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The Jiralhanae are called Brutes by the UNSC. As a result of the expulsion of the elites from the Covenant, they serve as the primary antagonists during the events of Halo 2 and 3.
An age-old, widely-hated strategy in multiplayer games: stay in one spot and kill passers-by. Also refers to a more benign activity in MMOs.
Jacking is the act of taking control of a vehicle that is not under the player's rightful or original possession, and may or may not have been taken out of another player's or NPC's possession.
Whether it's a hero's turn to the dark side or a villain becoming a hero, it's usually unexpected and will bring a whole new moral dimension to the story. Sometimes, they change they sides more than once.
Elites, also known as Sangheili are a Covenant race in the Halo series. During Halo: Combat Evolved and the bulk of Halo 2 they are the primary antagonists. They became semi allied with the humans in Halo 3, and are in a political crisis during Halo 4, some still at war with Humanity.
Grunts are part of the Covenant Army. Due to their sheer number and low standing, they are often used as cannon fodder.
The Covenant Loyalists are a faction of the former Covenant Empire who still believe in the Empire's original goal of activating the Halo rings.
The Covenant Separatists is a group comprised of Elites, Hunters, and Grunts who learned the Truth about halo and have rebelled from the Covenant Empire.
An Easter Egg is an intentionally hidden cheat or hidden content in a video game, also known as a "secret".
The ability for players to manipulate objects in the environment and use them as weapons. An example of this gameplay mechanic is Half-Life 2, in which players make use of a Gravity Gun to launch objects with deadly force.
Either through a concealing helmet, keeping the whole game in first person, or using clever camera work, the player character is kept faceless throughout an entire game.
A fleet is a group of ships, typically military warships, that sail together for mutual protection and to consolidate their power.
The Fleet of Retribution is a Covenant Separatist naval battle group commanded by Ship Master Rtas 'Vadum
The Flood Carrier form is an incubator for young infection forms.
The Flood Combat Form, this form kills living creatures so the infection forms can obtain a new host.
The Basis of the Flood. It creates more combat and carrier forms as well as just food.
Most modern shooting games add the realistic touch of rendering shots to the cranium instantly fatal. Glorious for the shooter, kind of a bummer to the shootee.
Humans are bipedal, sapient primates capable of abstract reasoning, language, and emotions.
The Human-Covenant War was a series of battles that was fought between the UNSC and the Covenant Empire.
Hunters, or Mgalekgolo are an alien species of the Halo series. They are comprised of small worms bound together in a hulking, formidable shell. They invariably fight in pairs, and are the strongest Covenant warriors.
A mode that allows a game to be replayed after a first completion, carrying over items, experience, weapons, and other elements from the first playthrough.
In video games Plasma is often used as a core ingredient in weapons due to its high temperature. Due to the amount of damage it can inflict it is effective against any type of target, whether organic or metallic
A narrative that takes an unexpected turn. Commonly, plot twists come in the form of revealing that the player character is not actually who they thought.
Prophets are the leaders caste of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The top caste of the Prophets are called the Hierarch, and they are made up of three High Prophets.
A gathering of people who believe in the same higher power(s), and follow the rules laid out by the mortals chosen to be their prophets. Video games generally try to shy away from negatively portraying real religions to avoid controversy, however they make ample use of fictional in-game religions.
Typically representing the elite of humanity's Space Forces, Space Marines have appeared in numerous games such as the Doom series and Warhammer series.
Sometimes, you want to play games with a real person who's sitting right next to you. These games have you covered.
Sticking, also known as 'pegging' or 'tagging', refers to hitting someone with a form of sticky grenade in either multiplayer or single player.
The act of taking one's own life.
Unexpectedly changing from one character to another during the plot.
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