Halo Wars in 90 seconds

You don’t have time to draw out strategic plans and command dozens of your Spartan soldiers to take out the Covenant. Either you’re used to running and gunning down Grunts and Elites with your trusty battle rifle, or you just plain don’t like all this RTS BS. Whatever the case, we’ve come to the rescue to make things easier for you. Here is the entire Halo Wars story in 90 seconds. So don’t be upset if you missed the game’s midnight release (we checked, there was no line). Oh, we’ve also uncovered the spoiler of the century, ie Master Chief’s true identity, but you’ll have to watch the video first. Check it out below.

There you have it. Now you know that the humans are at war with the Covenant in the year 2531, 20 years before the first Halo game. The Arbiter kidnaps cute Professor Anders, takes her to an uncharted planet in another star system and uses her to activate a fleet of dormant Forerunner ships. She then escapes and assigns Sergeant J. Forge the task of destroying the planet by driving their ship’s FTL reactor into the planet’s sun. However, the core needs to be detonated manually, meaning whoever does it will surely die. And that’s the end of Sergeant Forge. Or is it?? All signs point to the massive revelation that Sergeant J. Forge is actually Master Chief. Wishful thinking? Put on your tinfoil hat and step into our Halobratory, we think we have a pretty compelling case.

Above: Extensive Halobratory

Above: Mounds of clues

Sergeant John Forge shares the same name with Master Chief, also known as John-117.

Back in our Top 7… Ugliest bastards in gaming, we showcased Master Chief’s face, which was first discovered as a glitch during the Halo 3 beta. We compared it side by side with a screenshot of Sgt. Forge from Halo Wars and found striking similarities, from the same brow arch down to the flares of their noses.

Above: “Master Chief” in Halo 3 beta

Above: Sergeant John Forge, also Master Chief!

On his right breast plate, Sgt. Forge bears 9 Legendary symbols. It doesn’t take an Einstein to know that 1 + 1 + 7 equals 9. Coincidence? We think not! 9 = 9, therefore Forge is the Chief.

Above: What the blur really is on Forge’s pistol

You’ll notice in Halo Wars that Sgt. Forge wears an Ace of Spades playing card on his left shoulder pad. Well, so does Master Chief in Halo 3. And don’t forget that Halo 3’s map editor is named Forge, just like Halo Wars’ protagonist. They could have named him anything in the known universe, but they purposefully picked the name of a Halo 3 game mode (was John Matchmaking already taken?)

You may have thought that Master Chief’s origins were explained in the novels, and that he was born in 2511, making him at least 20 years old during Halo Wars. But you know what, we didn’t read the novels and we don’t care what they say. The novels are heretical. The games are the only thing we consider canon, and there’s enough evidence in the games that John Forge and John-117 are at least related if not the same person. (We know Forge dies at the end, but they may have been able to salvage bits of his DNA after the explosion, or possibly cloned him off an old hair found in his cryostasis tube.)


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  • tim-scholtens - December 6, 2011 2:54 a.m.

    u guys are so stupid thinking J Forge is J father!!! Here is the fact. --By Frag-- John Forge is not related to Master Chief in any way. You were abducted at the age of 4 or 5 if you were involved in any of the Spartan Projects. That isn't a 4 year old, There are no records of the Spartans parents ANYWHERE. The child's history is lost forever and never backed up, This guy can't be Chiefs dad since this guy is 29 During Halo Wars and Chief is in his late 20's . Chiefs face will most likely never be revealed .
  • carl-max-augustin - March 9, 2014 9 p.m.

