Halo 2: Anniversary

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes Halo 2: Anniversary.

Halo 2: Anniversary is a video game for the Xbox One, exclusively available as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It was developed by 343 Industries. It is presented as a remake of the original Halo 2, having been released ten years after. It served as the flagship game for the first two seasons of the Halo Championship Series.

Overview[edit]

Halo 2: Anniversary contains the standard modes included in modern Halo games, including a remastered Halo 2 campaign, online multiplayer (matchmaking and custom games), forge and theater.

Gameplay[edit]

Staying true to its name, Halo 2: Anniversary scaled back on many of the additions to Halo 4 in order to present a game more similar to the original Halo 2. Despite this, it still contains things that were not in Halo 2, such as certain weapons like the Silenced SMG, and power-ups like the Speed Boost. Alongside these additions, many of the remade multiplayer maps feature interactive elements that were not present in their original incarnations.

Campaign[edit]

Halo 2: Anniversary features the original Halo 2 campaign with remastered graphics, complete with all new specially rendered cutscenes.

Multiplayer Maps[edit]

Halo 2: Anniversary contains exclusively maps inspired by those from Halo 2:

  • Shrine, a remake of Sanctuary
  • Warlord, a remake of Warlock, which itself was a remake of Wizard from Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Lockdown, a remake of Lockout
  • Bloodline, a remake of Coagulation, which itself was a remake of Blood Gulch from Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Stonetown, a remake of Zanzibar
  • Zenith, a remake of Ascension

A remake of Relic is also currently being worked on by 343, targeted for release as future DLC.

Some of these maps contain new features that weren't present in their Halo 2 counterparts, such as destructible stalactites on Lockdown that, if shot at the right moment, can be used to kill enemies below.

Game Types[edit]

Halo 2: Anniversary contains the standard Halo gametypes, including:

  • Slayer
  • Capture the Flag
  • King of the Hill
  • Assault
  • Oddball
  • Territories
  • Ricochet
  • Forge
  • Juggernaut

Competitive Play[edit]

Halo 2: Anniversary's competitive lifespan lasted from September 2014 and August 2015. During this time, 343 Industries teamed up with the Electronic Sports League to start the Halo Championship Series, an organized Halo esports league. The first two seasons of HCS were played on Halo 2: Anniversary. In the official HCS settings, only three maps are used: Warlord, Shrine and Lockdown, in a mix of Team Slayer, Capture the Flag, Team Crazy King, Team Oddball and Neutral Bomb Assault gametypes.

The most successful team in H2A was Evil Geniuses, comprised of Eric "Snip3down" Wrona, twins Justin "Roy" and Jason "Lunchbox" Brown, and Tony "Lethul" Campbell Jr. Their dominance began midway through HCS Season 1, when they started going on a tear in the HCS Cups and followed up with 1st place at Gamers For Giving 2015. They never looked back, going on to win every North American event from then on out, never being knocked into the losers' bracket.

In Europe, the most successful teams were Vibe, who most notably won the EGL Battle of Europe 2015 and earned a spot in the HCS Season 1 Finals, and TCM Gaming, who won three high profile European H2A tournaments.

Major Tournaments[edit]

Event End Date Prize Pool First Second Third Fourth
HCS Season 2 Finals July 26, 2015 $150,000 Evil Geniuseslogo std.pngEvil Geniuses Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaming Denial Esportslogo std.pngDenial Esports Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
HCS Indianapolis June 28, 2015 $50,000 Evil Geniuseslogo std.pngEvil Geniuses Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaming Denial Esportslogo std.pngDenial Esports Winterfoxlogo std.pngWinterfox
Iron Games Atlanta 2015 April 19, 2015 $25,000 Evil Geniuseslogo std.pngEvil Geniuses Denial Esportslogo std.pngDenial Esports Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9 Winterfoxlogo std.pngWinterfox
HCS Season 1 Finals March 8, 2015 $100,000 Evil Geniuseslogo std.pngEvil Geniuses Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaming NBlogo std.pngNoble Black Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Gamers For Giving 2015 February 22, 2015 $10,000 Evil Geniuseslogo std.pngEvil Geniuses Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaming OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
EGL Battle of Europe 2015 February 22, 2015 €10,000 Team Vibelogo std.pngTeam Vibe TCM-Gaminglogo std.pngTCM-Gaming Epsilon eSportslogo std.pngEpsilon eSports Logo std.pngdzs
UGC St. Louis 2015 January 4, 2015 $20,000 Denial Esportslogo std.pngDenial Esports Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaming Evil Geniuseslogo std.pngEvil Geniuses OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming
Iron Games Columbus 2014 December 14, 2014 $15,000 Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaming Evil Geniuseslogo std.pngEvil Geniuses OpTic Gaminglogo std.pngOpTic Gaming Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Gfinity Halo 2: Anniversary LAN Championship November 30, 2014 ? TCM-Gaminglogo std.pngTCM-Gaming London Conspiracylogo std.pngLondon Conspiracy FaZe Clanlogo std.pngFaZe France Team infusedlogo std.pngTeam infused
Insomnia 53 November 24, 2014 ? TCM-Gaminglogo std.pngTCM-Gaming Team Vibelogo std.pngTeam Vibe Team infusedlogo std.pngTeam infused Logo std.pngTEC
ESL MCC Launch Invitational November 9, 2014 $50,000 Believe the Hypelogo std.pngBelieve the Hype ApeX Str8 Rippinlogo std.pngStr8 Rippin Shoot to Killlogo std.pngShoot to Kill VwS Gaming (Europe)logo std.pngVwS Gaming
PAX Prime Showdown 2014 September 1, 2014 $10,000 EXcellence Gaminglogo std.pngeXcellence Gaming VwS Gaming (Europe)logo std.pngVwS USA CoL Triggers Downlogo std.pngTriggers Down TCM-Gaminglogo std.pngTCM-Gaming
Gamescom Showdown 2014 August 17, 2014 $10,000 TCM-Gaminglogo std.pngTCM-Gaming VwS Gaming (Europe)logo std.pngVwS Gaming Logo std.pngReason to Choke Logo std.pngdzs

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