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* CliffHanger: The story ends with one of the most infamous cliffhangers in all of videogaming, being a very obvious SequelHook rather than actual completion of the main threats a'la the first game.

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* BreatherLevel: After the level "Oracle", which introduces the Flood, the player is thrust back into the boots of the Master Chief in the next level, "Delta Halo".
* CliffHanger: The story ends with one of the most infamous cliffhangers in all of videogaming, being a very obvious SequelHook rather than the actual completion of the main threats a'la the first game.



** Human vehicles are also now destroyable for the first time.
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: See EnemyCivilWar.



** Truth decides to leave Mercy behind after an infection form latches onto him. When the Master Chief runs into him, he tells him that Truth is heading to Earth, basically ratting him out. Truth pretty much [[IdiotBall shot himself in the foot]] on that one.

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** Furthermore, Truth decides to leave Mercy behind after an infection form latches onto him. When the Master Chief runs into him, he tells him that Truth is heading to Earth, basically ratting him out. out, so Truth pretty much [[IdiotBall shot himself in the foot]] on that one.



** "Gravemind" has another MissingNo enemy in the form of the Honor Guard Councillor. On the intentional side, this is the only mission with Spec-Ops Elites and Grunts as enemies, as well as one Elite with a Fuel Rod Gun at the end.

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** "Gravemind" has another MissingNo enemy in the form of the Honor Guard Councillor.Councilor. On the intentional side, this is the only mission with Spec-Ops Elites and Grunts as enemies, as well as one Elite with a Fuel Rod Gun at the end.


* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor case. In the original, when Arbiter responds to Rtas stating he doesn't care if the former lives or dies with "That make two of us." he is staring Rtas down, emphasizing his defiance. In the remake, Arbiter drops his eyes while delivering the line, emphasizing his sense of shame over his failure.

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: A minor case. In the original, when Arbiter responds to Rtas stating he doesn't care if the former lives or dies with "That make two of us." he is staring Rtas down, emphasizing his defiance. In the remake, re-animated Blur cutscene, Arbiter drops his eyes while delivering the line, emphasizing his sense of shame over his failure.



* FramingDevice: In the ''Anniversary'' remake, the story is framed as Thel 'Vadamee recounting events of the game to Jameson Locke, which also serves as a set up to ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.

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* FramingDevice: In the ''Anniversary'' remake, remaster, the story is framed as Thel 'Vadamee recounting events of the game to Jameson Locke, which also serves as a set up to ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.



* ShotForShotRemake: Much like ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', gameplay is preserved identically. The only changes include in-game discovery of terminals and additional multiplayer features.
* UpdatedRerelease: Like the ''Combat Evolved'' remake, this one has a complete graphics and sound overhaul. Unlike the remake of the first game, it replaces the old in-engine cutscenes with high-budget, completely pre-rendered ones.

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* ShotForShotRemake: Much like ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', gameplay is preserved identically. The only changes include in-game discovery of terminals and additional multiplayer features.
* UpdatedRerelease: Like the ''Combat Evolved'' remake, remaster, this one has a complete graphics and sound overhaul. Unlike the remake remaster of the first game, it replaces the old in-engine cutscenes with high-budget, completely pre-rendered ones.


* [[Foreshadowing]]: Cortana suggests that killing the Prophet of Regret should shake up the Covenant leadership, and remarks that the Chief might be doing Truth a favor. Turns out she was right, as Regret's death gives Truth an excuse to replace the Elites with the Brutes, which leads to the [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]].

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* [[Foreshadowing]]: {{Foreshadowing}}: Cortana suggests that killing the Prophet of Regret should shake up the Covenant leadership, and remarks that the Chief might be doing Truth a favor. Turns out she was right, as Regret's death gives Truth an excuse to replace the Elites with the Brutes, which leads to the [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]].


* Foreshadowing: Cortana suggests that killing the Prophet of Regret should shake up the Covenant leadership, and remarks that the Chief might be doing Truth a favor. Turns out she was right, as Regret's death gives Truth an excuse to replace the Elites with the Brutes, which leads to the [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]].

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* Foreshadowing: [[Foreshadowing]]: Cortana suggests that killing the Prophet of Regret should shake up the Covenant leadership, and remarks that the Chief might be doing Truth a favor. Turns out she was right, as Regret's death gives Truth an excuse to replace the Elites with the Brutes, which leads to the [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]].


** The [[spoiler:Gravemind]] recruits Master Chief and the Arbiter to stop [[spoiler:Truth]], making it a three way enemy mine.

