.
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Online multiplayer was not included in the Xbox version of Halo since Xbox Live had not been created yet, therefore making Halo 2 the first official Halo game to support online multiplayer.
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If you highlight the "Edit Gametypes" section in the multiplayer section of this game, you come across an image of Master Chief with text that, to the reader, seems to be schematics for each of his body parts. If you look closely, some of the text aren't schematics, but text: Text on Head/Gun: "UV Protectant Sun Visor for Protection from Elements". Text on Upper Right Leg: "Sometimes I give myself the creeps, sometimes my mind plays tricks on me" (lyrics from the Green Day song "Basket Case"). Text on Lower Right Leg: "Hydraulic Suspension Thigh Pads with cool Kevlar crap". Text on Left Leg: "Directional Locks MJOLNIR cyborg dealer parts". Text on Arm: "Action/Reload see may flexible joint system". Text on Torso: "All your base are belong to us".
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The level 'Assault on the Control Room' features all of the pilot-able vehicles in the game. It is also the only level to feature the Scorpion Tank.
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Cortana was originally written to speak with an English accent, which is why she has lines like "Sod off!". By the time Jen Taylor was cast, the English accent was dropped but the dialog was not re-written for an American accent.
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The Covenant forces from Halo-the Elites, Grunts, Jackals, and Hunters-are names given by humans from the way the enemy acts. The real names are as followed. Grunts - Unggoy Elites - Sangheili Jackals - Kig-Yar Hunters - Lekgolo
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When the Elites (sangheili) say 'worp worp worp' it is actually just Sergeant Johnson saying 'go go go' reversed and slowed down in a different pitch.
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Right outside the bridge of The Pillar of Autumn, there is a bulletin board with the following sheets on it (along with a control bar reading "FILE EDIT PASSWORD KEYBOARD and a pop-up keyboard): "FOR SALE PENTIUM XI (35GF?) CHICAGO OFFICE COLONY SHIP 3 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISION HYDE MARK CONGO INTEGRITY", "MARINES KEEP IT CLEAN! CLEAN YOUR AREA, TOSS YOUR FILTH, PUT AWAY YOUR TRAY" "MARINES SCOOTERS ARE FOR SQUIRTS NO SCOOTERS ON DECK", A duty roster, "LOST: CALICO CAT ANSWERS TO: JONESY" (A reference to the movie Alien (1979), "ATTENTION MARINES (some text too small to read) SOUTH PACIFIC (cut off by keyboard)", and a poster with the Earth as seen from the moon with the words "FIGHT FOR HER".
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Much of the dialog of the "Grunt" characters is taken from the Human characters in Marathon 1: "Thank God it's you" was spoken by characters called "Exploding Bobs", which were synthetic Humans who would run at the player and explode. The line "They're Everywhere" was spoken by frightened Humans the player would come across.
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The game launched before Xbox Live was implemented, so online play was not an option. However, multiplayer could achieved on Local Area Network (LANs) using the system link feature of the Xbox. This functionality almost got cut at the last minute. Bungie had to bring in a multiplayer developer who was working on Oni in order to fix the multiplayer component. In the end, Oni never had multiplayer capabilities of any kind, and System Link on Halo is one of Halo's most popular features.
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This game does not use the Halo engine as developed for the Xbox version of the game, it uses a DirectX 9 engine written specifically for the PC version.
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The host of the popular german Videogames TV-Show ''Game One'' Simon Krätschmer is a huge fan of the entire Halo Series.
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Was to be released for the PC and console at the same time but became an Xbox exclusive title after Microsoft bought out the company. The PC version was released later.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

One of the original antagonists for the game was going to be Cortana herself. She was planned to go mad with power after being downloaded into Halo's control room, which is why in the scene where she's downloaded into the main control system she starts acting strangely. However, the developers decided against having Cortana betray the Chief and instead made 343 Guilty Spark the antagonist. However, the scene where Cortana is downloaded into the control room remained unchanged, and made a lot of players believe she would go crazy, although it never happened.
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Much of the Halo franchise is inspired by the Alien films. From the visual similarities between the Aliens and the Elites, to the flood being an alien organism that parasitically uses human hosts to propogate their species. To Easter eggs such as a poster in the mess hall inquiring after a missing calico cat named 'Jonesy'. As well, much of the dialogue spoken by the Marines is either paraphrased or directly quoted from the first two alien films. Furthermore the final ending of both Alien and Halo: CE involve the protagonist blowing up their ship to destroy the creature(s) chasing them.
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Unlike future games going from Halo 2 to the last one featuring the flood, Halo 3. The flood, which appears in the level "Guilty Spark", will not die from a direct bullet to the head. They also won't die from a direct melee attack to the head. These were introduced to be a biological parasite which adds more of a challenge to the levels after. Their last appearance is in the final level of the game, "The Maw".
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