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I have just purchased Halo 3 and I would like to know the story up to it so that I can play the campaign and understand what is going on.

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Is there any reason you don't want to play the previous games? They've very fun, and can be acquired cheaply by now. – SaintWacko Mar 19 '13 at 21:38
Just because I would rather just start at halo 3 so I can play with my friends and then If I enjoy it I might play the others afterwards. – Sashley Mar 19 '13 at 21:47
I have played through Halo reach – Sashley Mar 19 '13 at 21:48
I believe it is better to play it and learn the story as you go along. The surprises add a fun aspect, and a lot of the story can only be understood fully by not understanding the first time. If you have not, I would advise getting 1 and 2, and playing them. They go along with the main story, Reach is a prologue. – Shadow Z. Mar 19 '13 at 22:22
I feel the same way. I'd strongly recommend playing the first two games. – SaintWacko Mar 20 '13 at 0:25
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Here is the review of the games up to Halo 3.

Halo 1

  1. You wake up
  2. Covenant attack the ship you are on
  3. The general for the Pillar of Autumn tries to land on the Halo ring
  4. You get out of the ship on an escape pod
  5. You crash land on ring
  6. You search for others who used pods
  7. Go into the facility to find the Halo control room
  8. Covenant accidentally release Flood
  9. Work with guilty spark to kill Flood
  10. You figure out Guilty Spark is trying to turn on ring
  11. You self destruct the crashed Pillar of Autumn to destroy the ring

Halo 2

  1. It shows a Covenant Elite commander being stripped of his rank and then tortured by Tatarus, a Brute warrior
  2. The Chief, Johnson, and soldiers are awarded for their actions on the first ring
  3. A Covenant fleet appears outside of Earth
  4. They attack New Mombassa, Kenya.
  5. Chief takes them out, and the Covenant retreat through slipspace
  6. The Chief fallows in the In Amber Clad
  7. They find another ring, and chief goes to destroy it
  8. The disgraced Covenant commander is offered position of the Arbiter
  9. He goes to kill a heretic, and finds 343 Guilty Spark (Oracle)
  10. The Covenant go to the newly found ring due to a distress signal from the Prophet of Regret
  11. Tatarus tells Arbiter that the Prophets plan on annihilating the Elites
  12. The Arbiter is sent down a chasm
  13. The Gravemind saves him, and the Arbiter meets the chief
  14. The Gravemind tells Arbiter that the Great journey will wipe out the Covenant, Humans, and the Flood
  15. The Chief teleported to High Charity where a civil war is happening
  16. Cortona realizes that the Gravemind used them as a distraction to infest the In Amber Clad
  17. The Gravemind crashes it into High Charity to spread the Flood
  18. Chief goes onto Forerunner ship and leaves Cortona behind to destroy High Charity and the Halo ring
  19. Arbiter goes to the ring and rallies his allies to fight the brutes
  20. Arbiter and Johnson kill Tartarus
  21. They turn off the ring, but instead it makes it so all rings can be activated from the "ark" at a safe distance
  22. Chief goes back to Earth

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