After the events on the Forerunner ringworld Halo, Master Chief SPARTAN-117 returns home to Earth with the AI construct Cortana. The war with the Covenant forces is still not going well, despite the destruction of an entire fleet at Halo, but the Master Chief needs a refit. Armed with the Mjolnir Armor Mark VI, he is on his way to a decorations ceremony with the thought-to-be-dead Sergeant Johnson, when Covenant forces emerge from the Slipstream into Earth space. But something is wrong: the fleet is much smaller than the one used to destroy Reach, humanity's former frontline stronghold. The Master Chief and Cortana, along with Commander Miranda Keyes and the crew of In Amber Clad, must fight off the Covenant and protect Earth, a battle that will take them across the galaxy to a new planet, which is disturbingly familiar...Meanwhile, the Prophets, leaders of the Covenant, are not pleased with the Elite Commander that allowed the Master Chief to destroy Halo, and he is branded a heretic... Written by
This battle doesn't call for a hero. It calls for a savior.
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Did You Know?
Although the game was critically acclaimed, the developers felt that it could have been better. In a 2007 interview with Edge magazine, it is noted that they didn't have time for their customary "polishing" phase of development. A commentary for the game, featured in the Halo 3
(2007) "Legendary Edition", elaborates on this, describing sections of the game which had to be dropped in order to meet their deadline. The game would have continued past the much-maligned "finishing this fight" cliffhanger, to a final level on the Forerunner space ship. See more
On the level The Great Journey, Miranda Keyes holds her hands like she is holding a gun, but they are empty. See more
[standing before the heirarchs and the counsel
There was only one ship.
Prophet of Truth
One? Are you sure?
Yes. They called it the "Pillar of Autumn".
Prophet of Mercy
Why was it not destroyed with the rest of their fleet?
It fled as we set fire to their planet. I followed with all the ships in my command.
Prophet of Regret
When you first saw Halo, were you blinded by its magesty?
Prophet of Regret
After the credits roll, there is a short scene featuring Cortana and Gravemind. See more
Featured in The Longest Yard
Performed by Hoobastank
Music by Daniel Estrin
(as Dan Estrin)
Lyrics by Douglas Robb
(as Doug Robb) See more