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** The [[spoiler:Gravemind]] recruits Master Chief and the Arbiter to stop [[spoiler:Truth]], making it a three way three-way enemy mine.



* FireKeepsItDead: When the Flood turn up, one of the Arbiter's fellow Sangheili/Elites laments that they didn't bring anything to burn the bodies with.

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* FireKeepsItDead: When the Flood turn up, up on the gas mine, one of the Arbiter's fellow Sangheili/Elites laments lament that they didn't bring anything to burn the bodies with.with.
* Foreshadowing: Cortana suggests that killing the Prophet of Regret should shake up the Covenant leadership, and remarks that the Chief might be doing Truth a favor. Turns out she was right, as Regret's death gives Truth an excuse to replace the Elites with the Brutes, which leads to the [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]].



** Truth decides to leave Mercy behind after an infection form latches onto him. When the Master Chief runs into him, he tells him that Truth is heading to Earth, basically ratting him out.

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** Truth decides to leave Mercy behind after an infection form latches onto him. When the Master Chief runs into him, he tells him that Truth is heading to Earth, basically ratting him out. Truth pretty much [[IdiotBall shot himself in the foot]] on that one.

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** Truth decides to leave Mercy behind after an infection form latches onto him. When the Master Chief runs into him, he tells him that Truth is heading to Earth, basically ratting him out.

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* UniqueEnemy: Likely owing to this game's chaotic development, there are quite a few one-off enemy concepts scattered throughout the game:
** The first group of enemies in "Cairo Station" includes a pair of Elites dual-wielding Plasma Pistols. Later on, you can encounter an uncloaked Stealth Elite, and at the very end, there is an Elite dual-wielding a Plasma Rifle and Needler (also the only enemy that is dual-wielding two different weapons).
** During the drive through the tunnels in "Outskirts", you drive past a convoy of Shadows. These vehicles receive an entry in the manual despite being undriveable and never appear beyond this minuscule appearance.
** "Delta Halo" features a group of Jackals that use Plasma Rifles.
** "Regret" features a group of cloaked Grunts in their only antagonistic appearance.
** A squad of enemy Marines can be indirectly encountered "Sacred Icon"; they are scripted to die when the player reaches their location.
** "Quarantine Zone" has the Needler Sentinel, a single Sentinel that fires Needler rounds and will drop one upon being destroyed. According to a developer, this was an experimental concept they forgot to remove from the final game.
** "Gravemind" has another MissingNo enemy in the form of the Honor Guard Councillor. On the intentional side, this is the only mission with Spec-Ops Elites and Grunts as enemies, as well as one Elite with a Fuel Rod Gun at the end.
** "High Charity" is the only mission with cloaked Flood, as well as Flood Combat Forms equipped with Brute Plasma Rifles. There is also a lonely Combat Form with a Brute Shot.


* TwentyFourHourArmor / LimitedWardrobe: Master Chief wears his MJOLNIR armor at all times, even during the award ceremony at the beginning of the game, where some sort of dress uniform (like the other characters wear) would be more appropriate. Lampshaded by Johnson:
--> '''Master Chief''': You told me there wouldn't be any cameras.
--> '''Johnson''': And you told me you were gonna wear something nice!



* LimitedWardrobe: Master Chief wears his MJOLNIR armor at all times, even during the award ceremony at the beginning of the game, where some sort of dress uniform (like the other characters wear) would be more appropriate. Lampshaded by Johnson:
--> '''Master Chief''': You told me there wouldn't be any cameras.
--> '''Johnson''': And you told me you were going to wear something nice!


* FramingDevice: In the ''Anniversary'' remake, the story is framed as Thel 'Vadamee recounting events of the game to Jameson Locke, which also serves as a set up to ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.



* LimitedWardrobe: Master Chief wears his MJOLNIR armor at all times, even during the award ceremony at the beginning of the game, where you'd expect him to wear a dress uniform like the other characters do. Lampshaded by Johnson:

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* LimitedWardrobe: Master Chief wears his MJOLNIR armor at all times, even during the award ceremony at the beginning of the game, where you'd expect him to wear a some sort of dress uniform like (like the other characters do.wear) would be more appropriate. Lampshaded by Johnson:


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* VillainBall: Truth wants to eliminate the Elites and fill their shoes in the Covenant with the Brutes, whom he thinks will be more blindly obedient underlings, especially if the truth about Halo gets out. While this might be a sound plan for the long term, the problem is that Truth's goal, which he comes very close to achieving in the game, is to activate Halo and wipe out all life in the galaxy (or as he believes, AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence) meaning that ''there is no long term for him''. Many of the Elites are still loyal to the Covenant and devout followers of its religion; even if the truth about Halo got out, it likely wouldn't sway enough Elites to turn against the Covenant in time to stop truth. Instead, Truth gives all of the Elites a very good reason to turn against him, something that directly results in Truth's failing to achieve his goal in this game as well as his ultimate defeat.


