Halo 2 is the sequel to Halo: Combat Evolved and is the second entry in the Halo franchise. It starts on the Cairo space station with the Master Chief being awarded a medal of honor for his actions on Halo and Miranda Keyes a medal for her now deceased father Captain Jacob Keyes before the covenant once again infiltrate the ship. It is then discovered that the Prophet of Regret slips through Earth's defenses and launches an attack on the African city of New Mombasa. The game also introduces a new playable character, Thel Vadam, commonly referred to as the "Arbiter". The Arbiter was a high ranked powerful elite commander that was given the role to protect the first Halo ring from outside forces. However, due to the destruction of the first ring, the Arbiter was reprimanded by being stripped of his rank and humiliated in front of a large crowd of the Covenant by being branded and tortured by Tartarus.
Features[edit | edit source]
The campaign features 15 playable campaign maps, alternating between the Master Chief's story and the Arbiter's story. The campaign introduces a game mechanic that is exclusive for the Heretic missions, which allows the Arbiter to become invisible. This invisibility feature is limited to only working for a few seconds as it is revealed that his armor he is currently wearing is older, unlike the other heretics.
Other features such as dual wielding and swapping weapons with friendly NPCs has been added as well. Vehicles no longer use the one hit kill physics that the previous game used, but rather require momentum to splatter the enemy. Vehicles can now be controlled by NPCs as opposed to the previous game requiring the player to control the vehicle, although progression can be limited sometimes.
New enemies have been added to the game, such as drones (often referred to as "buggers" by humans) and brutes. New weapons have been added into the game, such as the battle rifle and submachine gun for the UNSC forces, the carbine and fuel rod cannon for the covenant, and the brute plasma rifle and brute shot for the brutes.
DLC[edit | edit source]
Halo 2 for Xbox utilized a number of DLC and addons that expanded matchmaking, mainly adding maps (with the exception of Zombie game type). Most of the maps were obtainable via the Xbox live service, with everything (except Blastacular Pack with it releasing afterwards, and Zombies game mode since it was released in the Official Xbox Magazine) being added to the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack disc.
People who owned or played the PC port of Halo 2 (commonly reffered to as Halo 2 Vista) have all the maps built in, with a few PC exclusive maps added as well. The Zombies game type was not available for this port officially, but can be played via its Halo: Master Chief Collection release or via the unofficial multiplayer mod patch Halo 2 Project Cartographer.
Builds[edit | edit source]
Halo 2 currently has 3 builds for Xbox (with 2 DLC files) and one build for PC.