The lights are on
If you're like me, Halo's confusing plot has always taken a
backseat to blasting aliens. Still, if you want a refresher before jumping into
Halo 4, here's what I remember. You're welcome.
If you're looking for a more serious explanation of
Halo's complex lore, Miller's
got you covered. This is what I remember of the story in-between all the parts where you're shooting things. My knowledge may
not cover everything, but I've still managed to save the galaxy from alien
invaders five freaking times, so I'm willing to classify my understanding of the lore as "good enough."
Halo: Combat Evolved
Hail To The ChiefIn the first three games, you play as Master Chief, a
Spartan-II super soldier. The Spartan program was used to make normal puny soldiers
into total badasses, and Master Chief was one of the lucky candidates who didn't
die from the procedure. So right off the bat Master Chief is already pretty
awesome, and pretty much the galaxy's last chance for survival. Oh, he also has
a holographic woman named Cortana that lives inside of his head. She's kind of important.
Hello, HaloThe first game starts with Master Chief waking up on the Pillar of Autumn, which is under attack
by an alien alliance called the Covenant. Captain Keyes tried to escape the
Covenant by warping to an unknown area in the galaxy, which happens to be right
next to the planet Halo. The ship was still damaged, though (some Captain), so
Master Chief jumps ship in an escape pod.
After landing, Master Chief finds out that Captain Stupid
crashed the Pillar of Autumn onto
Halo, and then promptly got himself captured by the Covenant. Your job is to
free him while investigating the weird ringworld. How does a planet form in the
shape of a ring? The answer: it doesn't! It's actually a giant machine made by
an ancient alien species, but we'll get to that later. First, Master Chief has
some alien asses to kick.
The CovenantAs stated earlier, the Covenant is an alliance of aliens
that are at war with humanity. These include the baby-talking-pushover Grunts, the
cheap-sniping-bird-dude Jackals, the not-quite-as-good-as-their-name-implies-but-whatever
Elites, and the "Holy-crap-get-that-thing-away-from-me!" Hunters. Later sequels
would introduce more species in the Convenant, but these are the important
ones. They're not the only enemies Master Chief has to kill, however.
Open The Flood GatesAfter rescuing Keyes and some other survivors, Master Chief tries
to enter Halo's control room in order to see what the heck the giant alien
machine actually does. Meanwhile, however, the Covenant prove that Captain
Stupid isn't the only one capable of making mistakes, as they accidentally
release a plague of zombies called the Flood.
The Flood is another species of alien that infects and
mutates other living organisms in order to control them. They're also pretty
freaky looking, and have a tendency to swarm their enemies. The Flood
eventually eats Keyes, so Master Chief decides he should probably stop them.
Guilty JerkIn order to stop the Flood, Master Chief teams up with an
idiot robot named 343 Guilty Spark. Guilty Spark tells Master Chief that he has
a secret weapon that can kill the Flood, so our hero decides to help him.
Unfortunately, the weapon is guarded by the best security
system in the galaxy; getting to it requires travelling through the Library,
the longest and most monotonous video game level ever created, which kills intruders
with its sheer boredom.
Master Chief is a badass though, so he takes some No-Doze
and makes it through. But right before he activates the machine, he receives a
last-minute warning from Cortana, informing him that activating the Halo will kill
all life in the galaxy. See? I told you she was important.
Ka-BoomGuilty Spark soon realizes the jig is up and tries to stop
the Master Chief from destroying the ringworld. However, he's no match for the
veteran space marine; Master Chief shoots Guilty Spark with a laser from his
own robot henchman (snap!) and then hightails it off the planet before blowing
Coming Up Next: Do I seriously still have four more games to summarize?!
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