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* FramingDevice: In the ''Anniversary'' remake, the story is framed as Thel 'Vadamee recounting events of the game to Jameson Locke, which also serves as a set up to ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.

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* FramingDevice: In the ''Anniversary'' remake, the story is framed as Thel 'Vadamee recounting events of the game to Jameson Locke, which also serves as a set up to ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.


Plotwise, the major change from the original ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' is that the campaign is told from two different angles: not only that of the Master Chief, but that of a Covenant {{Elite|Mooks}}. The latter is known only as [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname the Arbiter]], and he was originally the leader of the Covenant forces that fought the Master Chief on the first Halo ring. Branded as a heretic by the Covenant leaders due to his failure to stop the ring's destruction, the Arbiter is given a suicide mission that may potentially help him reclaim some of his lost honor. As the Arbiter learns more about the origin of the Halo rings and the fate of the Forerunners, he eventually comes to doubt the Covenant cause...

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Plotwise, the major change from the original ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' is that the campaign is told from two different angles: not only that of the Master Chief, but that of a Covenant {{Elite|Mooks}}. The latter is latter, named Thel 'Vadamee but better known only as [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname the Arbiter]], and he was originally the leader of the Covenant forces that fought the Master Chief on the first Halo ring. Branded as a heretic by the Covenant leaders due to his failure to stop the ring's destruction, the Arbiter is given a suicide mission that may potentially help him reclaim some of his lost honor. As the Arbiter learns more about the origin of the Halo rings and the fate of the Forerunners, he eventually comes to doubt the Covenant cause...


-->'''Tartarus''': A bloody fate awaits you and the rest of your incompetent race. And I, Tartarus, Chieftain of the Brutes, will send you to it.
-->'''Arbiter''': When the Prophets learn of this, they will take your head.
-->'''Tartarus''': When they learn? [[spoiler:Fool, they ordered me to do it.]]

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-->'''Tartarus''': --->'''Tartarus''': A bloody fate awaits you and the rest of your incompetent race. And I, Tartarus, Chieftain of the Brutes, will send you to it.
-->'''Arbiter''': --->'''Arbiter''': When the Prophets learn of this, they will take your head.
-->'''Tartarus''': When --->'''Tartarus''': ''When'' they learn? [[spoiler:Fool, they ordered me to do it.]]



-->'''Gravemind''': Silence fills the empty grave...now that I have gone. But my mind is not at rest...for questions linger on. I will ask... and ''you'' will answer.
-->'''[[spoiler:Cortana]]''': ...Alright. Shoot.

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-->'''Gravemind''': --->'''Gravemind''': Silence fills the empty grave...now that I have gone. But my mind is not at rest...for questions linger on. I will ask... and ''you'' will answer.
-->'''[[spoiler:Cortana]]''': ...--->'''[[spoiler:Cortana]]''': ...Alright. Shoot.


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* LimitedWardrobe: Master Chief wears his MJOLNIR armor at all times, even the award ceremony at the beginning of the game, where you'd expect him to wear a dress uniform like the other characters do. Lampshaded by Johnson:

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* LimitedWardrobe: Master Chief wears his MJOLNIR armor at all times, even during the award ceremony at the beginning of the game, where you'd expect him to wear a dress uniform like the other characters do. Lampshaded by Johnson:



* ShowsDamage: One of the changes from the first game is that vehicles can now show damage; however, this is purely cosmetic. Vehicles are still tied to the player's CriticalExistenceFailure, so you can drive around with your vehicle on fire for as long as you want if your health stays above zero. Also, you can still fly in a Banshee even after its had both of its engines shot off.

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* ShowsDamage: One of the changes from the first game is that vehicles can now show damage; however, this is purely cosmetic. Vehicles are still tied to the player's CriticalExistenceFailure, so you can drive around with your vehicle on fire for as long as you want if your health stays above zero. Also, you can still fly in a Banshee even after its it's had both of its engines and wings shot off.

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* LimitedWardrobe: Master Chief wears his MJOLNIR armor at all times, even the award ceremony at the beginning of the game, where you'd expect him to wear a dress uniform like the other characters do. Lampshaded by Johnson:
--> '''Master Chief''': You told me there wouldn't be any cameras.
--> '''Johnson''': And you told me you were going to wear something nice!

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