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Matchmaking is a system that allows players on Xbox Live to be matched with other, so as to put random players together for online game play.
Halo: Combat Evolved did not have an Xbox Live feature. However, Halo PC allows players to play online. Since there's no matchmaking feature, players can simply select a game from a given list to join it.
Halo 2 doesn't have custom games searching, instead it has a system of matchmaking integrated into its Xbox Live feature. There are two options, Optimatch and Quickmatch. Optimatch allows players to select a type of game from a playlist, while Quickmatch simply places you into the last used playtype. For current playlists visit Bungie.net.
In Optimatch, there is a list of different types of matches you can enter.
Each type has different game types, maps, weapon sets, and other specifics about it, allowing players to select a specific one.
For the "ranked" game types (see above), a player has a stat between 1-50. When entering any of the above ranked game types, they are matched with players around their own rank. If the player wins, the Matchmaking software calculates how many experience points he or she wins. Likewise, if a player loses, the Matchmaking software deducts a certain amount of experience points from the player. The person's rank corresponds to the amount of experience points that they have.
Unranked games do not effect experience points/ranks, and you can be put together in a game with any player. These game types disregard rank.
Double EXP Weekend is a new feature in Halo 3's Matchmaking. In this playlist, unusual (ex. Grifball and Fiesta) games rarely seen compared to others (ex. Team Snipers or Living Dead) are played from Thursday to Monday.
Unlike Halo 2, if a party has a high variability of skill levels in the current playlist, it will acknowledge it as a "mixed party" and will attempt to match with another party or several parties of a similar mix of ranks between the players.
Matchmaking in Halo 3 requires an Xbox Live Gold account.
For current playlist information visit, Bungie.net.
Test/Scrapped: (As of 2008)
|Multiplayer Game Types|
|Slayer: Team Slayer | Rockets | Swords | Snipers | Phantoms | Elimination | Slayer Variants|
|King of the Hill: King | Team King | Phantom King | Crazy King | Team Crazy King | King of the Hill Variants|
|Oddball: Rocketball | Swordball | Team Ball | Low Ball | Fiesta | Ninjaball | Oddball Variants|
|Juggernaut: 2 on 1 | 3 on 1 | Ninjanaut | Phantom Fodder | Dreadnaut | Juggernaut Variants|
|Capture the Flag: Multi Flag CTF | CTF Classic | 1 Flag CTF | 1 Flag CTF Fast|
|Assault: Multi Bomb | Single Bomb | Single Bomb Fast | Neutral Bomb | Blast Resort | Assault Variants|
|Territories: 3 Plots | Land Grab | Gold Rush | Control Issues | Contention | Territories Variants|
|VIP: Escort | Influential VIP | One Sided VIP | Rocket Race | VIP Variants|
|Infection: Alpha Zombie | Hide and Seek | Save One Bullet | Infection Variants|
|Halo 2 ranked playlists: Double Team | Team Slayer | Team Skirmish | Team Snipers | Team Hardcore | H2 Challenge|
|Halo 2 unranked playlists: Rumble Pit | Team Training | Big Team Battle | Team SWAT|
|Halo 3 ranked playlists: Lone Wolves | Team Slayer | Team Objective | Team Doubles | Squad Battle | Team SWAT | Team Snipers | MLG|
|Halo 3 social playlists: Rumble Pit | Social Slayer | Social Skirmish | Big Team Social | Multi-Team | Social Team DLC | Team Mythic | Action Sack|
|Halo 3 other playlists: Basic Training|