The Top 7... Unanswered Questions in Halo 3

Mystified by Master Chief's final fight? You've come to the right place

Oct 1, 2007

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Make no mistake -we love Halo 3. But while the game may have excellent graphics, music, missions, multiplayer, coop and editing tools, it fails to deliver one crucial element. Closure.

This may have been the end of a trilogy, but it certainly did not feel like the end of Halo. Plot threads remained loose, characters were left in limbo and the fight did not seem entirely finished. With no more sequels announced (yet), what's a puzzled and perplexed fan to do?

Read our countdown. We explore Halo 3's most burning questions and attempt, as best we can, to answer them. Let's get started...

What happened to Master Chief at the beginning of the game?

We're used to our heroes making confident and dramatic entrances, preferably guns blazing. So finding the legendary protagonist of Halo - all seven feet and half a ton of him - lying frozen and unresponsive on the jungle floor was more than sad. It was scary.

Of course, we all know that the Master Chief was back in action soon thereafter. But for a brief moment, our planet's greatest savior looked vulnerable. Worse, he looked defeated. How and why did he arrive in that damaged state?

Our best guess: Looking only at the end of Halo 2 and start of Halo 3, one might assume the Master Chief simply fell out of the Covenant cargo hold he was stowed away in as it entered Earth's atmosphere.

The in-progress comic book series Halo: Uprising, however, reveals that the Chief enjoyed an entire series of adventures between his second and third games. Clearly, at some point during this spin-off action, he is rendered incapacitated and sent hurtling towards the surface.

In the first issue, he has already been knocked unconscious by a team of Covenant Hunters. What happens next, and how it connects to Halo 3, will hopefully be made clear in issues 3-4.

What happened to Master Chief at the beginning of the game?

We're used to our heroes making confident and dramatic entrances, preferably guns blazing. So finding the legendary protagonist of Halo - all seven feet and half a ton of him - lying frozen and unresponsive on the jungle floor was more than sad. It was scary.

Of course, we all know that the Master Chief was back in action soon thereafter. But for a brief moment, our planet's greatest savior looked vulnerable. Worse, he looked defeated. How and why did he arrive in that damaged state?

Our best guess: Looking only at the end of Halo 2 and start of Halo 3, one might assume the Master Chief simply fell out of the Covenant cargo hold he was stowed away in as it entered Earth's atmosphere.

The in-progress comic book series Halo: Uprising, however, reveals that the Chief enjoyed an entire series of adventures between his second and third games. Clearly, at some point during this spin-off action, he is rendered incapacitated and sent hurtling towards the surface.

In the first issue, he has already been knocked unconscious by a team of Covenant Hunters. What happens next, and how it connects to Halo 3, will hopefully be made clear in issues 3-4.

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