Casual/Arcade & Pinball
3rd Party Rating: None found.
Halo Zero is a FREE fan-made 2D sidescroller shoot ‘em up PC game created by Dobermann. It features characters from the original Halo, and 2D gameplay much like the old PC game Abuse by Bungie or the arcade game series Metal Slug.The game was released to the public via hosting servers on December 12, 2005. The game’s plot is loosely based on the Battle of Reach before Halo: Combat Evolved took place. The game is not endorsed by Microsoft or Bungie, and thus, is considered non-canon.
The game takes place during the Battle of Reach. John-117 fights his way through waves of Covenant forces invading the “Complex”. At the end he is picked up by a Pelican, but later shot down. After wandering through a forest, he finds a Warthog. At the end of the ride he gets out and stops a Covenant bomb from destroying a generator. Once the bomb is disarmed, Vice Admiral Whitcomb sends the Chief a transmission saying he’s a prisoner on a Covenant ship. Once the Admiral is rescued, the Master Chief goes to Castle Base and saves Sergeant Johnson, who stole an artifact. Together, Johnson and the Chief fight against the Covenant forces until a Pelican arrives to pick them up, carrying them to safety.
Throughout the game all characters call the Covenant “Covenants”. The Covenant ship featured in the game was referred to as the “Truth and Reconciliation”.
The game has a campaign mode and multiplayer mode. Campaign mode has five difficulty settings, Easy, Normal, Heroic, Legendary, and Mythic. Mythic difficulty would be unlocked by finishing the game on all difficulties.
The keyboard arrow keys are used for movement, and the mouse acts as a free look, while the left mouse button and the right mouse button shoot and throw grenades, respectively. While all other functions such as melee, switch weapon and jump are subject to be changed by the user, the mouse controls are unchangeable.
Multiplayer maps are based off of existing Halo multiplayer maps such as Zanzibar and Blood Gulch.
Publisher: Dobermann Software
Release Date: December 12, 2005
Players: Single and Multiplayer
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