    further more John Forge is not Master Chief's father , nor master chief's . John Forge was only 9, born on earth on the year 2502 ;John 117 was born on March 7, 2511 on Eridanus 2.
  • carl-max-augustin - March 9, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    Sergeant John Forge detonates the Spirit of Fire's slipspace drive and destroys the planet , dying in the process. Game timeline Halo: Wars Halo: Reach Halo: Combat Evolved Halo 2 Halo 3: ODST Halo 3 Halo 4 Considering the game's timeline Halo CE events happen after Halo wars, and john is alive and kicking .
  • abbottfrizzell - August 11, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    shit.. late.. but OMG :D :o
  • jaykerrigan - March 17, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    i love it! but of course its impossible that sarge J forge could possibly be MC. 2 reasons why. 1. Forge dies! 2. the face isn't actually Master cheif's face. Bungie announced that it was a glitch and was never intended for Spartan 117's actual face. thus case close and all evidence is invalid or coincidence. but i still love it, but its just not true.
  • pandasrock - December 12, 2009 12:01 a.m.

    umm watch i hate to rain on your parade but john IS forge
  • watchman2814 - December 7, 2009 1:32 p.m.

    I doubt anyone's reading this anymore, but has anyone considered that Forge might be John's daddy? In the books; which are certainly NOT heretical, they're actually awesome and well coordinated with the game, John was kidnapped by Dr. Halsey when he was just a boy. So Forge could be his father and have never known about him because he was either in prison or away serving the UNSC. Stands to reason that John-117 might have been named in honor of his dad, and John's mother might even be the woman that Forge defended against the belligerent Lt. in his back story. The chronology might not match up, but it'd make for a good tale.
  • pandasrock - November 28, 2009 7:55 p.m.

    Okay beat the game on legendary and turn up the volume cortana will then say good work JOHN tnels you jackass
  • TheLonelyDancer42 - October 26, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    I think Forge can be Master CHief because only the chief could defeat and Arbiter and fight a spartan without armor.
  • pandasrock - June 6, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    i dont even have halo wars but sergent j forge being master cheif makes sense because in the first halo at the first mission (cant rember when all i know is before you get gun) one of the marines call you john and the place where you spawn at begging look like that case thing also heres 100% proof in the halo books they call master cheif john
  • ParagonFury - May 2, 2009 3:14 a.m.

    My bad. Incomplete post. Read the books. You'll learn the truth. The Master Chief is simply John-117, a SPARTAN II who was trained from his childhood to be the best soldier possible. Forge died. How would one survive an FTL explosion AND a sun going super-nova?
  • ParagonFury - May 2, 2009 3:11 a.m.

    No. The Master Chief is just John-117
  • Coolbeans69 - April 11, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    Oh god @ Nogginpuncher the 4th indianna jones was such a failure don't even mention it
  • shadowstrike2009 - March 24, 2009 6:36 a.m.

    maybe if somebody could download the ad ( photoshop the helmet to see if theres a refeltion at about 23 second threw
  • nadrewod999 - March 11, 2009 11 p.m.

    Okay, I, even though I truly believe that the books tell the best story, have to admit that there is a lot of evidence to suggest that Forge >= Master Chief, but until Bungie makes a direct statement on this, I won't completely believe it. Also, to Gotxxrock, LISTEN TO THE ARTICLE!
  • thefarkinator - March 10, 2009 3:55 a.m.

    Um... John was kind of adopted into the Spartan II program at 7 years old... haven't you all read the books?
  • NogginPuncher - March 9, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    Probably not the same. Forge is so much more badass. But, if there were a Halo Wars 2, they could bring Forge back by saying he hid in a refridgerator during the explosion. It worked in Indiana Jones, right?
  • oreomonkey - March 9, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    Do you seriously think that Bungie took the time to make his face look exactly like they were going to make it look almost 2 years later in a different game when his head is inside a helmet the whole time? C'mon... be realistic...
  • Thequestion 121 - March 9, 2009 2:31 a.m.

    Awesome deducting skills. You rock, Lizzie!
  • TarkDaShark - March 8, 2009 3:52 a.m.

    MC is Freemans bro. look at the simularitys both have an awsome suit and glass on there face both have a creepy person interupting there games, both have hot partners, both have levels dedicated to zombehcating parasites

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